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4:00 AM ET, May 23, 2016


 Top News: 
Mark Hertsgaard / Guardian:
Former senior US Department of Defense official John Crane shares how his colleagues broke the law and withheld evidence to persecute whistleblower Thomas Drake  —  Instead their lives were ruined - and so was his  —  y now, almost everyone knows what Edward Snowden did.
Sources: Sumner Redstone plans to add National Amusements exec Tad Jankowski and family friend Jill Krutick to seven-person trust that will control Viacom, CBS  —  Media mogul Sumner Redstone is planning to name National Amusements Inc general counsel Tad Jankowski to the seven-person trust …
Discussion: Broadcasting & Cable and CNBC
David Lieberman / Deadline:
In statement, Sumner Redstone opposes sale of Paramount stake and calls claims he's incapacitated “false and unfair”  —  Redstone's camp released a lengthy statement challenging Dauman's assertions that his nearly 93-year-old boss isn't competent enough to have decided for himself …
Peter Elkind / Fortune:
Sources: Sumner Redstone ousts Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman and director George Abrams as trustees of entity that will control Viacom and CBS
Scott Collins / The Wrap:
Viacom: Move to Oust Philippe Dauman ‘Extremely Disrupting and Damaging’
Discussion: Fortune
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Now's an opportune time for aspiring journalists to play a major role in helping the industry survive  —  News reporter — that's just about the worst job you can have, right?  According to one career site, it ranks dead last, behind pest-control worker and logger.
Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
New York Times memo: less commodity news, more story forms, assigning editors no longer focus on print with separate hub building print edition, more  —  An ambitious effort to overhaul The New York Times is beginning to come into focus.  —  In a memo sent to staffers Friday …
Joseph Lichterman / Nieman Lab:
TipOff is a twice-weekly email newsletter that explains sports to non-fans by writers from ProPublica and ESPN  —  Sports are ever-present in most Americans' lives.  There's practically always a game on in the background at restaurants or bars, and idle chit-chat in offices or parties often turns …
Discussion: @mdichristina and Awful Announcing
Sources: Tribune Publishing to reject Gannett's latest offer of $15 per share, will disclose confidential corporate information under non-disclosure agreement  —  Tribune Publishing Co (TPUB.N) has decided to reject Gannett Co Inc's (GCI.N) latest $864 million takeover proposal …
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Financial Times:
Digital media companies like BuzzFeed, PopSugar, and Tastemade use food videos to drive traffic and advertising  —  Companies such as BuzzFeed showcase cooking as drivers of traffic in bid to attract advertisers  —  More than 100,000 people signed a petition this week in protest at the BBC's plan …
How the dramatic surge in TV production is reshaping the industry for actors, writers, showrunners, and crew  —  <span>There are more great shows in production now than ever before — but it’s never been harder to make one.</span>  —  In Hollywood, the tweets and email alerts …
Discussion: @kevinroose, @tvmojoe and @nkulw
Garett Sloane / Digiday:
New York Magazine won't offer advertisers viewability guarantees unless ads consume less data  —  New York Magazine is getting real with its advertisers, telling them the website can't guarantee viewability of their ads if they don't consume less data.  —  “If the advertiser provides creative …
Nick Madigan / New York Times:
A look back at the abrupt end to The Tampa Tribune after a protracted war with The Tampa Bay Times  —  TAMPA, Fla. — A pair of 18-wheel rigs waited outside the former printing plant of The Tampa Tribune on a recent afternoon.  Workers were busy dismantling machinery and hauling it away, preparing for the building's demolition.
Discussion: @staceyshick
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Discussion: @facklernyt
Shan Wang / Nieman Lab:
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