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8:25 AM ET, March 27, 2017


 Top News: 
Washington Post:
Analysis finds ads for big brands placed on politically extreme and derogatory content across the web, highlighting broader issues with programmatic advertising  —  As the owner of a small business in liberal Massachusetts, John Ellis was a natural sympathizer of the nationwide call …
Jack Neff / Ad Age:NEW!
The source of recent stories about brands running ads beside extremist content is Eric Feinberg, a marketer with a patented solution to the problem  —  Major marketers' ads have likely been showing up on or near YouTube videos promoting terrorism, neo-Nazi groups and other web content for a long time.
Ben Fritz / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Hollywood studios may soon release new movies for video-on-demand fewer than 45 days after their big screen debut, priced between $30 and $50  —  Hollywood studios are planning to move ahead with ‘premium’ video-on-demand, making major movies available to home viewers only weeks after they hit theaters.
Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Sources: White House press official Boris Epshteyn, a college friend of Eric Trump's known for tangling with TV network staff, is let go from press job  —  Boris Epshteyn, an official in the White House press office who had a contentious relationship with television producers and was once …
Richard Johnson / Page Six:
Sources: Tomi Lahren now permanently off Glenn Beck's TheBlaze after declaring herself pro-choice  —  MORE FROM: … Tomi Lahren won't be appearing on Glenn Beck's multiplatform network, TheBlaze, anymore.  —  Sources say Lahren — who was suspended last week after flip-flopping on abortion …
David Filipov / Washington Post:
A first-person account of what it's like to be the token American journalist on a Russian state TV show  —  MOSCOW — I'm standing in a glistening TV studio that evokes “Who Wants to be a Millionaire” crossbred with “Fox NFL Sunday.”  The stage is a large, brightly lit clock face …
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
InfoWars' Alex Jones apologizes to Pizzagate restaurant's owner a day before becoming exposed to punitive damages in potential libel suit under Texas law  —  Alex Jones, the conspiracy-loving media personality, apologized Friday for his role in promoting “Pizzagate,” the baseless viral story …
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