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8:40 PM ET, June 26, 2017


 Top News: 
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Three CNN staffers resign after retracted Russia-Scaramucci story: reporter Thomas Frank, editor Eric Lichtblau, and CNN Investigates executive editor Lex Haris  —  Thomas Frank, a reporter for “CNN Investigates,” last Thursday appeared to have a compelling exclusive on the story of the year.
Jeffrey Toobin / New Yorker:
Profile of American Media CEO David Pecker, a longtime friend of Trump who says the National Enquirer supports the president because its readers do  —  The tabloid is defined by its predatory spirit.  Why has it embraced the President with such sycophantic zeal?
Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
Fox Sports is eliminating its ~20-person web writing staff, based in Los Angeles, to invest in online video production  —  About 20 staffers will lose jobs in department's transition  —  Fox Sports 1 gains in ratings against ESPN with opinion shows  —  21st Century Fox Inc.'s sports department …
Peter Kafka / Recode:
Vimeo says it will not be launching the subscription video service it announced three years ago  —  Cross one off the list.  —  Everyone wants to sell internet video subscriptions.  Except Vimeo: IAC's video unit, which had announced three years ago that it wanted to launch …
Peter Kafka / Recode:
Sources: Pandora founder and CEO Tim Westergren plans to step down, will likely stay until a replacement is found  —  The streaming music giant doesn't have a replacement for its founder lined up.  —  Pandora co-founder and CEO Tim Westergren plans to step down as the streaming music company's leader …
Policy /
Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter, YouTube form Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism, building on EU Internet Forum, Shared Industry Hash Database initiatives  —  Today, Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and YouTube are announcing the formation of the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism …
Sydney Ember / New York Times:
Ex-US attorney Preet Bharara will join Some Spider Studios, his brother's media company, as EVP, and will write articles for the firm's entertainment site, Cafe  —  Since Preet Bharara, the former United States attorney in Manhattan, was abruptly fired in March by President Trump, speculation has swirled about what he would do next.
Alexis Sobel Fitts / Wired:
A look at some Alt-Right wiki sites, which were created as an alternative to Wikipedia and its perceived liberal bias  —  Vox Day thinks that Wikipedia is the worst.  But the things that bug him aren't the typical complaints you'll hear about the crowd-sourced encyclopedia …
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The Guardian:
Guardian US is partnering with the Economic Hardship Reporting Project and the Rockefeller Foundation to publish stories from under-covered US regions
Discussion: Nieman Lab
Jessica Toonkel / Reuters:
Sources: Amazon wants to charge advertisers $2.8M for 30-second spots during the NFL games it will stream to its Prime customers this coming season
Catherine Shu / TechCrunch:
Ghana-based media startup OMG Digital, dubbed the BuzzFeed of Africa, raises $1.1M from investors including Comcast Ventures Catalyst Fund
Sheila N. Dang / Reuters:
Time Inc. licences Fortune brand to Barclays for stock indexes based on Fortune 500
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Nilagia McCoy / Shorenstein Center:
Analysis finds predominantly negative coverage of Muslims and refugees on CBS, Fox, and NBC news programs contributes to negative public opinion of Muslims
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