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6:10 PM ET, May 15, 2017


 Top News: 
Shane Goldmacher / Politico:
Sources: WH aides are sharing a mix of fake and real news stories with Trump in an attempt to influence policy and bolster their standing within the Oval Office  —  The president rarely surfs the web on his own, but his staff have made a habit of slipping news stories on to his desk—including the occasional internet hoax.
Pamela McClintock / Hollywood Reporter:
Sources: Disney CEO Bob Iger says hackers claiming to have access to an upcoming movie have demanded a ransom; the company is refusing to pay it  —  He says the hackers are demanding a ransom, which the company won't pay.  —  Have real-life pirates taken aim at Disney?
Rick Kogan / Chicago Tribune:
Chicago Tribune parent tronc is seeking to purchase its rival paper, the Chicago Sun-Times; tronc CEO Justin Dearborn says Sun-Times will remain independent  —  Tronc, owner of the Chicago Tribune, has entered into a nonbinding letter of intent to buy the Chicago Sun-Times.
U.S. Department of Justice:
Justice Department's antitrust division says it is investigating possible acquisition of Chicago Sun-Times by Chicago Tribune owner tronc  —  Wrapports LLC is Conducting a Public Sale of the Chicago Sun-Times  —  The Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice announced today …
Shalini Ramachandran / Wall Street Journal:
As cord-cutting picks up pace, media companies are competing to make it into skinny bundles, with channels like Nickelodeon and TNT finding themselves left out
Discussion: Fortune and Light Reading
Mike Fleming / Deadline:
Brad Grey, the former CEO and Chairman of Paramount Pictures, has died of cancer at age 59  —  In a shocking development, it saddens me to report that Brad Grey has died at age 59.  His death, from cancer, comes months after his exit as chairman/CEO of Paramount Pictures, a job he held for 12 years.
Sarah Frier / Bloomberg:
As Snap user growth slows, it debuts regional ad campaigns, which sources say cost advertisers $300K-$700K, and pushes ads in its promotional AR Lenses  —  Snapchat's user growth is slowing.  Prepare for the deluxe ads.  —  Subscribe Reprints  —  On Cinco de Mayo, millions …
Dylan Byers / CNNMoney:
The New York Times says A.G. Sulzberger will take over paper's opinion section from his father, expanding his role beyond deputy publisher  —  Arthur Gregg Sulzberger, the 36-year-old deputy publisher of The New York Times, is one step closer to taking over the paper his family has owned since the late 19th century.
Discussion: @poynter and @cnnmoney
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook updates Live video policy to address misleading uses including livestreamed polls with deceptive background images  —  Facebook is banning misleading uses of its Live video format.  The company tells TechCrunch that it's adding a section to its Live API Facebook Platform Policy that reads …
Discussion: Adweek, Facebook, @kantrowitz and Engadget
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Juliet Eilperin / Washington Post:
US agencies under Trump have removed or hidden information, including workplace violation and animal welfare data, which was once easily accessible
Freddy Mayhew / Press Gazette:
UK PM Theresa May says that fake news is a “concern” and that she was a victim of misleading information on social media during her party's leadership campaign
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Ashley McBride / Poynter:
Public radio stations look for new funding sources after signs that future Corporation for Public Broadcasting support is not guaranteed
Discussion: @ashleynmcb
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
As the Trump beat grows more chaotic and news cycles shorten, some news consumers tune out