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6:50 PM ET, September 16, 2016


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Hadas Gold / Politico:
Major TV networks refused to cover Donald Trump giving a tour of his hotel, a protest of his campaign preventing any editorial presence on the tour  —  In a show of joint defiance, the major television networks collectively voted to pull a camera and erase video of Donald Trump giving a tour of his hotel …
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
It's time for TV news to stop playing the stooge for Donald Trump  —  Donald Trump said “Jump,” and TV news said “How high?”  —  It happened again on Friday morning when the Republican presidential candidate held the media hostage for nearly an hour after promising a major news announcement.
Eli Stokols / Politico:
Trump mocks his traveling press pool for being late to rally even though his campaign is responsible for travel arrangements
Kurt Wagner / Recode:
NFL ratings: over 2M watched Thursday's game stream on Twitter, with an average of 243K at any one time, compared to 15.4M on average on TV  —  And 48 million watched it on regular TV.  —  Kurt Wagner / Recode  —  More than two million people watched Thursday night's football game between …
Terry Collins / CNET:
Twitter streams its first NFL game, part of a 10-game package, as the social network tries to broaden appeal  —  The social network is counting on livestreamed events, including Thursday Night Football, to broaden its appeal.  —  Diamond Images/Getty Images  —  It's third and long for Twitter.
Steven Levy / Backchannel:
Profile of internet activist Carl Malamud, founder of Public.Resource.Org, who is being sued for publishing building codes, safety rules, more on his website  —  August 8, Carl Malamud wakes up early.  He usually does.  Most days, from the moment his eyes open, he is fixated on the mission.
Brooks Barnes / New York Times:
After enabling movie ticket sales through Apple's iMessage, Fandango will start selling tickets through Facebook this weekend; sales on Snapchat coming soon  —  LOS ANGELES — By making it easy for people to buy movie tickets online or through a smartphone app, Fandango has experienced breakneck growth over the last two years.
Discussion: Fortune
Peter Sterne / Politico:
Daily Dot lays off at least 15 across company  —  The Daily Dot laid off at least 15 people on Friday, POLITICO has learned.  —  The cuts were across the board, affecting everyone from upper management and the business side to the newsroom and art department.  The entire product team was laid off.
Lukas I. Alpert / Wall Street Journal:
Apple News update lets publishers sign-up subscribers through the app; Apple to get 30% cut of revenue from new subscriptions, 15% from renewals  —  New version allows publishers that offer subscriptions to sign up new customers within the app, with Apple collecting 30% of the revenue from new subscribers, 15% from renewals
Peter Kafka / Recode:
Mode Media, publisher and ad network formerly known as Glam and once valued at $1B, shuts down; company was on track to generate over $100M in revenue this year  —  The company that used to be called Glam Media generated $90 million last year.  Now it's out of business.
Brad Heath / USA Today:
Associated Press, Vice Media, and Gannett sue FBI for information on how the agency broke into San Bernardino shooter's iPhone  —  Three news organizations, including USA TODAY's parent company, filed a lawsuit Friday seeking information about how the FBI was able to break into the locked iPhone …
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Sara Guaglione / MediaPost:
The Hill is launching a vertical on healthcare regulation and policy, the first of several to be part of The Hill Extra, a collection of paid service offerings
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Sydney Ember / New York Times:
NYT revives managing editor role, naming international editor Joseph Kahn to the position, making him a leading candidate to succeed top editor Dean Baquet
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James Poniewozik / New York Times:
Trump stage-managed his appearance on The Dr. Oz Show like a reality-TV reveal, creating the impression of transparency with the release of his doctor's letter
Carlett Spike / Columbia Journalism Review:
American Society of News Editors survey finds journalist diversity highest in nearly 14 years, but newsrooms still don't reflect communities they serve