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5:40 PM ET, December 9, 2016


 Top News: 
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
As media faces more criticism and fake news causes real trouble, it's tempting to tune out, but this moment requires keen awareness and critical thinking  —  In another strange time in American history, the counterculture guru Timothy Leary urged people to “turn on, tune in, drop out.”
Peter Kafka / Recode:
Public Policy Polling surveyed 1000+ registered voters this week, found nearly 50% of Trump voters believe Pizzagate theory is true or could be true  —  Especially if they're Trump voters.  —  Here's a question I never thought I'd ask: Do you think Hillary Clinton is connected to a child sex ring …
Jessica Taylor / NPR:
Hillary Clinton urges action from private and public sectors to combat malicious fake news and false propaganda
21st Century Fox has agreed to buy Sky for $13.51 per share in cash valuing the broadcaster at $14.1B; Sky's share price jumps more than 26%  —  21st Century Fox Inc. reached a preliminary deal to acquire full control of Sky Plc, valuing the pay-TV provider at 18.5 billion pounds ($23.2 billion) …
Lloyd Grove / The Daily Beast:
Two sites named on blacklist of news sites peddling Russian propaganda featured by WaPo demand retraction; one, Naked Capitalism, threatens to sue the newspaper  —  The Washington Post—whose coverage of Watergate four decades ago angered the powers that be, toppled a president …
Tatiana Siegel / Hollywood Reporter:
Sources: Annapurna Pictures is developing a film about the Roger Ailes scandal which will focus on Megyn Kelly and other victims  —  Megan Ellison's Annapurna Pictures has scooped up a pitch from Charles Randolph about the former Fox News chairman.  —  First, there was a miniseries …
Jeff Schogol / Military Times:
The Blaze reporter Jason Buttrill criticized after posing with sniper rifle and shooting at ISIS combatants in Mosul  —  Journalists in warzones are supposed to be non-combatants, but Jason Buttrill of The Blaze recently tweeted a picture of himself with a sniper rifle along with the message: “Major bucket list completed.
Discussion: The Wrap, @pptsapper and @jengriffinfnc
Charlie Warzel / BuzzFeed:
Trump's denunciation of individuals on Twitter, which often leads to harassment by his followers, tests the limits of Twitter's rules against incitement  —  Twitter declined BuzzFeed News' request for comment.  —  Last night President-elect Donald Trump used his Twitter account to criticize Chuck Jones …
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
LA entertainment attorney says Trump's EP title on Celebrity Apprentice is likely credit for past work, other presidents have derived income from media products  —  I know next to nothing about how the entertainment world works.  Like many Americans, I assume, the blur of names that I ignore …
Cynthia Littleton / Variety:
Trump will remain executive producer of Celebrity Apprentice, getting royalties through MGM, likely in the low five figures per episode
Peter Sterne / Politico:
BuzzFeed adds Tampa Bay Times' Anthony Cormier, a Pulitzer winner, to its investigative unit, and hires Daily Beast's Nancy Youssef to cover the Pentagon  —  Buzzfeed News is adding Anthony Cormier to its Investigative Unit and Nancy Youssef to its World team, the company was set to announce on Friday.
Peter Sterne / Politico:
Associated Press lays off 25 staffers in global news department; the cuts include two staffers from the AP's New York statehouse bureau in Albany  —  The Associated Press is laying off 25 editorial staffers this week, a spokesman confirmed to POLITICO.  The cuts came as part of an effort to reduce expenses.
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Joseph Lichterman / Nieman Lab:
A new study finds that the Associated Press' automated coverage of company's earnings releases has increased firms' trading volume and liquidity
Matt Pressberg / The Wrap:
Lionsgate closes its purchase of pay-TV network Starz in $4.4 billion cash-and-stock deal
Discussion: Variety and Deadline
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John Markoff / Backchannel:
Twenty-eight year veteran NYT tech reporter John Markoff to retire, will remain on contract for more stories, and become writer in residence at Berkeley in 2017