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4:30 PM ET, June 21, 2019

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Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Trump speciously describes an NYT journalist making a request for confirmation to an FBI press liaison in 2017 as the NYT “feeding false stories” about him  —  In his long-running quest to prove the real collusion was collusion against Donald Trump, the president on Friday promoted …
The Atlantic:
Bob Cohn, president of The Atlantic magazine since 2014, is stepping down on September 7  —  Below is the full text of a memo from Atlantic Media Chairman David G. Bradley announcing that, after nearly 11 years at The Atlantic, president Bob Cohn has decided to leave the company this fall.
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
WhatsApp will no longer allow publishers to send newsletters through the app starting December 7, 2019, in an effort to crack down on bulk messaging  —  In an effort to crack down on “automated or bulk messaging, or non-personal use” on the platform, WhatsApp will no longer allow publishers …
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
DOD's three-minute briefing with no questions after downing of drone marks the first time in over a year that a DOD official has addressed the press on camera  —  With the United States on the brink of a potential military conflict with Iran on Thursday, the Pentagon decided to say . . . well, almost nothing.
Brian Stelter / CNN:
Democratic National Committee is requiring all of its TV network partners to live-stream primary debates on the web for free  —  New York (CNN Business)It's a sign of the streaming times: The Democratic National Committee is requiring all of its TV network partners to live-stream primary debates on the web.
Dade Hayes / Deadline:
On July 10, FCC plans to vote on possible easing of rules enacted in 1996 that require broadcasters to air a certain amount of children's TV programming  —  The Federal Communications Commission plans to vote July 10 on possible easing of rules enacted in 1996 that require broadcasters to air …
Max Willens / Digiday:
Universal Content Productions, owned by NBCUniversal, has acquired development rights to about 12 podcasts over the past 18 months  —  Podcasting's biggest booster in film and TV wants to get even cozier with the medium.  —  Universal Content Productions, the NBCUniversal-owned production outfit …
Mary Loritz / EU-Startups:
Readly, a Sweden-based magazine subscription app available in Europe and the US, raises ~$17M, bringing the total raised to $47.8M  —  Since being founded in 2012 in Växjö, Sweden, Readly has led the market for digital magazine subscriptions, providing users with unlimited access …
Meg Kinnard / Associated Press:
C-SPAN, CBS News, ABC News, CNN, and Fox News protest the SC Democratic Party decision to give MSNBC a 3-hour live video exclusive for this weekend's convention  —  COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Five major networks are protesting the South Carolina Democratic Party's decision to grant MSNBC exclusive live rights …
Discussion: @farhip
Ashley Rodriguez / Business Insider:
A CBS-Viacom merger would bolster both to compete with Netflix and Disney, but saddles CBS with networks like Nickelodeon, which lost ~30% of viewers in 2018  —  - After 13 years apart, CBS is preparing a bid to buy its sister company, Viacom, The Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday.
Discussion: @ashleyrreports and @lmoses
Aaron Freedman / American Prospect:
A look at how Koch funding is fueling the “free speech warriors” like Jordan Peterson who want free speech for the right and censorship of those on the left  —  Charles Koch speaks in his office at Koch Industries in Wichita, Kansas.  —  There is a war on free speech, and the front lines are YouTube ads.
Adrianne Pasquarelli / Ad Age:
Retailer REI is launching a quarterly print magazine in partnership with Hearst this fall and is investing $100K in local nonprofit news sites via NewsMatch  —  Retailer is working with Hearst on a new quarterly called Uncommon Path  —  No stranger to the unconventional, REI is at it again …
 
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Joe Pompeo / Vanity Fair:
NYT's A.G. Sulzberger says he wrote in the WSJ about Trump's accusation of “treason” to reach a new audience; “I give them a lot of credit for running it”
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