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8:40 AM ET, July 7, 2017


 Top News: 
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 …
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
Michael Malone / Multichannel News:
QVC-owner Liberty Interactive acquires 62% of HSNi in an all-stock transaction valued at $2.6B, upping ownership stake to 100%  —  Deal will see electronic retailers QVC and HSN in the same group … Liberty Interactive Corp. and HSN Inc. (HSNI) have entered into an agreement …
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  —  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
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.
Yuyu Chen / Digiday:
Social media influencers say Snapchat is reluctant to work with or help them, with marketers warning that brands may abandon the platform as a result  —  Sarah Peretz started her influencer career on Snapchat around a year ago, posting humorous and delicately designed food- and beauty-themed stories …
Discussion: The Wrap
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 …
New York Times:
NYT Exec Editor Dean Baquet answers readers' questions about recent cuts to editing operation, says they were not primarily about cost but modernizing newsroom
Christine Schmidt / Nieman Lab:
Two years after launch, CALmatters has built a 12-person team and collaborations with 90 statewide media outlets to cover California's state government  —  “Looking ahead, we are at something of a pivot point.  For our mission purpose of just informing voters, does it matter if CALmatters wrote …
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In third round of its Digital News Initiative fund, Google awards €21M+ to 107 journalism projects including Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales' WikiTribune
Discussion: Nieman Lab
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
Fox News Resolves Legal Dispute Over Charter/Time Warner Cable Merger
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Kristen Hare / Poynter:
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Tim Goodman / Hollywood Reporter:
The shift to non-linear viewing by consumers is impacting TV critics, with metrics like ratings more difficult to monitor and seasons becoming obsolete
Discussion: @richbtig