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12:20 AM ET, December 13, 2017

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Mike Allen / Axios:
In apparent deception, a document mimicking lawsuit against Sen. Schumer was shared with multiple news orgs; Schumer office calls doc a forgery, alerted police  —  Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said he was the victim of a fake news hit on Tuesday, and has turned over to Capitol Police …
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Timothy Burke / Deadspin:
ESPN has suspended analysts Donovan McNabb and Eric Davis after they were named in the sexual harassment lawsuit brought against the NFL
Discussion: ProFootballTalk
Bloomberg:
NFL Network suspends 3 on-air analysts after sexual harassment allegations; related lawsuit also names Eric Weinberger, president of Bill Simmons' media group
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Twitter makes it easier to tweetstorm by adding a threads feature, letting you easily add linked tweets from the compose screen, rolling out in coming weeks  —  A few months after being spotted in tests, Twitter's tool for creating tweestorms is now an official part of the app.
Joseph Bernstein / BuzzFeed:
Leaked documents show how Steve Bannon and Breitbart sought to sabotage Twitter via negative coverage, potential litigation, and stock manipulation  —  Steve Bannon and his associates at Breitbart News planned a broad financial, legal, and editorial campaign to damage Twitter, according to documents obtained by BuzzFeed News.
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
In the Alabama race, Roy Moore sought to make the press his opponent, with some commentators saying the race has been turned into a referendum on the media  —  “The media” is not on the ballot in Tuesday's special election in Alabama.  That's obvious, yes, but it bears repeating because Roy Moore …
Shira Hanau / MediaFile:
NYT's Reader Center allows reporters and editors to explain stories and address reader questions and concerns, but it's a poor replacement for a public editor  —  The New York Times recently found itself under fire when it published a profile of the “White Nationalist Next Door” …
Discussion: Deadline, The Wrap, Mediaite and The Week
New York Times:
As net neutrality protests take center stage on Reddit, Kickstarter, and others, tech giants including Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Netflix keep a low profile  —  Protests to preserve net neutrality, or rules that ensure equal access to the internet, migrated online on Tuesday …
Kevin Roose / New York Times:
Many alt-right alternatives to popular social networks are struggling to attract talent, users, and funding; a few have gone offline altogether  —  If you've lost sleep worrying about the growing power of the alt-right — that shadowy coalition that includes white nationalists, anti-feminists …
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders threatened a loss of access for CNN's Jim Acosta if he asked President Trump a question during bill signing event  —  President Trump's tweeting Tuesday morning set off the usual scramble among White House reporters for all manner of clarifications and amplifications.
David Faber / CNBC:
Sources: 21st Century Fox and Disney are on track to announce a deal on Thursday  —  - 21st Century Fox and Disney are on track for a Thursday deal announcement, sources familiar with the deal said.  —  21st Century Fox and Disney are on a “glide path” for a Thursday deal announcement, sources familiar with the deal said.
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Anjali Athavaley / Reuters:
Comcast says it has dropped its bid for 21st Century Fox's assets; sources say Disney still in negotiations with Fox and a deal could be reached this month
 
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Chris Roush / Talking Biz News:
CNBC is opening a Middle East headquarters in Abu Dhabi, will hire 10 staffers, and will begin broadcasting from there in Q1 2018
Jordan Crook / TechCrunch:
YouTube TV rolls out to 34 new metro area markets, bringing the total to 83 US markets
John Schwartz / New York Times:
Former New York Times reporter Roy Reed, who covered the civil rights era, has died aged 87 in Arkansas
Dominic Ponsford / Press Gazette:
The first robot-generated stories from the Press Association's automated news service RADAR, funded by Google's Digital News Initiative, have made it into print
Discussion: Financial Times and OnTheWight
Shona Ghosh / Business Insider:
A government report, being released on Wednesday, will urge Theresa May to sue Facebook, Google, and other tech firms who don't delete abusive content
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Rani Molla / Recode:
Google is sending more traffic to publishers, up 17% this year, than Facebook, who is sending 25% less traffic, according to Parse.ly
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Verizon signs five-year deal with NFL, which reports estimate to be ~$2B, to stream games in US, but loses status as exclusive US carrier for live NFL games