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7:20 AM ET, January 16, 2017


 Top News: 
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
A hellscape of lies and distorted reality awaits journalists covering President Trump  —  At the northeast corner of the National Archives building sits Robert Aitken's sculpture “The Future,” inscribed with some famous words from Shakespeare's “The Tempest”: “What is past is prologue.”
Mathew Ingram / Fortune:
After Trump's confrontational press conference, the media needs to start treating the president-elect like a hostile witness rather than try to curry favor  —  In courtroom TV dramas, when a witness is testifying and starts to lie or refuses to answer, the lawyer asking the questions …
Alexey Kovalev:
A Russian journalist who writes about propaganda lays out parallels between Putin's yearly pressers and Trump's first news conference
Peter J. Boyer / Esquire:
3 senior officials on Trump transition team say there's been serious consideration of evicting White House press corps; press secretary acknowledges discussion  —  “They are the opposition party,” a senior official says.  —  The upset to the existing order caused by the presidential election …
Amar Toor / The Verge:
Facebook says it will soon expand tools to fight fake news to Germany, will send flagged posts to Berlin-based nonprofit news org Correctiv for fact-checking  —  Social network introduces fact-checking tools ahead of national elections later this year  —  Facebook will begin rolling …
Justin Baragona / Mediaite:
In interview with The Sunday Times, Trump says he'll keep using @realDonaldTrump Twitter account  —  With President-elect Donald Trump on the brink of officially becoming the country's Commander-in-Chief, it appears we are getting the answer to what he will do with his personal Twitter account …
Paul Mozur / New York Times:
China orders the registration of app stores to combat apps that “spread illegal information”, which can include fraud, malware, and political speech  —  HONG KONG — In the clearest sign yet that China's government has begun a new push to solidify control over mobile apps …
Discussion: Engadget, The Next Web and The Verge
Amanda Erickson / Washington Post:
The intelligence report calling out Russia Today for involvement in US election overestimates the influence of channel's political coverage in the United States  —  When Russia Today's top editor read the newly released report from the director of national intelligence on Russia's hack of the U.S. election …
Discussion: The Daily Beast and
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
How NBC and producer Pat Weaver invented morning TV with “Today” in 1950s  —  January 14 is the 65th birthday of NBC's “Today” show.  This is a “lost chapter” from Brian Stelter's book “Top of the Morning,” recounting how NBC invented the morning TV format.
Eugene Volokh / Washington Post:
When ‘there is serious reason to doubt’ rumors and allegations, is it libelous to publish them?  —  BuzzFeed, as everyone now knows, has published unverified allegations about Russia having “compromising material and information on [Donald] Trump's personal life and finances”; …
Discussion: @marshallyoum, @ladywell23 and Law News
Jessi Hempel / Backchannel:
How BitTorrent has failed to find a successful business model despite its widely used protocol and has pursued a costly, fruitless path under new leadership  —  How a group of valley outsiders blew through the company's cash and nearly left it for dead.  —  Last April, a pair …
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David Gauvey Herbert / Bloomberg:
How News Corp-owned Storyful has emerged as a prominent fact checker by working with news outlets, releasing a Chrome extension to vet video, and more
Colin McMahon / RedEye:
Chicago's RedEye print tabloid scales back to a once-a-week edition on Thursdays, will keep social media accounts and its newsletter
Discussion: Robert Feder
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Brooks Barnes / New York Times:
Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton stepping down, will become chairman of the board of Snap Inc., where he was an early investor