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12:15 AM ET, May 17, 2017

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Michael Calderone / HuffPost:
Report: Trump asked FBI Director James Comey to consider jailing journalists that publish classified information  —  The president's private view comes after Attorney General Jeff Sessions refused to publicly commit to not prosecuting reporters.  —  Frustrated by leaks to the news media …
Charlie Warzel / BuzzFeed:
Four phases pro-Trump media goes through to turn a negative story around in under 24 hours: stay quiet, blame and discredit, change news cycle, close the loop  —  This week has posed a new test for the pro-Trump media — a loose affiliation of news organizations, trolls, and independent journalists …
Brendan Gauthier / Salon:
Fox News and Infowars published a debunked conspiracy about murdered DNC staffer Seth Rich, which remained on FoxNews.com after Rich's family issued a statement  —  Fox publishes a bogus story that's easily debunked.  Then Infowars says a bigger story is evidence of a coverup
Casey Tolan / Mercury News:
Fox News host Kimberly Guilfoyle says she's in talks about becoming White House press secretary  —  The Fox News host and former First Lady of San Francisco tells the Bay Area News Group: 'I'm a patriot, and it would be an honor to serve the country.'  —  NEW YORK — Kimberly Guilfoyle …
Biz Stone / Medium:
Twitter cofounder Biz Stone says he's returning to the company to guide company culture, more  —  I worked at Twitter for about six years.  In that time, the service grew from zero people to hundreds of millions of people.  Jack was the original CEO and when he returned I was very happy.
Sam Levin / The Guardian:
Review shows Facebook's anti-fake news initiatives as ineffective, with many articles disputed by fact-checkers being labeled “disputed” too late or not at all  —  hen Facebook's new fact-checking system labeled a Newport Buzz article as possible “fake news”, warning users against sharing it, something unexpected happened.
Kristen Hare / Poynter:
The Associated Press partners with social media management company SAM to launch a Storyful competitor, the AP Social Newswire  —  The Associated Press has become the latest news organization to get into the user-generated content game, announcing on Tuesday the launch of a new service called AP Social Newswire.
Discussion: Nieman Lab
Andrew Roth / Washington Post:
New Ukrainian sanctions target Russian social-media sites, including VKontakte, the nation's most popular social network  —  MOSCOW — Ukraine on Tuesday put in place new sanctions seeking to block Russian media and online networks from operating in the country, including VKontakte, the nation's most popular social network.
Discussion: Motherboard
Marisa Guthrie / Hollywood Reporter:
At ESPN's upfront, President John Skipper defended the network's recent layoffs to advertisers, saying the current environment forces execs to be “realists”  —  “The current environment forces us to be realists as well as optimists,” he assured media buyers at the network's May 16 upfront.
Discussion: Variety
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Brian Steinberg / Variety:
ESPN says it's ready to strike deals with advertisers based on live viewing figures across TV, mobile, and digital screens
Discussion: Fortune and @bristei
Adrienne LaFrance / The Atlantic:
Q&A with the NYT's Public Editor Liz Spayd on the role, dealing with criticism, and how she doesn't have any “wholesale regrets” about columns she's written  —  It's been a hell of a year for the public editor of The New York Times.  —  The veteran journalist Liz Spayd started in the gig last July.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Pluto TV, Angling to Become the Spotify of Premium Video, Launches Free On-Demand Service (EXCLUSIVE)  —  Pluto TV is now making thousands of free movies and TV shows available through its video-streaming platform on-demand in addition to its TV-like linear channels.
Ben Fritz / Wall Street Journal:
At Disney, questions remain about who will succeed Bob Iger, with sources saying a candidate is unlikely to be announced until at least 2018  —  Twelve years into running the world's largest media conglomerate, the question of who will succeed Robert Iger at Walt Disney Co. is more uncertain than it has been for nearly a decade.
Discussion: @davecbenoit and Cyberscoop
 
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