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7:15 AM ET, December 28, 2018

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Patrick Radden Keefe / New Yorker:
A profile of Mark Burnett, the Hollywood producer behind the TV hit “The Apprentice” which elevated Trump from a tabloid figure of fun to an icon of success  —  With “The Apprentice,” the TV producer mythologized Trump—then a floundering D-lister—as the ultimate titan, paving his way to the Presidency.
Max Fisher / New York Times:
Over 1,400 pages of leaked Facebook content rules for moderators reveal gaps, biases, and errors as Facebook tries to distill complex issues into yes/no rules  —  Under fire for stirring up distrust and violence, the social network has vowed to police its users.  But leaked documents raise serious questions about its approach.
Max Read / New York Magazine:
Studies suggest that less than 60% of web traffic is human, with fake metrics, news, and bot-driven conversations and transactions, leading to falling trust  —  In late November, the Justice Department unsealed indictments against eight people accused of fleecing advertisers of $36 million …
Emily Birnbaum / The Hill:
MSNBC says it beat Fox News in key ratings and in total viewers for the first time in 17 years during the week of December 17-21  —  MSNBC beat out Fox News last week in key ratings for first time in 17 years, topping its competitor in total viewers for the first time since 2000, according to a news release from MSNBC.
Laura Kayali / Politico:
David Kaye, the UN's Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression and Opinion, says Trump is the worst perpetrator of false information in the US  —  The President of the United States is the “worst” perpetrator of misinformation on the internet, the U.N. Special Rapporteur on Freedom …
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Matthew Schafer / BuzzFeed News:
A look at the role public records played in BuzzFeed News reporting in 2018, a year during which it filed ten FOIA lawsuits in federal courts  —  Texas was in a bind.  The manufacturer of pentobarbital, the drug Texas uses to execute death row inmates, had prohibited its distributors …
Austin Murphy / The Atlantic:
Austin Murphy, a former senior writer at Sports Illustrated, on switching from a career in journalism to working for Amazon delivering packages  —  There's a certain novelty, after decades at a legacy media company, in playing for the team that's winning big.
Jeff Jarvis / Whither news?:
What German media academics and journalists, including Mother Jones' CEO, are saying about the Der Spiegel scandal and the lessons to be learned  —  “Everyone who writes knows the seduction of the narrative.”  — Bernhard Pörksen in Die Zeit  —  The German journalism world …
 
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Variety:
Movie theater revenue bounced back in 2018 after a slow 2017; one analyst says investors are skeptical of sustained gains amid Netflix and Amazon competition
Christian Shepherd / Reuters:
UK publisher Taylor and Francis has dropped more than 80 journals from its offerings to libraries in China at the Chinese government's request
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Peter Jukes / Byline:
BBC's failure to adequately cover important stories like Brexit in the name of “balance” can turn it into a hostage to politics, rather than an observer of it