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1:35 PM ET, August 23, 2019

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David Folkenflik / NPR:
How Vanity Fair, ABC News, and NYT fell short in Epstein coverage; sources: ex-NYT financial reporter Landon Thomas solicited $30K from Epstein for a charity  —  Toggle more options  —  Hear Part 1  —  Toggle more options  —  Hear Part 2  —  Toggle more options  —  A coterie of intimidating lawyers.
Jesselyn Cook / HuffPost:
Sites like Newsbuzzr leech media outlet content for ad revenue by copying and reposting articles after running them through an automated synonym generator  —  Scammers have cooked up a truly strange scheme to leech traffic from journalists.  —  Something odd caught my eye on Twitter the other day.
Jennifer Elias / CNBC:
Google says it has shut down 210 YouTube channels after it found they had been tied to misinformation about Hong Kong protesters  —  KEY POINTS  — In a blog post Thursday, Google said it axed more than 200 YouTube channels due to misinformation around Hong Kong protests.
Angela Chen / MIT Technology Review:
Twitter's recent ban on ads from state-controlled news orgs should logically extend to Voice of America and Radio Free Europe as they're government funded  —  Twitter and Facebook have hosted ads from US-backed outlets, sometimes even illegally.  —  Twitter is no longer accepting advertising …
Discussion: @jgriffiths
Elizabeth Williamson / New York Times:
Profile of WH Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham, who has had a turbulent career, has held no on-camera briefings, and who focuses on letting Trump sell himself  —  WASHINGTON — Stephanie Grisham doled out fast food and tracked lost gear as a press wrangler on President Trump's 2016 campaign …
Matthew Ball / New York Times:
The goal of most streaming services is to lock audiences into their ecosystem and sell their more profitable products: shoes, cruises, wireless subscribers  —  As media monoliths bundle their offerings, consumers will once again have to pay for a bunch of shows they don't want.
NBC News:
Facebook bans pages associated with The Epoch Times from advertising after finding its pro-Trump ads had shifted to other pages, avoiding ad transparency rules  —  By hiding its multimillion-dollar dark money ad spend, the organization is bypassing Facebook's political advertising transparency rules.
New York Times:
Profile of Floyd Brown and his conservative news site, The Western Journal, which grew to 4M+ monthly readers in 2014 on sensationalized news, and its decline  —  The man behind “Willie Horton” and Citizens United built a potent online disinformation mill with his son.  Then Big Tech changed the rules.
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: News Corp is developing a news-aggregation service called Knewz, to address publisher concerns about Google and Facebook  —  Knewz.com will surface articles from hundreds of news sources, using software and human curation  —  News Corp is developing a news-aggregation service meant …
CNN:
Nine ABC News workers react to Sean Spicer's casting on Dancing with the Stars: “It's a slap in the face to those of us who had to deal with his baloney”  —  New York (CNN Business)Tom Bergeron isn't the only person who's unhappy about the casting of Sean Spicer on “Dancing With the Stars.”
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Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Sarah Huckabee Sanders will join Fox News as a contributor and is expected to make her debut on September 6
Andrew Carter / Raleigh News & Observer:
A close look at the new ACC Network, created in partnership with ESPN and launching Thursday, on DirecTV, Hulu, PlayStation Vue, YouTube TV, and Spectrum  —  During the weeks and months leading to the launch of the ACC Network, the people behind it have promoted both the scope of the coverage …
Simon Applebaum / MediaVillage:
Interview with WarnerMedia Innovation Lab's GM Jesse Redniss, as the project prepares to become operational in Manhattan's Chelsea district by March 2020  —  Not so long ago, convergence was the trend getting all buzz in the media universe.  The possibility that any video or non-video content …
 
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Hugo Balta / National Association …:
National Association of Hispanic Journalists rescinds Fox sponsorship of NAHJ at a convention next month, over anti-Latino comments by radio host Todd Starnes
Lindsey Ellefson / The Wrap:
Tom Wright-Piersanti, an editor on NYT's politics desk, apologizes for offensive tweets from 10 years ago, after Breitbart highlighted the tweets
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