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2:05 PM ET, October 11, 2017


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Experts say Trump's threat to “challenge” TV networks' licenses, made in response to NBC News report, would be hard to implement  —  Trump ‘trolling’ journos with fake news talk  —  President Trump suggested Wednesday that media companies which report critically on him should be punished …
Lloyd Grove / The Daily Beast:
Sources: NBC News delayed and then ‘killed’ Ronan Farrow's story on Harvey Weinstein before he took it to The New Yorker; other sources dispute this  —  Freelance NBC News correspondent Ronan Farrow, whose months-long investigation into reports of Harvey Weinstein's sexual misconduct …
Bob Weinstein says his brother's remorse and apologies to his victims are hollow, calls him a “very sick man” and says that he has yet to seek help  —  Harvey Weinstein believes his own brother was responsible for his demise, and he has the proof in the form of a receipt …
Silvia Killingsworth / The Awl:
Every industry, including journalism, has men like Harvey Weinstein who cross lines with women in multiple ways  —  In the hours and days since The New Yorker and the New York Times posted respective bombshell investigations of numerous allegations of sexual abuse by Harvey Weinstein …
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Weinstein used the media to smear his victims and keep them silent; prior to NYT story, negative info about one of his accusers was offered to a WaPo reporter  —  It wasn't just the complicit silence around Harvey Weinstein's sexual harassment that made it so dangerous.  —  It was the opposite of silence, too.
Matt Donnelly / The Wrap:
Weinstein Company board claims “utter surprise” at allegations against Harvey Weinstein, promises to assist in all investigations as well as launch its own  —  The Weinstein Company board of directors expressed “utter surprise” at Tuesday's allegations of rape and further sexual assault …
Discussion: Deadline, Mediaite, @brianstelter and CNBC
Sources: NBC passed on Ronan Farrow's Harvey Weinstein story due to sourcing concerns, then cleared him to take it to The New Yorker  —  NBC had concerns related to the story's sourcing, HuffPost has learned.  —  NEW YORK Ronan Farrow's investigation into Harvey Weinstein's long history …
Erik Hayden / Hollywood Reporter:
Appearing on the Rachel Maddow show, Ronan Farrow says Harvey Weinstein personally threatened him with a lawsuit as he investigated the movie mogul's history
Ronan Farrow / New Yorker:
Three women have told The New Yorker that Harvey Weinstein raped them; 16 current and ex-staff say Weinstein's behaviour was widely known within Miramax, TWC
Eliza Relman / Business Insider:
Profile of Fox & Friends host Ainsley Earhardt, a southern conservative Christian who sees herself as a voice for middle America  —  - Ainsley Earhardt, the latest addition to “Fox & Friends,” is Fox's new go-to for interviews with the president and his family.
Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg / Wall Street Journal:
Time Inc. to cut circulation and frequency of some titles, reducing Time from 3M to 2M copies, is in talks for new print products with digital media companies  —  Publisher cutting circulation of Time, frequency of Sports Illustrated and Fortune  —  When it comes to the beleaguered print magazine business …
Alex Kantrowitz / BuzzFeed:
Twitter adds “Happening Now” feature to timelines on Android and iOS to group tweets by events, starts with sports and will expand to TV and breaking news  —  Twitter is adding a “Happening Now” feature that will group tweets by event, the company announced today.
Katy Tur / The Guardian:
Excerpt from Katy Tur's book, Unbelievable, that describes interactions with Trump and being escorted from one of his rallies by Secret Service agents  —  Journalist Katy Tur's new book, Unbelievable, covers the ‘ever-deepening weirdness’ that developed between Donald Trump and her during the campaign
Hadas Gold / CNNMoney:
Russian Justice Ministry sends letters to US government-backed news organizations in Moscow threatening “restrictions”  —  Russian threats against American media outlets based in Moscow reached a new level on Monday, when officials sent letters to news organizations backed by the US government …
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