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9:45 PM ET, May 31, 2017

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Michael Calderone / HuffPost:
Memo: The New York Times confirms it's eliminating its public editor position, held by Elizabeth Spayd  —  The accountability position was created in the wake of a 2003 plagiarism scandal.  —  The New York Times is eliminating the position of public editor, an accountability role …
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Daniel Victor / New York Times:
The New York Times offers another round of buyouts to newsroom, aiming to reduce layers of editing, and could turn to layoffs if too few volunteer  —  The New York Times offered buyouts to its newsroom employees on Wednesday, aiming to reduce layers of editing and requiring more of the editors who remain.
Jordan Cohen / The New York Times Company:
The NYT newsroom is setting up a Reader Center that will give readers a direct channel to the paper, will be led by international desk editor Hanna Ingber  —  The New York Times is establishing a Reader Center to capitalize on our readers's knowledge and experience, using their voices to make our journalism even better.
Chris Ariens / Adweek:
CNN terminates agreement with Kathy Griffin to appear on New Year's Eve programming  —  CNN is terminating its relationship with Kathy Griffin following Griffin's photo shoot stunt involving the severed head of Donald Trump.  —  Griffin had been a part of CNN's New Year's Eve programming, alongside Anderson Cooper.
Kimberly Kindy / Washington Post:
Tech and advertiser trade groups helped Congress dismantle Obama-era internet privacy rules  —  Congressional Republicans knew their plan was potentially explosive.  They wanted to kill landmark privacy regulations that would soon ban Internet providers, such as Comcast and AT&T …
A.C. Thompson / ProPublica:
The Daily Caller cuts ties with freelancer and activist Jason Kessler, who covered rally supporting Confederate monuments in Charlottesville, VA  —  On May 14, The Daily Caller, a popular conservative website, published a news story about recent protests in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Stewart Clarke / Variety:
NBC News acquires 25% stake in France-based Euronews for $30M, deal will create EuronewsNBC brand  —  NBC's news division has acquired a 25% stake in European news network Euronews, in a deal that will close this week and that will see the creation of a new EuronewsNBC brand bearing the American broadcaster's famous peacock.
Colin Lecher / The Verge:
Hillary Clinton discusses misinformation, need for social media curation, and how media impacted her campaign  —  In an interview today at Code Conference, Hillary Clinton urged social media platforms to figure out new ways to slow “the weaponization and manipulation” of information …
CBS Press Release:
Scott Pelley moves from CBS Evening News to 60 Minutes; Anthony Mason will serve as interim anchor  —  ANTHONY MASON NAMED INTERIM ANCHOR OF THE “CBS EVENING NEWS“  —  CBS News announced today that Scott Pelley will become a full-time correspondent for 60 MINUTES, America's most watched news program, as it enters its 50th season.
Hadas Gold / Politico:
Two conservative groups launch initiatives to pressure advertisers of left-leaning shows to pull ads, claiming MSNBC and CNN hosts peddle conspiracy theories  —  In turnabout on Media Matters, two groups claim that liberal hosts are peddling conspiracy theories.
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Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
Virginia judge dismisses $13M defamation lawsuit against Katie Couric and others over documentary on gun rights  —  A judge concludes that a scene where gun rights advocates were shown in silence to a question was neither false nor carried any harmful implication.
Daily Star:
BBC driver Mohammed Nazir among 80 killed in Kabul today and four BBC journalists among 300+ injured during suicide bomb explosion in Afghan's diplomatic region  —  A HUGE explosion near the British embassy in the Afghan capital has killed at least 80 people and wounded 350 more, the Afghan health ministry said.
 
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Mike Allen / Axios:
White House Communications Director Mike Dubke to leave after tendering his resignation May 18, having served just three months