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7:55 AM ET, November 8, 2018

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Amy B Wang / Washington Post:
White House suspends Jim Acosta's press pass after he and Trump had a tense exchange; Sarah Sanders claims Acosta “placed his hands” on woman at press event  —  The White House has suspended the press pass of CNN reporter Jim Acosta after President Trump took issue …
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Jeremy Barr / Hollywood Reporter:
Trump called Jim Acosta a “rude, terrible person”, as an aide tried to wrestle the mic from Acosta, and told April Ryan to “sit down” during press conference  —  “CNN should be ashamed of itself having you working for them,” Trump told Acosta during a post-election news conference on Wednesday.
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Vice Media plans to shrink its staff by up to 15% and cut its number of digital verticals by at least half; company is on track to lose $50M+ this year  —  Workforce reduction will happen through hiring freeze and attrition  —  Vice Media plans to shrink its workforce …
Kevin Roose / New York Times:
Some experts say Facebook performed well for the midterms, but disinformation and false news still spread fast, requiring outsiders' monitoring and prodding  —  After an Election Day largely free of viral social media misinformation, and with little trace of the kind of Russian troll stampede …
Committee to Protect Journalists:
Tanzanian authorities have detained two staffers of the Committee to Protect Journalists; CPJ executive director calls for their immediate release  —  Authorities in Tanzania should immediately release Angela Quintal, Africa program coordinator at the Committee to Protect Journalists …
Alex Sherman / CNBC:
Sources: Comcast aims to ship a home hub with a voice-enabled remote next year for broadband-only subs that aggregates streaming apps like Netflix, Amazon Prime  —  - Comcast is planning to debut a product to broadband-only customers that will allow them to aggregate certain streaming apps, such as Netflix and Amazon Video.
Melynda Fuller / MediaPost:
Meredith announces Q1 revenue of $757M, up 90%+ YoY, with advertising-related revenues doubling YoY to $423M  —  Just last week, Meredith Corporation announced the finalization of its sale of Time magazine, the flagship property it acquired along with the rest of Time Inc.'s portfolio in January.
 
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Henry Farrell / Washington Post:
Q&A with Harvard's Yochai Benkler, on the political consequences of US media and why Fox News is five times more influential than Facebook for the right
Erin Nyren / Variety:
Hollywood producer Jason Blum was booed off stage at Israel Film Festival for criticizing Trump, with one reality TV star attempting to remove him
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Natalie Jarvey / Hollywood Reporter:
Defy Media has ceased operations and let go of most employees, with a small team staying onboard to try and sell brands like Smosh
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Fox News said it does not condone Sean Hannity's appearance onstage at a Trump rally on Monday night and called it an “unfortunate distraction”