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2:30 PM ET, May 24, 2017

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Joseph Bernstein / BuzzFeed:
Ed Butowsky, Fox News pundit who facilitated a private investigation into the murder of DNC staffer Seth Rich, has links to Steve Bannon  —  Ed Butowsky, the Dallas wealth manager and frequent Fox News guest who facilitated a private investigation into the murder of Seth Rich …
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Fox News retracts story about the murder investigation of Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich
Justin Baragona / Mediaite:
After several days of pushing theories on Seth Rich's murder, Fox News' Hannity announces he won't discuss the case for now
Freddy Mayhew / Press Gazette:
The Manchester Evening News raised £1M+ in crowdsourced donations from 30K+ people, for the families of those killed or injured in the city's terror attack  —  A fundraising page set up by the Manchester Evening News to support the families of those killed or injured in the bombing …
John Koblin / New York Times:
HBO has shelved Jon Stewart's shortform animation series, blaming technical issues; the company says it is still pursuing other projects with Stewart  —  Jon Stewart and HBO are not going forward with his much-anticipated animation project, a setback for what was supposed to be the next step in his post-late-night career.
Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press:
Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press announces $1M gift from Jeff Bezos for pro bono legal services for journalists, partners with First Look Media  —  Freedom of the Press Awards dinner raises nearly $2 million to support pro bono legal services for journalists
Facebook:
Facebook redesigns Trending Topics pages to make it easier for users to discover alternate news sources  —  Redesigned Trending Results Page  —  Starting today, we're introducing a redesigned Trending results page, which is the page you see when you click on a Trending topic to learn more about it.
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
Responding to Andrea Tantaros' lawsuit, Fox News requests sanctions against her lawyer and asks for the case to be dismissed with prejudice  —  The cable news network demands sanctions as Andrea Tantaros' lawyer suggests something sinister.  —  Fox News has filed a blistering response …
Discussion: Real Stories and Variety
Jessi Hempel / Backchannel:
Q&A with Upworthy cofounder Eli Pariser, who coined the term “filter bubble” in his book, about the phenomena, fake news and its influence, more  —  Six years after the Upworthy cofounder coined the term “filter bubble,” things are much worse.
Discussion: @elipariser and @stevenlevy
Kia Kokalitcheva / Axios:
Imzy, a “nicer Reddit” founded in 2016 by former Reddit employees, to shut down on June 23, having raised $11M  —  Imzy, a Utah-based startup that wanted to create a friendlier online community—a “nice Reddit”—said on Wednesday that it's shutting down just two years after its founding …
Zeynep Tufekci / BuzzFeed:
Terrorism is mass murder with a media strategy and news outlets must learn to disrupt it, instead of providing endlessly looping coverage of attacks  —  Struggling to cover terror in the media age.  —  It's 2017, and the world is shaken by another depraved mass murder, carried out and claimed in the name of ISIS.
Japan Times:
FT owner Nikkei partners with five other Japanese companies, including TBS, to launch a Netflix-style video streaming service, Premium Platform Japan  —  Six major media firms, including Tokyo Broadcasting System Holdings, said they will jointly establish a new company in July to offer paid online video services.
Discussion: Nikkei and Variety
Dominic Ponsford / Press Gazette:
The Times has launched a paywalled site for lawyers called The Brief, a spin-off of an existing free email bulletin; it is priced at £4/week for new subscribers  —  The Times has launched a premium website for legal readers called The Brief.  —  It will cost £4 a week for new subscribers …
Mujib Mashal / New York Times:
A look at Gellara, an Afghan women's magazine that launched Thursday with a print run of 2K copies and hopes to spark important conversations among young women  —  The first issue of the Afghan women's magazine covers standard ground, like fashion tips during pregnancy and interviews with young pop artists about their love lives.
Discussion: @nytimesworld
 
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