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4:00 PM ET, December 1, 2017


 Top News: 
Twitter changes course, says anti-Muslim tweets retweeted by Trump “are permitted on Twitter based on our current media policy”  —  We mistakenly pointed to the wrong reason we didn't take action on the videos from earlier this week. We're still looking critically at all of our current policies, and appreciate all the feedback. See our safety calendar for our plans and ship dates.
Jim VandeHei / Axios:
Trump's tweets provoke a predictable media response that exhausts the public and the opposition, so “check the facts, pay attention, but ignore the pure crap”  —  There is a very specific — and dangerous — formula for manipulating the media and hijacking the Twitter/cable/conventional media industrial complex.
Ivana Kottasová / CNNMoney:
Twitter says it didn't delete anti-Muslim tweets retweeted by Trump because it makes occasional exceptions to rules so people can see every side of an issue  —  Outrage after Trump retweets anti-Muslim videos  —  President Trump has been heavily criticized for his decision to retweet three graphic anti-Muslim videos.
Gerry Smith / Bloomberg:
New York Times halves number of articles available to non-subscribers to five to grow subscriptions; first change to paywall since 2012 reflects growing demand  —  Users will access only five stories before being asked to pay  —  Move marks first change to Times online pay model since 2012
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
Memo: Vice News fires three employees amid investigations into sexual harassment  —  Vice Media fired three employees on Thursday amid a probe into sexual harassment and improper workplace conduct, according to a memo obtained by CNNMoney.  —  Vice did not name the employees.
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
NBC News launches internal review into how it handled Matt Lauer sexual harassment allegations  —  NBC News, under intense scrutiny since it fired “Today” anchor Matt Lauer in the wake of revelations of incidents involving him and sexual harassment under its corporate aegis …
NBC's shifting statements about Matt Lauer draw scrutiny: second statement noted that “current management” had not received complaints before Monday
Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
Reliance on network TV star anchors helped drive revenue, but also created conditions for power imbalances and incentivized networks to condone bad behavior
Jack Shafer / Politico:
Project Veritas' attempted sting against the Washington Post highlights the ethical questions of using deception in reporting  —  What the latest Project Veritas flop can teach us about undercover media work.  —  Project Veritas went undercover and got buried in its own muck this week.
Internal email: Vox Media to drop open bar from holiday party, giving employees two drink tickets instead, amid sexual harassment fears  —  Employees will instead receive two drink tickets, the company said in an internal email sent out Thursday afternoon.  —  Amid the wave of recent sexual …
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Tencent Music and Spotify are in talks to swap stakes of up to 10% in each other's businesses ahead of their expected public listings next year  —  Companies would own up to 10% in each other's businesses  —  The music group of Chinese internet giant Tencent Holdings Ltd …
Daniel Funke / Poynter:
Q&A with executive director of Africa Check, Peter Cunliffe-Jones, on fact checking in Africa, the technologies used, partnerships, and the fact-checking awards  —  JOHANNESBURG — Journalists from 12 different countries and four continents gathered around a table at the University of the Witwatersrand to talk about fact-checking.
Brian Calle / LA Weekly:
LA Weekly announces new ownership team comprised of investors Brian Calle and Andy Bequer, attorneys David Welch and Steve Mehr, philanthropist Kevin Xu, others  —  There is a lot of talk about who owns L.A. Weekly.  We've seen all the speculation.  Is it a Russian oligarch?  Is it some Trumpista?
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Sara Fischer / Axios:
iHeartRadio, with 850 stations, launches Nashville Podcast Network to appeal to Middle America and diversify podcast audience
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Tiffany Kary / Bloomberg:
Judge says Thiel can't stop legal probe into his role in Gawker's demise, but says Thiel can bid on remaining assets, including litigation claims against him
Matt Pressberg / The Wrap:
Liberty Global invests in movie distributor STX, which is aiming for a Hong Kong IPO; Bruce Mann, Liberty's chief programming officer, to join the STX board
Discussion: Hollywood Reporter and Variety
Kim Severson / New York Times:
Time Inc. announces it has sold Sunset magazine to Regent, a private equity firm in Beverly Hills; sales of Essence, Golf, and Time Inc. UK are also pending
Discussion: Eater