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11:40 AM ET, November 15, 2016


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New York Times:
Google and Facebook say they will ban fake news sites from using their advertising networks as misinformation spreads online  —  Over the last week, two of the world's biggest internet companies have faced mounting criticism over how fake news on their sites may have influenced the presidential election's outcome.
Sheera Frenkel / BuzzFeed:
Sources: Facebook staffers form unofficial task force to review company's role in promoting fake news, challenge Zuckerberg's dismissal of concerns  —  The group is hoping to challenge the position by CEO Mark Zuckerberg that the platform has no responsibility to address the issue following the election of Donald Trump.
Michael Nunez / Gizmodo:
Source: Facebook shelved an update that would have identified fake news stories because it would disproportionately affect right-wing news sites  —  It's no secret that Facebook has a fake news problem.  Critics have accused the social network of allowing false and hoax news stories to run rampant …
Hadas Gold / Politico:
Longtime PBS news anchor Gwen Ifill, co-host of PBS' NewsHour and moderator of Washington Week, has died at 61  —  Gwen Ifill, the longtime PBS news anchor who had served as a co-host of the “PBS NewsHour” and as moderator of “Washington Week,” has died after a battle with cancer, PBS has confirmed.
Borys Kit / Hollywood Reporter:
Big Bang Theory's Jim Parsons to play lead role in BuzzFeed Motion Pictures movie, Brother Orange; he has been cast as BuzzFeed editor Matt Stopera  —  Warner Bros. is working with BuzzFeed Motion Pictures to tell the true story of the internet phenomenon.  —  The Big Bang Theory star Jim Parsons …
Sources: Conservative radio host Laura Ingraham in running for White House Press Secretary post  —  Conservative radio talk show host Laura Ingraham's next microphone could be behind the White House press briefing room podium.  —  Ingraham is under serious consideration for White House press secretary …
Jim Waterson / BuzzFeed:
Sources: Russia Today staff upset as channel could give show to alt-right pundit Katie Hopkins, part of what they feel is a shift towards a right-wing audience  —  “We used to like to challenge dominant narratives from the left but since the migrant crisis there's been a massive shift to the right," said one employee.
Joseph Lichterman / Nieman Lab:
Since Trump's victory on November 8, Atlantic sees 160% boost in subscriptions and NYT gets four times more print and digital sign-ups than usual  —  ProPublica, The New York Times, The Atlantic, and others say that they've seen an increase in interest from readers.
Brian Stelter, Margaret Sullivan, Ken Doctor, and others on how the media missed the wave of support for Trump, and what comes next for journalism  —  Coastal bias.  Over-reliance on polling.  Too few reporters talking to red state voters.  —  Those are just a few factors that played …
Discussion: @facklernyt
Alvin Chang / Vox:
The Clinton email story had more sustained coverage than Trump's Muslim ban, with journalists focusing on #NeverTrump, as opposed to Trump's policies  —  But we did cover how powerful white men didn't like Trump because of his exclusionary proposals.  —  In late 2015, Donald Trump proposed banning …
Discussion: @brighsmith and @dissentingj
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