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5:05 AM ET, July 8, 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 …
Michael Calderone / HuffPost:
Senator Amy Klobuchar asks AG Jeff Sessions whether White House contacted his office about AT&T/Time Warner deal, says any interference is unacceptable  —  If the White House interfered with the AT&T-Time Warner merger, Sen. Amy Klobuchar said, it would violate the First Amendment.
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
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
Brandon Weigel / Baltimore City Paper:
Baltimore Sun Media Group, owned by Tronc, plans to close 40-year-old City Paper later this year  —  The Baltimore Sun Media Group plans to close City Paper later this year.  No official end date has been announced for the alt-weekly, now in its 40th year.
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Rachel Maddow warns other media that her show received a tip with a bogus document about Trump-Russia, in what she thinks was an effort to discredit her  —  It wouldn't have been the first time that a major media organization had reported a stunning development that turned out to be untrue.
Associated Press:
Milo Yiannopoulos says he is suing Simon & Schuster for breach of contract after publisher canceled book deal; publisher dismisses suit as publicity stunt  —  NEW YORK (AP) — Polarizing right-wing writer Milo Yiannopoulos filed a $10 million lawsuit against a New York publishing company on Friday over a canceled book deal.
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.
Discussion: @michaelkruse
Lynne Marek / Chicago Business:
Sources: Chicago Sun-Times owner Wrapports is prepared to close the newspaper if plan to sell to Eisendrath falls through and then DoJ contests a sale to Tronc  —  The owners of the Chicago Sun-Times are prepared to shut down the paper if a deal with an investor group falls through …
Richard Horgan / Adweek:
Founders of, Damon Young and Panama Jackson, fold their indie site into Gizmodo Media Group's The Root, will become senior editors  —  Young says Gizmodo Media Group was among a number of recent suitors  —  Damon Young decided to have some fun with the format …
Jessica Davies / Digiday:
The Economist is using its subscription and registration data to sell targeted ad campaigns, on-and-off Economist properties  —  The Economist prizes its high-quality environment, but that doesn't mean it's against audience targeting.  —  The publisher is tapping into its subscriptions data …
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Fusion Media Group announces it is rebranding as Splinter, will launch on July 24, will focus on news and political commentary  —  Fusion Media Group announced Friday that their digital publication FUSION will relaunch as “Splinter” ( on Monday, July 24.
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  —  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
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.
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Fox Business Suspends Anchor Charles Payne Amid Harassment Investigation
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