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10:55 PM ET, February 20, 2019

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Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
By hiring Sarah Isgur, CNN is aiming for a both-sides-are-equal type of coverage in a bid to boost its ratings, positioning it between MSNBC and Fox News  —  A few months before the 2016 presidential election, Sarah Isgur tweeted some advice to Donald Trump: “The only 3 words that should be coming …
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Brian Stelter / CNN:
CNN employees raise ethics concerns over CNN's hire of Sarah Isgur Flores who is moving directly into a managerial role  —  New York (CNN Business)A version of this article first appeared in the “Reliable Sources” newsletter.  You can sign up for free right here.  —  Controversy over CNN's newest hire
Maxwell Tani / The Daily Beast:
Memo: several of CNN's top politics editors, including Washington Bureau Chief Sam Feist, say they're thrilled Sarah Isgur is joining the network
The New York Times Company:
New York Times Publisher A.G. Sulzberger says Trump's use of the phrase “enemy of the people” is encouraging attacks on the press at home and abroad  —  America's founders believed that a free press was essential to democracy because it is the foundation of an informed, engaged citizenry.
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Sam Wolfson / The Guardian:
Dutch historian leaks un-aired video of Fox News host Tucker Carlson cursing and calling him names after accusations of hypocrisy and critique of Fox's agenda  —  In a heated exchange that was not aired, Rutger Bregman accused Carlson of being a pawn for the Murdochs and Kochs
eMarketer:
eMarketer predicts that US digital ad spending will surpass traditional in 2019, growing 19% YoY to $129.34B, of which mobile will account for ~$87B  —  Amazon's ad business to grow more than 50%, taking bite out of duopoly  —  This year will mark a major milestone in the world of advertising.
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Sources: CBS News is considering moving “CBS Evening News” from its longtime home in NYC to Washington DC and appointing Norah O'Donnell as lead anchor  —  CBS News is considering making significant changes to its flagship “CBS Evening News,” according to four people with knowledge of the talks …
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Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Source: former executive producer of CBS This Morning, Ryan Kadro to join Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman's Quibi; Kadro expected to oversee news programming  —  Ryan Kadro left CBS News several weeks ago, but he isn't leaving the news business.  —  Kadro, the former executive producer of …
Bloomberg:
Sources: Disney joins Nestle, Epic Games, and others in pulling ad spending from YouTube following details about a “pedophile ring” in YouTube comments  —  - YouTube faces criticism for recommending videos of minors  — Nestle, Epic Games also among companies stopping ad purchases
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K.G Orphanides / WIRED UK:
Investigation: YouTube is monetizing sexualized videos of minors, many with comments from predators; Epic Games pauses all pre-roll ads following inquiry
Andrew Marchand / New York Post:
Yahoo Sports to launch Queens Baseball Club on March 28 at $5-$6 a month, covering the Mets with three writers; Yahoo is working on deals with MLB and NBA teams  —  Yahoo Sports is creating a potential challenger to the The Athletic's subscription model, The Post has learned.
Charter Communications Newsroom:
Charter Communications to launch Spectrum TV Essentials, a $15 per month package of 60+ live TV channels, at the end of March without requiring a cable box  —  Priced at $14.99, Spectrum TV Essentials Will Feature More Than 60 Live Popular Channels Including Networks from Viacom, Discovery, A&E, AMC and Hallmark
Discussion: AppleInsider, Cult of Mac and 9to5Mac
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Digital TV Europe:
UK-based DMA Media acquires European news facilities company Headline NFP; DMA is expected to open Headline studios in London, Munich, and Paris  —  UK-based independent news producer DMA Media has acquired Brussels-based news facility outfit Headline NFP.  —  DMA Media, which launches …
Tim Baysinger / The Wrap:
Bleacher Report's co-founder Dave Finocchio is stepping down from the company this summer, with CMO Howard Mittman taking over as CEO  —  Bleacher co-founder Dave Finocchio will step down from the digital media sports company this summer, with Howard Mittman taking over as CEO.
Discussion: Recode and Awful Announcing
 
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Chloe Bryan / Mashable:
A look at “Reply Guys”, a mostly harmless but annoying Twitter phenomenon where one or two men reply to every tweet from a woman
Michael Hiltzik / Los Angeles Times:
Federal agency sues former owners of the OC Register, claiming the company lost $9.4M by buying life insurance on employees days after company-wide layoffs
James Walker / Press Gazette:
One year after the murder of Slovak investigative journalist Jan Kuciak, ten journalism groups sign an open letter demanding answers from authorities
Natasha Korecki / Politico:
Analysis of data from social platforms: Democratic 2020 candidates are being targeted by a coordinated campaign of misinformation focused on sensitive issues
 Earlier Picks: 
The New York Times Company:
Carol Rosenberg, one of the most prolific reporters covering Guantánamo Bay, is joining the New York Times to cover the prison and national security
Jon Levine / The Wrap:
Source: George Stephanopoulos has extended his contract with ABC News and signed a four-year deal for $65M+
Discussion: TVNewser and AOL
Abner Li / 9to5Google:
Google publishes 30-page paper on how it combats disinformation across YouTube, Search, News, Ads: product improvements, experience with spam, context for users
Keith Coffman / Reuters:
Covington Catholic student Nicholas Sandmann sued the Washington Post for $250M, claiming it falsely accused him of racist acts and instigating a confrontation
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
Knight Foundation pledges $300M over five years to further local news and free speech, with the bulk going to national orgs working with local partners