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1:17 PM ET, November 17, 2018

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CBS News:
In interview, Sheryl Sandberg says “we absolutely did not pay anyone to create fake news” and says she didn't know Facebook had hired Definers  —  A day after a searing investigation into Facebook by The New York Times, the company's chief operating officer, Sheryl Sandberg, is defending herself and the social media giant.
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Tim Miller:
Tim Miller, who has worked with Definers Public Affairs and Crooked Media, defends his work, including the effort to link Soros to anti-Facebook groups  —  Setting the Record Straight Regarding My Facebook Work  —  Over the past 48 hours I've had some extremely serious accusations leveled against my integrity and my work.
Nick Martin / Splinter:
With Tim Miller, suspended after NYT Facebook report, Crooked Media engaged in the familiar media exercise of featuring a Never Trumper in the name of “balance”  —  And we're back with friend of the pod Tim Miller, who this week has managed to sully the fine name of Pod Save America by being a dirtbag!
Donie O'Sullivan / CNN:
Definers Public Affairs pitched a story last summer suggesting Apple News editors were biased against the GOP, based on campaign donations of Apple News staff  —  New York (CNN)The conservative public affairs firm that worked for Facebook, and spread opposition research about the social media …
CNN:
Judge orders White House to return Acosta's hard pass immediately citing violation of due process, thus granting CNN's request for a temporary restraining order  —  (CNN)Federal judge Timothy J. Kelly sided with CNN on Friday, ordering the White House to reinstate chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta's press pass.
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Scott Nover / The Atlantic:
Press freedom advocates express cautious relief, for now, after the return of Jim Acosta's press press, and praise unity of most media outlets supporting access  —  A federal judge temporarily restored Jim Acosta's White House press credentials, but didn't rule on the CNN correspondent's First Amendment claims.
Kevin Alexander / Thrillist:
The fate of Stanich's, a restaurant that closed after being rated #1 by Thrillist, prompts introspection regarding food critics' responsibilities and audiences  —  n my office, I have a coffee mug from Stanich's in Portland, Oregon.  Under the restaurant name, it says “Great hamburgers since 1949.”
Rebecca Keegan / Hollywood Reporter:
The Criterion Collection says it will launch a streaming service of classic films in the spring, after outcry over WarnerMedia's decision to shut FilmStruck  —  “Round up your buddies,” Steven Spielberg told Edgar Wright, when a campaign was launched to save FilmStruck.
Paul Linford / HoldtheFrontPage:
Johnston Press has been sold to JPIMedia, a new company formed by owners of Johnston's debt, which says all 200+ titles will continue to operate as normal  —  Regional publisher Johnston Press is tonight under new ownership after its bondholders agreed to wipe out £165m of the company's debts …
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Glenn Greenwald / The Intercept:
The Obama DOJ didn't prosecute Julian Assange because it would have been a threat to press freedom, a reason as valid now, post-DNC leak, as it was then  —  The Trump Justice Department inadvertently revealed in a court filing that it has charged Julian Assange in a sealed indictment.
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Washington Post:
Court filings in an unrelated case and sources reveal prosecutors have charged Julian Assange under seal, but the nature of charges remains unclear
John Koblin / New York Times:
ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey, the first black executive to run the entertainment division at a major network, to leave the company  —  Channing Dungey, the first black executive to run the entertainment division at a major network, is leaving ABC, the company announced Friday.
Steve O'Hear / TechCrunch:
Pirate Studios raises $20M for its self-service music studios that allow recording and live streaming while its cloud software handles mixing and mastering  —  Pirate Studios, the music technology company that operates fully automated and self-service 24 hour music studios, has secured $20 million.
Dade Hayes / Deadline:
In earnings call, Paramount Pictures CEO said the studio signed a multi-picture film deal with Netflix following The Cloverfield Paradox release strategy  —  Paramount Pictures has signed a multi-picture film deal with Netflix, studio boss Jim Gianopulos revealed today during Viacom's fourth …
Discussion: Observer and The Playlist
 
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Micah Singleton / The Verge:
AT&T is inviting DirecTV Now customers to a six-month trial of its streaming set-top box, which will run Android TV and support third-party services
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Adam Bernstein / Washington Post:
William Goldman, Oscar-winning screenwriter of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and All the President's Men, dies at 87
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
Reuters smart speakers study: 18% of owners in US use them daily for news, CNN, NPR lead as most popular news brands, users find news briefings too long
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Daniel Funke / Poynter:
The absence of local fact-checking during key midterm races in NV, NM, OH, PA exemplifies the decline of local fact-checking alongside local journalism
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
Facebook to demote “borderline content” in News Feed by default and let users appeal content moderation decisions to an independent body
Benjamin Oreskes / Los Angeles Times:
After covering last year's Oroville dam failure, Chico Enterprise-Record editor David Little knew to prioritize nuts-and-bolts information for the CA Camp fire