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2:40 PM 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 …
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 …
Hillel Italie / Associated Press:
Milo Yiannopoulos drops lawsuit against his former publisher Simon & Schuster over the cancellation of his memoir  —  NEW YORK (AP) — Milo Yiannopoulos is dropping his lawsuit against his former publisher.  In papers filed Tuesday in New York State Supreme Court, Yiannopoulos …
Discussion: Milo Yiannopoulos and Fast Company
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  —  The Chicago Reader fired Executive Editor Mark Konkol on Saturday night, 17 days into his tenure.
Steven Lee Myers / New York Times:
New York Times foreign correspondent Steven Myers was detained in police custody for nearly 17 hours in China, alongside photographer Gilles Sabrié  —  DZONGSAR MONASTERY, China — The monks, dressed in crimson robes and wielding blue plastic swords, were rehearsing a dance …
Beatrice Verhoeven / The Wrap:
Producer of Oscar-nominated documentary “Last Men in Aleppo”, Kareem Abeed, cannot attend the awards ceremony after the US rejected his visa application  —  “The Last Men in Aleppo” producer Kareem Abeed will not attend this year's Oscars because his visa has been officially rejected by the U.S. government.
Discussion: Variety
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
Robert Mitchell / Variety:
21st Century Fox has offered to commit to a Sky-branded news service for 10 years, up from 5, to persuade UK regulator CMA to approve takeover bid  —  21st Century Fox has offered “revised undertakings” in its commitment to a Sky-branded news service.  In a latest attempt to help smooth …
Ben Sisario / New York Times:
Sexual misconduct allegations at public radio may risk souring listener relationships, which means financial contributions may be in danger  —  Of all the realms of media that have been shaken by the #MeToo movement, perhaps the most surprising has been public radio, the home of virtuous journalism …
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HuffPost UK:
Hindustan Times Associate Editor Aman Sethi named Editor-in-Chief of HuffPost India and will begin his new role in April
Chris Lehmann / The Baffler:
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