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8:25 AM ET, October 5, 2017


 Top News: 
Hollywood Reporter:
Sources: Harvey Weinstein has hired lawyers including Lisa Bloom and Charles Harder ahead of expected New York Times and New Yorker stories about his behavior  —  The Hollywood mogul has enlisted a team of attorneys to fight planned articles that are said to be about his personal behavior.
Facebook requested blanket exemption from FEC over political ad disclosures for many years until changing course in 2017  —  In 2011, company said FEC shouldn't stand in way of innovation  —  Russian meddling prompts calls for political ad transparency  —  Facebook Inc. is pledging greater …
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Facebook and Google, both immensely wealthy, need to step up with serious solutions to weaponized disinformation  —  (Eugene Garcia/European Pressphoto Agency/EFE)  —  Well-intentioned warnings to journalists were circulating early this week as the news of the Las Vegas massacre broke.
Kelsey Sutton / Mic:
Amid a flurry of false news reports related to the Las Vegas shooting, Newsweek retracts a story about the shooter's girlfriend  —  Newsweek has retracted an article that made a number of claims about the female companion of Stephen Paddock, the man who shot and killed at least 58 people …
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
BuzzFeed says its AM to DM Twitter show drew about 1M unique viewers each day after it launched last week  —  Twitter's making a big push into live video, with deals for pro sports, talk shows,network TV premieres and more.  But what does a real newscast look like if you rethink it for Twitter?
Discussion: @mekosoff and @antheabutler
Time Inc.'s Entertainment Weekly announces it is moving its headquarters from New York City to Los Angeles by March 2018  —  Brent Lang  —  Senior Film and Media Editor @BrentALang FOLLOW  —  Brent's Most Recent Stories  —  Go west, venerable magazine.
Kris Cheng / Hong Kong Free Press HKFP:
Hong Kong-based anti-Communist magazines Cheng Ming and The Trend cease publication; source says closure due to recent death of founder Wen Hui at age 96  —  Hong Kong-based anti-Communist magazine Cheng Ming has announced that it will cease publication after 40 years in print.
Benjamin Landy / Vanity Fair:
AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson sidesteps question on whether CNN President Jeff Zucker will remain after AT&T-Time Warner deal  —  Amid rumors that CNN's leadership could be a sticking point in the Justice Department's approval of the AT&T-Time Warner merger, Zucker's future at the news network remains unclear.
Discussion: FTVLive, Mediaite and Variety
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
The News Integrity Initiative gives $1.8M to 10 projects focused on increasing trust in news  —  “The flip side of disinformation is trust.”  —  More community involvement in investigative reporting.  New messaging tools to increase contact between journalists and readers.  Better comments.
Stephen Battaglio / Los Angeles Times:
Nielsen ratings fall for TV premiere week as more viewers watch on delay: CBS down 15%, Fox down 14%, NBC down 11%, ABC down 1%  —  Even ABC's new hit “The Good Doctor” could not stem the bleeding of viewers during the broadcast networks' premiere week of the 2017-18 television season.
Discussion: VideoInk
Rick Edmonds / Poynter:
TV trade group accuses Facebook of inflating number of young users throughout US; FB says counts may include visitors, tourists, and users who misreport age  —  As Facebook grapples with the cascading fake news issue, the company is also increasingly facing charges from advertising groups …
Discussion: Adweek and VideoInk
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US Press Freedom Tracker:
TYT cameraman Ty Bayliss and reporter Jordan Chariton arrested in St. Louis protest on highway, detained for about 20 hours despite press badges, released
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Verizon announces that Marni Walden, EVP and president of global media, is leaving in February 2018
Sahil Patel / Digiday:
Facebook's Watch videos are being viewed an average of 23 seconds
David Cohen / Adweek:
Facebook's CrowdTangle is partnering with the Local Media Consortium, giving its members access to CrowdTangle's tools
Discussion: AdExchanger
Knight First Amendment Institute:
Knight First Amendment Institute files lawsuit seeking release of US documents regarding “extreme vetting”, monitoring of immigrants and visitors' social media
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Crooked Media:
Crooked Media, the company behind podcast Pod Save America, is launching a website, with The New Republic's Senior Editor Brian Beutler as editor-in-chief
David Cohen / Adweek:
Vox Media launching two Twitter shows: Circuit Breaker on Tuesdays, from staff of Verge's gadget blog, and game-focused Polygon Show on Thursdays
Discussion: The Verge
Wall Street Journal:
Verizon says Yahoo breach in 2013 affected all of its 3B users, up from initially reported 1B users