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7:55 PM ET, January 26, 2017


 Top News: 
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
In an interview, WH chief strategist Steve Bannon says the media should “keep its mouth shut”, calls it “the opposition party”, citing NYT and WaPo by name  —  WASHINGTON — Stephen K. Bannon, President Trump's chief White House strategist, laced into the American press during …
Hadas Gold / Politico:
WSJ media and advertising reporter Steven Perlberg is joining BuzzFeed, where he will cover Trump's relationship with the media  —  President Donald Trump's complicated relationship with the news media has riveted the political class for months — his impromptu TV appearances where foreign policy is made …
Michael Wolff / Hollywood Reporter:
Profile of Kellyanne Conway, who says she's trying to dramatically scale back her role as media bulldog, though she promised Trump she will oversee WH messaging  —  The president's counselor — now the most powerful (and ridiculed) woman in America — talks ‘SNL,’ “alternative facts,” the …
Charlie Warzel / BuzzFeed:
The White House denies that conspiracy theorist Alex Jones has been offered press credentials  —  Alex Jones likely won't be attending any upcoming White House press briefings, according to the Trump adminstration's press office.  —  Yesterday Alex Jones told viewers on his popular YouTube channel …
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Twitter says it's replacing the Moments tab with an Explore tab, which emphasizes trending topics and live video  —  Content advisory  —  Twitter's central Moments tab, which once terrorized obsessive-compulsive users with a blue dot that never went away, is going away.
Business Insider:
WSJ: Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam is exploring a combination with Charter Communications, though talks are preliminary  —  The telecommunications giants Verizon and Charter Communications are exploring a combination, The Wall Street Journal's Shalini Ramachandran, Ryan Knutson, and Dana Mattioli report.
Peter Kafka / Recode:
Facebook says it will promote longer videos with high completion rates in News Feed  —  Because that's what's on TV.  —  You know how mobile + social is supposed to = short attention span?  —  No more, says Facebook: It says it is going to start rewarding video makers who create longer clips — if people actually finish them.
Rich McCormick / The Verge:
New Twitter accounts claiming to be from workers at federal agencies might or might not be genuine, thus requiring critical analysis and investigation  —  These new Twitter accounts claim to be federal agencies rebelling against Trump  —  Donald Trump's gag order on federal science agencies …
Kaitlyn Tiffany / The Verge:
Amid Trump's gag orders on US agencies including EPA, anonymous Twitter accounts like @AltNatParkSer keep tweeting and gain traction
Jessica Yellin / New York Times:
As a condition of Time Warner's AT&T bid, CNN should be sold to a new independent entity, creating more chances for journalistic rigor rather than punditry  —  In 2004, eight years after he'd sold CNN to Time Warner, Ted Turner, the network's founder, sounded an alarm about the dangers of corporate ownership of news organizations.
New York Times:
Recent small moves by Google and Facebook, such as tweaking Trending topics, highlight how hard it is to limit misinformation online  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Google and Facebook have been taking steps to curb the number of false news articles propagated across their sites.
Tatiana Siegel / Hollywood Reporter:
Filmmaker Alex Gibney is independently developing a documentary about Roger Ailes  —  The ‘Going Clear’ director's independent project comes on the heels of Annapurna Pictures scooping up a pitch from ‘Big Short’ writer Charles Randolph about the women who brought down the former Fox News chairman with accusations of sexual harassment.
Alexandra Steigrad / WWD:
Condé Nast reorganizes revenue teams and juggles publishers, renaming them “chief business officers”  —  The magazine publisher reveals its long-awaited restructuring.  —  JUST CALL ME CHIEF: Jim Norton is starting to put his stamp on Condé Nast.
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