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7:30 AM ET, January 31, 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 …
Alex Weprin / Politico:
In an interview, Sean Hannity says the media doesn't understand Trump and consists of “a bunch of overpaid, out of touch, lazy millionaires”  —  With top White House adviser Steve Bannon openly calling the media the “opposition party,” and President Trump in agreement …
Discussion: Mediaite
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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 …
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.
Discussion: Rewire and DCist
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Jonathan Peters / Columbia Journalism Review:
Journalists arrested in DC inauguration protests have law on their side … Or, if you're a journalist, you get arrested simply for gathering news at protests.  —  At least six journalists have been charged with felony rioting, as The Guardian first reported, after their arrests Friday at Trump's inaugural parade.
Discussion: New York Times
George Slefo / Ad Age:
Cloudflare launches Firebolt tool that can deliver ads as quickly as Google's AMP initiative, will be integrated under AMP for Ads  —  Ad blockers received a good portion of their momentum from consumers' bad ad experience online, including malvertising and slow-loading ads.
Discussion: TechCrunch and Adweek
Kara Bloomgarden-Smoke / WWD:
Steve Kandell, BuzzFeed's executive editor for features, appointed site director of Esquire.com  —  Steve Kandell will oversee Esquire.com.  —  Steve Kandell has been named site director of Esquire.com, Hearst revealed today.  Kandell comes to Hearst from Buzzfeed, where he was, most recently, executive editor for features.
Rosie Gray / The Atlantic:
Conservative media personalities like Infowars' Alex Jones, once on the fringes of American politics, are rising to prominence in the Trump era  —  On Tuesday, Roger Stone went on the conspiracy theorist Alex Jones's Infowars show and claimed that he had been the victim of an assassination attempt via polonium poisoning.
 
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