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7:05 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.
Source: Melania Trump will be paid around $2.9M in damages and costs by the Daily Mail; her initial suit asked for $150M in damages  —  Melania Trump threatens to sue news outlets  —  The Daily Mail has apologized to Melania Trump and agreed to pay damages to settle a lawsuit filed …
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 …
The New York Times Company:
Wall Street Journal deputy editorial page editor Bret Stephens, 2013 Pulitzer winner and frequent Trump critic, is leaving to become a New York Times columnist  —  The New York Times today announced that The Wall Street Journal's current deputy editorial page editor Bret Stephens will join Opinion as an Op-Ed columnist.
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 …
Ryan Parker / Hollywood Reporter:
Press Secretary Sean Spicer apologizes on CNN for Hitler statement: “I mistakenly used an inappropriate, insensitive reference to the Holocaust”
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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 …
Gwilym Mumford / The Guardian:
Chinese researcher says the country is likely to increase Hollywood movie imports under forthcoming US trade pact  —  Donald Trump and Chinese premier Xi Jinping agree an increase in Hollywood imports, up from the current 34 a year, as part of recent trade talks
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 …
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.
Sources: Meredith's preliminary offer of less than $20/share for Time Inc. falls short of price expectations  —  U.S. media group Meredith Corp (MDP.N) has made a preliminary acquisition offer to Time Inc (TIME.N) that fell short of the price expectations of the publisher of Sports Illustrated …
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 …
Eli Rosenberg / New York Times:
Journalists at Gothamist and DNAinfo agree to unionize with Writers Guild of America East  —  Reporters and editors at the New York news organizations DNAinfo and Gothamist have agreed to unionize after combining their operations last month.  —  An “overwhelming” majority of the 26 members …
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