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11:15 AM ET, August 6, 2018


 Top News: 
BuzzFeed News:
Apple has removed the entire libraries of five of InfoWars' six podcasts from iTunes, saying they violated its hate speech guidelines  —  Apple has removed the entire library for five of Infowars' six podcasts from its iTunes and Podcast apps, BuzzFeed News has learned.
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
The crisis in local news, with newspaper newsrooms half the size they were in 2008, is destroying our ability to find an agreed-upon set of facts  —  Ken Doctor saw it coming.  A few years ago, the media analyst looked at the trend lines and predicted that by 2017 or so, American newsrooms would reach a shocking point.
Megan Garber / The Atlantic:
Filter bubbles and echo chambers seem quaint in the new misinformation age, as systems that have typically arbitrated truth in America are failing  —  This week, the new york times reported that Alex Jones, InfoWars founder and professional peddler of lies, is seeking more than $100,000 …
Discussion: TechCrunch
Peter Dobrin /
H. F. “Gerry” Lenfest, cable TV entrepreneur, philanthropist, and founder of the Lenfest Institute for Journalism, has died at 88  —  The philanthropist and civic leader died Sunday, August 5, at 88.  He made a fortune in cable television; then, he and his wife decided to give …
WashPostPR / Washington Post:
The Washington Post is partnering with HarperCollins imprint Custom House to release a book on Russian interference written by nat sec reporter Greg Miller  —  The Washington Post today announced plans to release a book detailing Russian interference in the 2016 election and the subsequent political, legal and diplomatic fallout.
Brent Lang / Variety:
MoviePass is abandoning its price hike but is now limiting films to 3 a month per customer, down from one-a-day  —  Another day, another subscription plan from MoviePass.  —  The struggling ticket-buyer said Monday that it will not raise its prices to $14.95 in the wake of customer dissatisfaction.
Discussion: The Wrap, @ohmdee and @themediaisdying
Lacey Rose / Hollywood Reporter:
Speaking at an event, CBS entertainment chief Kelly Kahl defended the network, saying female employees didn't recognise culture described in New Yorker article  —  On hand at the network's TCA day, Kelly Kahl found himself on the hot seat as he fielded a half-hour's worth of questions about the sexual misconduct allegations.
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
CBS says 60 Minutes head Jeff Fager will not return to work on Monday, extending his vacation while he waits for conclusion of the probe into harassment at CBS  —  The executive producer of “60 Minutes,” Jeff Fager, will not return to work on Monday, as an internal investigation into alleged misconduct at CBS News continues.
Jon Levine / The Wrap:
Fox News reporter Conor Powell has resigned; source: he and other journalists at the network are unhappy with the direction it is headed  —  Fox News foreign correspondent Conor Powell has left the company after nine years with the network.  The Jerusalem-based journalist announced the news …
Brooks Barnes / New York Times:
Sources: Disney has at least nine movies in production or advanced development, with budgets from $20M-$60M, for its new streaming service  —  LOS ANGELES — Very little is known about Disneyflix, as some people in Hollywood are calling the Netflix-style streaming service that Disney plans to introduce late next year.
Al Tompkins / Poynter:
The Scripps Howard Foundation awards $3M each to the University of Maryland and Arizona State University to launch investigative reporting centers  —  The Scripps Howard Foundation sent a signal today that the future of journalism lies in investigative reporting.
Discussion: @atompkins
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Tamar Auber / Mediaite:
During a Fox News segment, comedian Terrence K. Williams called NYT Editorial Board member Sarah Jeong “Ling Ling” and referred to her as “crazynese”
Discussion: Contemptor
Justin Baragona / Contemptor:
A Trump supporter who called C-SPAN's daily call-in show Washington Journal threatened to shoot CNN anchors Brian Stelter and Don Lemon
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
NYT adds Your Feed section to its iOS app that lets users choose from 24 channels and includes tweet-length exclusive content pulled from NYT's Slack channel
Discussion: TechCrunch
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Daniel Funke / Poynter:
Christopher Blair, who blurs the lines between fake news and satire on sites that had been heavily reliant on Facebook, feuds with Snopes as his reach dwindles
Daniel Funke / Poynter:
After fierce criticism, the Newseum apologizes, removes “You Are Very Fake News” t-shirts from store, will continue to sell items with presidential slogans