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7:35 AM ET, March 20, 2017

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New York Daily News:
Jimmy Breslin, the Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist who championed ordinary New Yorkers, dies at 88  —  Jimmy Breslin was the biggest, the baddest, the brashest, the best columnist in New York City.  —  And the first to say so, too.  —  The Pulitzer Prize-winning former Daily News columnist died Sunday …
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Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
Jimmy Breslin's death highlights the loss of authoritative, local voices that speak for the average person  —  The reason I fell in love with newspapers — the printed kind — was because of the great columnists of the New York City tabloids, whose bylines hit the sidewalks like anvils …
Discussion: @nbj914
Elliot Smilowitz / The Hill:
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson defends decision not to allow a pool reporter to travel with him, saying he's “not a big media press access person”  —  Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Saturday stood by his decision not to allow a pool reporter to travel with him on his Asia trip …
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Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Tracking the special treatment media get when they play nice with the White House  —  Some people regard Tomi Lahren as a racist.  —  The social-media star's past commentary on the conservative website the Blaze, including her disparagement of the Black Lives Matter movement …
Matea Gold / Washington Post:
How an alliance between the Mercer family and Stephen Bannon fueled a media narrative that drove Trump's victory  —  The champagne was flowing as hedge fund executive Robert Mercer and his daughter Rebekah hosted a reception during the Cannes Film Festival last May to promote “Clinton Cash …
Charlie Warzel / BuzzFeed:
How Techmeme continues to set the agenda for influential tech readers, without chasing scale or adopting the trappings of most media firms  —  Gabe Rivera was halfway through his lamb gyro when it became clear he'd been spotted.  It was the middle of the lunch rush at a bustling upscale food court …
Steven Perlberg / BuzzFeed:
Two New York Times reporters publicly reject claim of a FISA warrant connected to Trump campaign, published in NYT's op-ed section by News Corp's Louise Mensch  —  An opinion piece by controversial writer and former UK member of Parliament Louise Mensch mentions her FISA warrant story, which Times reporters have knocked down.
Wall Street Journal:
There are tensions between Politico and its co-founder Jim VandeHei's new startup, Axios, with Politico's owner Robert Allbritton publicly criticizing VandeHei  —  Big initiatives refined, budgets rethought after high-profile departures; Axios is new Beltway rival
Jordan Crook / TechCrunch:
How Facebook's language around the fake news issue has evolved, and why it will never say it is a media company or has a responsibility for user-shared content  —  ark Zuckerberg is displeased.  It's been more than four months since election night, but Facebook still finds itself in the hot seat …
Sahil Patel / Digiday:
BuzzFeed Motion Pictures Group has 31 shows in some stage of development or production, to be distributed across platforms including Facebook and YouTube  —  Last Sunday, BuzzFeed launched the second season of its food-centric web series “Worth It” on Facebook and YouTube.
Discussion: @sizpatel and @niemanlab
Max Galka / FOIA Mapper:
An analysis of 229K FOIA requests to 85 government agencies finds that journalists submit only 7.6% of federal FOIA requests  —  When the Freedom of Information Act was enacted in 1966, it was envisioned as a tool for journalists to facilitate government oversight and accountability.
The Guardian:
George Osborne accused of breaching rules with Evening Standard job  —  Shadow minister calls for investigation into whether Osborne has broken regulations on former ministerial appointments  —  The Cabinet Office is facing calls to investigate George Osborne's decision to take a job as editor …
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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
 
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Alexandra Steigrad / WWD:
Sources: New York Time's T Magazine quietly reduces frequency from 13 to 11 issues per year as search for an editor in chief continues
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
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