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8:10 PM ET, December 7, 2016


 Top News: 
Nancy Gibbs / TIME:
TIME Magazine editor Nancy Gibbs on why Trump was chosen as Person of the Year, says he empowered a hidden electorate and framed tomorrow's political culture  —  This is the 90th time we have named the person who had the greatest influence, for better or worse, on the events of the year.
Philip Pullella / Reuters:
In rare interview, Pope Francis warns the press against being obsessed with scandal and says spreading disinformation is the greatest harm the media could do  —  Media that focus on scandals and spread fake news to smear politicians risk becoming like people who have a morbid fascination with excrement …
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Facebook filed a patent last June for a system that partly uses machine learning to vet objectionable content; system could help remove fake news  —  A project in the works since 2015  —  As Facebook works on new tools to stop the spread of misinformation on its network …
Discussion: Slate, Engadget, Refinery29 and Forbes
Craig Silverman / BuzzFeed:
Ipsos survey: about 75% of US adults who remembered a particular fake headline believed it; nearly 33% recalled seeing at least one fake headline from election
Sources: Apple is in talks with movie studios to get earlier access to releases for iTunes, possibly as soon as two weeks after theater debut  —  Movie companies said discussing rentals 2 weeks after debut  —  Encryption technology said to be one concern in negotiations
Cynthia Gordy / ProPublica:
ProPublica to launch ProPublica Illinois in 2017, will hire editor and about 10 journalists; funding by Ford Foundation kicks off state effort, which may expand  —  The nonprofit newsroom ProPublica announced that it will launch a new Illinois unit in 2017, publishing investigative journalism …
Discussion: @dangillmor and @dicktofel
Ricardo Bilton / Nieman Lab:
In a first, newspaper trade group NMA writes to Trump, saying cross-ownership rules are outdated, fair use needs limits, and copyright needs strengthening  —  The president-elect may not always get along with reporters, but a shared desire for fewer regulations could be common ground …
Andrew Beaujon / Washingtonian:
The Washington Post adds editor's note to its article about Russian propaganda amid US election, saying it does not vouch for findings of PropOrNot group  —  A lengthy editor's note appeared Wednesday atop Craig Timberg's November 24 Washington Post story claiming that a Russian propaganda campaign aided …
Discussion: @abeaujon and @ggreenwald
Asma Khalid / NPR:
NPR's Asma Khalid on the difficulties of being a Muslim reporter covering the 2016 election, facing veiled threats and constant harassment  —  Sometime in early 2016 between a Trump rally in New Hampshire, where a burly man shouted something at me about being Muslim, and a series …
Jon Lafayette / Broadcasting & Cable:
Turner signs a new, expanded deal with Snapchat, will work on the development of original shows together; Bleacher Report will launch a Discover channel in US  —  Agreement covers additional Turner content and collaboration on advertising  —  Turner Broadcasting said it signed a new …
Discussion: Ad Age, Adweek, Fortune and SocialTimes
Ronn Blitzer / LawNewz:
Roughly 24 ex-CNN and Turner employees have filed a lawsuit against the network, alleging racial discrimination  —  A new court filing alleges that Turner employees faced racial discrimination that held them back in their careers and led to at least one former assistant being fired.
Discussion: The Wrap, Variety, TVNewser and @blackamazon
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Jonah Engel Bromwich / New York Times:
Interview with controversial conservative commentator Tomi Lahren, who supports Trump and recently sparred with Trevor Noah on The Daily Show
Discussion: and Vanity Fair
Brian Morrissey / Digiday:
NBC News SVP of digital, Nick Ascheim, says Facebook has a civic responsibility to act on fake news, which has always existed but is now amplified
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Lora Kolodny / TechCrunch:
Hacker News, the discussion site run by Y Combinator, is holding a Political Detox Week as an experiment, banning political content
Discussion: @ravimikkelsen
Nathan McAlone / Business Insider:
YouTube has paid over $1B to the music industry in the last year, from advertising alone
Nathan Ingraham / Engadget:
Pandora unveils its on-demand, personalized music streaming service Premium, with launch expected in Q1 2017
New York Times:
Sources: Trump fired Michael G. Flynn Jr., the son of senior security adviser Michael Flynn, for using Twitter to promote fake news related to Pizzagate
Oliver Darcy / Business Insider:
Weather Channel hits back at Breitbart for using its video to cast doubt on climate change in story promoted online by U.S. House committee