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6:10 PM 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.
Alex Hern / The Guardian:
Facebook has banned four pages run by Alex Jones for “repeated violations of Community Standards”; Spotify removes all episodes of The Alex Jones Show podcast  —  Crackdown on US conspiracy theorist for promoting violence and hate speech  —  All but one of the major content platforms …
Steven Perlberg / BuzzFeed News:
Jared Kushner ordered a software developer at the New York Observer to remove stories about friends and connections without editors' knowledge  —  Jared Kushner personally ordered a software developer at his newspaper to remove stories critical of his friends and real estate peers.
Discussion: @weareyourfek and @raju
Marty Swant / Adweek:
Getty Images launches Panels, an AI tool that uses natural language processing to analyze stories and suggest photos  —  The photo agency worked with 20 newsrooms and an AI firm to create Panels  —  Getty Images is embracing artificial intelligence, starting with a way to help publishers pick photos.
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.
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.
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 …
Max Willens / Digiday:
Insiders at Good and Upworthy describe management disputes over branded content, office culture clashes, a possible move to LA, and small budgets  —  Upworthy and Good Worldwide combined with a shared mission to promote social causes and uplifting content, but what resulted was a union rife with discord and rancor.
The Daily Beast:
Sources: Fox News' “hard news” shows have a soft ban on Seb Gorka, refusing to invite him on as a pundit, unlike the network's opinion talk shows  —  Fox News' “hard news” shows—which fall under the network's news division and pride themselves on being at least somewhat distinct …
Discussion: @smotus
Al Tompkins / Poynter:
Scripps Howard Foundation awards $3M each to the University of Maryland and Arizona State University to fund investigative journalism centers  —  The Scripps Howard Foundation sent a signal today that the future of journalism lies in investigative reporting.
Discussion: @atompkins
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Jaclyn Peiser / New York Times:
Former Cosmopolitan editor Joanna Coles resigns as chief content officer of Hearst Magazines
Roger Cheng / CNET:
DOJ says in its appeal of AT&T/Time Warner merger that court's ruling showed “fundamental errors of economic logic” like ignoring risk of rising consumer prices
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
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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: Washington Post
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
Discussion: Mediaite and HuffPost
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
Peter Dobrin /
H. F. “Gerry” Lenfest, cable TV entrepreneur, philanthropist, and founder of the Lenfest Institute for Journalism, has died at 88