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11:30 AM ET, January 9, 2019

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Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Amid a debate on the value of broadcasting Trump's primetime speech, network anchors responded with several corrections for some of his misleading claims  —  Moments after President Trump concluded his Oval Office remarks on border security on Tuesday, the NBC anchor Chuck Todd came on air with a blunt assessment.
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James Poniewozik / New York Times:
Trump has a clear record of falsehoods; by giving him unfiltered access to their audience, TV networks placed their fear of an angry tweet above viewers needs  —  If you had the word “crisis” in your presidential address drinking game, my sympathies.  —  In President Trump's first televised address …
A.G. Sulzberger / The New York Times Company:
A.G. Sulzberger's “State of the Times” memo for employees emphasizes the global impact of the publishers' journalism but fails to address metrics  —  A.G. Sulzberger to Times employees at 2019 State of The Times address.  —  One of the most important is that the way people find and engage with news is changing.
Julian Borger / The Guardian:
Turkish journalist Pelin Ünker has been sentenced to more than a year in jail for her work on the Paradise Papers investigation into offshore tax havens  —  Journalist was found guilty of ‘defamation and insult’ for writing about companies owned by former PM
Hillman Foundation:
Meredith Kolodner and Sarah Butrymowicz of The Hechinger Report win January's Sidney award for an investigative collaboration with the NYT into cosmetology  —  Meredith Kolodner and Sarah Butrymowicz of the Hechinger Report win the January Sidney for “A $21,000 Cosmetology School Debt and a $9-an-Hour Job …
Ina Fried / Axios:
Verizon CEO Hans Vestberg says it's too soon to say if the company will divest its media unit and that it will not make money by leveraging subscriber data  —  Verizon CEO Hans Vestberg isn't ready to ditch the telecom company's media unit, but he tells Axios it will have to make money without leveraging data …
Mark Di Stefano / BuzzFeed:
UK newspaper The Sun's coverage is becoming more right-wing in a bid to attract the attention of The Drudge Report and subsequent traffic boosts, emails show  —  You've heard of clickbait.  The Sun has “Drudge-bait”.  —  The Sun has been targeting important parts of its news agenda to court …
Wall Street Journal:
Sources detail how Facebook and Twitter have increasingly turned to right-leaning groups to help referee political speech, often behind the scenes  —  Advisers on touchy issues include Tony Perkins' Family Research Council, Grover Norquist's Americans for Tax Reform and, on the left, the Southern Poverty Law Center
John Reed / Financial Times:
Vietnam accuses Facebook of failing to take down “slanderous content” in violation of cyber security law which took effect on January 1  —  Vietnam has accused Facebook of failing to take down “slanderous content” and said it was considering withholding money for some advertising paid …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Disney quietly shuts down Babble, the parenting blog it acquired in 2011 for ~$40M, as it prepares for the launch of its streaming service Disney+  —  As Disney gets closer to launching a shiny new video service and continues to ramp up efforts in other new streaming areas like gaming …
Mathew Ingram / Columbia Journalism Review:
A lawsuit against Grindr challenges the protections of Section 230 of the CDA and could lead to similar suits against other services like Facebook and Twitter  —  Under current US law, digital services and platforms like Facebook and Twitter are protected from liability for the content …
 
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Connor Parker / HuffPost UK:
Murdoch's UK newspapers The Sun and Sun on Sunday made a pre-tax loss of £92.2M, but The Times and The Sunday Times made a pre-tax profit of £9.6M
Paul Bond / Hollywood Reporter:
Ex-Fox News employee Laura Luhn sues Showtime over her portrayal in new series on Roger Ailes, an adaptation of Gabriel Sherman's book
Colby Hall / Mediaite:
CNN's Chris Cillizza, who is frequently criticized on Twitter for his political hot takes, wrote over 900 articles in 2018 and drove over 360M global page views
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James Walker / Press Gazette:
The BBC and Channel 4 say they have no plans to stop broadcasting outside UK Parliament, as pro-Brexit protesters harass reporters and media staff
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Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
As 2020 campaign coverage begins, early signs suggest that the press is repeating the mistakes of 2016: focusing on gaffes and personalities instead of policies