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4:30 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.”
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) …
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 …
Sarah Ellison / Vanity Fair:
Despite an offer of more than $20M to stay on at Fox News, sources say Megyn Kelly is still fielding bids from ABC, NBC, and CNN  —  Despite an offer of more than $20 million from Fox, Kelly appears to be listening to some surprising suitors.  —  On Wednesday morning …
Lloyd Grove / The Daily Beast:
Two sites named on blacklist of news sites peddling Russian propaganda featured by WaPo demand retraction; one, Naked Capitalism, may sue the newspaper  —  The Washington Post—whose coverage of Watergate four decades ago angered the powers that be, toppled a president, and defined courageous journalism …
Discussion: Current Affairs and The Nation
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 …
Cynthia Littleton / Variety:
Trump will remain executive producer of Celebrity Apprentice, getting royalties through MGM, likely in the low five figures per episode  —  Donald Trump will remain an exec producer on NBC's “Celebrity Apprentice,” which is returning Jan. 2 after a two-year hiatus with new host Arnold Schwarzenegger.
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.
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: @pptsapper, @jengriffinfnc and TheBlaze
TNM Staff / Talking New Media:
BuzzFeed reporter Rosie Gray is joining The Atlantic's politics and policy team; she will focus on the global rise of populist nationalist movements  —  Reporter Rosie Gray is coming to The Atlantic as part of its growing Politics & Policy team.  Gray will cover global affairs and U.S. politics …
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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
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
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Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
Breaking News, NBC News' alert app, to shut down at the end of the year due to lack of revenue; all 20+ staff to remain on payroll until January 20