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8:20 AM ET, February 27, 2017


 Top News: 
Annie Karni / Politico:
Sources: Sean Spicer warns staff against leaking to media in a meeting that included a check of phones, saying apps like Confide and Signal violate Records Act  —  The push includes random phone checks overseen by White House lawyers.  —  Press Secretary Sean Spicer is cracking …
Mike Allen / Axios:
Sources: Sean Spicer had the CIA's director and a GOP official call reporters to discredit an NYT story on links between Trump's campaign aides and Russia  —  Exclusive: Spicer arranged CIA, GOP intelligence push-back  —  White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer personally picked up the phone …
Kurt Schlosser / GeekWire:
Amazon Studios wins its first-ever Oscars with best foreign language film for “The Salesman” and best original screenplay for “Manchester by the Sea”  —  Amazon Studios won its first-ever Academy Awards on Sunday night, taking home three Oscar statues …
New York Times:
A frustrated Trump, used to controlling media with strategic tabloid leaks, ramps up attacks on an entrenched White House press corps and broader media  —  WASHINGTON — The White House press secretary, Sean Spicer, has taken to slapping journalists who write unflattering stories with an epithet …
Carole Cadwalladr / The Guardian:
How Robert Mercer steers politics through Facebook data and media, using Cambridge Analytica, Breitbart, the Media Research Center, aid to Leave.EU, and more  —  With links to Donald Trump, Steve Bannon and Nigel Farage, the rightwing US computer scientist is at the heart of a multimillion-dollar propaganda network
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 …
McKay Coppins / The Atlantic:
Profile of Tucker Carlson, who as a newly minted primetime Fox News anchor has emerged as one of the most powerful people in media  —  Tucker Carlson is selling me hard on the swamp.  It is an unseasonably warm afternoon in late January, and we are seated at a corner table in Monocle …
Pete Brown / Columbia Journalism Review:
Study explores how 14 publishers are experimenting to reach audiences across 16 different social platforms  —  Despite publishers' disillusionment with low financial returns, there is no sign of them retreating from publishing material directly onto Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram and other distribution platforms.
Leo Barraclough / Variety:
Film4's Head of Creative Rose Garnett appointed director of BBC Films  —  Film4's head of creative Rose Garnett has been appointed as the director of BBC Films.  —  Charlotte Moore, director of BBC Content, said: “Rose will be an exciting new ambassador for BBC Films.
Patrick Shanley / Hollywood Reporter:
Actor Zach Braff, SNL fans suggest Alec Baldwin should take Donald Trump's place at this year's White House Correspondents' Dinner  —  Following the president's announcement that he would not be attending the event, social media was quick to suggest the ‘SNL’ Trump impersonator take his place.
Matt Pressberg / The Wrap:
How anime-focused Crunchyroll turned a streaming service for a niche audience into a global powerhouse with 1M paid subscribers  —  Anime, has long had a devoted — if niche — fan base in the U.S. But with anime-focused streaming service Crunchyroll hitting 1 million paid subscribers this month …
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