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1:35 PM ET, January 2, 2017


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Kate Sheppard / The Huffington Post:
WSJ EIC Gerard Baker says his publication likely won't call a Trump falsehood a “lie” because the word implies intent to mislead, will let readers decide  —  “I'd be careful about using the word ‘lie,’” says Gerard Baker.  —  WASHINGTON Wall Street Journal Editor-in-Chief Gerard Baker …
Callum Borchers / Washington Post:
After Joe Scarborough was accused of “partying” with Trump, his defensive tweets claiming the New York Times' Sopan Deb publishes fake news were not helpful  —  Joe Scarborough is sensitive to any suggestion that he is too cozy with President-elect Donald Trump …
James Risen / New York Times:
Obama's record of going after both journalists and sources has set a dangerous precedent that Trump can exploit  —  WASHINGTON — If Donald J. Trump decides as president to throw a whistle-blower in jail for trying to talk to a reporter, or gets the F.B.I. to spy on a journalist …
Gordon Fairclough / Wall Street Journal:
Turkish authorities detained a Wall Street Journal staff reporter, Dion Nissenbaum, for over two days; he has now returned to the US  —  American journalist held without access to lawyers or family, leaves Turkey for U.S. after release  —  Turkish authorities detained a Wall Street Journal staff reporter …
Simon Van Zuylen-Wood / Politico:
In a fake news experiment, a reporter recreated Pizzagate believer Michael Flynn Jr.'s Twitter feed by creating a dummy user and following the same accounts  —  I lived Michael Flynn Jr.'s media diet so you wouldn't have to.  —  A few weeks ago, perplexed by the persistence of fake news, I attempted to think like someone I wasn't.
Glenn Greenwald / The Intercept:
WaPo's inaccurate story claiming Russians hacked US electric grid, weeks after debunked Russian propaganda post, is reminiscent of pre-Iraq war fearmongering  —  The Washington Post on Friday reported a genuinely alarming event: Russian hackers have penetrated the U.S. power system through an electrical grid in Vermont.
Diana Marszalek / Broadcasting & Cable:
AT&T's DirecTV and U-Verse drop Cox Media Group TV stations in 10 markets  —  U-Verse and DirecTV subscribers have lost access to 13 stations in 10 markets  —  With the midnight deadline for reaching a retransmission consent agreement come eand gone, DirectTV and AT&T U-Verse …
NPR Extra:
How NPR One app delivers relevant stories via algorithmic personalization but adds serendipity, double checks your preferences via occasional random suggestions  —  Algorithms are a crucial part of how the news reaches you in a digital world.  But we know many people find them opaque and controversial.
Discussion: @jimmacmillan and @anthony
Joseph Cox / Motherboard:
Security Without Borders project launches to help journalists and activists with cybersecurity by connecting them with volunteer group of InfoSec professionals  —  Some hackers have lost their way.  Today, countless techies have entered the for-profit cybersecurity business …
Discussion: @jwgoerlich and @motherboard
Carlett Spike / Columbia Journalism Review:
Q&A with New York cartoonist Paul Noth on Donald Trump, the creative process, what happens when political cartoons go viral, and more  —  Plenty of Trump-focused political cartoons have circulated the web and social networks since Election Day.  But one has drawn particular viral attention …
Discussion: @cjr and @cjr
Meg James / Los Angeles Times:
Charter and Comcast's NBCUniversal avert cable blackout by extending carriage negotiations  —  Charter cable TV, phone and Internet service is sold under the Spectrum brand.  (Charter Communications)  —  Media giant NBCUniversal has granted an extension in its carriage talks …
Discussion: Variety
Kurt Wagner / Recode:
Jack Dorsey says Twitter is “thinking a lot” about an edit-tweet button, also considering bookmarks, better threading, and multiple interest-based timelines  —  He also wants to know what else you want him to build.  —  You've probably dreamed of directing Twitter's product strategy — well, here's your chance!
Anil Dash / Medium:
Ideas to fix Twitter: show you can ship new features, handle abuse transparently, revamp metrics, understand different user types, and embrace developers
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