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2:05 PM ET, August 7, 2019

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Brian Stelter / CNN:
Days after the El Paso shooter echoed language used by Fox News hosts, Tucker Carlson says white supremacy is “actually not a real problem in America”  —  New York (CNN Business)A version of this article first appeared in the “Reliable Sources” newsletter.  You can sign up for free right here.
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Lis Power / Media Matters for America:
Analysis: Fox News had over 70 references to an “invasion” of migrants in 2019, including 55 clips of Trump and 21 mentions by Fox News hosts  —  On August 3, a shooter opened fire at a Walmart in El Paso, TX, killing 22 individuals and injuring dozens more.
USA Today:
USA TODAY office in McLean, VA was evacuated after police responded to what they say was a mistaken report of a man with a weapon  —  WASHINGTON — USA TODAY's headquarters in McLean, Virginia was evacuated Wednesday amid a heavy police presence to what authorities said turned …
Gabriel Snyder / Columbia Journalism Review:
Dean Baquet acknowledges some subscribers expect The NYT to take an adversarial role against Trump, doesn't see this moment in history as particularly aberrant  —  Dean Baquet, the executive editor of The New York Times, was at home on Monday night—as was the rest of the paper's senior leadership …
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Lloyd Grove / The Daily Beast:
Amid widespread criticism, the New York Times' Dean Baquet acknowledges its “bad” front page headline about Trump's speech following mass shootings
Jeff Jarvis / Medium:
Lessons for journalists in light of Beto O'Rourke's anger at media for asking obvious questions to which we know the answers
Benjamin Mullin / Wall Street Journal:
Viacom says it will acquire Paws Inc., the holding company that owns the IP rights to Garfield, allowing it to create new shows and spinoffs  —  The entertainment company wants fodder for programming it can show and sell to streaming services  —  Viacom Inc. has sunk its claws into another hit franchise.
Discussion: Variety, Hollywood Reporter, @wsj and CNBC
Jason Gurwin / The Streamable:
Disney CEO says Disney+ will have a $12.99 bundle that includes ad-supported Hulu and ESPN+ when it launches on November 12  —  The Streamable is reader-supported and may earn an affiliate commission when you sign up with our links.  —  On today's, 2019 Third Quarter Earnings Call Disney …
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Marc Tracy / New York Times:
New York Times reaches a high of 4.7M total subscribers in Q2, with nearly 3.8M subscribers to digital products; digital-only subscription revenue grew 14% YoY  —  As digital revenue becomes more central to the newspaper business — and with a small boost from the launch of “The Weekly,” …
Tim Peterson / Digiday:
Brand-funded documentaries are on the rise, with some winning awards, and some, like 23andMe, saying documentarians do a better job than marketing teams  —  This article is part of the Digiday Video Briefing, which features must-reads, confessionals and key market stats.
Claire Atkinson / NBC News:
Foreign journalists struggle to communicate mass shootings in the US to their audiences, who think Americans are “crazy” for not enacting gun control measures  —  “I've been living in the United States for 17 years and the number of massacres that I have to cover has been endless …
Nippon.com:
Japanese newspaper readership continues to decline as the average number of daily general-interest papers printed in 2018 dropped by ~2M, or 5%, to 36.8M  —  Newspaper readership continues to decline in Japan.  In 2018, the average daily number of general-interest newspapers printed plunged by almost 2 million or 5.0% to 36,823,021.
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Elias Leight / Rolling Stone:
Even though paying for radio play was prosecuted 15 years ago, sources say payola lives on in more sophisticated forms
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Daniel Green / Journalism.co.uk:
After shutting down its Blogs self-publishing product, HuffPost UK launches new Personal and Opinion sections, both of which will pay contributors
Justin Hendrix / Protego Press:
Congress should override the current law of FTC penalties going to the Treasury and direct the FTC's recent $5B Facebook privacy fine to fix local journalism
Matthew Ball / REDEF:
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Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
Filings: Conde Nast reports pre-tax profit of £2.7M in 2018, up from a £13.5M loss in 2017, driven by traffic growth; 2018 revenue was £104.6M, down 8% YoY
Christine Schmidt / Nieman Lab:
Interview with NYT's National editor Marc Lacey on why local news crisis is a national beat, the informal collaborations between the NYT and local outlets, more
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Tyler Coates / Columbia Journalism Review:
Interview with Ruth Reichl, former EIC of Gourmet, which closed in 2009, on 40 years in food journalism, criticism in the digital era, and what she would change
William D. Cohan / Vanity Fair:
Insiders say Vice CEO Nancy Dubuc is angling to sell Vice to CBS-Viacom as its valuation, which was as high as $5.7B two years ago, sinks to ~$1.5B
Kelsey Sutton / Adweek:
eMarketer: number of US households without traditional pay TV expected to swell to 40.2M in 2019, up 19.2% YoY, and to over 56M by 2023
Dan Kennedy / Media Nation:
After eight months of talks with Boston Globe management, Boston Newspaper Guild stages lunchtime walkout, will file a complaint alleging unfair labor practices
Marc Tracy / New York Times:
Tech news site The Markup reinstalls editor Julia Angwin along with six of the seven editorial staffers who quit in protest over Angwin's firing in April