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11:30 AM ET, February 23, 2017


 Top News: 
J.D. Durkin / Mediaite:
Fox News contributor Alan Colmes, Sean Hannity's former on-air debating partner, has died at age 66  —  Longtime radio and cable news broadcaster Alan Colmes is dead at the age of 66 after reportedly battling a brief illness.  —  Fox News moments ago reported on Colmes' death with a segment narrated …
Hadas Gold / Politico:
The New York Times is using the Oscars to launch a multi-faceted ad campaign about “The Truth,” the paper's first TV ad push in a decade  —  The New York Times is taking the unusual and expensive step of advertising during the Academy Awards on Sunday, joining companies like McDonalds …
Jeff John Roberts / Fortune:
Google's Jigsaw unveils Perspective, an AI-powered tool for publishers to weed out abuse from online comments, available as an API for free  —  A research team tied to Google unveiled a new tool on Thursday that could have a profound effect on how we talk to each other online.
Joseph Lichterman / Nieman Lab:
The New European, set to print for four weeks post-Brexit, gets 1M pageviews/month with 20K circ.; print serves as “visible articulation” of readers' values  —  “If I were a U.S. journalist, I would be looking to launch The Trump Watch.”  —  Last summer, two weeks …
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 …
Washpostpr / Washington Post:
John Podesta, Hillary Clinton's former campaign chairman, is joining The Washington Post as a contributing columnist  —  The Washington Post today announced that John Podesta will join the Opinion section as a contributing columnist.  Podesta, former chairman of the 2016 Hillary Clinton campaign …
Joe Mayes / Bloomberg:
Sources: The Financial Times is eliminating 20 editorial jobs globally to cut costs as print revenue declines  —  The Financial Times, the salmon-colored newspaper bought by Japan's Nikkei Inc. in 2015, is eliminating 20 editorial jobs globally through attrition to cut costs as print revenue declines …
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 …
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.
Anne Steele / Wall Street Journal:
Tronc Q4 profit swings to $19.4M from year-earlier loss of $77K, expands digital audience by 16% YoY, but advertising drops 16% for the quarter  —  Company formerly known as Tribune Publishing cites tough newspaper ad climate  —  Tronc Inc.swung to a profit in the final quarter of the year …
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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
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
 Earlier Picks: 
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
Jasper Jackson / The Guardian:
Newspapers falling for viral hoax videos undermine their own arguments about fake news
Discussion: The Guardian and @therealpbarry
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
The journalists Trump called “enemies of the people” include veterans, the son of Mexican immigrants, a farmer's daughter, and many other Rust Belt natives