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5:45 PM ET, May 26, 2017


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Shelley Hepworth / Columbia Journalism Review:
CJR begins publicly logging incidents when norms that protect press freedom in the US have been pushed  —  Every few days, Donald Trump issues a new threat against the press.  —  Some are minor-essentially, name calling and common complaints about coverage-while others are harder to dismiss.
Hamilton Nolan / Fusion:
The real threat to journalism is concentration of media in the hands of rich owners with ulterior motives  —  This week, one little attack on a reporter by a temporarily insane politician has us all fretting over the “Rough Treatment of Journalists in the Trump Era.”  The real threat to journalism is much more insidious.
Dave Lawler / Axios:
Greg Gianforte wins Montana House seat in special election after being charged with assault, apologizes to Ben Jacobs in victory speech
AJ Vicens / Mother Jones:
Citizen Lab report details how emails phished from journalist critical of Russia were falsified, then leaked for disinformation campaign; 200+ others targeted  —  Citizen Lab, a Toronto-based human rights research group that focuses on cyber security and surveillance, issued a report Thursday offering …
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
14 people who say their names were used as part of 450K anti-net neutrality comments without permission ask FCC for public disclosure, removal of fake comments  —  FCC should investigate and throw out fake comments, impersonation victims say.  —  Fourteen people who say their names …
Matthew Zeitlin / BuzzFeed:
Reporters mourn the passing of a not-so-secret username and password for the Wall Street Journal paywall, media/media  —  Username: media.  Password: media.  Everyone knew about it, but nobody talked about it. … It was good while it lasted.  —  For years, one of the best/worst kept secrets …
Marc Schneider / Billboard:
Tidal confirms the departure of CEO Jeff Toig; source says he exited in March  —  A replacement for Toig, who was the company's third CEO since its launch, will be announced soon.  —  Jay Z's music streaming service Tidal has confirmed the departure of Jeff Toig, its third chief executive in two years.
Tom Kludt / CNNMoney:
Megan Liberman, editor-in-chief of Yahoo News, says she is leaving the company after the Verizon merger  —  AOL CEO is happy people are talking about Oath  —  Megan Liberman, the editor-in-chief of Yahoo News, announced Friday that she is leaving the company after the completion of its merger with Verizon.
The FOIA Project:
FOIA lawsuits reach 25-year high in April with 63 recorded and are expected to be higher in May  —  The latest available case-by-case records from the federal courts show that Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuits challenging the withholding of records have risen since President Trump assumed office.
Emma Bazilian / Adweek:
Interview with Nick Thompson, editor in chief of Wired, on moving to a paid content model, changes to the print magazine, more  —  Nick Thompson is shaking things up at the iconic magazine  —  Adweek: I recently read that when you worked at Wired the first time, as a senior editor from 2005 to 2010 …
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google warns against misusing links in syndicated, guest, and partner posts, says publishers and authors risk ranking penalty  —  Google's out today with a warning for anyone who is distributing or publishing content through syndication or other large-scale means: Watch your links.
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Joe Flint / Wall Street Journal:
Source: Sean Hannity's pushing of the Seth Rich theory became a source of tension inside Fox News, a test of his relations with the network