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3:05 PM ET, December 17, 2016


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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.”
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.”
Jared Kushner says Trump campaign struck deal with Sinclair to give TV chain more access in exchange for interviews airing at all affiliates without commentary  —  Donald Trump's campaign struck a deal with Sinclair Broadcast Group during the campaign to try and secure better media coverage …
Nielsen Scarborough: more than 169M US adults read a newspaper a month, via print, web, or mobile; 81% engage with print product, and 51% read print exclusively  —  Ever hear the phrase “print is dead”?  Well if you check with almost 170 million Americans, they'd tell you that nothing could be farther from the truth.
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.
Louis Nelson / Politico:
RNC chief strategist Sean Spicer says Trump won't ban news outlets from White House briefing room but will consider altering format of the daily press briefing  —  A likely candidate to land a top communications job in President-elect Donald Trump's White House said Thursday …
Discussion: @joshuagreen and @jayrosen_nyu
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 …
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.
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.
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Lucinda Southern / Digiday:
The Telegraph begins streaming TV shows with Telegraph Now Showing, a joint venture with Endemol Shine Group, starting with eight shows from Endemol's archives
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
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
Lloyd Grove / The Daily Beast:
Interview with CNN Reliable Sources host Brian Stelter, who believes that media reporters have a duty to cover threats against journalism
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Stephen Battaglio / Los Angeles Times:
NBCUniversal will launch the Olympic Channel in second half of 2017, to be carried by AT&T and DirecTV; more carriage deals expected