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12:55 PM ET, November 18, 2019

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Taylor Telford / Washington Post:
FedEx CEO Fred Smith blasts NYT article on its tax affairs, without identifying any specific errors, and challenges A.G. Sulzberger to debate him on tax policy  —  Fred Smith blasts the report — without identifying any specific errors — detailing how the shipper's tax bill went from $1.5 billion in 2017 to zero a year later
New York Times:
AP poll finds that ~60% of Americans say they regularly see conflicting reports about the same facts from different sources, as people tune out from the news  —  Paying attention to the impeachment inquiry and other developments means having to figure out what is true, false or spin.
Knight Foundation:
Gallup/Knight study: 86% of Americans believe people should have access to local news, but only 1 in 5 subscribe or donate to local news organizations  —  WASHINGTON, DC (Nov. 17, 2019) Most Americans - 86 percent - think people should have access to local news - even if they don't pay for it …
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Raymond Zhong / New York Times:
Musical.ly founder Alex Zhu, who now heads TikTok, says TikTok doesn't share data with China or Bytedance and doesn't censor videos at China's behest  —  Alex Zhu, the head of the Chinese-owned viral video app, is trying to assuage Washington's fears.  “I am quite optimistic,” he said.
Nick Visser / HuffPost UK:
House Minority Leader McCarthy pens letter to ABC News president, asking for more info on its decision not to run Amy Robach's interview with an Epstein accuser  —  “It is clear that ABC News' enabling of Mr. Epstein has consequences,” the House minority leader wrote to the network's president.
Discussion: TVNewser and The Wrap
Kayleigh Barber / Digiday:
A look at BuzzFeed's Creators Program, which has 31 in-house and 5 external creators and has brokered 65 branded content campaigns in 2019, up ~2x from 2018  —  Two years ago, a series of “Why I Left BuzzFeed” videos popped up on YouTube, with past employees complaining they were not allowed …
Mike Murphy / Quartz:
Profile of Mixhalo, an app which aims to improve sound quality at concerts by sending Hi-Fi audio directly from the soundboard to attendees' phones  —  Think back to the first time you saw a high-definition TV program.  —  After a lifetime of looking at standard-definition shows …
Discussion: @dangillmor
Pamela McClintock / Hollywood Reporter:
Amazon is shortening the theatrical release window and not reporting box office numbers for some films, including The Report  —  The new policy — which mirrors Netflix's strategy — will apply to such awards contenders as ‘The Report’ and ‘The Aeronauts.’  —  Don't bother asking Alexa …
Discussion: @thatrebecca
 
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Brandon Katz / Observer:
A look at growing soundstage scarcity and the deals studios are making to secure space as the number of productions rises; in LA, stage occupancy is topping 90%
Johannes Munter / News Media Alliance:
Interviews, studies, and data indicate that the 2014 Google News shutdown in Spain only temporarily lowered traffic and led to organic traffic growth
Kristen Hare / Poynter:
How the small town of Eudora, KS, about 40 minutes from Kansas City and once a news desert, became a lab for two universities to study and provide local news
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Damian Radcliffe / What's New in Publishing:
A look at PopSugar's ecommerce revenue streams including its Must Have subscription boxes, deals sent via text, Beauty by PopSugar, and a partnership with Kohls
Bloomberg:
How India's T-Series became the world's biggest YouTube channel, using a catalog estimated to have ~70% of Bollywood music released in the past three decades
New York Times:
Two female writers on CBS sitcom Carol's Second Act felt they had to quit the show after filing sexual misconduct complaints despite the network's new policies
Sam Tabachnik / Denver Post:
Craig Silverman, a talk radio host on the conservative Colorado station KNUS, says he was cut off mid-show and fired after segment criticizing President Trump