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4:00 PM ET, December 12, 2016


 Top News: 
Ken Meyer / Mediaite:
Trump tweets another attack on the press on Monday, criticizes NBC Nightly News; it may have been in response to segment about Russian interference in election  —  President-elect Donald Trump saw someone say something about him on TV that he didn't approve of, so naturally, he's making sure everyone on Twitter knows about it.
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Peter Sterne / Politico:
Experts: expansion of prosecutions using Espionage Act, started under Obama, could be a larger threat to media during Trump's presidency than libel law changes  —  Worry about the Espionage Act, not libel laws.  —  Anyone who doubts that Donald Trump could use the levers of the presidency …
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
Politico's Chief Political Correspondent Glenn Thrush is joining the NYT to cover the White House; Thrush's roots are in tabloid journalism  —  The political journalist wil be reunited with former Politico stars Maggie Haberman, Jonathan Martin and Alexander Burns.
Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
The persistent questioning by CNN's Jake Tapper of Mike Pence should be the rule on TV news, not the exception, as false assertions and deflections grow  —  Too often television news, especially on cable, serves as a megaphone for politicians who use it to forward lies and propaganda …
Tara Palmeri / Politico:
Under a US government bill, the bipartisan board overseeing Voice of America will be disbanded, replaced by a CEO, sparking fears VOA will become “Trump TV”  —  A provision tucked into the defense bill guts the Voice of America board, stoking fears that Trump could wield a powerful propaganda arm.
Mark Sweney / The Guardian:
Murdoch pursues “scheme of arrangement” tactic which would require shareholders opposed to Fox-Sky deal to sell if the deal is approved  —  Use of court-approved ‘schedule of agreement’ would require 75% approval from shareholders, rather than usual 90%
Discussion: @dangillmor and The Guardian
Jane Martinson / The Guardian:   UK Culture Secretary Karen Bradley faces questioning in Parliament over Murdoch's bid for Sky, as the deal faces mounting scrutiny
Kerry Flynn / Mashable:
Facebook is hiring a Head of News Partnerships, seeking a news executive with 20+ years experience, as it struggles with the fallout from the fake news scandal  —  Facebook may be cleaning up its image with journalism.  —  The company is looking to hire an “experienced news executive” …
Julianne Escobedo Shepherd / Jezebel:
The surprised reactions to Teen Vogue's astute political coverage are a reflection of the low expectations for teens, girls, and fashion magazines  —  On Saturday morning, Teen Vogue published a sharp piece by the writer Lauren Duca entitled “Donald Trump Is Gaslighting America.”
Oliver Darcy / Business Insider:
Fox News promotes John Roberts to chief White House correspondent  —  Fox News announced Monday that John Roberts had been named chief White House correspondent, with the seasoned journalist making his debut in the role next month on Inauguration Day.  —  “John's 30 years of experience …
Discussion: @oliverdarcy
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Jake Romm / The Forward:
Deconstructing the color, pose, and chair in Time's Trump photo, a layered field of references that place the image among the magazine's greatest covers
Adrienne LaFrance / The Atlantic:
News outlets have simultaneously lost cultural power and the public's trust, which represents both a cause and an effect of the fake-news problem
Discussion: @adriennelaf
Matt Feeney / New Yorker:
Prominent conservative journalists like Kristol and Podhoretz, who disavowed Trump during the election, are mostly staying silent now that Trump has won
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Washington Post:
An anatomy of the Pizzagate conspiracy theory, as it mutated from an online rumor to a hashtag on social media to actual gunfire in Washington, DC
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Aja Romano / Vox:
Twitter reinstates and re-verifies white nationalist Richard Spencer 's personal account, says his accounts were banned for violating multiple accounts rule

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Asa Fitch / Wall Street Journal:
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