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7:45 PM ET, May 22, 2017


 Top News: 
Maxwell Tani / Business Insider:
Infowars was reportedly granted temporary White House press credentials, which are easier to receive than a permanent pass  —  Far-right website InfoWars was granted temporary White House press credentials on Monday.  —  Jerome Corsi, the Washington, DC bureau chief for the site that's known …
Joseph Otterson / Variety:
MSNBC Reaches Number One For First Time in Weekly Primetime Ratings, Fox News Drops to Third  —  For the first time in its history, MSNBC ranked number one in both total viewers and the key adults 25-54 demographic during primetime for a full week among the big three cable news networks.
Ben Munson / Fierce Cable:
Viacom CEO Bob Bakish says the company is in talks with at least one MVPD about an entertainment-only channel bundle priced at $10-$20  —  Viacom CEO says $10-$20 entertainment channel bundle coming this year  —  Viacom CEO Bob Bakish said an entertainment-only, nonsports TV channel bundle …
Discussion: Variety, Engadget and INSIDER
Hollywood Reporter:
Ex-Today host Billy Bush breaks his silence on the Access Hollywood tape and Trump, discusses his firing from NBC, and his comeback plan for television  —  Seven months after the infamous “grab them by the pussy” recording got Bush fired (and nearly toppled Trump's White House run) …
Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
Six months in, The New York Times is expanding The Wirecutter to babies, personal finance, and pet gear  —  The Wirecutter made a name for itself by serving up great deals to tech obsessives hungry for the latest gadgets.  But the best deal it ever offered might've been its sale to The New York Times in October for $30 million.
Discussion: @dangillmor, @drake_baer and @benmullin
Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
Layoffs hit the Sacramento Bee, the latest in a series of staff reductions executed by its parent company McClatchy  —  The Sacramento Bee on Monday enacted a round of layoffs, the latest in a series of staff reductions executed by its corporate parent, The McClatchy Company.
Discussion: @nickmiller510 and @poynter
Kristen Hare / Poynter:
As part of its outreach to news publishers, Facebook is testing three new products which aim to connect users with local news  —  As part of its ongoing push to build relationships with local publishers, Facebook is testing products that can help people better connect with local news.
Discussion: @kristenhare
Kurt Wagner / Recode:
Twitter has hired Todd Swidler, former senior vice president of video and partnerships at Bloomberg, to run its live video business  —  Todd Swidler is joining to run all of Twitter's live video partnerships.  —  Twitter has hired a former media executive to run its growing live video business …
Discussion: TechCrunch, Variety and @recode
Glenn H. Burkins / Columbia Journalism Review:
Risk aversion plus lack of training and money and better opportunities elsewhere may help explain dearth of black digital publishers  —  The local-news funding surge has bypassed ethnic media  —  It's difficult to say just when the notion first struck me to quit the relative security …
David Lieberman / Deadline:
CBS extends Les Moonves' contract to 2021 and has him serving as senior advisor for 5 more years  —  CBS just announced that it has extended CEO Les Moonves' contract by two years to June 30, 2021 — with terms that guarantee he'll continue to be one of the nation's highest paid executives.
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Hunter Walker / Yahoo:
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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
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Kristen Hare / Poynter:
How Philadelphia Media Network is combining three legacy newsrooms, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Daily News, and, into one digital team
Nitasha Tiku / Wired:
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David Weigel / Washington Post:
The reemergence of the Seth Rich conspiracy theory underscores the persistence of the false news ecosystem