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10:55 AM ET, January 9, 2018

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Sebastian Gorka / The Hill:
Former White House advisor Sebastian Gorka says he was instructed to speak to Michael Wolff but declined to do so, chides ex-colleagues for talking to press  —  When I worked in the White House, I was viewed as strange by many of my colleagues on Sean Spicer's press team.
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CNN:
CNN promotes Jim Acosta to chief White House correspondent; Pamela Brown joins the White House beat  —  CNN has announced a number of new assignments for its White House and Washington-based correspondents, timed to the start of President Trump's second year in office.
Associated Press:
Memo: Macmillan CEO John Sargent calls Trump's attempt to halt release of Wolff book “flagrantly unconstitutional”, says company will respond to legal letter
Ted Johnson / Variety:
NBC deletes tweet that appeared to endorse Oprah Winfrey as a 2020 presidential candidate, says it was posted by a third-party agency for NBC Entertainment  —  WASHINGTON — NBC removed a tweet sent from the network's main account that appeared to endorse the idea of an Oprah Winfrey candidacy in 2020.
HeraldScotland:
UK's Equality and Human Rights Commission will write to the BBC over unlawful discrimination claims made by ex-China Editor Carrie Gracie  —  The Equality and Human Rights Commission will write to the BBC over claims of unlawful pay discrimination made by former China editor Carrie Gracie.
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Graham Ruddick / The Guardian:
UK's new Culture Secretary Matt Hancock has criticized the BBC for paying some male employees more than what British ambassadors earn  —  Matt Hancock says corporation should raise pay of female staff but also consider pay of men ‘who are paid far more than equivalent public servants’
Discussion: @monaeltahawy
Burlington Free Press:
Gannett fires Burlington Free Press editor after tweets about VT's proposal to add a third gender to driver licenses, saying he violated social media guidelines  —  Denis Finley, editor of the Burlington Free Press, left the company Monday evening.  —  Finley became embroiled …
Discussion: Vanity Fair, Poynter and Seven Days
Committee to Protect Journalists:
In response to Trump's “fake news” awards, the Committee to Protect Journalists announces the Press Oppressors awards  —  Amid the public discourse of fake news and President Trump's announcement via Twitter about his planned “fake news” awards ceremony, CPJ is recognizing world leaders …
Discussion: UPROXX, Mediaite and Mashable
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Ex-Hulu SVP Jenny Wall is joining Brooklyn-based podcast network Gimlet Media as its first chief marketing officer  —  Entertainment-marketing vet Jenny Wall is jumping into the burgeoning world of podcasting.  —  Wall, a former Hulu and Netflix marketing executive, has joined Gimlet Media …
Michelle Robbins / Search Engine Land:
Google announces that Google AMP cache will display publisher URLs and drop the Google AMP URL prefix in search results, starting in the second half of 2018  —  Google announced today that it is well on its way to solving one of the most annoying (to publishers) “features” of AMP …
Jason Schwartz / Politico:
Facebook to host fact-checking partners in early February to discuss how to help them be more effective and increase impact  —  Criticized for not sharing data, the social network is calling its fact-checkers together to discuss a more open approach.  —  After months of criticism …
Discussion: PEN America
 
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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Google News engineering director says an unintentional tech issue resulted in some sites being delisted over the past few days and is working on a fix
Joseph Bernstein / BuzzFeed:
Right-wing writer Chuck Johnson files lawsuit in California against Twitter claiming he was banned for his political views in violation of free speech rights
Discussion: The Hill and Mashable
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Cale Guthrie Weissman / Fast Company:
Twitter has quietly started verifying users again, after pausing verifications in November alongside a promise of a new authentication and verification program
Aidan McLaughlin / Mediaite:
MSNBC host Joe Scarborough said a source close to Trump claimed he has early onset dementia, but the Washington Post removed the quote from his column twice
Variety:
Facebook has signed a multi-year, multi-territory licensing deal with Sony/ATV Music Publishing, allowing users to upload and share media from the catalog