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8:21 AM ET, May 24, 2017

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Fox News:
Fox News retracts story about the murder investigation of Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich  —  On May 16, a story was posted on the Fox News website on the investigation into the 2016 murder of DNC Staffer Seth Rich.  The article was not initially subjected to the high degree …
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Oliver Darcy / CNNMoney:
In letter, Seth Rich's brother pleads with the executive producer of Sean Hannity's Fox News show to stop spreading theories about his murder  —  July 2016: DNC staffer Seth Rich fatally shot  —  The brother of slain Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich wrote a letter on Tuesday …
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
The Seth Rich lie, and how the corrosion of reality should worry every American  —  For lies to successfully masquerade as news, they need help.  They need accessories to the crime against truth.  —  In two ways that have the power to shock, even in this almost shockproof era, lies are getting plenty of help.
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 …
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
Publishers Weekly:
As the Trump administration proposes funding cuts for NEA, NEH, libraries, and Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the chairman of NEH announces resignation  —  The president's latest budget proposal once again seeks to terminate the NEH, NEA, and virtually all federal library funding.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Amazon expands Amazon Channels to UK, Germany, taking aim at pay-TV users  —  The race to control the TV is on, and today comes some news out of Europe underscoring Amazon's ambitions in that department.  The e-commerce giant announced the launch of Amazon Channels in the UK and Germany …
Garett Sloane / Ad Age:
Grindr hires an editor-in-chief, Zach Stafford, for online magazine, Into, to cover LGBTQ issues, plans to hire at least four reporters and content producers  —  Grindr is signalling that it wants to get into the hard news business with an announcement this week that it hired an editor …
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.
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Andrew Wallenstein / Variety:
James Corden and Conan O'Brien are getting their own shows on Snapchat; NBC News expected to launch a daily newscast in September  —  When Elisabeth Murdoch said goodbye to the family business in the wake of the News Corp. phone-hacking scandal in 2014, there was considerable anticipation regarding her next career move.
John Eggerton / Multichannel News:
FCC releases proposal for rollback of Title II net neutrality rules, with initial comments due July 17 and reply comments due August 16  —  Will give commenters until Aug. 16 to weigh in  —  The vetting and explicating on the FCC's network-neturality notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) can now begin in earnest.
 
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Media Matters for America:
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