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1:50 PM ET, April 12, 2017


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Daily Mail:
The Mail Online and the Daily Mail's apology to Melania Trump  —  The Mail Online website and the Daily Mail newspaper published an article on 20th August 2016 about Melania Trump which questioned the nature of her work as a professional model, and republished allegations that she provided services beyond simply modelling.
Owen Bowcott / The Guardian:
Melania Trump accepts damages and apology from The Daily Mail publisher over allegations about her work as a professional model  —  US first lady sued UK newspaper's owners over allegations about her work as a professional model … The Daily Mail will pay damages to settle a libel claim brought …
Gabriel Sherman / New York Magazine:
Sources say Bill O'Reilly may not return to Fox News after his planned vacation, announced Tuesday; source says he plans to return April 24  —  Embattled Fox News host Bill O'Reilly announced tonight that he is taking a vacation.  O'Reilly's decision to go off the air in the midst …
Ryan Parker / Hollywood Reporter:
Press Secretary Sean Spicer apologizes on CNN for Hitler statement: “I mistakenly used an inappropriate, insensitive reference to the Holocaust”  —  “He was not using the gas on his own people in the same way that Assad is doing," Spicer said, drawing immediate backlash and calls …
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Ted Johnson / Variety:
During an interview at the Newseum with MSNBC's Greta Van Susteren, WH Press Sec Spicer apologized a second time for his comments about Hitler  —  WASHINGTON — White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer again apologized for comments he made comparing the use of chemical weapons in Syria …
Discussion: The Wrap and Mediaite
Tom Kludt / CNNMoney:
Critics denounce Louisville's Courier-Journal for story about the “troubled past” of United passenger violently dragged off plane  —  Man dragged off overbooked United flight  —  It only took 24 hours for online anger to shift from United Airlines to a Kentucky newspaper.
Shelley Hepworth / Columbia Journalism Review:
Q&A with tech journalist Walt Mossberg on the tech beat and his post-retirement plan to spend more time working on The News Literacy Project  —  Walt Mossberg was on the tech beat before most news outlets even established such a beat.  In 1991, he ditched one of the most sought after jobs …
Jason Pontin / MIT Technology Review:
MIT Technology Review's Editor-in-Chief Jason Pontin on how a troll made him rethink the site's comments section, limiting comments on some stories  —  I have a troll.  Writing as @zdzisiekm, or “Gus,” or under other names, he has commented on stories on 6,386 times and counting as of April 2017.
Hadas Gold / Politico:
At Newseum event, Kellyanne Conway appears to criticize Bannon's description of the media as “the opposition party” and praises NYT reporter Maggie Haberman  —  Kellyanne Conway briefly strayed from the White House's long-standing critiques of the media Wednesday to deliver …
Rebecca Stewart / The Drum:
PwC/IAB UK report: digital advertising spend in the UK increased 17% in 2016 to reach £10.3B, driven by a rise in mobile video  —  Digital ad spend in the UK increased by 17% in 2016 to reach $10.3bn, marking the fastest growth rate for the industry in nine years.
Discussion: @si_watson and @jimilind
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
Global Press, the group that trains women in developing countries to be reporters, launches Passport membership program to move beyond philanthropic support  —  The 11-year-old organization is now looking to move beyond philanthropic support.  —  In 2015, following the earthquake in Nepal …
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