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11:20 AM ET, July 7, 2017

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Joe Pompeo / Politico:
BuzzFeed EIC Ben Smith criticizes CNN for not defending Andrew Kaczynski, says along with recent resignations of three reporters, it sends a “terrible signal”  —  A CNN REBUKE FROM BEN SMITH - We were emailing yesterday and he had some thoughts on the latest CNN debacle …
Discussion: @kelseymsutton and @jayrosen_nyu
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Michael Calderone / HuffPost:
Report: White House won't support pending AT&T-Time Warner merger if Zucker remains president of CNN, according to a source  —  It could be bluster, but the notion of financially punishing critics is a disturbing escalation of the president's war on the press.
Lloyd Grove / The Daily Beast:
Amid campaign against CNN, staffers worry as anchors and top executives face threats and harassing messages; Andrew Kaczynski's family received about 50 calls  —  It's a sign of the anxious, fractious times that CNN's Chris Cuomo, who'd just finished anchoring his New Day program Thursday morning …
J.K. Trotter / Gizmodo:
Sources: a CNN executive vice president, Rick Davis, wrote the line that caused a furor in Andrew Kaczynski's CNN/Trump video story to explain sourcing decision  —  On July 2, President Donald Trump tweeted out a video showing himself, as he had appeared in a 2007 WrestleMania event …
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
A week after forcing three resignations from its investigative team, CNN forgets standards when granting source anonymity in Trump-CNN video story
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Fox Business Suspends Anchor Charles Payne Amid Harassment Investigation  —  Charles Payne, who has anchored programs on Fox Business Network since its launch in the middle of last decade, has been suspended from his duties at the 21st Century Fox owned cable-news outlet as the company …
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Jon Levine / Mediaite:
In a series of tweets sent on Friday, Fox Business anchor Charles Payne vehemently denies sexual harassment allegations against him, calls them “an ugly lie”  —  Fox Business anchor Charles Payne took to Twitter Friday morning to respond to explosive allegations of sexual harassment recently leveled against him.
Discussion: Variety
Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:
AP Washington Bureau Chief Julie Pace says undermining the press is central to Trump's agenda; NYT's WH correspondent says journos could be physically attacked  —  Two veteran White House correspondents, Peter Baker and Julie Pace, on what it's like covering a president like none other.
Tom Ley / Deadspin:
SB Nation removed a post written by an editor, that alluded to a Boston Celtics player coming “out of the closet” but won't confirm if the editor was fired  —  On Tuesday night, the editor of SLC Dunk, SB Nation's Utah Jazz blog, posted an article about Gordon Hayward signing with the Boston Celtics.
Jonathan Randles / Wall Street Journal:
Univision says it will fight the defamation suit brought by Charles Harder for a Deadspin post about Randall Busack of Pregame.com  —  Univision Communications Inc. said it will fight a new defamation lawsuit, guided by Hulk Hogan's lawyer, over a Deadspin story the company acquired last year …
Discussion: @john_mehaffey and @itsdavidford
Adam Satariano / Bloomberg:
SoundCloud cuts 173 employees, or about 40% of its staff, and plans to close its offices in San Francisco and London to cut costs and stay independent  —  Music service will close offices in San Francisco, London  —  SoundClound has struggled to compete against Spotify, Apple
Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
Source: Some copy editors at The New York Times face meetings Thursday where editors urge them to “strongly consider” taking buyouts  —  One-by-one, copy editors at The New York Times are learning today that they won't have jobs at the newspaper once the latest round of cuts takes place …
 
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