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3:25 AM ET, May 8, 2017


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Sources: Sinclair close to buying Tribune Media for ~$44 a share; Tribune closed at $40.29 on Friday  —  Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc (SBGI.O) is nearing a deal to acquire Tribune Media Co (TRCO.N) after prevailing in an auction for the U.S. regional TV station owner, people familiar with the matter said on Sunday.
Paul Colgan / Business Insider Australia:
TPG Capital bids for Fairfax Media's metro papers, including Sydney Morning Herald, digital unit that publishes BI, HuffPost in Australia, and real-estate unit  —  Fairfax Media is considering a fresh proposal from US private equity giant TPG Capital to buy the Domain real estate business …
Zeynep Tufekci / BuzzFeed:
Advice for France: use caution in reporting on uncurated dumps of hacked emails, which can fuel viral misinformation, violate privacy, and confuse the public  —  A brief guide to the information wars.  —  Ooh, la la. So, it happened to you too.  The frontrunning presidential candidate got hacked …
After Le Pen's party banned BuzzFeed, Politico, Charlie Hebdo, more from election-night event, Le Monde, Bloomberg, and others pulled their reporters out too  —  The banning happened shortly after BuzzFeed News published investigations exposing racist and antisemitic statements made by Front National candidates.
Devin Leonard / Bloomberg:
Profile of Ryan Schreiber and his influential music website Pitchfork about two years after its acquisition by Condé Nast  —  Baby's All Right, a club in Brooklyn's Williamsburg neighborhood, is almost full when Ryan Schreiber arrives.  A burly 41-year-old, he's wearing a dark overcoat open …
Ahead of June 8 UK general election, Facebook publishes ads in UK papers, including The Times, The Guardian, Daily Telegraph, to raise awareness about fake news  —  Facebook has broadened its campaign to raise awareness about fake news, by publishing adverts in the UK press.
Mădălina Ciobanu /
Interview with producer and host Alex Laughlin of The Washington Post's first in-house narrative podcast  —  ‘Other: Mixed race in America’ is a five-part mini-series that will feature new episodes every day this week  —  Credit: Screenshot from ‘Other: Mixed race in America’ from The Washington Post
Committee to Protect Journalists:
CPJ Report: a lack of political will to end violence and impunity exposes Mexico as one of the most dangerous countries in the world for journalists  —  Mexico's press is caught in a deadly cycle of violence and impunity, with journalists in Veracruz state at particular risk of kidnap and murder.
Discussion: @pressfreedom and New York Times
USA Today:
Gannett asks FBI to probe wave of phony Facebook accounts that like USA Today and affiliates; firm has taken steps including blocking new Bangladeshi followers  —  SAN FRANCISCO - The parent company of USA TODAY said it had asked the FBI to investigate a wave of fake Facebook accounts so large …
Charlie Warzel / BuzzFeed:
Profile of InfoWars' Alex Jones, who is now an insider after a career spent crusading against the establishment and the elite  —  AUSTIN —  It was the winter of 1997 and Alex Jones couldn't stop getting punched in the face.  —  Out on the cracked asphalt of Austin Public Access …
Shan Wang / Nieman Lab:
New report details every step in the Electionland initiative, a 1000+ person effort led by ProPublica, including a post mortem  —  Let's relive Tuesday, November 8, 2016 again.  —  Not the presidential election — the Electionland project, spearheaded by ProPublica, and an monumental effort …
Interview with FCC Chairman Ajit Pai on his approach to media ownership rules, mergers, net neutrality, and investment in broadband infrastructure  —  Net neutrality, antitrust, infrastructure, mergers — it's all here.  —  On this special bonus episode of Recode Decode …
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
A close read of Trump's recent interviews reveal that he instinctively understands the reporter's psychology and thinks like a journalist  —  President Trump broke a lot of news in his whirlwind of 100-day interviews.  But a close read of the interviews reveal a skill that helped him win the presidency …
Discussion: @_jeffguo and @peterwsinger
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