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7:30 AM ET, February 20, 2018

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Nicholas Thompson / Wired:
Sources: Rob Goldman apologized internally at Facebook for his tweetstorm about Russian interference, saying “I conveyed my view poorly”  —  ON FRIDAY MORNING, just before 10am on the West Coast, the office of special counsel Robert Mueller published his indictment of 13 Russian operatives …
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Sheera Frenkel / New York Times:
Fact-checking the tweetstorm by Facebook VP of ads Rob Goldman on the Mueller indictment and Facebook's role in election interference by Russia  —  Rob Goldman, Facebook vice president for ads, tweeted about Russia's disinformation effort.  President Trump then cited him.  We fact-checked Mr. Goldman.
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Fox News working on Fox Nation, a standalone streaming subscription service with original shows and right-leaning commentary, expected to debut by year's end  —  Thanks to a relentless news cycle — and a dedicated fan in the Oval Office — Fox News has defied the downward trends in the television business …
New York Times:
Sources: how American Media Inc., which owns The National Enquirer, Star, Us Weekly, and Radar, helped Trump lawyer Michael Cohen bury scandals  —  As accounts of past sexual indiscretions threatened to surface during Donald J. Trump's presidential campaign, the job of stifling potentially …
Discussion: The Week and @amosposner
Lucia Moses / Digiday:
Following changes to News Feed, publishers including the NYT and BuzzFeed are experiencing reported declines in traffic from Facebook of 6-14%  —  Just a month after Facebook said it'd show less news in its news feed, news publishers are already feeling the brunt, multiple data sources show.
Discussion: @digiday
Rick Edmonds / Poynter:
NewsMatch's October-December drive raised $4.8M from participating donors and foundations; donors gave $33M total, including gifts not covered under match terms  —  The non-profit news sector has been a favorite of foundation journalism philanthropy for more than a decade.
Discussion: PR Newswire
Katharine Schwab / Co.Design:
ProPublica reporter outlines how they are developing their own machine learning algorithms and chatbots as investigative tools against big tech companies  —  The nonprofit is fighting fire with fire, developing algorithms and bots that hold Facebook and Amazon accountable.
Discussion: @lilianedwards
Dave Itzkoff / New York Times:
Q&A with John Oliver: How Last Week Tonight tries to limit Trump coverage, does segments that don't feel timely, and how it satirizes controversy  —  The world keeps changing, and “Last Week Tonight With John Oliver” keeps staying the same.  As it begins its fifth season on Sunday …
 
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Ben Sisario / New York Times:
Sexual misconduct allegations at public radio may risk souring listener relationships, which means financial contributions may be in danger
Chris Lehmann / The Baffler:
Political commentary on op-ed pages is driven by social media renown, where writers are brands and stabs at arguments and analysis amount to forgettable takes
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Ali Breland / The Hill:
US lawmakers are worried that advances in video manipulation technology could herald a new era of fake news
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