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8:35 AM ET, January 14, 2017


 Top News: 
Alexey Kovalev:
A Russian journalist who writes about propaganda lays out parallels between Putin's yearly pressers and Trump's first news conference  —  Congratulations, US media!  You've just covered your first press conference of an authoritarian leader with a massive ego and a deep disdain for your trade and everything you hold dear.
Brooks Barnes / New York Times:
Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton stepping down, will become chairman of the board of Snap Inc., where he was an early investor  —  LOS ANGELES — The chief executive of Sony's underperforming entertainment division, Michael Lynton, announced Friday that he would step down to focus …
Rosie Gray / The Atlantic:
Former Breitbart News reporters are launching a pro-Trump advocacy group, the America First Project, with a media arm called Big League Politics  —  Patrick Howley, a former Breitbart News reporter, left the site under vague circumstances back in November.  Howley told me at the time that he was leaving …
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
Washington Post starts hiring for video expansion, posts about 30 new jobs for producing and hosting web videos  —  This year's growth spurt at The Washington Post includes about 30 new jobs producing and hosting web videos.  —  The video expansion, recently green-lit by Post owner Jeff Bezos …
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
Outgoing FCC chair Tom Wheeler uses his final public speech to make a case for maintaining net neutrality  —  The outgoing head of the Federal Communications Commission, Tom Wheeler, used his final public speech to make a closing argument for maintaining net neutrality, the signature achievement of his time at the agency.
Angelique Chrisafis / The Guardian:
French daily newspaper Le Parisien abandons opinion polls in run-up to presidential vote, shifting focus from horse race journalism to on-the-ground reporting  —  Le Parisien shifts focus from ‘horse race’ journalism to on-the-ground reporting ahead of presidential vote
Kelsey Sutton / Politico:
Kate Bennett and Hunter Schwarz are leaving the Independent Journal Review for CNN, where they will launch a newsletter and work as White House reporters  —  Kate Bennett and Hunter Schwarz, two top political reporters at the Independent Journal Review, are leaving the right-leaning viral news site for CNN …
Colin McMahon / RedEye:
Chicago's RedEye print tabloid scales back to a once-a-week edition on Thursdays, will keep social media accounts and its newsletter  —  RedEye has always been a creature of the times.  —  When it was created nearly 15 years ago, RedEye was the go-to news and entertainment source for Chicagoans traveling the CTA.
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Jasper Jackson / The Guardian:
BBC commits a team to debunk false stories masquerading as real news and being shared on social media  —  Permanent Reality Check team will target false stories or facts being shared on social media  —  The BBC is to assemble a team to fact check and debunk deliberately misleading and false stories masquerading as real news.
Lukas I. Alpert / Wall Street Journal:
WSJ says a libel lawsuit brought by Sheldon Adelson against one of its reporters, Kate O'Keefe, has been settled; no money is being paid to settle the suit  —  The Wall Street Journal said a libel lawsuit brought by casino magnate Sheldon Adelson against one of its reporters has been settled.
Jack Shafer / Politico:
The tabloid press, whose bogus stories are amplified by Drudge, Hannity, and Breitbart, is poised to become a chief propaganda arm of the Trump administration  —  The 2016 campaign hadn't even begun when America's supermarket tabloids picked their guy.  “New Poll: Donald Trump's The One!” …
Amanda Taub / New York Times:
Research says Americans' bias against the political party they oppose is so strong that it acts as a partisan prism for facts, which fuels the rise of fake news  —  In his farewell address as president Tuesday, Barack Obama warned of the dangers of uncontrolled partisanship.
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Natt Garun / The Verge:
YouTube launches Super Chat in beta, letting viewers pay to pin comments on live streams, with a broad rollout on January 31
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Right-wing bloggers falsely accuse an editor of taking photos of Cabinet candidate Rex Tillerson's notes during a hearing break; editor wasn't there