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5:35 PM ET, December 7, 2016


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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 …
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 …
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
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  —  Fake news headlines fool American adults about 75% of the time, according to a large-scale new survey conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs for BuzzFeed News.
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: Fortune, Adweek, Ad Age and SocialTimes
Nathan McAlone / Business Insider:
YouTube has paid over $1B to the music industry in the last year, from advertising alone  —  In the last year, YouTube has paid out over $1 billion to the music industry from advertising alone, the company revealed on Tuesday.  —  Bolstered by music subscription revenue …
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  —  WASHINGTON — President-elect Donald J. Trump on Tuesday fired one of his transition team's staff members, Michael G. Flynn …
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  —  “I'm in the lion's den, Trevor.”  —  Tomi Lahren, a 24-year-old conservative commentator, had left her bubble of more than 4.3 million followers …
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  —  The use of Facebook to spread propaganda, distortions and disinformation should serve as a wake-up call to the platform …
Alex Hern / The Guardian:
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey said he feels “complicated” about President-Elect Trump's use of the social network, says it has put a spotlight on the service  —  Jack Dorsey says he has mixed feelings about the president-elect's use of the social media service
Discussion: AOL, Fast Company, The Verge and Fortune
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Ronn Blitzer / LawNewz:
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Lora Kolodny / TechCrunch:
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Nick Baumann / The Huffington Post:
FBI investigates joke about “destroying trump ballots” made on Twitter by the Huffington Post's Nick Baumann
Oliver Darcy / Business Insider:
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