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9:10 PM ET, January 7, 2020


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Emily Dreyfuss / @emilydreyfuss:
[Thread] Facebook's Andrew Bosworth admitted in a memo that the tech industry keeps journalists in the dark, which doesn't help companies, journalism, or anyone  —  Reading @boztank's original post, I'm struck by his admission that the tech industry carefully keeps journalists in the dark. We know this to be true, and it's refreshing to hear someone say it.
Washington Post:
Facebook bans deepfakes, but its new policy may not cover simpler forms of deception like with the distorted Pelosi video  —  Facebook has banned users from posting computer-generated, highly manipulated videos, known as deepfakes, seeking to stop the spread of a novel form of misinformation months …
Michael Calderone / Politico:
While some newsrooms vow heightened vigilance and more thorough reporting than in 2003, the US government's power to control information has grown stronger  —  CNN's Jake Tapper says he thinks often of the Bush administration's much-discredited admonition, “We can't wait for the smoking gun to be a mushroom cloud.”
Joe Pompeo / Vanity Fair:
News media's coverage of the Trump administration's conflict with Iran will be a test of lessons learned from the reporting preceding the 2003 Iraq war  —  Still living down the 2003 Iraq war disgrace, under pressure from multiple sides, and dealing with a truth-challenged administration …
BuzzFeed News:
A look at the worldwide industry of PR and marketing firms, which offer disinformation services including fake accounts, false narratives, and pseudo news sites  —  Peng Kuan Chin pulled out his phone, eager to show the future of online manipulation.  —  Unseen servers began crawling the web for Chinese articles and posts.
Charlie Nash / Mediaite:
CNN settles a defamation lawsuit with Covington Catholic student Nick Sandmann; lawsuits remain against NBC Universal and The Washington Post  —  CNN, on Tuesday, settled a lawsuit with Covington Catholic student Nick Sandmann — who alleged that the network made “vicious” and “direct attacks” …
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
In a November deposition as part of a sexual harassment suit by 3 women, Charlie Rose admitted to “inappropriate” relationships with women who worked for him  —  Defending a sexual harassment lawsuit, Rose testifies about his studio nickname and flirting with “CBS Morning” co-anchors.
USA Today:
Gannett CFO Alison Engel is stepping down at the end of Q1  —  Philana Patterson Nathan BomeyUSA TODAY  —  Gannett Co. said Monday that Alison “Ali” Engel is stepping down as chief financial officer of the media and marketing solutions company at the end of the first quarter to pursue other opportunities.
Discussion: Business Wire
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Kayleigh Barber / Digiday:
USA Today debuts Hecho en USA, a project covering Spanish-speaking Americans, with bilingual content online, after NYT en Espanol and Tribune's Hoy shutdowns  —  USA Today is looking to make deeper connections with Spanish speakers by launching a new series in English and Spanish.
Kelsey Sutton / Adweek:
Nielsen debuts beta version of its addressable TV ad platform with A+E, AMC, CBS, Discovery, Fox, NBCU, and WarnerMedia; commercial rollout expected in H2 2020  —  Seven major programmers are onboard  —  Less than a year after creating a video advertising group dedicated …
Stephen Battaglio / Los Angeles Times:
Profile of Lara Logan, a veteran foreign correspondent and former 60 Minutes reporter who CBS dropped in 2018, as her new docuseries launches on Fox Nation  —  Veteran foreign correspondent Lara Logan keeps a video of her Texas Hill Country home on her iPad.
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Seven senators, including McConnell, back bipartisan bill to grant publishers a four-year antitrust exemption to negotiate financial terms with tech giants
John Geddie / Reuters:
Singapore's communications minister says it's a coincidence that the first cases brought under its new fake news law are against political figures and parties
Hanaa' Tameez / Nieman Lab:
The Sigma Awards for outstanding data journalism will replace the Data Journalism Awards that were earlier maintained by the now-defunct Global Editors Network
Dan Kennedy / Media Nation:
Portland Press Herald cutting Monday edition before weekends is unusual, but it makes sense as it has fewer ads, lower circulation, and Sunday labor is pricey
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 Earlier Picks: 
The Columbus Dispatch:
Ohio's Columbus Dispatch to close its production facility, affecting 188 jobs in Columbus, and move production across state lines to Indianapolis
NBC News:
Los Angeles District Attorney says Harvey Weinstein has been charged with raping one woman and sexually assaulting another in separate incidents in 2013
The Guardian:
Key figures from US media, including Dean Baquet, Ben Smith, Jorge Ramos, and Margaret Sullivan, describe their fears and ideas for covering the 2020 election