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2:55 PM ET, February 21, 2019

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Max Willens / Digiday:
Medium plans to offer four of its own subscription publications, starting with tech, business, health, and general interest, free to Medium subscribers  —  One of Medium's first big bets was paying to build magazines that lived on its platform.  Last week, the venture-backed publishing platform sent …
Casey Newton / The Interface:
Pinterest has stopped returning results for searches on vaccinations, differentiating between freedom of speech and freedom of reach  —  Programming note: The Interface will be off Thursday as I finish up a project that I will share with you next week.  —  Since the reckoning …
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Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
CNN hiring Sarah Isgur is puzzling given her reported loyalty pledge to Trump's anti-press agenda and numerous critical tweets of CNN, reporters, and Democrats  —  Sarah Isgur has spent her young career in the public square.  She did communications work for the Republican National Committee …
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Brian Stelter / CNN:
CNN employees raise ethics concerns over CNN's hire of Sarah Isgur, who is moving directly into a managerial role
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
CNBC:
AT&T says it is pulling all advertising from YouTube, after reports of pedophiles openly using the platform; Nestle and Epic Games have also pulled ads  —  - AT&T is pulling its ads from YouTube following reports that pedophiles have latched onto videos of young children and lurk in the comments section.
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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
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
Maylan Studart / TheStreet:
Gannett missed Q4 earnings with revenue of $751M and a net loss of $14.2M, down from $13.6M in 2017; digital advertising represented 48% of total ad revenue  —  Gannett Co. Inc. (GCI) shares fell nearly 4% on Wednesday morning after the company missed fourth quarter earnings and revenues estimates …
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
Women's Media Center report: female representation in newsrooms and bylines continues to disappoint; ~69% of AP and Reuters bylines go to men  —  The dismal factoids in a new report released Thursday by the Women's Media Center go on and on.  And on.  —  While women outnumber men …
Hadas Gold / CNN:
Mark Zuckerberg is meeting with UK Culture Secretary Jeremy Wright in CA after refusing to appear before the UK committee investigating online disinformation  —  (CNN Business)Mark Zuckerberg is finally coming face to face with a top UK official who'd like to regulate Facebook.
Sam Dean / Los Angeles Times:
Investigation finds Facebook still lets users target ads based around interest in neo-Nazis; Facebook says it will remove the seldom-used audience groupings  —  Facebook makes money by charging advertisers to reach just the right audience for their message — even when that audience …
Jeremy Barr / Hollywood Reporter:
Sean Spicer joins Extra as a special correspondent, starting with a series on the personal lives of DC insiders like Mike Pompeo and Sarah Sanders  —  “The idea is to give people a different angle on some of the people they see on the cable news channels every day," says the former Trump White House spokesperson.
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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
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Variety:
Music streamer Tidal launches Tidal Unplugged, a $1M grant program to support emerging musicians, starting March 1 in Detroit
Nikki Usher / Columbia Journalism Review:
Before reporting on academic studies, journalists should check that they've been peer reviewed instead of relying on the brand names of grants or institutions
Katie Kilkenny / Hollywood Reporter:
Maya Cinemas, with six theaters and growing, aims to target Latinos with a mix of Hollywood films, US Latino-made films, and Latin American blockbusters
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
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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
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
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
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