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8:30 PM ET, January 12, 2017

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Kelsey Sutton / Politico:
Texas congressman Randy Weber says CNN reporter Jim Acosta was “disrespectful” to Trump during press briefing and “should be fired”  —  The day after Donald Trump refused to take a question from CNN reporter Jim Acosta at a press conference, calling the network …
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Annie Karni / Politico:
Trump filled first press conference in seven months with paid staffers who cheered in response to PEOTUS blasting media  —  The president-elect packs his news conference with paid aides ready to jeer reporters.  —  NEW YORK — When Donald Trump gathered the press at Trump Tower 20 months ago …
CNN:
Review of Monica Crowley's Columbia University Ph.D. dissertation finds thousands of plagiarized words from sources including Kissinger, Eric Larson, and the AP  —  By Andrew Kaczynski, Chris Massie, and Nathan McDermott, design by Tal Yellin  —  Conservative commentator Monica Crowley …
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Apple planning push into original TV shows and movies for Apple Music subscribers, hopes to share viewer metrics and demographic data with producers  —  Apple is planning to build a significant new business in original television shows and movies, a move that could make it a bigger player …
Doris Truong / Washington Post:
Right-wing bloggers falsely accuse an editor of taking photos of Cabinet candidate Rex Tillerson's notes during a hearing break; editor wasn't there  —  What it's like to be a the center of a fake-news conspiracy theory.  —  There's a joke among Asian Americans that people think we all look the same.
Oliver Darcy / Business Insider:
BuzzFeed sold more than $25K worth of “failing pile of garbage” merchandise on Wednesday and will donate all proceeds to the Committee to Project Journalists  —  BuzzFeed sold more than $25,000 worth of “failing pile of garbage” merchandise on Wednesday and will donate all the proceeds …
Shan Wang / Nieman Lab:
Most readers want reporters and experts to contribute to comment sections, such as clarifying factual questions, survey of 12K readers on 20 sites shows  —  For all the easy talk of garbage fires and troll-infested swamps, most commenters who read and weigh in on news stories online appear to want company …
Bloomberg:
Sources: Trump meeting with AT&T executives at Trump Tower to discuss the company's proposed $85.4 billion bid for Time Warner  —  Meeting to discuss merger will be in Trump Tower in New York  —  Trump blasted the $85.4 billion deal during presidential race
Nic Newman / Reuters Institute for the Study …:
Reuters 2017 predictions: automated fact-checking, more innovation with chat bots, big year for audio, and experiments with AR and VR but both will disappoint  —  This year's key developments will centre on fears about how changing technology is affecting the quality of information and the state of our democracy.
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Pandora announces it's laying off 7% of its US workforce, excluding Ticketfly group, in Q1 2017 in a bid to reduce costs  —  Music streaming service Pandora is going to reduce its workforce by 7% in Q1 of 2017, the company announced Thursday after the close of the markets.
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Twitter will live stream Trump's inauguration on January 20 at 11AM ET in partnership with PBS NewsHour  —  Twitter will be streaming Donald Trump's inauguration for the top political job in the U.S. starting at 11 AM ET on Friday, January 20 in partnership with PBS NewsHour.
The Daily Beast:
Corey Lewandowski, former Trump campaign manager and CNN commentator, lands a job as a political commentator at One America News Network  —  Corey Lewandowski—Donald Trump's former campaign manager who bruised a female political reporter, lied about it, got fired, then landed …
Albert Burneko / The Concourse:
BuzzFeed reporters were right to post a dossier with extraordinary claims about President-elect Trump, passed around for weeks at highest levels of government  —  As you're likely aware by now, yesterday evening BuzzFeed published a dossier of allegations about Donald Trump …
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Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
BuzzFeed stepped over the line when it published unverified smears dressed up as an intelligence report meant to damage Trump
 
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