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5:55 PM ET, December 16, 2016


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Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
The NYT defends its decision to cover hacked Democratic emails, even if it helped Russia, because the emails had news value independent of the hackers' motives  —  Managing editor Joseph Kahn says they primarily judge the news value of documents in the public sphere “independent of the motive of the leakers.”
Madeline Conway / Politico:
President Obama scolds media for its focus on hacked emails from Democratic Party officials during the campaign, obscuring other issues  —  President Barack Obama on Friday chided the news media for its focus on hacked emails from Democratic Party officials during the presidential campaign, calling the coverage “an obsession.”
Lara O'Reilly / Business Insider:
Facebook underreported iPhone traffic to Instant Articles tracked by comScore from Sept. 30 to Nov. 30; report says some publishers' numbers affected by 10-20%  —  Facebook announced on Friday that it had made another measurement error, this time affecting publishers that use its Instant Articles content platform.
Emily Steel / New York Times:
Sumner Redstone to leave Viacom board in February, but he will attend meetings in nonvoting role, keep control of his media empire through National Amusements  —  The ailing 93-year old media mogul Sumner M. Redstone will step down from the board of Viacom in February, the company announced Friday …
Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
Memo: New York Times will vacate at least 8 floors of its building and seek rental income, temporarily moving some staffers including print services amid re-org  —  The New York Times will vacate eight floors of its midtown headquarters in a bid to make some money and improve its efficiency.
Emily Jane Fox / Vanity Fair:
In a Q&A, MSNBC hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski defend themselves against accusations that they have become too cozy with Donald Trump  —  The Morning Joe hosts talk access to Donald Trump, ratings, and their critics.  —  Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski were all spooled …
Patrick Coffee / Adweek:
Publicis and Omnicom get US Justice Department subpoenas in probe of potential bid rigging in video ad production; Interpublic Group unit was subpoenaed earlier  —  Today the ad industry's second-largest holding company revealed that the federal government has contacted two unspecified subsidiaries within …
David Giambusso / Politico:
NJ publishers say Christie's bill to end print legal ads could cause revenue at newspapers across the state to fall by 15%, resulting in the loss of 300 jobs  —  TRENTON — Debate in the statehouse veered from philosophical discussions over the role of a free press to dark assertions …
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Ken Doctor / Politico:
Parsely report: about 66% of weekend news reading is now done on smartphones and tablets, while only 55% of overall usage is on mobile  —  What it means that two thirds of weekend news consumption happens on a mobile device  —  Consider it one more step in the evolution of the desktop computer into an archival paperweight.
Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
Vanity Fair added 13K subscriptions in 24 hours after Trump's Thursday tweet, the highest number of subscriptions ever sold in a single day at Condé Nast  —  Vanity Fair is the latest news organization to profit from President-elect Donald Trump's Twitter ire.
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