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11:50 AM ET, June 18, 2017


 Top News: 
Charlie Warzel / BuzzFeed:
Alex Jones scooping Megyn Kelly proves, once again, that the mainstream media is not prepared to cover pro-Trump 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 …
Hartford Courant:
Memo: WVIT, an NBC station in Connecticut near the location of the Sandy Hook shooting, won't air Megyn Kelly interview of Alex Jones  —  The conservative radio personality has dismissed the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting as a hoax.  —  Connecticut's NBC station will not air …
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
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.
Ken Doctor / TheStreet:
Group led by Eisendrath may have the edge over Tronc at buying Wrapports, owner of the Chicago Sun-Times and the Chicago Reader, because of antitrust concerns  —  Credit the Cubbies.  —  The Chicago Sun-Times, long the struggling second newspaper of the city, managed to about break even in 2016 …
Discussion: @kurtgessler
Producers of Risk, a documentary about Julian Assange and WikiLeaks, condemn cease and desist letter from WikiLeaks lawyers to distributors  —  We are the producers of Risk , a documentary film about Julian Assange and WikiLeaks.  —  We unequivocally defend WikiLeaks' journalistic right to publish true and newsworthy information.
Lucia Graves / The Guardian:
Inside Trump's and Murdoch's symbiotic relationship, which began when Murdoch bought the New York Post in 1976 and stems solely from the pursuit of power  —  Trump has been good business for the media mogul, but their association goes back decades and stems from one thing: ‘These men value only power’
Elon Green / Columbia Journalism Review:
How Rahawa Haile wrote her memoir, Going It Alone, about hiking the Appalachian Trail for Outside magazine  —  Photo courtesy of Rahawa Haile.  —  The first time I read “Going It Alone,” Rahawa Haile's memoir of her Appalachian Trail thru-hike for Outside, I was surprised the piece was so much more about race than nature.
Christine Schmidt / Nieman Lab:
Media accelerator Matter launches seventh startup class, with members exploring secure messaging, new kinds of social networks, searchable podcasts, and more  —  Matter focused on five areas in selecting its new class: diversity and inclusion, security, emerging technology, trust in media, and going beyond advertising.
Discussion: Matter
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 …
J.K. Trotter / Gizmodo:
Founder of Ambrosia, which offers young blood to older people, changed his story about interest from Thiel Capital, 9 months after going on the record about it  —  When Inc. magazine's Jeff Bercovici reported last August that billionaire Trump-supporter Peter Thiel had repeatedly expressed interest …
Clio Chang / New Republic:
The decision to create The Lily bolsters the idea that millennial women are less intelligent and less curious than the rest of The Washington Post's readers  —  The Lily, a website for women readers produced by The Washington Post, raises new questions about a very popular media genre.
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Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
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Cynthia Littleton / Variety:
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