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8:05 AM ET, February 21, 2018


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Newsweek gave 10 pages of free print ads to a New York county where Olivet University was creating a campus, showing more Newsweek-Olivet ties amid DA probe  —  Note from the Editors: As we were reporting this story, Newsweek Media Group fired Newsweek Editor Bob Roe, Executive Editor Ken Li …
Maxwell Tani / The Daily Beast:
Newsweek Deputy Editor Ross Schneiderman and other employees threatened to resign from the mag after it tried to suppress Olivet story  —  Several Newsweek staffers threatened to resign earlier this week, accusing the company of attempting to muzzle the publishing of a story further detailing internal turmoil …
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Tavis Smiley sues PBS, claiming the public TV network breached its contract and damaged his company when it fired him over sexual-harassment allegations  —  Talk-show host Tavis Smiley sued PBS on Tuesday, alleging that the network breached its contract and damaged his production company …
New York Times:
On Facebook and Twitter, lax enforcement lets impostor accounts thrive, leaves few options for those whose identities are taken, enabling fake news, propaganda  —  When Hilary Mason, a data scientist and entrepreneur, discovered that dozens of automated “bot” accounts had sprung up to impersonate …
New York Times:
One hour after news broke about the Florida school shooting, hundreds of suspected Russian-linked Twitter bots released divisive posts on the gun control debate
Jon Allsop / Columbia Journalism Review:
Since 1992, 23 newspaper carriers have been violently killed or murdered in the US, more than twice the number of journalists killed in the same period  —  Newspaper carriers are being assaulted and killed across the country  —  It was still early in Walter “Wes” Scott's paper route when he was killed.
Adeshina Emmanuel / Columbia Journalism Review:
Black writer Adeshina Emmanuel's work for Chicago Reader was anchored by a racist front cover, leading him to criticize it and since-fired editor Mark Konkol
Judge denies AT&T request to compel DOJ to disclose communications with the White House that might show Trump's views on AT&T's proposed merger with Time Warner  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A federal judge on Tuesday denied AT&T Inc's (T.N) request to see White House communications …
Melody Kramer / Poynter:
Q&A with NYT Space Calendar team on its interactive news, its 80K subscribers, reader reactions, and verticals going forward  —  In his book “The Power of Habit,” Charles Duhigg writes about a three-part process that every habit undergoes: First, there's a cue that tells your brain …
Douglass K. Daniel / Associated Press:
Former AP photographer Max Desfor, who won a Pulitzer for his photo of Korean War refugees crawling across a damaged bridge in 1950, dies at 104  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Associated Press photographer Max Desfor, whose photo of hundreds of Korean War refugees crawling across a damaged bridge …
Peter Walker / The Guardian:
UK Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn bashes and vaguely threatens four print newspapers while responding to stories claiming he gave info to Czech spy in the 1980s  —  Labour leader denies he was Czech informant and issues warning to newspaper owners … Play Video
David Shepardson / Reuters:
Sources: the FCC is expected to formally publish its December order overturning the Obama-era net neutrality rules on Thursday  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Communications Commission is expected to publish on Thursday its December order overturning the landmark Obama-era net neutrality rules …
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New York Times foreign correspondent Steven Myers was detained in police custody for nearly 17 hours in China, alongside photographer Gilles Sabrié
Ben Sisario / New York Times:
Sexual misconduct allegations at public radio may risk souring listener relationships, which means financial contributions may be in danger