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6:10 PM ET, October 31, 2018

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Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
The PR from Fox News and Fox Business emphasizing the work of people like Shep Smith fails to mitigate the baseless, destructive programming on other Fox shows  —  A header on Brian Stelter's nightly media newsletter reads, “Fox under pressure,” a reference to the growing concerns …
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Brian Stelter / CNN:
Media Matters steps up pressure on Fox News advertisers, accusing the media company of inflaming tensions across the US
Natalie Jarvey / Hollywood Reporter:
Vice CEO Nancy Dubuc says she can't “rule out” layoffs but says the company will be profitable sooner than people expect  —  Hype, sex appeal and the promise of young audiences turned Shane Smith's wild brainchild into one of the hottest digital brands on the planet.  Then came scandal and skepticism.
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Politico:
As Trump throws out multiple unlikely claims ahead of midterm elections, many news outlets have repeated his false statements in headlines and tweets  —  President Donald Trump appears to be throwing spaghetti against the wall in the run-up to the midterms — and seeing what he can get journalists to choke down.
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Sam Biddle / The Intercept:
The Axios coverage of Trump's plan to get rid of US birthright citizenship was a perverse, obsequious mix of bleak news and promotion of an Axios series on HBO  —  You wouldn't trust a music critic who's buddies with the band, nor should you trust a tech reporter who hoots and hollers whenever Tim Cook takes the stage.
Freddy Mayhew / Press Gazette:
Mark Zuckerberg has been summoned to appear before an “international grand committee” of Canadian and UK MPs to discuss fake news on November 27  —  Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg has been called to appear before an “international grand committee” on “fake news” …
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Shona Ghosh / Business Insider:
Business Insider was able to run two ads on Facebook, previously used by the UK Leave campaign, which were listed as being “paid for” by Cambridge Analytica
Kara Swisher / New York Times:
Social platforms and Silicon Valley Funders operate with sloppy disregard of the consequences of hate speech, unwilling to lose users and hurt their bottom line  —  This is what the internet has come to: thugs like Mohammed bin Salman funding tech companies to host the vitriol of thugs like Cesar Sayoc and Robert Bowers.
Ryan Pitkin / @pitkin_ryan:
Ryan Pitkin, EIC of Charlotte's only alt-weekly, Creative Loafing, says publisher Charles Womack has shut it down and laid off staff without severance  —  I've got some horrible news, our publisher Charles Womack waited until we went to print today then shut down the whole paper after 31 years just like that. Everyone out of work. No severance. No nothing. It's been real.
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Creative Loafing / @cl_charlotte:
Washington Post:
Jamal Khashoggi was killed four weeks ago, the result of a direct order from Crown Prince MBS who Trump is trying to protect; Congress must not permit this  —  JAMAL KHASHOGGI walked in to the Saudi Consulate four weeks ago on Tuesday to obtain a simple document allowing him to marry.
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The Guardian:
Istanbul's chief prosecutor says Jamal Khashoggi was killed as soon as he entered the Saudi Consulate, and his body was then dismembered afterwards
Brian Stelter / CNN:
Megyn Kelly's lawyer Bryan Freedman has accused NBC News Chairman Andy Lack and the network of leaking false information to the press  —  (CNN)Megyn Kelly's slow-motion exit from NBC News has turned into an all-out legal battle.  —  Kelly's 9 a.m. show was canceled last week, but her contract goes through 2020.
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Ken Meyer / Mediaite:
Megyn Kelly attacks Daily Mail over invasive coverage following her NBC exit, says the paper's photographer filmed her child and her classmates
Discussion: Daily Mail and Deadline
Kirsten Korosec / TechCrunch:
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Meg James / Los Angeles Times:
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Simon Austin / Prolific North:
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