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6:45 AM ET, December 12, 2016


 Top News: 
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 …
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 …
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.
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  —  What was finally real was Edgar Welch, driving from North Carolina to Washington to rescue sexually abused children he believed were hidden …
Discussion: Mother Jones, The Guardian and Observer
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  —  A new report from Harvard Kennedy School's Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy analyzes news coverage during the 2016 general election …
Discussion: Business Insider
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: Forbes, The Nation and The Daily Caller
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  —  Before the election, I wrote a piece describing why, despite his radical deviation from conservative orthodoxy on many policy issues …
Sophia Tesfaye / Salon:
Online media outlet Right Side Broadcasting Network, called Trump TV by some, plans to expand to 24-hour operation  —  Can Trump grant the online channel dedicated to his campaign into the White House without proper credentials?  —  The conservative online media outlet Right Side Broadcasting Network …
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  —  Former New Republic editor Franklin Foer is the latest in a string of splashy post-election hires at the magazine.
Discussion: @franklinfoer
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  —  In an introductory post to his colorful new project, The Outline, Joshua Topolsky writes that the site is “a new kind of publication for a new kind of human.”
Discussion: @adrjeffries
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Chris O'Brien / VentureBeat:
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Discussion: TechCrunch
Damien Gayle / The Guardian:
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Philip Bump / Washington Post:
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