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8:05 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.
Josh Meyer / Politico:
Profile of David Cay Johnston, the Pulitzer award-winning reporter who received Trump's 2005 tax return in the mail and is well known on the tax beat  —  Angered by the publication of his 2005 tax returns, President Donald Trump on Wednesday accused NBC News of broadcasting “FAKE NEWS,” …
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Behind Genius' shift from web annotations to becoming a video-focused media company, after laying off a quarter of its staff last month  —  Genius, which raised $56.9 million on the promise that it would one day annotate the entire internet, has been losing its minds.
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
Reporters formally object after Tillerson takes only one reporter on Asia trip; Tillerson said plane was too small but flight was on a Boeing 737-sized aircraft  —  The president is suddenly press-shy  —  State Department reporters are strongly protesting Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's decision …
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
Ben Smith / BuzzFeed:
The intense search for a smoking gun tying Trump to Russia invites confirmation bias, forgeries, and fantasy
Lucia Moses / Digiday:
The Boston Globe says Facebook Messenger offers the easiest and cheapest way to send news notifications to mobile devices, sees 80% open rate in one week  —  The Boston Globe, like many publishers, wants to send breaking news notifications directly to people's phones.
Lucinda Southern / Digiday:
The Telegraph says Apple News has become the most effective third-party platform to drive readers to its sites and app; Telegraph posts about 240 articles/day  —  For The Telegraph, Apple News has become the most effective third-party platform at driving readers to its own sites and app …
Discussion: @digiday and @digihttpster
Meg Watson / Junkee:
Serial's first spinoff podcast, S-Town, will launch with all episodes at once on March 28  —  Here we go, again!  The team behind Serial — Sarah Koenig, Julie Snyder, and Ira Glass — have just released details for the first of three new spinoffs from the landmark podcast.
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
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 …
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