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9:50 PM ET, September 4, 2018

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Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
Bob Woodward says he stands by reporting in his new book about Trump, called Fear, after White House figures dispute details and question Woodward's credibility  —  White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Tuesday pushed back against Bob Woodward's new book on President Trump …
Tim Baysinger / The Wrap:
Trump Threatens NBC's License Over ‘Highly Unethical Conduct’ on Spiked Harvey Weinstein Story  —  President Donald Trump directed his ire once again at NBC News, this time calling them out for their handling of Ronan Farrow's Harvey Weinstein reporting, and threatening their broadcast license.
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Axios:
Memo: Andy Lack defends NBC News' decision not to publish Ronan Farrow's reporting on Harvey Weinstein, says Farrow's NBC draft lacked on-the-record sources
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
FCC's Pai says transparency law may be needed for Twitter, Facebook, Google, citing privacy issues, even though he supported ending ISP privacy rules in 2017  —  The leader of the Federal Communications Commission says that major web companies like Facebook, Twitter, and Google …
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
The New Yorker's plan to interview Steve Bannon on stage was part of a larger media pattern giving legitimacy to people and ideas that deserve only scorn  —  No one wants a festival of ideas to turn into a cozy chat among like-minded friends.  That's pointless.
Discussion: New York Times and New York Times
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Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
The New Yorker's David Remnick says he won't interview Steve Bannon at The New Yorker Festival: “I've changed my mind. There is a better way to do this”
Erin Nyren / Variety:
Before The New Yorker reversed course, Judd Apatow, Jim Carrey, and others said they wouldn't attend The New Yorker Festival if Steve Bannon was included
Sopan Deb / New York Times:
Steve Bannon calls David Remnick “gutless” for rescinding invitation to the New Yorker Festival; correspondence shows talk had been planned for two months
Chuck Todd / The Atlantic:
After a 50-year campaign of vilification, inspired by Roger Ailes, it's time for journalists to start fighting back by showcasing and defending their reporting  —  A nearly 50-year campaign of vilification, inspired by Fox News's Roger Ailes, has left many Americans distrustful of media outlets.
Davey Alba / BuzzFeed News:
The human cost of Facebook's rise in the Philippines, where the truth no longer matters, propaganda is ubiquitous, lives are wrecked, and people die as a result  —  In August 2016, a handful of crude images began circulating widely throughout Facebook's Filipino community …
Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic:
The Atlantic launches new vertical called Ideas, led by the magazine's former Politics Editor Yoni Appelbaum  —  A new destination for incisive and intelligent analysis, essays, and commentary  —  What does it mean for The Atlantic—a magazine that has always emphasized the importance of ideas …
David Folkenflik / NPR:
Organizers in newsrooms at Tronc's Daily Press and The Virginian-Pilot and small sister publications are asking Tronc for immediate voluntary union recognition  —  The combined newsrooms of the Virginia papers for the controversy-scarred Tronc newspaper company are following the path …
 
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Cale Guthrie Weissman / Fast Company:
The Outline has laid off all of its remaining six staff writers, with seemingly only editors left on the site's full-time editorial staff
Scott Roxborough / Hollywood Reporter:
HBO is broadcasting its first ever non-English drama, an Italian adaption of an Elena Ferrante novel, this November
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WashPostPR / Washington Post:
Madhulika Sikka, former exec editor at NPR News, is joining the Washington Post as executive producer, in charge of new daily podcast launching in late 2018
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Ryan Christopher Jones / New York Times:
Photojournalists covering the opioid crisis tend toward sensationalist images, perpetuate the “war on drugs” class warfare, and fail to maintain users' humanity
Sam Bradley / The Drum:
Interview with FremantleMedia VP Sam Glynne on repackaging for digital platforms, trialing Facebook Watch, new revenue channels, and globalizing content