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11:55 AM ET, October 30, 2017

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Joe Pompeo / Vanity Fair:
Sources: at CNN, staff fear parent company Time Warner's merger with AT&T will lead to the ouster of the network's President Jeff Zucker  —  The good news, however, is that the network's future overlords in Dallas are now willing to publicly support Jeff Zucker.  But what will things look like in a year?
Edward Helmore / The Guardian:
Sources: ex-THR editor Janice Min, publishing entrepreneur Tyler Brule, and Ronan Farrow all believed to be in the running for Vanity Fair editor job  —  As sexual harassment accusations sweep through many industries, the selection of a new editor has become a prism through which to read a changing landscape
Discussion: Mediawire and Newser
Steve LeVine / Axios:
How two former Wall Street Journal investigative reporters, founders of Fusion GPS, became key figures in the political storm surrounding Trump-Russia dossier  —  In fall 2015, Fusion GPS, an investigative firm run by former senior reporters at the Wall Street Journal, began working on a new assignment …
Peter Kafka / Recode:
Twitter suspends former Trump adviser Roger Stone after he sent crude, personal, and vaguely threatening tweets to some CNN anchors and contributors  —  Stone went after Lemon last night.  —  What can you get away with typing on Twitter?  It's a line that moves over time.
Aimee Levitt / Chicago Reader:
Amid the Weinstein fallout and a book tour by Matt Taibbi, the misogynist tales of Taibbi and Mark Ames in The Exile resurface  —  Matt Taibbi has a new book out now, I Can't Breathe, about all the forces that conspired to kill Eric Garner.  It's an important story that has become part …
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
How Medium lures publishers like FT and NYT to post stories behind its metered paywall with a curated, ad-free experience and cash  —  Unlike other Medium partners, they're not paid per clap: “Medium has derisked it for us by providing financial value while creating opportunities for us to establish direct relationships with readers.”
Ken Doctor / TheStreet:
How an FCC relaxation of media ownership rules could work, based on the example of Raycom's merger with Community Newspaper Holdings  —  It was a tiny bolt out of the blue and, to those who have been watching closely, another act in a long-schemed planned outage.
Lisa de Moraes / Deadline:
MSNBC has confirmed it has terminated Mark Halperin's contract, after HBO and Penguin Press both sever ties  —  MSNBC this morning confirmed to Deadline it has terminated Mark Halperin's contract.  —  News comes days after CNN first reported claims of five women, who spoke on condition of anonymity …
John Battelle / NewCo Shift:
How to improve Medium: more metrics, sharing from inside the paywall, more specifics on how claps equate to earnings, and an emphasis on the lack of advertising  —  NewCo and I are very invested in Medium—we very much want it to thrive.  Here are a few suggestions that might make it better.
 
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Daniel Cooper / Engadget:
Patreon's recent crackdown on adult content worries sex workers and creators of erotic art
Ian Burrell / The Drum:
Interview with David Pemsel, CEO of Guardian Media Group, on how The Guardian grew memberships from 75K to 300K in a year and encouraged 300K one-off donations
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Tom Kludt / CNNMoney:
Bill O'Reilly threatens to sue former New Jersey lawmaker for $5M over “defamatory” Facebook post about his ex's experiences with O'Reilly