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10:20 AM ET, September 20, 2016


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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 …
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.
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.
Tom Kludt / CNNMoney:
Callie Schweitzer, Time Inc.'s editorial director for audience strategy, joins Arianna Huffington's Thrive Global as managing editor  —  With her namesake news website, Arianna Huffington helped change digital media.  She has a loftier ambition for Thrive Global, her new corporate wellness company.
Discussion: @ariannahuff
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Interview with Joe Kahn, the new managing editor at The New York Times, on how the newsroom is changing, diversity, more
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 …
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.
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
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: @stefannicolabbg and @mattyglesias
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.
Maxwell Tani / Business Insider:
Profile of Joe Seales, CEO of Right Side Broadcasting Network, the website best known for its YouTube channel that live-streams almost every Donald Trump speech  —  Joe Seales was a stay-at-home dad between jobs.  Then he started watching Donald Trump's speeches.
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