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4:30 AM ET, June 5, 2017


 Top News: 
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 …
Alex Kantrowitz / BuzzFeed:
Online financial news network Cheddar strikes deal with Fusion to air a daily two-hour show on weekdays on Fusion's TV channel starting later this month  —  Cheddar, a digital-only financial news network that bills itself as “the leading post-cable network,” is coming to traditional TV.
Discussion: Cheddar and @jonsteinberg
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.
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 …
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Government leakers and the journalists who depend on them deserve to be honored, not jailed  —  Ever since taking office, President Trump has been condemning leaks, leakers and the journalists they leak to.  —  “I've actually called the Justice Department to look into the leaks,” Trump said in February.
Brendan Fitzgerald / Columbia Journalism Review:
Partnership between nonprofit Charlottesville Tomorrow and BH Media's Daily Progress in Virginia strengthened both; nonprofit now weighs expansion  —  Brian Wheeler ran Charlottesville Tomorrow for about four years before he considered himself a journalist.
Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
Profile of The Penny Hoarder, a bootstrapped media company on track to make $40M this year from sponsored content and advertiser coupon deals  —  Kyle Taylor was broke.  —  It was 2009.  Taylor was 25, working as a field director for the AFL-CIO in Louisiana.
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
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:
Four journalism groups ask congressional ethics office to investigate Greg Gianforte's alleged assault of Ben Jacobs and also ask Trump to denounce violence  —  Four groups representing journalists plan to call on Congress to investigate the alleged assault of a reporter by Rep.-elect Greg Gianforte …
Discussion: The Guardian, @kemc and @freepress
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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
Discussion: New York Times
Callum Borchers / Washington Post:
Tax experts question relationship between and nonprofit Daily Caller News Foundation, which produces most of the content for the site
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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
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
Discussion: The Daily Caller