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4:20 PM ET, August 23, 2017

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Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
ESPN faces criticism over decision to remove announcer Robert Lee from University of Virginia home football game because of his name  —  University of Virginia holds vigil  —  By trying to avoid an embarrassing ordeal, ESPN has embarrassed itself.  —  On Tuesday night …
HuffPost:
During a rally in Phoenix, Trump had harsher criticisms for the press than he did for the white supremacists at Charlottesville but praised Fox News and Hannity  —  Trump accused the media “of trying to take away the history and our heritage.”  —  President Donald Trump went after journalists during …
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Jan M. Olsen / Associated Press:
Body found on Copenhagen beach identified as that of missing journalist Kim Wall  —  COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A headless torso found on a beach off Copenhagen has been identified as that of missing Swedish journalist Kim Wall, who is believed to have died on an amateur-built submarine earlier this month …
Adrianne Jeffries / The Outline:
How Mic exploited social justice for clicks and then abandoned a staff that believed in it, according to current and former staffers  —  For about five years, Mic.com was a place where readers could go to get moral clarity.  In the Mic universe, heroes fought for equality against villains who tried to take it away.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
Snapchat's VP of Content Nick Bell says the company expects to debut scripted shows by year's end, aiming to complement TV  —  “We want to be friends of media,” says Nick Bell at the Edinburgh Television Festival as he outlines the company's mobile-first TV strategy.
Hollywood Reporter:
At Edinburgh TV Festival, anchor Jon Snow says Facebook and Google must help figure out how to finance serious, reliable news  —  Jon Snow attacked the social media giant's “lack of activity” in the keynote MacTaggart lecture at the Edinburgh TV Festival.  —  U.K. TV news legend Jon Snow …
Discussion: @alexgspence and @jonsnowc4
Richard Horgan / Adweek:
Ex-Gawker Media exec and Fusion Media Group SVP Mia Libby is joining The Daily Beast as Chief Revenue Officer  —  Move reunites Libby with former Gawker Media and Gizmodo Media Group colleague Heather Dietrick  —  A replacement has been found for Bill McGarry and is being internally announced late this morning by The Daily Beast.
Discussion: Mediaite and Mediawire
Lizzie Plaugic / The Verge:
Sony Music signs remixing deal with rights management firm Dubset; source says Dubset working on deals with Warner Music and Universal Music Group  —  Dubset wants to legitimize distribution for DJs and producers  —  Rights clearance startup Dubset has just inked a deal with Sony Music …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Facebook partners with sports network Stadium, will exclusively broadcast 15 college football games live  —  Facebook wants you to watch more video on its site - including those you can't see elsewhere.  To that end, the social network earlier this month launched a dedicated section for original video, called Watch.
Discussion: Adweek and Recode
Brian Flood / The Wrap:
Messaging app Blend, backed by Lerer Ventures and NBA All-Star Russell Westbrook, blocks Breitbart News from being shared on its platform  —  Blend, a messaging app, has blocked all content from Breitbart News from being shared on its platform, the company announced on Wednesday.
Discussion: SlashGear
John Eggerton / Multichannel News:
In a filing on Tuesday, Sinclair responded to critics of its proposed merger with Tribune, claiming the deal would “save” free, over-the-air TV  —  Makes case for Tribune purchase at FCC; says opponents are trying to stifle competition  —  Sinclair is vigorously defending …
 
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