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12:30 PM 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 …
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Dylan Byers / CNNMoney:
Roger Ailes' alleged use of Fox News funds to target critics raises liability questions for 21st Century Fox  —  Roger Ailes' alleged use of Fox News' funds could pose a liability for 21st Century Fox.  —  On Sunday, New York Magazine's Gabriel Sherman reported that Ailes used his company's budget …
Discussion: @dylanbyers and Inside Cable News
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  —  One of the more interesting developments since the emergence of the Web as a mass medium is the establishment of a conservative media presence.  Prior to the Internet …
Andy Carvin / Reported.ly:
Reported.ly to suspend operations from Aug 31, after First Look Media decides to end relationship; team is considering options, like launching as an independent  —  Reported.ly to suspend operations August 31  —  To friends and supporters of reported.ly:  —  It is with great regret …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Hulu phases out its own free streaming service, inks deal with Yahoo to provide TV episodes to Yahoo View, Yahoo's new ad-supported TV streaming site  —  Hulu inks deal with Yahoo to provide free, ad-supported episodes of TV shows  —  Hulu is moving to an all-subscription model …
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Shelley Ross / The Daily Beast:
Shelley Ross, sexually harassed by Ailes, urges Fox to launch Truth and Reconciliation project, says sexual harassment is at epidemic levels within TV news  —  Shelley Ross, once one of the most powerful women in TV news, writes exclusively on resisting Roger Ailes's invitation …
Kristen Hare / Poynter:
In 20 minute segment, John Oliver criticizes Tronc's branding, says journalism must be paid for, journalists struggle to meet production demands  —  On Sunday night, John Oliver devoted 19 minutes and 22 seconds to newspapers.  —  “The media is a food chain which would fall apart without local newspapers …
Steven Perlberg / Wall Street Journal:
NBCU signs programming deal with Snapchat, will create original shows for the social network, drawing on talent from SNL, The Tonight Show  —  Network will debut ‘The Voice on Snapchat’ and E! News show  —  NBCUniversal is bringing some of its most recognizable brand names to Snapchat.
Discussion: FishbowlNY and Engadget
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 …
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 …
 
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