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9:20 AM ET, January 11, 2017


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Peter Kafka / Recode:
BuzzFeed publishes unverified documents alleging ties between Trump aides and Russian operatives and that Russia has “compromising information” about Trump  —  So that “Americans can make up their own minds.”  —  BuzzFeed has published a cache of documents …
Discussion: @realdonaldtrump, BuzzFeed, The Guardian, @realdonaldtrump, @realdonaldtrump, CNN, Lawfare, New York Times, @michaelcohen212, @martinxhodgson, @realdonaldtrump, Poynter, Washington Post, LifeZette, The Guardian, Observer, @mattdpearce, Mediaite, Press Gazette, The Huffington Post, Politico, @danpfeiffer, @wikileaks, @robbymook, @dicktofel, Talking Points Memo, NetNewsCheck Latest, @tomnamako, The Verge, Forbes, Wired, Daily Mail, Business Insider, Boing Boing, @natesilver538, New York Magazine, Miami New Times, Fortune, AOL, CBS New York, RT, @20committee, The Daily Caller, @juddlegum, Hit & Run, Mashable,, @nickmerrill, Fox News Insider, @reallifekaz, @snowden, @dylanbyers, The Daily Beast, @joshtpm, Washington Post, @joshgreenman, @ap, NPR, @pattonoswalt, @steverattner, The Week, @digiphile, @braddjaffy, New Urban Legends, Highsnobiety, USA Today, @brianefallon, @keitholbermann, @atossaaraxia, @evan_mcmullin, @stevekovach, @joyannreid, IndieWire, CNNMoney, @joshledermanap, @buzzfeedben, @petersterne, @joeconchatv, @daweiner, @lolgop, @ddale8, @ericliptonnyt, @ericliptonnyt, @therickwilson, @stephennellis, @ericliptonnyt, @comfortablysmug, @mikeisaac, @mzhemingway, @kevincollier, Business Insider, Mother Jones, @zaidjilani, @markberman, @radiofreetom, Deadline, @seanspicer, Al Jazeera English, @clintsmithiii, @jaketapper, @jdawsey1, Slate, iMediaEthics, @ajentleson, @evan_mcmullin, TechCrunch, KQED News, The Atlantic, Vox, TVNewser, Washingtonian,, CNN, The Wrap, Gothamist, Vanity Fair, Engadget, CBS Miami, Business Insider, @dylanbyers, BBC, New York's PIX11, The Stranger … and Guido Fawkes
David A. Graham / The Atlantic:
BuzzFeed's decision to publish an unverified report sets a risky precedent for journalism, and will have repercussions if it turns out to be wholly inaccurate  —  In distributing a set of inflammatory allegations that it admitted it could not vouch for, BuzzFeed sidestepped a basic principle of journalism.
News organizations have known about the Trump dossier for months but reporters at the NYT, Washington Post, and Politico were unable to verify its claims  —  ABOUT THAT MEMO... Yes, the memo that CNN reported on and the memo that BuzzFeed later posted is salacious.  The information is also mostly unverifiable.
New York Times:
Sources: Fox News personality Juliet Huddy accused Bill O'Reilly and a Fox News executive of trying to derail her career when she rejected their sexual advances  —  In the weeks after Roger Ailes was ousted as the chairman of Fox News in July, amid a sexual harassment scandal …
Rachel Stockman / LawNewz:
Sources: Fox News quietly agreed a settlement with ex-host Juliet Huddy who lodged sexual harassment allegations against O'Reilly and Fox's new co-president  — has learned that in the midst of the fallout from Roger Ailes' ousting, Fox News came to a very quiet settlement arrangement …
Andrew Kaczynski / CNNMoney:
Harper Collins pulls Trump's national security pick Monica Crowley's book from sale until sourcing is added, after 50+ passages were found to be plagiarized  —  Publisher HarperCollins said Tuesday that it will stop selling a book by Monica Crowley that a CNN KFile investigation found to have more than 50 instances of plagiarism.
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
US AG nominee Jeff Sessions says he hasn't studied current guidelines for investigations involving media, won't commit to not jailing journalists  —  Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) said Tuesday at a confirmation hearing to become the country's next attorney general that he has not studied …
Discussion: @mlcalderone
Peter Sterne / Politico:
Following Trump's request to Congress to investigate the leak of an intelligence report to NBC, attorneys say there's little precedent for such a move
Discussion: @petersterne
Mathew Ingram / Fortune:
Instagram will put full-screen, auto-playing ads in its Stories feature, which now has 150M daily active users five months after launch  —  If you're one of the millions of Instagram users who likes the service's recently added “Stories” sharing feature, get ready to see more ads inserted between your friends' clips in the near future.
Discussion: Mashable and Marketing Land
Jeff Greenfield / Politico:
Questions asked about the value of presidential press conferences and whether they're outdated, as Trump prepares for his first one in 168 days  —  An uncomfortable question for the media in the age of Donald Trump.  —  When President-Elect Donald Trump meets the press on Wednesday …
Clare Hollingworth, the former Daily Telegraph correspondent who broke the news that WW2 had started, has died aged 105  —  Clare Hollingworth, the former Daily Telegraph correspondent who broke the news of World War Two, has died aged 105.  —  “The FCC is very sad to announce the passing …
Frederic Filloux / Monday Note:
How Medium can beef up its publishing features, with friction-free newsletter and subscription systems, promotional tools, better analytics, more  —  There is a need for platform such as Medium.  Its only way up is monetizing quality using a two-sided, paid-for system.  —  I am a huge fan of Medium.
Discussion: VatorNews
Christopher Heine / Adweek:
About 2.7M Twitter users viewed the social network's live stream for the red carpet pre-show for the Golden Globe Awards  —  Around 2.7 million Twitter users on Sunday evening viewed the digital platform's red carpet livestreaming collaboration with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association …
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