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4:00 PM ET, June 4, 2017


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Dave Itzkoff / New York Times:
Following calls for his firing, Bill Maher apologizes for using the n-word on his show; HBO calls the comment “completely inexcusable and tasteless”  —  The HBO late-night host Bill Maher apologized on Saturday for using a racial epithet during an interview with Senator Ben Sasse …
Robert Feder:
Sources: Edwin Eisendrath and Thane Ritchie lead the two groups that plan bids to compete with Tronc for the Chicago Sun-Times and Reader  —  Hoping to thwart Chicago Tribune owner tronc, a former Chicago alderman and a suburban hedge fund manager are expected to step up with competing bids …
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.
Alyssa Bereznak / The Ringer:
Profile of Craigslist's Craig Newmark, who has positioned himself as an advocate of trustworthy journalism, donating millions to orgs like Poynter, ProPublica  —  Up next for the man who changed how we find apartments?  Bird-watching and an active role in fighting fake news.
Corinne Grinapol / Adweek:
The Economist signs a video licensing deal with Bloomberg Media Distribution for short-form series Daily Watch  —  Bloomberg Media Distribution will distribute The Economist's Daily Watch series  —  The Economist is the latest publication to partner with Bloomberg Media Distribution …
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Interview with Phil Corbett, the New York Times associate managing editor for standards, on the paper's editing process and streamlining  —  The Erik Wemple Blog checked in with several sources at the New York Times for input on the newspaper's storied and multilayered editing process.
Discussion: @becket and @ericliptonnyt
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
Discussion: @chrislhayes
Nick Vivarelli / Variety:
Interview with Nader Sobhan of iflix, which recently raised $90M to take on Netflix in emerging markets, on producing an original show in Arabic and censorship  —  After launching in Asia in 2015, streaming service iflix is positioning itself as a low-cost alternative to Netflix in emerging markets.
Callum Borchers / Washington Post:
Tax experts question relationship between 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 …
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.
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,” …
Discussion: @cnnmoney
Ed Christman / Billboard:
Music publisher Concord Bicycle Music acquires Imagem, paying what sources say is close to $600M and making Concord sixth largest music publisher in the world  —  Justin Timberlake during the 69th annual Cannes Film Festival at the Palais des Festivals on May 11, 2016 in Cannes, France.
Discussion: New York Times
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