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11:45 AM ET, December 26, 2016


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Agence France-Presse:
Pakistan's Defence Minister Khawaja Asif tweeted a nuke threat to Israel, in response to a fake news story about Israel threatening to destroy Pakistan  —  Pakistan's defence minister has threatened to retaliate in kind to any Israeli nuclear strike after apparently being tricked by a fake news site …
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Jason Miller says he will not join Donald Trump's administration two days after being named White House communications director  —  Jason Miller, who was tapped only two days ago to be White House communications director, announced Saturday that he will not join Donald Trump's administration.
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Sources: Jason Miller backed out of White House communications director job following claims that he had an affair with another transition official  —  Donald Trump's newly tapped White House communications director, Jason Miller, backed out of the job following claims that he had an affair …
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Trump supporters and conservative pundits like Rush Limbaugh are using the term “fake news” to discredit reports from the mainstream press  —  WASHINGTON — The C.I.A., the F.B.I. and the White House may all agree that Russia was behind the hacking that interfered with the election.
Lucia Moses / Digiday:
The Boston Globe creates a private Facebook group for subscribers to discuss news with one another and staffers  —  While many publishers are trying to forge direct connections with readers as a defense against Facebook, The Boston Globe is using the social giant itself to engage its readers.
Discussion: Nieman Lab
Jonah Peretti / Recode:
Jonah Peretti's year-end memo to BuzzFeed employees: a look back at lessons of the internet as we invent the future of content on social and mobile platforms  —  “As we continue to learn from the internet, I want to pause to look back at what the internet has taught us so far."
Discussion: @mrianleslie, @allen and @arusbridger
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google algorithm change appears to be moving Holocaust-denial and other controversial sites down in search results  —  Several days after Google put a search ranking change into place, the first page of results for “did the holocaust happen” now appears to be entirely free of denial sites.
Discussion: @kadybat and @tbreisacher
Katherine Rosman / New York Times:
Profile of Cindy Adams, the longtime New York Post columnist, whose 40-year connection with Donald Trump will likely bring her White House gossip  —  “There are no names here,” the longtime New York Post columnist Cindy Adams complained.  —  Mrs. Adams, 86, was standing outside …
Discussion: @nytstyles and @nytstyles
Reporters Without Borders:
74 journalists killed worldwide in 2016, fewer than 101 killed in 2015, but fall largely due to reporters fleeing dangerous countries like Syria, Iraq, Libya  —  Organisation  —  RSF_en  —  Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is today releasing its annual worldwide round-up on journalists who have been killed in the past year.
Discussion: @nahlahayed
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Tracing Ed Schultz's political conversions, from radio sportscaster to conservative and then liberal talk-show host to MSNBC commentator to RT anchor  —  Ed Schultz used to be the bombastic lefty host of a syndicated radio show and daily MSNBC program.  He befriended Hillary Clinton …
Caitlin Gibson / Washington Post:
Radio icon Diane Rehm signs off after 37 years: 'I've been proud to be your host'  —  It began the way it always has: “From WAMU in Washington, I'm Diane Rehm,” she said, and then she paused, because this time was different.  “I've said those words for so many years, thousands and thousands of times.
David Folkenflik / NPR:
Diane Rehm, who is wrapping up a public radio career that spans four decades and 22K episodes, looks back on life on the air
Discussion: @spencerwmcbride and FishbowlDC
Anne Applebaum / Washington Post:
A first-person account of being a target of a smear campaign by Russia-backed websites  —  We were told in June that the Democratic National Committee had been hacked by Russians.  We were told in October that material subsequently passed on to WikiLeaks came from the same source and that President Obama was considering a response.
Discussion: @martinsfp and @anneapplebaum
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