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12:46 PM ET, February 15, 2017


 Top News: 
Donald J. Trump / @realdonaldtrump:
President Trump says the intelligence community is illegally leaking info to the “failing” NYT and Washington Post, suggests the NSA, FBI are behind the leaks  —  Information is being illegally given to the failing @nytimes & @washingtonpost by the intelligence community (NSA and FBI?).Just like Russia
Tom Kludt / CNNMoney:
Fox News, Breitbart, and The Daily Caller focus on the problem of leaks to reporters in their Flynn resignation coverage  —  While most news outlets gave wall-to-wall coverage of the resignation of his national security adviser on Tuesday, President Donald Trump tried to draw attention to the “real story.”
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
Trump is attempting to reframe the Flynn story by criticizing leaks to the press, without refuting stories from the CNN, NYT, and others
Discussion: Fortune and RT
J.D. Durkin / Mediaite:
Morning Joe co-presenter Mika Brzezinski says White House advisor Kellyanne Conway will no longer appear on the show due to her repeated falsehoods  —  Mika Brzezinski of Morning Joe revealed a tidbit that many may not know about the way Kellyanne Conway gets herself booked onto so many shows …
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Media should rethink the value of giving time on political TV shows to people like Stephen Miller, who tell brash falsehoods
Adam Taylor / Washington Post:
German police say report in Bild, the country's most read paper, about a mob of Arab men who sexually assaulted women in Frankfurt was untrue  —  On Feb. 6, Germany's most-read newspaper reported that dozens of Arab men, presumed to be refugees, had rampaged through the city of Frankfurt on New Year's Eve.
Discussion: The Local and Hit & Run
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
Howard Stern sued after his show broadcast a woman's private conversation with an IRS agent in 2015  —  An IRS agent called into the radio show and was put on hold.  Then...  Donald Trump never did sue The New York Times for revealing he took a $916 million loss on his 1995 income tax returns.
Kurt Wagner / Recode:
Facebook announces free app for Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, and Samsung Smart TV, launching “soon”  —  The new app will let users kick back and watch Facebook videos from the couch.  —  Facebook is coming to your television.  —  The social network on Tuesday announced a new app …
Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
Seven journalists laid off from Tronc's San Diego Union-Tribune newspaper  —  Seven journalists were laid off from the San Diego Union-Tribune on Tuesday, editor and publisher Jeff Light said in a memo to staffers.  —  “I feel badly about these difficult decisions,” Light said.
Annalee Newitz / Ars Technica:
Analysis of Wikipedia comments shows that under half of personal attacks in 2015 were made anonymously; 30% came from registered users with 100+ contributions  —  New study of Wikipedia comments reveals most attackers aren't anonymous.  —  We've all heard anecdotes about trolling on Wikipedia …
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Trump aide Omarosa Manigault says her conversation with reporter April Ryan was recorded; Ryan claims only parts of the tape have been played for journalists  —  A top aide to President Trump said she has a recording of a dispute with a White House reporter, and has shared parts of it with journalists.
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