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2:00 AM ET, February 23, 2017


 Top News: 
Tara Palmeri / Politico:
Sources: Trump's staff planted positive stories in right-wing outlets, including Breitbart, InfoWars, and the Daily Caller, to prevent him angrily tweeting  —  The trick?  Making sure his media diet included a healthy dose of praise.  —  President Donald Trump's former campaign staffers claim …
Dylan Byers / CNNMoney:
Sources: White House adviser Kellyanne Conway has been sidelined from making TV appearances, after being “off-message” on Flynn scandal  —  Kellyanne Conway, once the most visible spokesperson for the Trump White House, has been sidelined from television appearances for making statements …
Kevin Quealy / New York Times:
Chartbeat study of traffic of 148 news organizations shows publications across ideologies cover same news, but readers pass over stories they don't want to see  —  Press Secretary Sean Spicer, at the press briefing room of the White House, delivered a statement while a television screen showed …
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
CNN targeted by James O'Keefe, who promises to release “a few hundred hours” of covert recordings from inside the network at 10AM ET Thursday  —  Conservative provocateur James O'Keefe is setting his sights on CNN.  —  O'Keefe said in a telephone interview with CNN on Wednesday that he has …
Dave Itzkoff / New York Times:
Bill Maher continues to defend his decision to invite Milo Yiannopoulos on his show, Real Time, saying it hastened his downfall  —  If you were disappointed that Bill Maher brought Milo Yiannopoulos onto his HBO show “Real Time” last week, Mr. Maher is not especially bothered.
J.D. Durkin / Mediaite:
Milo Yiannopoulos announces he has resigned from Breitbart News effective immediately, citing a “poor choice of words”
Steven Perlberg / BuzzFeed:
Sources: Facebook is hosting off-the-record meetings with journalists to improve relations; source says FB discussed boosting publisher ad revenue from videos  —  Facebook's new head of news partnerships Campbell Brown is hosting off-the-record events at her Manhattan home with big-name media people …
Hollywood Reporter:
Memo: Paramount Pictures CEO Brad Grey is stepping down; interim operating committee will run studio  —  The executive has ruled the studio for more than a decade.  —  It's official: Brad Grey is out as CEO of Paramount Pictures.  —  While parent company Viacom searches for a replacement …
Max Willens / Digiday:
The New York Times is experimenting with A/B testing for mobile-specific headlines, after 10 months of A/B testing headlines across platforms  —  After 10 months of A/B testing its headlines seriously, the New York Times has started slicing its audience into finer segments, albeit informally.
Neil MacFarquhar / New York Times:
Russia's foreign ministry unveils effort to label news it considers to be fake, includes articles from NYT, Bloomberg, Daily Telegraph, NBC, and more  —  MOSCOW — Russia's Foreign Ministry got into the fake news business in a splashy way on Wednesday.  —  No, not by creating it.
Shawn W. Crispin / Committee to Protect Journalists:
Interview with Dang Xuan Dieu, a reporter with Vietnam Redemptorist News who was jailed for over five years before being exiled to France  —  Vietnamese journalist and religious activist Dang Xuan Dieu was granted early release January 12 from a 13-year prison sentence on anti-state charges filed over his critical reporting.
Discussion: @janbeanland
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
District court judge blocks California law preventing IMDb from publishing ages of actors, saying the law likely violates the First Amendment  —  A federal judge has barred the State of California from enforcing a new law limiting online publication of actors' ages.
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Lynne Marek / Crain's Chicago Business:
SEC filing: New York hedge fund Starboard Value, led by Jeff Smith, dubbed the activist investor that “CEOs fear the most”, acquires 6.6% in Tribune Media
Discussion: @robertfeder
Natalia Mazotte / Nieman Lab:
Profile of Poder360, a Politico-like news site covering Brazil's government, funded by revenue from corporate subscriptions to its premium newsletters
Jasper Jackson / The Guardian:
Newspapers falling for viral hoax videos undermine their own arguments about fake news
Discussion: The Guardian
Sources: Difficulty recruiting journalists, among other issues, is slowing down Breitbart's European expansion, with a launch before French election unlikely
Hadas Gold / Politico:
The Daily Beast hires conservative journalist Lachlan Markay as its new White House reporter
Discussion: @rosiegray and @lachlan
 Earlier Picks: 
Amanda Meade / The Guardian:
Fairfax Media triples its profits YoY to $84M for six months to December 2016, says it will continue printing newspapers
Discussion: Fairfax Media
Jennifer Calfas / The Hill:
Sweden's official Twitter account, which changes users weekly, counters Trump's remarks in tweetstorm
Alex Gladu / Bustle:
The Washington Post rolls out new slogan, Democracy Dies in Darkness, underneath its logo and across its platforms
Kristen Hare / Poynter:
ProPublica names Louise Kiernan first editor in chief of ProPublica Illinois
Discussion: Adweek and ProPublica