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11:15 AM ET, December 12, 2016


 Top News: 
Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
The persistent questioning by CNN's Jake Tapper of Mike Pence should be the rule on TV news, not the exception, as false assertions and deflections grow  —  Too often television news, especially on cable, serves as a megaphone for politicians who use it to forward lies and propaganda …
Ken Meyer / Mediaite:
Trump tweets another attack on the press on Monday, criticizes NBC Nightly News; it may have been in response to segment about Russian interference in election  —  President-elect Donald Trump saw someone say something about him on TV that he didn't approve of, so naturally, he's making sure everyone on Twitter knows about it.
Peter Sterne / Politico:
Experts: expansion of prosecutions using Espionage Act, started under Obama, could be a larger threat to media during Trump's presidency than libel law changes  —  Worry about the Espionage Act, not libel laws.  —  Anyone who doubts that Donald Trump could use the levers of the presidency …
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
Sources: Politico's Chief Political Correspondent Glenn Thrush is joining the NYT to cover the White House; Thrush's roots are in tabloid journalism  —  The political journalist wil be reunited with former Politico stars Maggie Haberman, Jonathan Martin and Alexander Burns.
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Aja Romano / Vox:
Twitter reinstates and re-verifies white nationalist Richard Spencer 's personal account, says his accounts were banned for violating multiple accounts rule  —  Twitter banned Richard Spencer because he had too many accounts — not because those accounts promoted racism.
Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
The Craig Newmark Foundation, charity founded by Craigslist founder Craig Newmark, donates $1M to Poynter to fund faculty chair in journalism ethics position  —  Some exciting news on the homefront: The Craig Newmark Foundation, the charitable organization established by Craigslist Founder Craig Newmark …
Discussion: Politico
Jake Romm / The Forward:
Deconstructing the color, pose, and chair in Time's Trump photo, a layered field of references that place the image among the magazine's greatest covers  —  Time Magazine's annual “Person of the Year” announcement is, year after year, grossly misunderstood.
Tara Palmeri / Politico:
Under a US government bill, the bipartisan board overseeing Voice of America will be disbanded, replaced by a CEO, sparking fears VOA will become “Trump TV”  —  A provision tucked into the defense bill guts the Voice of America board, stoking fears that Trump could wield a powerful propaganda arm.
Kerry Flynn / Mashable:
Facebook is hiring a Head of News Partnerships, seeking a news executive with 20+ years experience, as it struggles with the fallout from the fake news scandal  —  Facebook may be cleaning up its image with journalism.  —  The company is looking to hire an “experienced news executive” …
Adrienne LaFrance / The Atlantic:
News outlets have simultaneously lost cultural power and the public's trust, which represents both a cause and an effect of the fake-news problem  —  For a term that is suddenly everywhere, “fake news” is fairly slippery.  —  Is “fake news” a reference to government propaganda designed to look like independent journalism?
Discussion: @adriennelaf and @niemanlab
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Carole Cadwalladr / The Guardian:
Google's first search result for “Did the Holocaust happen?” is a post from neo-Nazi site Stormfront, showing how Google's algorithm is helping disseminate hate
Jane Martinson / The Guardian:
UK Culture Secretary Karen Bradley faces questioning in Parliament over Murdoch's bid for Sky, as the deal faces mounting scrutiny
Discussion: The Guardian and Observer
Matt Feeney / New Yorker:
Prominent conservative journalists like Kristol and Podhoretz, who disavowed Trump during the election, are mostly staying silent now that Trump has won
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
The Atlantic adds former New Republic editor Franklin Foer as a writer, shortly after making several other hires for its politics and policy team
Discussion: @franklinfoer
Washington Post:
An anatomy of the Pizzagate conspiracy theory, as it mutated from an online rumor to a hashtag on social media to actual gunfire in Washington, DC
Discussion: Mother Jones
 Earlier Picks: 
Thomas E. Patterson / Shorenstein Center:
Harvard report finds news coverage of both Clinton and Trump during 2016 election was negative in tone and light on policy
Liz Stinson / Wired:
The Outline, with its opaque user interface and maze-like browsing experience, seems as though it was designed to be used like Tinder or a slot machine
Discussion: @adrjeffries
Jessica Contrera / Washington Post:
Kids are now emulating the child YouTubers they've grown up watching, by posting videos of themselves and performing even when they're not being recorded
Chris O'Brien / VentureBeat:
Molotov, a free app that allows users to watch 70 free channels in France and bookmark shows in the cloud for alerts and later viewing, raises $23M
Discussion: TechCrunch
Sophia Tesfaye / Salon:
Online media outlet Right Side Broadcasting Network, called Trump TV by some, plans to expand to 24-hour operation