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5:40 AM ET, August 8, 2016

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Gabriel Sherman / New York Magazine:
Sources: Roger Ailes used Fox News funds to target critics like journalists with surveillance and online smear campaigns  —  As Rupert Murdoch seeks to stabilize Fox News in the wake of Roger Ailes's ouster, a crucial question remains unanswered: How was Ailes able to spend millions of dollars …
Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
Examining how the media is wrestling with Trump, journalistic balance, and longstanding accusations of liberal bias  —  If you're a working journalist and you believe that Donald J. Trump is a demagogue playing to the nation's worst racist and nationalistic tendencies, that he cozies …
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Matthew Sheffield / National Review:
Despite perceptions, conservative media exists in an echo chamber without reaching broader audiences  —  Sean Hannity on the set of his Fox News program (Mike Segar/Reuters)  —  Despite conservatives' perceptions, conservative media exists in a small, ineffectual bubble.
Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
CEO Brian Roberts says Comcast and NBC will use Olympics to demo TV's future, with content on 11 channels and up to 41 live streams, easily navigable on X1  —  Five years ago, the Comcast chief executive Brian Roberts faced his first challenge as the new majority owner of NBC.
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Abby Ohlheiser / Washington Post:
International Olympics Committee rules ban the posting of Olympics GIFs, Vines, and other short videos for everyone but broadcast rights holders, NBC in the US  —  If there's a viral moment at this year's games in Rio, the International Olympic Committee wants to make sure it comes only from authorized social media sources.
Jason Lynch / Adweek:
NBCUniversal says national ad sales for Rio Olympics already reached $1.2B, 20%+ ahead of 2012 London Olympics
Liz Spayd / New York Times:
Metro desk at The New York Times moving away from routine coverage of the city, will focus more on “stories with real impact that will resonate beyond the city”  —  Two toddlers were burned to death in a Bronx fire that ravaged their third-floor apartment while their mother …
Mathew Ingram / Fortune:
Facebook needs to be more transparent in cases like the deactivation of accounts for Korryn Gaines, killed during a police conflict  —  A number of recent events have proven that live video of breaking news can be incredibly important for understanding such situations, and in many cases …
Joshua Benton / Nieman Lab:
ESPN.com has finally replaced espn.go.com, a remnant of the long-dead Disney portal go.com  —  It isn't quite our-long-national-nightmare-is- over level, but one of the significant daily reminders of the early web just disappeared.  ESPN's website, which had been hosted at espn.go.com since 1998, is finally now just at espn.com.
Harrison Jones / Guardian:
Growing barriers blocking minorities and those from poorer backgrounds from newsroom jobs threaten to make UK media irrelevant to readers  —  The barriers faced by those from poorer backgrounds or minorities are getting higher - how can newspapers expect to stay relevant?
Lukas I. Alpert / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Gawker and Hulk Hogan in preliminary settlement talks over invasion-of-privacy case  —  Talks come ahead of auction that will see Gawker founder Nick Denton lose control of the company he founded  —  Gawker Media Group is engaged in preliminary talks with the former professional wrestler known …
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Layla K. Quran / Associated Press:
Profile of Syria Direct, a news source funded by the US State Department and a charity from US, covering the Syrian civil war remotely from Amman, Jordan  —  AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — From a small office in Jordan's capital, two dozen Syrians and Americans talk daily by Skype with activists …
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
Peter Cherukuri, Politico's EVP for audience solutions and president of brand journalism studio Politico Focus, departs to be CIO at tech startup incubator 1776  —  He's the latest in a string of high-level departures from the Washington news organization.  —  Politico executive Peter Cherukuri …
 
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Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
Hillary Clinton takes questions at NABJ/NAHJ conference, but reporters push back on the idea it's an accessible “press conference”
Rick Edmonds / Poynter:
Dallas Morning News' early investment in digital marketing is paying off, covering print losses in Q2 and keeping revenues level YoY
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Mathew Ingram / Fortune:
The Information's Jessica Lessin on scaling subscription-based media companies, publisher over-reliance on distribution platforms like Facebook and Google, more
Dylan Byers / CNNMoney:
In bid to personalize coverage, NYT launches two-way text-messaging service from the Rio Olympics to give subscribers a behind-the-scenes look at the games