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2:50 AM ET, January 20, 2017

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Kelsey Sutton / Politico:
New York Times stands by story saying Cabinet nominee Rick Perry “knew almost nothing” about Energy Department five weeks ago, just after being offered position  —  The New York Times is standing by its story about former Texas Gov. Rick Perry's nomination as energy secretary …
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Mollie Hemingway / The Federalist:
Four examples of how Trump coverage is flawed, including a thinly sourced NYT report on Rick Perry and a WaPo headline mocking Sonny Perdue's religion  —  One may have hoped that the media would respond to their 2016 failures and resulting lack of credibility by reforming.
Sam Roberts / New York Times:
Wayne Barrett, who spent 37 years at the Village Voice investigating developers, landlords, and politicians, dies at 71  —  Wayne Barrett, the muckraking Village Voice columnist who carved out a four-decade career taking on developers, landlords and politicians, among them Donald J. Trump …
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
As Trump prepares to take office, an analysis of where journalists went wrong in covering his campaign  —  On Friday at noon, a Category 5 political cyclone that few journalists saw coming will deposit Donald Trump atop the Capitol Building, where he'll be sworn in as the 45th president of the United States.
Peter Kafka / Recode:
Quartz ends three-year-old Next Billion conference, lays off three, will focus on projects like new subscription business  —  It will focus on projects like a new subscription business instead.  —  Quartz, the digital business news publisher, is going to stop putting on a high-end technology conference.
Discussion: @bmorrissey and @rafat
David Bauder / Associated Press:
Nielsen: Tucker Carlson averaged just under 3M viewers in his first week in Fox's primetime line-up, 10% more than the 2.72M Megyn Kelly averaged last year  —  NEW YORK (AP) — In his first week, Tucker Carlson moved seamlessly into Megyn Kelly's time slot at Fox News Channel without skipping a beat in the ratings.
Brian Flood / The Wrap:
Fusion TV launches Fusion Fights, a cross-platform project elevating social justice issues that impact young and diverse communities overlooked by the press  —  As the world prepares for Donald Trump to be sworn in as the 45th president on Friday, Fusion has decided to ramp up it's efforts …
Discussion: CNNMoney
Michal Lev-Ram / Fortune:
The Players' Tribune, co-founded by Derek Jeter in 2014, raises $40M in new round led by IVP, bringing total funding to $58M  —  Derek Jeter just hit another home run—in securing startup financing, that is.  —  The former New York Yankees shortstop co-founded The Players' Tribune …
Heather Stewart / The Guardian:
Seumas Milne, on leave from The Guardian since being appointed Jeremy Corbyn's director of communications in 2015, is formally leaving the paper  —  Jeremy Corbyn's director of communications was previously on unpaid leave from paper  —  Seumas Milne, Jeremy Corbyn's director of communications …
Discussion: Telegraph and The Independent
Lucia Moses / Digiday:
Slate's membership service, Slate Plus, has shot up 46% to 26.7K members since the election; new revenue will fund free content including big investigations  —  Trump is turning out to be good business for Slate.  —  Along with other news organizations, the culture and politics site …
Discussion: @digiday and @lmoses
Matt Novak / Gizmodo:
Facebook unblocks RT after 20-hour ban from posting articles, photos, and videos, after the publication had allegedly run a pirated stream of Obama's presser  —  In a surprise move, RT (formerly known as Russia Today) has been banned from posting articles, photos, and videos to Facebook.
 
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