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12:20 PM ET, March 15, 2017


 Top News: 
Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
Maddow's teasing of Trump tax return release, in bid to boost ratings, backfires as White House distributes the document in question during show  —  NBC coined the slogan “Must-See TV” more than two decades ago; tonight, MSNBC invented “hurry-up-and-wait” TV.
Donald J. Trump / @realdonaldtrump:
In a tweet, Trump questions tax return story on Maddow, calls it “fake news”, even though the White House confirmed the story by distributing the document  —  Does anybody really believe that a reporter, who nobody ever heard of, “went to his mailbox” and found my tax returns? @NBCNews FAKE NEWS!
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
The journalist who received Trump's 2005 tax return, Pulitzer award-winning reporter David Cay Johnston, believes POTUS himself may be the source  —  Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Cay Johnston says he received two pages from the 2005 document in the mail from an unknown source.
Steven Perlberg / BuzzFeed:
Erin McPike, White House correspondent for the Independent Journal Review, lands only press spot on Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's trip to Asia  —  Erin McPike, the White House correspondent for the Independent Journal Review, was the only journalist to have a seat on the trip.
Lara O'Reilly / Business Insider:
Condé Nast joins Adblock Plus' new Acceptable Ads Committee, which decides which adverts the company should whitelist  —  Eyeo, the parent company of Adblock Plus, has named the first members of its Acceptable Ads Committee — an independent board who will decide which online ads …
Kari Howard / Nieman Storyboard:
Q&A with Diarmid Mogg, the Scottish creator of Small Town Noir, a website unearthing old mugshots from a Pennsylvanian town and the stories behind them  —  The Scotsman's website is a rabbit hole of midcentury mug shots and the stories of the everyday people of a Pennsylvania town at probably the worst moment in their lives
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Fox News says it let Kelly out of her contract on March 9, but a spokesperson for the anchor says they're still negotiating her termination agreement  —  Is Megyn Kelly free to work for NBC News or isn't she?  According to Fox News Channel, Kelly no longer has ties to the 21st Century Fox owned cable-news outlet.
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Chris Roush / Talking Biz News:
Discussion: Fortune and @talkingbiznews
Alan Travis / The Guardian:
MPs grill representatives from Facebook, Twitter, and Google over online hate speech and other offensive material  —  Committee tells Twitter, Facebook and others they should get tough on online abuse, with one MP accusing them of ‘commercial prostitution’  —  Social media companies including …
Discussion: BBC and Daily Mail
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Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
The European Commission, the executive body of the European Union, approves AT&T's acquisition of Time Warner
Sahil Patel / Digiday:
Sources: Snap plans to prioritize placement of original shows for Snapchat Discover; media firms split in choosing licensing fee, sticking with ad revenue share
Discussion: @sizpatel
David Folkenflik / NPR:
The many ties between Murdoch and Trump offer mutual benefits, with the tenor of Fox News in particular echoing Trump's nationalism and hostility to other media
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