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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.”
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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.”
Politico:
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:
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