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5:25 PM ET, March 4, 2019


 Top News: 
Jane Mayer / New Yorker:
Since Trump was elected, Fox News has swerved from being a partisan news network to the closest thing the US has to state TV  —  Fox News has always been partisan.  But has it become propaganda?  —  In January, during the longest government shutdown in America's history …
Ronn Blitzer / Law & Crime:
Report: former reporter Diana Falzone settled lawsuit with Fox News, after suing following demotion over Stormy Daniels story which was spiked  —  A massive New Yorker report on the ongoing and evolving relationship between Fox News and President Donald Trump included details …
Cynthia Littleton / Variety:
Q&A with Bob Greenblatt, chairman of WarnerMedia Entertainment, who has been tasked with leading AT&T's forthcoming streaming service  —  AT&T has just handed the keys to WarnerMedia's most high-profile business initiative to Bob Greenblatt, the seasoned TV executive whose resume includes helping …
Lesley Goldberg / Hollywood Reporter:
Bob Greenblatt named as chairman of WarnerMedia Entertainment; Jeff Zucker named chairman of WarnerMedia News & Sports and remains President of CNN  —  The former NBC Entertainment chairman will have oversight of television programming operations including HBO and Turner.
Brooks Barnes / New York Times:
Luminary, a subscription-based podcasting app, has just emerged from stealth with $100M in funding and shows from Conan O'Brien, Lena Dunham, and more  —  LOS ANGELES — Patti LuPone as a bebop-singing junkie nun in John Cameron Mitchell's musical follow-up to “Hedwig and the Angry Inch.”
GOP political consultants, some working for PACs, are running a network of fake news sites targeting conservative voters ahead of the 2020 election  —  On 6 February 2017, a website of uncertain origin named “The Tennessee Star” was born.  At the time, it was unclear who funded or operated this …
Meg James / Los Angeles Times:
Disney names Fox Networks Group CFO Ravi Ahuja as president of its business operations and CFO of Walt Disney television  —  Walt Disney Co. is continuing to bolster its television team with Fox executives, this time bringing over Ravi Ahuja to serve as president of business operations …
Dade Hayes / Deadline:
SEC filings show Disney has cut CEO Bob Iger's pay by $13.5M, contingent on the close of the acquisition of 21st Century Fox  —  UPDATED with Iger statement.  Disney has adjusted the compensation of CEO Bob Iger to account for when a new contract is set to begin, which …
Discussion: Observer
New York Post:
Agents and producers working on streaming projects for Apple complain about how involved and “intrusive” execs, including Tim Cook, have been, leading to delays  —  Apple's push into Hollywood is off to a rough start — thanks in part to “intrusive” tech executives, including Tim Cook, The Post has learned.
Gabriel Sherman / Vanity Fair:
Source: Jeff Bezos' security chief is preparing a 90-page investigative report that alleges The Enquirer published exposé to curry favor with Saudi investors  —  “At the end of this, we're all going to look really, really bad,” says Michael Sanchez.  —  Improbably, given all that's happened, they're still together.
Rene Chun / The Daily Beast:
When AMI moved all company operations to its HQ in FL, only three Star staffers out of 61 made the move, some citing poor job security and Pecker's bad temper  —  A previously unpublished profile captures the Enquirer boss at start of his reign as gossip king.  ‘He likes people walking around in fear,’ says one worker.
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Canadian Journalism Foundation:
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Anna Merlan / Jezebel:
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Jeremy Barr / Hollywood Reporter:
Former White House staffer Seb Gorka says he is no longer a contributor to Fox News: “I decided not to renew my contract”
Max Willens / Digiday:
VC investors see growth in sports digital media like Overtime and Chernin Group's Action Network because their loyal fan bases offer revenue sources beyond ads
Mark Di Stefano / BuzzFeed:
Writer and editor Emily Sheffield to launch #ThisMuchIKnow, a media startup backed by Guardian that will deliver news through Instagram posts and stories