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2:05 PM ET, April 18, 2017


 Top News: 
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Bill O'Reilly's defenders are challenging Wendy Walsh's account, pointing to alleged inconsistencies and correspondence in which Walsh praises him  —  All at once, Bill O'Reilly is fighting for his TV life.  The future of O'Reilly's long career at Fox News may hinge on a sexual-harassment accusation raised …
Discussion: TVNewser and Refinery29
The Huffington Post:
65% of Bill O'Reilly's viewers still approve of the Fox News host despite sexual harassment allegations, according to a HuffPost/YouGov survey  —  They also voted for Trump.  So there you go.  —  An overwhelming majority of Bill O'Reilly's viewers still approve of the controversial Fox News pundit despite …
Discussion: Forbes, LawNewz, IndieWire, The Wrap and AOL
AP News:
O'Reilly Factor's viewing figures are down 26% so far without the host; O'Reilly is on two-week vacation while investigators probe sexual harassment allegations
Matthew Balan / Mediaite:
Gabe Sherman: Rupert Murdoch wants to keep Bill O'Reilly, but his sons, especially James, want to fire the host and move on
Discussion: TVNewser
Justin Osofsky / Facebook:
Facebook releases timeline of murder suspect's activity: first video uploaded 11:09AM PDT, first report received around 11:27AM, account disabled at 1:22PM  —  On Sunday morning, a man in Cleveland posted a video of himself announcing his intent to commit murder, then two minutes later posted another video …
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
At F8, Mark Zuckerberg discussed the Cleveland video controversy, acknowledging the company needs to do more to filter violent content  —  Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg acknowledged Tuesday that the company has to do more to not only filter out violent videos, but also do its part from preventing violence altogether.
Sydney Ember / New York Times:
New York Times names ex-Bloomberg Businessweek Editor-in-Chief Ellen Pollock editor of its business section  —  The New York Times continued to shake up its newsroom leadership on Tuesday by naming Ellen Pollock, formerly the editor in chief of Bloomberg Businessweek, the next top editor of its business section.
Adrianne Jeffries / The Outline:
How Celebrity Net Worth's traffic plunged after Google took its data for Featured Snippets, even when the site said it could not have access  —  Google's Featured Snippets are not only often wrong, they're also damaging to small businesses that depend on search traffic.
Matthew Sheffield / Salon:
Under Ailes, Fox News paid a PR firm, New Media Strategies, to operate a series of sexist sites created to promote female Fox News personalities  —  Former Fox News CEO paid for many deceptive sites, including leering blogs promoting female Fox personalities
Discussion: Inside Cable News
Gerry Smith / Bloomberg:
Financial news startup Cheddar is giving away free TV antennas in a bid to make young viewers watch its broadcasts on free over-the-air stations  —  Startup plans digital antenna giveaway with Dunkin' Donuts  —  Several online media companies are exploring TV programming
Rachel Stockman / LawNewz:
Glenn Beck countersues Tomi Lahren, claiming she mistreated staff, offended the Blaze audience, and made public appearances without prior approval  —  Glenn Beck, and his conservative network, The Blaze, have filed a counter lawsuit against firebrand conservative news personality Tomi Lahren …
Katie Rogers / New York Times:
Profile of Shannon Donnelly, a Palm Beach Daily News society columnist who maintains an unusual degree of access to Donald Trump, having covered him since 1985  —  PALM BEACH, Fla. — Minutes before the world found out that President Trump had ordered a missile strike against Syria in retaliation …
Discussion: @braddjaffy and Washingtonian
Brian McGrory /
Memo from Boston Globe Editor-in-Chief Brian McGrory on how the publication plans to retool the newsroom to support both digital and print  —  A dedicated group of Boston Globe staff has spent much of the past year examining our digital and print report, talking with colleagues throughout the newsroom …
Alyson Shontell / Business Insider:
Bustle acquires Elite Daily from Daily Mail for an undisclosed sum and rebrands to Bustle Digital Group  —  - Bustle has acquired Elite Daily, a millennial site, from Daily Mail.  — The deal was a mix of cash and stock.  The exact amount was undisclosed but seems to be less …
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