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1:10 AM ET, April 11, 2018


 Top News: 
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Sinclair uses banner ads on affiliates' websites to point to a YouTube video criticizing Brian Stelter and CNN for a “hypocritical attack on Sinclair”  —  The nation's largest owner of TV stations has mounted an unusual video attack on CNN for what it calls “dishonesty and hypocrisy” …
Washington Post:
TV stations bought by Sinclair reduce local political coverage, increase national political coverage, and shift rightward, according to Emory researchers  —  In recent weeks, news anchors at local TV stations across the country have warned Americans about the “sharing of biased and false news” …
Timothy Burke / Deadspin:
Creator of Deadspin's Sinclair video montage says his intent was apolitical and worries about how the video could be used to confirm people's distrust of news  —  This past weekend, the media watchdog group Allied Progress began airing a message on Sinclair Broadcast Group stations urging viewers …
Jon Swaine / The Guardian:
Sinclair CEO David Smith says he told Trump “we are here to deliver your message” during campaign but that he made a similar offer to the Clinton camp  —  The rightwing broadcaster met Trump at the White House to pitch a potentially lucrative new product to officials
Discussion: HuffPost, The Wrap and CNNMoney
Todd Spangler / Variety:
European Commission investigators raid London offices of 21st Century Fox's Fox Networks Group in broad probe of anti-competitive practices around sports rights  —  The London offices of 21st Century Fox's Fox Networks Group were raided by European Commission investigators Tuesday …
Taylor Hatmaker / TechCrunch:
Twitter endorses the Honest Ads Act, a bill introduced last year to promote political ad transparency, following Facebook's endorsement of it last week  —  Just hours before social media companies face a regulatory reckoning with Facebook's appearance on the Hill, Twitter is taking a step to get right with Congress.
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Bloomberg's TicToc, its Twitter video news service, will launch a podcast, audio news digest, and a newsletter next month  —  Now that Bloomberg's new live Twitter network TicToc has taken off, it's expanding its brand into more direct-to-consumer offerings, like podcasts, audio digests and a newsletter, launching later this month.
Discussion: TVNewser
Lesley Goldberg / Hollywood Reporter:
Janice Min, former co-president and CCO of The Hollywood Reporter, signs consulting deal with NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment  —  The Hollywood Reporter's former co-president and chief creative officer will advise E! and other NBCU cable networks.  —  Janice Min, the former co-president …
Discussion: Page Six
Tony Rehagen / Columbia Journalism Review:
Profile of Sarah Kendzior, a political journalist based in St. Louis who foresaw Trump's authoritarian streak and highlighted his relationship with Putin early  —  Sarah Kendzior still has trouble explaining the limousines to her neighbors.  Kendzior is a political journalist who works mostly …
Benjamin Mayo / 9to5Mac:
Vimeo launches a free macOS app that helps simplify video sharing and has Final Cut Pro integration  —  The YouTube competitor video site Vimeo has today debuted a new Vimeo app for macOS, available for free in the Mac App Store.  The native client simplifies video sharing for Vimeo users …
Sahil Patel / Digiday:
Tegna, which owns TV broadcast stations in 39 US markets, is working with Snap to include public Snapchat videos and images in its news coverage  —  Local broadcaster Tegna has partnered with Snap to bring public Snapchat stories to its local news programs.
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Wall Street Journal:
Despite Trump's repeated criticism of Amazon and Washington Post, Jeff Bezos has remained silent; sources say it reflects his desire to play the long game
Sally Kohn / Fast Company:
CNN commentator Sally Kohn talks about her experience as a liberal and openly-gay pundit at Fox News and what she learned at the network
Discussion: Advocate
Mia Galuppo / Hollywood Reporter:
Crooked Media, the company behind podcast Pod Save America, is expanding into film by co-producing a documentary on Ted Cruz challenger Beto O'Rourke
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Tom Warren / The Verge:
High-profile accounts and popular music videos on YouTube were hacked and defaced, and the most-viewed video of all time, “Despacito”, disappeared briefly
Associated Press:
Chinese government orders removal of four popular news apps, including Jinri Toutiao with 120M DAUs, for a period ranging from three days to three weeks