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4:00 PM ET, June 2, 2017

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Liz Spayd / New York Times:
In her final column, Liz Spayd says NYT's elimination of public editor position sends “ambiguous signal” and wonders if the paper is growing weary of criticism  —  There probably hasn't been a time in recent American history when the role of the media was more important than now.
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Kelly McBride / Poynter:
The New York Times erred by ending its public editor position because the job adds credibility in the face of wide efforts to discredit the media  —  No, New York Times!  Not the public editor!  Why, with trust in news organizations at an all-time low, would you cut the one position dedicated …
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
The $5.7B defamation lawsuit brought by Beef Products Inc. against ABC over “pink slime” reports goes to trial in South Dakota on Monday  —  A journey to South Dakota to hear arguments whether preconceived negative spin in the media should result in massive punishments.
Hannah Kuchler / Financial Times:
Google's Contributor services now let some publishers ask ad-block users to whitelist sites or pay a small fee per page view to make up for lost ad revenue  —  Group to launch ‘funding choices’ and charge people through new Contributor service  —  Read next
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George Slefo / Ad Age:
Google says it will preinstall an ad filter in Chrome starting early 2018 aimed at ads deemed “annoying” by the Coalition for Better Ads
Jack Marshall / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Google will give publishers at least 6 months to prepare for a Chrome-based ad filter coming next year, offering a self-service tool for analyzing ads
Dylan Byers / CNNMoney:
Q&A with Megyn Kelly, whose new Sunday night NBC show debuts June 4, on forthcoming interviews, the future of Fox News, and more  —  Megyn Kelly in 90 seconds  —  Megyn Kelly is managing expectations for her move to NBC — up to a point.  —  “Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly,” …
Callum Borchers / Washington Post:
Tax experts question relationship between DailyCaller.com and nonprofit Daily Caller News Foundation, which produces most of the content for the site  —  The Daily Caller is a media success story, a conservative news site that in seven years of existence has become one of the most called-upon outlets …
Richard Horgan / Adweek:
Lifehacker makes new hires and launches parenting site Offspring, the second vertical launched in 2017 by Gizmodo Media Group  —  The first big content stamp applied by new EIC Melissa Kirsch  —  A couple of weeks before the Memorial Day weekend holiday, Lifehacker editor in chief Melissa Kirsch sent out the following email to staff.
Discussion: Offspring and @jmrivera02
Max Willens / Digiday:
Refinery29 gets a 63% click-to-open rate on its biggest newsletter, Refinery29 Everywhere, higher than the average rate of 15% for media newsletters  —  Refinery29 knows how to stand out in its readers' inboxes.  Its biggest newsletter, Refinery29 Everywhere, boasts a click-to-open rate of 63 percent …
Discussion: @meena_thiru and @digiday
Hayley Tsukayama / Washington Post:
Facebook shareholders call on the company to publish a report examining its guidelines around fake news  —  Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg faced sharp criticism Thursday during the company's annual shareholders meeting about how the company operates, deals with violence and handles fake news.
Joseph Lichterman / Nieman Lab:
The Wall Street Journal is shutting down its standalone What's News app on June 30 with plans to revamp its main news app  —  The Journal is the latest news organization to build a mobile-first secondary app as a user-interface playground — and then return focus to the core app.
Discussion: @annett_tim, @jbenton, @s_m_i and @s_m_i
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Plex launches Live TV and DVR for all Plex Pass subscribers, supports all free-to-air broadcast channels  —  Plex is doubling down on its support for capturing over-the-air signals from digital antennas this morning, with the announcement that it will now not only let users record TV programs, it will also allow them to watch live TV.
 
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Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Reader contributions to the Guardian US increased by 40% over recent weekly averages after journalist Ben Jacobs' altercation with candidate Greg Gianforte
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Chris Welch / The Verge:
YouTube updates “ad friendly” guidelines, takes a stronger stance on hateful and demeaning content, and inappropriate use of family entertainment characters
Joseph Bernstein / BuzzFeed:
Pro-Trump writer Cassandra Fairbanks sues Fusion senior reporter Emma Roller, alleging defamation for tweet claiming Fairbanks made a “white power hand gesture”