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6:40 PM ET, January 30, 2017

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Dave Itzkoff / New York Times:
Samantha Bee is hosting a counter-event to the White House Correspondents Association's annual dinner, called “Not the White House Correspondents' Dinner”  —  The annual custom of the White House Correspondents' Association dinner suddenly seems uncomfortable if not untenable …
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Marisa Guthrie / Hollywood Reporter:
White House Correspondents' dinner going ahead as planned this year, WHCA President Jeff Mason confirms in a statement  —  The ‘Full Frontal’ host will emcee an event the same evening that the annual political party is scheduled to take place.  But given the Trump administration's hostility toward …
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
A look at Sean Spicer's first week on the job and feedback he's received, including Trump's distaste of his suit size, comments from Bannon and GOP strategists  —  WASHINGTON — In his first, rocky week as President Trump's press secretary, Sean M. Spicer was scolded by his boss …
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Despite erosion of trust, Pew research shows people still appreciate media's watchdog role and want journalists to call out lies  —  Journalism, according to the renowned media scholar and historian Sean Hannity, is dead.  —  Of course, the Fox News host and Donald Trump disciple …
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Mark Harris / Vulture:
Trump's long tenure in the entertainment industry has given him a warped view of journalists as publicists who dole out uncritical media praise  —  Donald Trump's presidency has opened, and the reviews are raves!  I know this because of a press release the White House issued on Wednesday morning.
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David Folkenflik / NPR:
CNN creates new investigative reporting unit in effort to break more news, with Carl Bernstein and James Steele as advisers  —  CNN is embarking on what it characterizes as a major new initiative in investigative reporting as executives pull together accomplished reporters into a single unit and promise to hire at least a dozen more.
Jon Swaine / The Guardian:
Felony riot charges have been dropped for three more journalists who were arrested at inauguration protests; two cases are still pending  —  Three more journalists who were arrested while covering protests against Donald Trump's inauguration have had felony charges against them dropped by prosecutors.
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Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
The Huffington Post ratifies its first union contract, which guarantees raises, editorial independence, and enhanced diversity  —  Employees voted nearly unanimously for a contract guaranteeing raises, editorial independence and enhanced diversity.  —  NEW YORK The Huffington Post ratified …
Jamie Grierson / The Guardian:
London Evening Standard Editor Sarah Sands named editor of BBC Radio 4's Today programme  —  London Evening Standard editor is to replace Jamie Angus at helm of flagship news and current affairs programme  —  Sarah Sands, editor of the London Evening Standard, is to join the BBC as editor of Today …
Caitlin Dickerson / New York Times:
Posts on Facebook from ultraconservative websites like Breitbart News and Infowars stoke anxiety about Muslim refugees  —  Type the word refugees into Facebook and some alarming “news” will appear about a refugee rape crisis, a refugee flesh-eating disease epidemic and a refugee-related risk …
 
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