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12:40 PM ET, September 20, 2016

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Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Snowden may have broken the law but it was to serve his country, publicizing mass surveillance measures, some of which were illegal - he deserves a pardon  —  President Obama's administration has an unfortunate record of prosecuting whistleblowers, some of whom have been important sources for journalists.
Jack Shafer / Politico:
Cable news' panicked coverage of the pipe bomb explosions gives us the impression that we are at risk, despite that modern life is safer than ever  —  Goaded by politicians and cable, a safer-than-ever America goes into full red alert mode.  —  In a rational world, we would interpret …
Sahil Patel / Digiday:
The Atlantic used underwriting from sponsors including Microsoft, JPMorgan Chase, and Netflix to fund three new video projects which will roll out in October  —  The Atlantic's video business may not have the scale of a BuzzFeed or Vice, but it's attracting sponsors for some of its more ambitious projects.
Discussion: FishbowlDC and Folio
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
ABC News teams up with Facebook to live stream the 2016 general election debates  —  No TV?  No problem - you can still catch the debates.  This morning, ABC News and Facebook announced they are again teaming up to bring live coverage of the U.S. 2016 Presidential election to the social network …
Discussion: The Wrap
Peter Beinart / The Atlantic:
The New York Times coverage of Donald Trump's comments on Obama birther conspiracy theories marks a departure from “He said, She said” journalism  —  Last Saturday, The New York Times published an extraordinary story.  What made the story extraordinary wasn't the event the Times covered.
Rick Edmonds / Poynter:
Gerry Lenfest buys Empirical Media Advisors and hires its CEO Jim Friedlich as executive director of the Institute of Journalism in New Media in Philadelphia  —  After nine months of searching, Philadelphia philanthropist Gerry Lenfest has found someone to lead the nonprofit to which he donated the city's two newspapers.
Jake Kanter / Business Insider:
Barb ratings: Viceland debuts in UK, averages 5.5K viewers, hitting a peak of 17.2K but captures 0% of key 16-34 demographic between 8pm and 2am  —  Viceland made a very quiet start to life on British television.  —  Vice's television channel launched on slot 153 on Sky late Monday morning …
Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
Draft RIAA report: US music streaming revenue grew 57% to $1.6B in the first half of 2016 and accounted for almost half of industry sales  —  Popularity of online listening offsets plunging album revenue  —  U.S. industry poised for second straight year of sales growth
Discussion: MacRumors
Oriana Schwindt / The Wrap:
Chernin Group-backed digital studio Gunpowder & Sky acquires distribution company FilmBuff, renames itself GunPowder & Sky Distribution  —  Gunpowder & Sky, the digital studio backed by The Chernin Group's and AT&T's Otter Media, has acquired distribution company FilmBuff.
Discussion: Variety
Stefan Nicola / Bloomberg:
Vox Media, owner of The Verge and Recode, has asked its VP of International, Jonathan Hunt, to consider opportunities for foreign expansion, devise a strategy  —  Vox Media Inc., the company that operates The Verge and Recode technology news sites, is preparing to expand internationally …
Discussion: @mattyglesias and @stefannicolabbg
Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
The Dallas Morning News' Clinton endorsement, its first of a Democrat in 75 years, led to protest outside building and an unspecified number of cancelled subs  —  When The Dallas Morning News endorsed Hillary Clinton for president earlier this month, it broke a 75-year streak of not endorsing a Democrat.
 
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