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5:45 AM ET, September 27, 2016


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NPR annotates full transcript of first presidential debate with fact-checks, analysis, and context  —  Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton go head-to-head Monday night in the first presidential debate.  —  NPR's politics team, with help from reporters and editors who cover national security …
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Lester Holt's reticence as moderator during presidential debate gets mixed reviews  —  Call him the minimalist moderator.  —  Facing “knees buckling” scrutiny — his words — ahead of Monday evening's presidential debate, Lester Holt of NBC, with the nation's eyes (and the internet's critics) upon him, opted to lie low.
Carolyn Ryan / New York Times:
The NYT assembled a team of 18 debate fact-checkers to assess the accuracy of claims made by candidates and moderator, in real time, as the debate unfolded  —  With clashes over truth, lies and exaggerations dominating the prelude to the first presidential debate, The New York Times has assembled …
Alexios Mantzarlis / Poynter:
Monmouth University poll: 60% of Americans want moderators to fact-check the debate; 31% say moderators should leave fact-checking to the candidates  —  Nearly everyone has weighed in on whether moderators should fact-check the presidential debates: the media, the campaigns, the boss of the organizing commission.
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Politico, and The Washington Post all published weekend articles noting Trump's frequent lies  —  On the weekend leading up to 2016's first presidential debate, four news organizations came to a similar and sweeping conclusion: Donald Trump lies more often than Hillary Clinton.
Sources: Disney working with a financial adviser to evaluate a possible bid for Twitter, and Salesforce is working with Bank of America to assess potential bid  —  The Walt Disney Co. is working with a financial adviser to evaluate a possible bid for Twitter Inc., according to people familiar with the matter.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai / Motherboard:
Twitter refuses Turkish court order to block the account of noted DC journalist Mahir Zeynalov; despite refusal, Zeynalov predicts his account will be censored  —  A Turkish court ordered Twitter to block the account of a noted journalist last week, accusing him of “instigating terrorism.”
Cecilia Kang / New York Times:
FCC's plan to open the cable set-top box market may hinge on Jessica Rosenworcel, a Democratic commissioner who believes the plan gives the FCC outsize power  —  WASHINGTON — When the Federal Communications Commission announced a plan this year that would free people from having to rent cable set-top boxes …
Mike Shields / Wall Street Journal:
Bleacher Report co-founder Dave Nemetz raises $6M for new digital media startup Inverse, a site aimed at millennial men covering tech, entertainment, science  —  Tech and science publication aimed at millennial men looks to buck distributed media trend  —  Another digital publishing veteran …
Discussion: @mekosoff, @lukeoneil47 and TechCrunch
Richard Horgan / FishbowlNY:
Bloomberg Pursuits hires Troy Patterson, formerly a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine, as its new style editor  —  Earlier this year, Troy Patterson wrote about “The Politics of the Hoodie” for The New York Times Magazine.  And in 2015, in the pages of Slate …
Discussion: @emmarosenblum and @leahfayec
Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security:
Security reporter Brian Krebs says independent journalists need protection from DDoS attacks, one of the fastest-growing censorship threats  —  John Gilmore, an American entrepreneur and civil libertarian, once famously quipped that “the Internet interprets censorship as damage and routes around it.”
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