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11:35 AM ET, July 25, 2018

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CNN:
CNN obtains tape in which Trump can be heard discussing with Michael Cohen about buying rights to story of Playboy model from American Media  —  (CNN)Presidential candidate Donald Trump is heard on tape discussing with his attorney Michael Cohen how they would buy the rights to a Playboy model's story …
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Politico:
On Tuesday night, Trump tweeted about the FCC's ruling on Sinclair-Tribune merger, saying it was “sad and unfair” that the FCC wouldn't approve it  —  President Donald Trump on Tuesday night bashed an FCC decision that likely doomed conservative broadcast giant Sinclair Broadcast …
Adi Robertson / The Verge:
A spliced-together video “interview” of House candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez blurred lines between satire and disinformation, getting 1M+ views on Facebook  —  A conservative news outlet spliced together a “satirical” interview with Democratic congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez …
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Jon Levine / The Wrap:
CRTV host Allie Beth Stuckey says she will not apologize for satirical video of her “interviewing” Democratic Socialist candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez  —  CRTV host Allie Beth Stuckey said she won't apologize for a satirical video she made of her “interviewing” …
Discussion: The Intercept, Daily Wire and Mediaite
Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
Sources: Viacom is in advanced talks with Comcast about acquiring Awesomeness TV, for less than half of its $650M valuation in 2016  —  - Youth-media brand is owned by Comcast, Verizon and Hearst  — Viacom seeking to recapture viewers who fled MTV, Nickelodeon
Discussion: Variety and @digitalshields
Chantal Fernandez / The Business of Fashion:
Troy Young will succeed David Carey as president of Hearst's magazine division, overseeing 300 print editions and 240 digital brands  —  The architect of the division's digital media strategy will succeed David Carey, who announced his forthcoming departure in June.
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Julia Ioffe / GQ:
Journalists who attended the Aspen Security Conference last week had strange encounters with an Uber driver, leading to speculation she was a spy  —  Last week, as America's top national security experts convened in Aspen, a strangely inquisitive Uber driver showed up, too.  And caused a minor freak-out.
Tom Kludt / CNNMoney:
Source: Tronc exec Grant Whitmore meets with remaining NY Daily News staff, says he foresees no new layoffs and he's unaware of any plans to sell paper  —  As he takes over a newsroom that was just reduced by half, the New York Daily News' new top editor, Robert York, is asking his embattled staff for time to chart a new course.
Charlie Warzel / BuzzFeed News:
Facebook says a livestream in which Infowars' Alex Jones made unfounded allegations that Special Counsel Robert Mueller rapes children did not violate its rules  —  Jones accused the special counsel of participating in child rape and pantomimed shooting Mueller.  Facebook said the rant did not violate its community guidelines.
Oliver Darcy / CNNMoney:
Interest in Breitbart News has waned as traffic has dropped and staff turned over, though people close to the site say it still commands influence on the right  —  In the early days of the Trump administration, Breitbart, the far-right website previously headed by former White House chief …
John Lynch / Business Insider:
Emarketer predicts a 32.8% increase in cordcutting in 2018, bringing the total number of estimated cord-cutters up to 33M  —  - TV cord-cutting will outpace projections and increase an estimated 32.8% in 2018, according to new analysis from Emarketer.  — The firm projects that the total number …
Colin Lecher / The Verge:
Q&A with Sen. Ron Wyden, who co-wrote Section 230 of Communications Decency Act, on privacy, content moderation, First Amendment, and tech giants like Facebook  —  There may not be a lawmaker in Congress who has done more to shape the internet than Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR).
 
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Nellie Andreeva / Deadline:
Netflix is handling international distribution for the upcoming drama adaptation of the LA Times podcast Dirty John
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The Daily Beast:
Sources: Fox News employees have been attempting to plant negative stories about Kimberly Guilfoyle, accusing her of workplace misconduct and abuse
Susan Taylor Martin / Tampa Bay Times:
Mark Katches, currently editor and VP of content at The Oregonian, named executive editor of The Tampa Bay Times
Discussion: Poynter