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1:44 PM ET, February 20, 2017


 Top News: 
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Journalists have flimsy legal protections if Trump's Department of Justice uses Espionage Act and orders them to reveal sources, a practice Obama's DoJ started  —  For those who care about press rights in America, President Trump's words last week were stunning and disturbing.
Margaret Hartmann / New York Magazine:
CPAC criticized for inviting Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos to speak after pedophilia remarks resurface; Yiannopoulos responded in a Facebook post  —  Milo Yiannopoulos, the Breitbart senior editor and right-wing provocateur, has been profiting from a feedback loop of predictable outrage …
Max Greenwood / The Hill:
Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos disinvited from CPAC over pedophilia remarks  —  Far-right provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos will not be allowed to speak at the Conservative Political Action Conference.  —  The decision comes while Yiannopoulos is roiled in controversy over a video, in which he is appears to defend pedofilia.
Swedish cops say they were misrepresented in a film featured on Fox News which led to Trump's Sweden remarks and described the filmmaker as “a madman”  —  Trump's comments about Sweden during his rally in Melbourne, Florida, spawned headlines in newspapers all around the world.
CBS News:
White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus says media shouldn't use anonymous sources and should take Trump seriously when he calls them “the enemy”  —  Reince Priebus, the White House chief of staff, advised Americans to take President Trump's attacks on the media “seriously,” …
Kelly Fiveash / Ars Technica UK:
Google and Microsoft's Bing agree to demote piracy search results in the UK by 1 June 2017, as part of a deal with the entertainment industry  —  Deal struck after lengthy spat between search engines and entertainment industry.  —  Google and Microsoft's Bing have agreed to crack …
Eleanor Ainge Roy / The Guardian:
Kim Dotcom can be extradited to US on copyright and mail fraud charges, New Zealand high court rules; Dotcom's lawyer says he plans to appeal  —  Dotcom faces up to 20 years in jail if convicted in the US of piracy, which authorities say cost copyright owners hundreds of millions of dollars
Discussion: Scoop, CNET, BBC, The Next Web and Softpedia News
Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
As President Trump pushes ahead on his effort to delegitimize US journalism, he is lending credence to theories and phrases advanced by fast-growing Infowars  —  Way back on Friday, President Trump declared that several news organizations — ABC, CBS, CNN, NBC, The New York Times — were “the enemy of the American people.”
James Kirchick / The Atlantic:
How Washington power-brokers protected columnist Joe Alsop for over 13 years after the KGB entrapped him in a homosexual tryst  —  Joe Alsop was the dean of Washington's foreign-policy columnists, a committed Cold Warrior, the doyen of Georgetown society, close confidante to presidents, senators, secretaries of state—and secretly gay.
Rohin Dharmakumar / The Ken:
The Ken, an Indian subscription-only business news site that posts one story a day, raises $400K in angel funding and plans to offer corporate subscriptions  —  The Ken formally launched on 3 October 2016 as India's first subscriptions-only business news site.  Today, we're announcing our angel funding round.
Jane Lee / The Age:
Australia's Yahoo7 fined $300K after one of its reporters published an article that led to an aborted murder trial  —  Yahoo7 has been fined $300,000 and convicted of contempt of court for publishing an article that aborted a murder trial, with a judge saying that one of Australia's biggest …
Winnie Hu / New York Times:
Polk Awards honor David Fahrenthold of WaPo on Trump, ICIJ on Panama Papers, ProPublica's Alec MacGillis on voters, East Bay Express on Oakland police, more  —  A Washington Post reporter who brought to light a video of Donald J. Trump making lewd comments about women and a ProPublica reporter …
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Kristen Hare / Poynter:
A look at Local Matters, a weekly newsletter highlighting local watchdog journalism around the country that is put out by three Naples Daily News reporters
Jared Keller / Pacific Standard:
To encourage media literacy and fact-checking, Wikimedia spinoff Wiki Edu invites students to write Wikipedia pages instead of traditional research papers
Discussion: @jaredbkeller, Thanks:@jaredbkeller
Bryan Curtis / The Ringer:
How the rise of athlete activism, the election of Donald Trump, and other factors turned sportswriting into a liberal profession
Discussion: @douthatnyt
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
Boston's WHDH has offered 87 hours per week of local news and filled the rest of the time with syndicated content after losing NBC affiliation at end of 2016
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Samanth Subramanian / Wired:
Profile of an anonymous teen in Veles, Macedonia, who earned nearly $16K off his two pro-Trump fake news sites between August and November
Discussion: MediaNama