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4:25 AM ET, February 26, 2017


 Top News: 
Martin Pengelly / The Guardian:
President Trump says he will not attend White House Correspondents' Association Dinner this year; WHCA president says the dinner will still go ahead on April 29  —  Donald Trump on Saturday capped a week of tumultuous relations with the press by saying he will not attend …
Mike Allen / Axios:
Bloomberg cancels its afterparty for the White House Correspondents' Association dinner; Bloomberg's co-host Vanity Fair had earlier pulled out  —  Bloomberg L.P., host of the premier afterparty for the White House Correspondents' Association dinner, will not host an event this year, Axios has learned.
Steven Perlberg / BuzzFeed:
Sources: CNN is considering sitting out this year's White House Correspondents' Dinner on April 29
Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
CNN, Politico, NYT, BuzzFeed, and others blocked from gaggle with White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer; AP and Time declined to attend  —  Several news organizations boycotted the White House press gaggle this afternoon after the White House excluded CNN and other outlets from attending.
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said in December that press access to government is what separates democracy from dictatorship  —  This post has been updated.  —  White House press secretary Sean Spicer barred reporters from several large media outlets from participating in a scheduled press briefing Friday.
Greg Miller / Washington Post:
Sources: Trump administration got senior members of intelligence community and Congress to call news outlets to challenge stories about Trump's ties to Russia  —  The Trump administration has enlisted senior members of the intelligence community and Congress in efforts to counter news stories …
Sources: the FBI rejected a White House request to publicly knock down media reports about communications between Trump's associates and Russians
Justin Baragona / Mediaite:
In CPAC speech, Donald Trump says not all media, just “fake news media”, is the enemy of American people, decries leaks, claims reporters make up sources, more  —  In his speech at CPAC this morning, President Donald Trump took aim at the media once again, decrying leaks …
Sydney Ember / New York Times:
Interviews around the US reveal that Americans of varying political affiliations believe Trump's characterization of the media as “enemy” went too far
Discussion: Mediaite
Oliver Darcy / Business Insider:
Sources: Gretchen Carlson is in talks to join MSNBC; the former Fox News anchor settled a sexual harassment lawsuit against Roger Ailes for $20M last year  —  Gretchen Carlson, who settled a multi-million lawsuit late last year against former Fox News chief Roger Ailes …
Discussion: Mediaite and @imillhiser
Steven Perlberg / BuzzFeed:
While seeking press credentials, Breitbart CEO Larry Solov says Bannon resigned by phone, reveals site's owners: Susie Breitbart, Mercer family, and himself  —  Breitbart CEO Larry Solov on Friday met with the standing committee of the U.S. Senate Press Gallery — which is made up of five reporters …
Kurdish reporter Shifa Gardi killed in Iraq  —  (CNN)A reporter and anchor for an Iraqi Kurdish TV station was killed Saturday while working on the front lines as Iraqi forces battle ISIS for the city of Mosul.  —  Shifa Gardi, 30, a beloved journalist in a male-dominated profession …
Spiegel Online:
Documents show Germany's foreign intelligence agency, the BND, spied on the phones, faxes, and emails of foreign journalists over several years  —  Germany's foreign intelligence agency, the BND, apparently spied on large numbers of foreign journalists overseas over the course of several years …
Max Cea / Salon:
How an emphasis on web traffic and the recent departure of two music critics have affected The New York Times' dwindling jazz coverage  —  What changes in music coverage at The New York Times mean for jazz  —  Given the typical adversarial rendering of critics by artists — pedantic …
Ken Yeung / VentureBeat:
Twitter opens up Periscope Producer to all users; the service lets broadcasters incorporate live video from sources other than their mobile device  —  After four months of being slowly released, Twitter announced that its Periscope Producer service is now available to everyone …
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Jackie Spinner / Columbia Journalism Review:
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Mark Sweney / The Guardian:
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