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6:30 PM ET, May 17, 2017


 Top News: 
David Montero / Los Angeles Times:
Alex Jones settles defamation lawsuit brought against him by Chobani, retracts comments made about refugees in Twin Falls, Idaho  —  Inside the Chobani Yogurt factory in Twin Falls, Idaho.  —  Alex Jones backed down.  Again.  —  The far-right conspiracy theorist agreed Wednesday to settle …
NBC News:
Sources: some of the intelligence Trump provided to Russian officials is so secret that American news organizations are still being asked not to report it  —  Some of the intelligence President Trump provided to Russian officials is so secret that American news organizations are still …
Patience Haggin / Wall Street Journal:
Financial news startup Cheddar raises $19M in Series C round from Raine Ventures and others, valuing the company at $85M  —  The online video outlet has raised $19 million with Raine Ventures and other backers in a Series C round that valued the startup at $85 million.
Curt Woodward /
Sources: IDG, which owns Macworld and other magazines, has laid off more than 90 people in its flagship tech-industry publishing division  —  International Data Group has laid off more than 90 people in its flagship tech-industry publishing division, less than two months after completing …
Dave Itzkoff / New York Times:
Jimmy Fallon's show has lost nearly 1M viewers in 5 months, as it competes with politics-driven comedy like Colbert's which has become more popular in Trump era  —  Ambling onto the Art Deco set of “The Tonight Show” for his monologue rehearsal one Monday afternoon, Jimmy Fallon gave the crowd …
Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
Gizmodo Media Group releases diversity report: 48% of the company's editorial staff are white, with 52% being female  —  Journalism is still overwhelmingly White.  But that won't change if news organizations don't talk about it.  —  It was in that spirit that Gizmodo Media Group …
Discussion: @joeruiz
Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
Since Medium pivoted its strategy, publishers like Pacific Standard and Film School Rejects have left, while others reconsider working with the site  —  Last May, Medium made publishers an offer they couldn't resist: Free hosting.  Advertising dollars.  More eyeballs.
Discussion: @mcdermott, @caleweissman and @rdmurphy
WikiLeaks whistleblower Chelsea Manning is released from Fort Leavenworth military prison in Kansas, having served 7 years of a 35-year sentence  —  US soldier Chelsea Manning has been released from prison after serving seven years for leaking hundreds of thousands of diplomatic cables and military files to Wikileaks.
Sapna Maheshwari / New York Times:
NBCUniversal head of advertising Linda Yaccarino, who oversees $10B in annual ad revenue, on Nielsen, NBCU's new ad inventory, and getting the right “media mix”  —  After completing her first year as the head of advertising sales for NBCUniversal, Linda Yaccarino went out to dinner with her husband to celebrate.
Discussion: Beet.TV
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 …
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Josh Dawsey / Politico:
Trump advisor Newt Gingrich said the President should shut down the press briefing room as it would send a message that the media is a “corrupt institution”
Andrew Roth / Washington Post:
New Ukrainian sanctions target Russian social-media sites, including VKontakte, the nation's most popular social network
 Earlier Picks: 
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
Brendan Gauthier / Salon:
Fox News and Infowars published a debunked conspiracy about murdered DNC staffer Seth Rich, which remained on after Rich's family issued a statement
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