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11:10 PM ET, December 2, 2017


 Top News: 
Oliver Darcy / CNNMoney:
ABC News corrects bombshell report claiming Trump asked Flynn to contact Russians as a candidate, elicits criticism by initially calling it a “clarification”  —  Trump's praise of Michael Flynn over the years  —  ABC News on Friday evening corrected an explosive special report …
Jon Levine / The Wrap:
ABC News Suspends Brian Ross for 4 Weeks Without Pay: ‘Effective Immediately’  —  ABC News has announced that Brian Ross would be suspended for four weeks without pay “effective immediately.”  —  “It is vital we get the story right and retain the trust we have built with our audience - these are our core principles.
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”
Suki Kim / The Cut:
Multiple women accuse John Hockenberry, public radio icon and former host of WNYC's “The Takeaway”, of sexually harassing female colleagues  —  This story starts differently than most sexual harassment accounts out there.  It begins with the accused harasser honorably “retiring” …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Vidme Shuts Down User-Generated Video Service, Citing Inability to Compete With Google, Facebook  —  Startup Vidme is shutting down its user-generated video service — because it can't see a way to make money in the face of internet giants Google and Facebook.
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 …
Pete Vernon / Columbia Journalism Review:
Q&A with journalists on reporting on extremism: be wary of manipulation, contact experts, recognize the role of the Internet, consider the targets of extremism  —  White supremacists chant at counter protestors at the base of a statue of Thomas Jefferson after marching through the University …
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?
Lacey Rose / Hollywood Reporter:
Q&A with Bill Simmons as he launches Ringer Films, focused on non-scripted programming; initial Ringer investor HBO to have first pass at video content  —  The nonfiction fare will focus on sports and pop culture.  —  Bill Simmons is heading back to familiar territory.
Discussion: The Wrap
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
The Gecko Project launches as a reporting initiative for making environmental journalism about the Global South available to its residents via social media  —  Investigating environmental crimes in Indonesia, The Gecko Project wants “to push these things back into the places where they're reported out.”
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 …
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Ricardo Bilton / Nieman Lab:
The Trace partnered with over a dozen local NBC stations to produce a year-long report, Missing Pieces, will open the data it has collected to the public
Lucia Moses / Digiday:
David Kang, senior director of Apple News monetization and strategy since November 2016, is leaving his role for another position at the company
Discussion: Mobile Marketer
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
Sara Fischer / Axios:
iHeartRadio, with 850 stations, launches Nashville Podcast Network to appeal to Middle America and diversify podcast audience
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Garett Sloane / Ad Age:
Advertisers say Facebook plans to test pre-roll video ads for Watch shows after resisting the format
Michael Byrne / Motherboard:
Notre Dame study finds 73% of posts on Reddit are voted on by users that haven't clicked through to view the content
Discussion: Digital Trends and @heyfeifer
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