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11:50 AM ET, March 18, 2017

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Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson excludes pool reporter representing US networks from DMZ meeting, allowing a team from Fox News to be admitted instead  —  During his trip to the Korean Demilitarized Zone Friday, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson excluded the pool reporter representing U.S. networks …
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Dylan Byers / CNNMoney:
Trump administration ramps up efforts to control media by giving preferential access to friendly outlets and excluding others  —  President Donald Trump said Friday that his administration “can get around the media when the media doesn't tell the truth, so I like that.”
Ashley Carman / The Verge:
FBI arrests person who allegedly tweeted seizure-inducing strobe at Newsweek's Kurt Eichenwald  —  An arrest has been made three months after someone tweeted a seizure-inducing strobe at writer and Vanity Fair contributing editor Kurt Eichenwald.  The Dallas FBI confirmed the arrest to The Verge today …
Mike Wuerthele / AppleInsider:
Chance the Rapper says Apple paid him $500K “plus a commercial” to exclusively stream his album Coloring Book on Apple Music for two weeks  —  After some criticism about the artist's integrity and independence, Chance the Rapper made a series of tweets and revealed …
Roy Greenslade / The Guardian:
George Osborne's appointment as editor of the Evening Standard shows media owners' comfort with overt Tory partisanship, with disturbing democratic implications  —  George Osborne's appointment as editor of London Evening Standard confirms a trend with disturbing democratic implications
Discussion: @adambienkov
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BBC:
George Osborne, Conservative MP, has been appointed editor of the London Evening Standard; he intends to stay on as MP in new role
The Guardian:
UK unit of ad agency Havas, which spends about $217M/year, joins British gov't in pulling ads from Google and YouTube after ads run next to extremist content  —  Havas becomes first major global marketing company to pull entire ad spend after talks with tech company break down
Jessica Davies / Digiday:
37 publishers have signed up for CrossCheck, spearheaded by non-profit First Draft News, as newsrooms put aside competitiveness in favor of collaboration  —  Three-week-old fact-checking coalition CrossCheck is gaining steam.  —  A total of 37 publishers are signed up to the project, spearheaded by non-profit First Draft News.
Pete Vernon / Columbia Journalism Review:
Q&A with Guardian features editor Jessica Reed on the publication's attempt to stem politically polarized news and offer both liberal and conservative positions  —  It is by now conventional wisdom that the victory of Donald Trump amounted to a massive miss by the mainstream media.
Discussion: The Guardian
David Uberti / Columbia Journalism Review:
An analysis of four NJ weeklies bought by Gannett last year found they now include fewer and less substantive community news articles  —  When Gannett bought North Jersey Media Group last year, devotees of the family-owned company's newspapers worried how a national media giant would tread on their local media turf.
Josh Russell / Courthouse News Service:
NYT brings a FOIA lawsuit against the Department of Justice, seeking records on legal reviews of Trump's executive orders, son-in-law's role, emoluments clause  —  MANHATTAN (CN) - The New York Times brought a federal lawsuit to force the Justice Department to hand over records about its legal reviews …
 
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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
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Charles Bethea / New Yorker:
How The Onion's mostly liberal writers and editors are struggling to lampoon Trump, a target of satire for around two decades
Discussion: Mediaite
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Kyle O'Brien / The Drum:
iHeartMedia adds SmartAudio digital data ad product to its programmatic offerings, says it has already created 700+ audience segment profiles using SmartAudio
Discussion: Business Wire
Bloomberg:
Filing: Charter CEO Rutledge received $78M in stock options, $2M in salary, $10.1M in awards and $7.54M bonus in 2016 after signing to stay with firm until 2021
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.