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7:15 PM ET, December 3, 2017


 Top News: 
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.
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 …
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” …
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Inside the White House's awkward holiday party for journalists, which Breitbart attended for the first time while CNN boycotted  —  WASHINGTON — The affair felt dissonant from the start: a festive gathering in the East Wing of the White House, thrown by President Trump for the journalists whose work …
Discussion: @jonlemire and The Guardian
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
Le Monde's suite of fact-checking tools for the public, Décodex, is almost a year old, and editors hope to share it with news outlets using other languages  —  It's preparing to partner with other international newsrooms.  —  On Wednesday, when Donald Trump retweeted three unverified …
The Guardian:
State-owned firms withholding advertising from opposing news outlets, restrictions on free speech, restrictive media laws threaten local media around the world  —  From Poland and Hungary to parts of Africa and South America, states are using commercial ruses to squeeze out liberal media
Freia Nahser / Global Editors Network:
How the Offshore Journalism Toolkit is working to archive online stories that may be removed due to censorship, right to be forgotten, or organizations closing  —  We talked to data journalist Nicolas Kayser-Bril about the Offshore Journalism Toolkit.  —  Turns out online content has an expiration date.
Harrison Smith / Washington Post:
Les Whitten, an investigative reporter who worked for Jack Anderson's Washington Merry-Go-Round, dies at 89  —  Les Whitten was a top legman to investigative reporter Jack Anderson.  He was once tailed by the CIA and jailed by the FBI.  (Family photo)  —  Les Whitten, an investigative …
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.
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.
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 …
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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
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
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
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
NBC News launches internal review into how it handled Matt Lauer sexual harassment allegations
 Earlier Picks: 
Internal email: Vox Media to drop open bar from holiday party, giving employees two drink tickets instead, amid sexual harassment fears
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
Katie Roof / TechCrunch:
Twitter Lite rolling out to 24 countries across Africa, Asia, Europe, Middle East, Latin America, after Philippines test showed a 50% increase in tweets
Discussion: The Hill