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3:05 PM ET, March 16, 2017

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Sopan Deb / New York Times:
Trump proposes eliminating national endowments for the arts and humanities and scrapping the Corporation for Public Broadcasting  —  President Trump is proposing the elimination of the National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities in his federal budget plan to be released early Thursday …
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Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
Trump's budget cuts would cause “the collapse of the public media system itself” and the end of an “essential national service”, says CPB CEO Patricia Harrison  —  Funding for PBS, NPR in the crosshairs  —  President Trump is proposing to end all federal funding for public broadcasting.
Michael Isikoff / Yahoo:
Documents show RT paid $45K for Michael Flynn to fly to Moscow to speak at its 10th anniversary celebration in December 2015; trip included Flynn Jr.  —  RT, the Russian state-owned television network described by U.S. intelligence officials as “the Kremlin's principal international propaganda outlet …
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and Mediaite
Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
NYT expands its investigative unit with Michael LaForgia of Tampa Bay Times, Ellen Gabler of Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Brian Rosenthal of Houston Chronicle  —  In the months since the election, America's major newsrooms have been recruiting investigative journalists with the knowledge …
Lucinda Southern / Digiday:
The Financial Times finds that readers who actively comment are seven times more engaged than those who don't  —  Commenters get a bad rap.  At best, they're trolls.  At worst, they hide behind their anonymity to toss stinkbombs of hate speech at well-meaning writers.
Discussion: @mathewi, @deniselaw_ and @lilahrap
Chance Miller / 9to5Mac:
Report: Twitter to open up its live streaming API next week allowing media companies to stream live videos directly to the service  —  While Twitter has already placed a focus on live streaming with Periscope, it is apparently looking to do even more.  According to a report from The Information …
Jon Lafayette / Broadcasting & Cable:
Fox Networks, Turner, and Viacom announce OpenAP, a system that will standardize targeting of specific TV audiences to ease ad buying across networks  —  Other TV companies invited to join advanced audience platform OpenAP  —  Three of the biggest TV companies are joining forces to accelerate the shift towards data-driven ad sales.
Steven Perlberg / BuzzFeed:
The Palm Beach local press has been elevated into a source of national news because of its proximity to Trump and deep sourcing within Mar-a-Lago  —  Local outlets have developed Mar-a-Lago sources for years.  “It's also kind of: ‘Area Man Is President,’” said a Palm Beach Post political reporter.
Mark Sweney / The Guardian:
Murdoch's Sky bid to be investigated by UK's Ofcom to assess if the deal gives too much control of UK media and if his family are '"fit and proper" owners  —  Ofcom to assess whether deal gives mogul too much control of UK media and whether his family are ‘fit and proper’ owners
Farhad Manjoo / New York Times:
After years of undermining the economics of culture, the internet is helping fund old and new art forms, often through subscriptions via platforms like Patreon  —  One secret to longevity as a pundit is to issue predictions that can't be easily checked.  So here's one for the time capsule …
Adam Bernstein / Washington Post:
Bill Walsh, a respected Washington Post copy editor who wrote three irreverent books about his craft, dies at 55  —  Bill Walsh, a Washington Post copy editor who wrote three irreverent books about his craft, noting evolutions and devolutions of language, the indispensability of hyphens …
 
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