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12:00 PM ET, June 16, 2017


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Charlie Warzel / BuzzFeed:
Alex Jones scooping Megyn Kelly proves, once again, that the mainstream media is not prepared to cover pro-Tump trolls  —  Thursday evening, Alex Jones dropped a bomb on Twitter.  After a week of roiling controversy surrounding the conspiracy theorist's upcoming interview with Megyn Kelly …
Emily Smith / Page Six:
Sources: NBC reworked Megyn Kelly's show with Alex Jones after backlash, with Kelly inviting Sandy Hook parents on air; one said yes, but others refused  —  MORE FROM: … Megyn Kelly has completely overhauled her Sunday night show featuring Alex Jones, inviting Sandy Hook families …
Hollywood Reporter:
Alex Jones releases secretly recorded audio of his pre-interview conversation with Megan Kelly ahead of official airing Sunday  —  Secretly taped audio of Jones' pre-interview with Kelly was released Thursday ahead of the official interview airing Sunday.  —  Infowars host Alex Jones …
Peter Kafka / Recode:
Apple hires Jamie Erlicht and Zack Van Amburg, two of Sony's top TV executives, to lead push into original video programming  —  Sony's Jamie Erlicht and Zack Van Amburg will head up video programming, reporting to Eddy Cue.  —  For years, Hollywood has heard rumors that Apple might want to make its own TV shows and movies.
Mark Sweney / The Guardian:
King's College hospital launches a complaint with Ipso over a Sun reporter who allegedly impersonated the relative of a Grenfell Tower victim  —  King's College hospital launches complaint with watchdog over behaviour of Sun reporter  —  King's College hospital is to lodge a complaint …
Caroline Scott /
NBC launches NBC Left Field, a new standalone digital video studio, that will create short documentaries and features for social media  —  NBC Left Field's team of 12 will produce short documentaries and features on issues of interest to a global audience  —  NBC has launched a new …
Discussion: Medium
Lucinda Southern / Digiday:
The Financial Times is splitting up its video content into verticals to target niche audiences and add commercial appeal for prospective advertisers  —  The Financial Times is splitting up its video content into verticals, with the hope of targeting more specific audiences and adding commercial appeal for prospective advertisers.
Discussion: @digiday, @digiday and @mrjohncrowley
Nilagia McCoy / Shorenstein Center:
Analysis: advantages and challenges of the BBC compared with US news organizations  —  Helen Boaden, Joan Shorenstein Fellow (spring 2017), and former BBC News and BBC Radio director  —  A new paper by Helen Boaden, Joan Shorenstein Fellow (spring 2017), and former BBC News and BBC Radio director …
Cynthia Littleton / Variety:
Federal appeals court removes temporary stay that could have complicated Sinclair Broadcast's acquisition of Tribune Media  —  The federal appeals court in Washington, D.C. has removed a temporary regulatory hurdle to Sinclair Broadcast Group's $3.9 billion acquisition of Tribune Media.
Janet Reitman / Rolling Stone:
Interview with Rachel Maddow on Trump, her show and deal with MSNBC, Roger Ailes, trust in media, working in TV, and unplugging  —  How America's wonkiest anchor cut through the chaos of the Trump administration and became the most trusted name in news  —  Rachel Maddow sprints onto the set …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook requests input on hard questions about censorship, such as removing false news, and plans to begin explaining how it's addressing each question  —  How should Facebook decide what's allowed on its social network, and how to balance safety and truth with diverse opinions and cultural norms?
Monika Bickert / Facebook:
Facebook details its process to fight terrorism: AI including image matching, increased human intervention to flag posts and remove accounts, partnerships, more
Ricardo Bilton / Nieman Lab:
A month after the death of Mexican journalist Javier Valdez Cárdenas, a group of publications and organizations are campaigning for journalists' protection  —  “It is a problem that is affecting fundamental human rights of all Mexicans — the right to freedom of expression, the rights to access information."
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Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
Changing course, Netflix says it'll “never outgrow” fight for net neutrality, after CEO Hastings said company was big enough that issue didn't pose a big risk
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