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6:35 PM ET, May 22, 2017

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Maxwell Tani / Business Insider:
Infowars was reportedly granted temporary White House press credentials, which are easier to receive than a permanent pass  —  Far-right website InfoWars was granted temporary White House press credentials on Monday.  —  Jerome Corsi, the Washington, DC bureau chief for the site that's known …
Ben Munson / Fierce Cable:
Viacom CEO Bob Bakish says the company is in talks with at least one MVPD about an entertainment-only channel bundle priced at $10-$20  —  Viacom CEO says $10-$20 entertainment channel bundle coming this year  —  Viacom CEO Bob Bakish said an entertainment-only, nonsports TV channel bundle …
Discussion: Variety, Stop the Cap! and INSIDER
Hollywood Reporter:
Ex-Today host Billy Bush breaks his silence on the Access Hollywood tape and Trump, discusses his firing from NBC, and his comeback plan for television  —  Seven months after the infamous “grab them by the pussy” recording got Bush fired (and nearly toppled Trump's White House run) …
Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
Six months in, The New York Times is expanding The Wirecutter to babies, personal finance, and pet gear  —  The Wirecutter made a name for itself by serving up great deals to tech obsessives hungry for the latest gadgets.  But the best deal it ever offered might've been its sale to The New York Times in October for $30 million.
Discussion: @drake_baer, @dangillmor and @benmullin
Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
Layoffs hit the Sacramento Bee, the latest in a series of staff reductions executed by its parent company McClatchy  —  The Sacramento Bee on Monday enacted a round of layoffs, the latest in a series of staff reductions executed by its corporate parent, The McClatchy Company.
Discussion: @nickmiller510 and @poynter
Kurt Wagner / Recode:
Twitter has hired Todd Swidler, former senior vice president of video and partnerships at Bloomberg, to run its live video business  —  Todd Swidler is joining to run all of Twitter's live video partnerships.  —  Twitter has hired a former media executive to run its growing live video business …
Discussion: Variety and @recode
Glenn H. Burkins / Columbia Journalism Review:
Risk aversion plus lack of training and money and better opportunities elsewhere may help explain dearth of black digital publishers  —  The local-news funding surge has bypassed ethnic media  —  It's difficult to say just when the notion first struck me to quit the relative security …
Kristen Hare / Poynter:
As part of its outreach to news publishers, Facebook is testing three new products which aim to connect users with local news  —  As part of its ongoing push to build relationships with local publishers, Facebook is testing products that can help people better connect with local news.
Discussion: @kristenhare
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Amazon Charts, Amazon's new book rankings, lists books by most sold and most read per week, taking into account Kindle reading and Audible listening stats  —  Amazon has long relied on customers providing feedback and providing other ranking data as part of the process of encouraging more sales …
Discussion: The Guardian
Nitasha Tiku / Wired:
How Facebook conducted research, commissioned by an advertiser, on minors' emotional states, which was then shared in a presentation to potential advertisers  —  Data mining is such a prosaic part of our online lives that it's hard to sustain consumer interest in it, much less outrage.
 
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Hunter Walker / Yahoo:
Profile of Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House's deputy press secretary who may potentially replace Sean Spicer
Kristen Hare / Poynter:
How Philadelphia Media Network is combining three legacy newsrooms, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Daily News, and Philly.com, into one digital team
Jon Lee Anderson / New Yorker:
Mexican journalist Javier Valdez Cárdenas, a prolific reporter on the narco underworld, gunned down in the capital of his home-state of Sinaloa
Discussion: Economist
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Politico:
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson attends a news conference with the Saudi foreign minister in Riyadh, with only foreign media invited
David Weigel / Washington Post:
The reemergence of the Seth Rich conspiracy theory underscores the persistence of the false news ecosystem