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5:45 AM ET, November 2, 2017


 Top News: 
Washington Post:
Lawmakers release a sampling of Russian Facebook ads placed during and after campaign  —  Lawmakers on Wednesday released a trove of ads that Russian operatives bought on Facebook, providing the fullest picture yet of how foreign actors sought to promote Republican Donald Trump …
Alex Kantrowitz / BuzzFeed:
E-mail: Twitter offered Russia Today “share of voice” increase from 2% to 15% for $3M via ads during US election vs 56% SoV for CNN, 32% for Fox; RT declined  —  Twitter wanted RT to spend big ahead of the 2016 US election, offering a significant portion of its election-related ad inventory in return.
Prior actions shows Facebook, Google, and Twitter cannot be counted on to police themselves; it's time for proactive prevention with real oversight  —  Google, Facebook and Twitter took a beating on Wednesday testifying in front of the Senate and House Intelligence Committees …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
During congressional hearing, Facebook's general counsel said 120K Instagram posts from Russian-linked accounts reached 16M Americans from Oct '16 to election  —  Facebook detailed the extent of Russia's election interference campaign on Instagram today during its second congressional hearing.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook says Clinton and Trump campaigns spent combined $81M on ads on the platform, compared to $46K spent by Russian Internet Research Agency
Los Angeles Times:
Six women, including actress Olivia Munn, have accused filmmaker Brett Ratner of sexual harassment and assault  —  Natasha Henstridge was watching a movie on Brett Ratner's couch when she fell asleep.  She was a 19-year-old fashion model; he was an up-and-coming music video director in his early 20s.
Beatrice Verhoeven / The Wrap:
Filmmaker Brett Ratner to “step away from all Warner Bros.-related activities” amid sexual misconduct allegations  —  Brett Ratner has decided to “personally step away from all Warner Bros.-related activities” following a Los Angeles Times report Wednesday in which six women accused the producer of sexual misconduct.
Memo: NPR's Senior Vice President of News Michael Oreskes has resigned over allegations of sexual harassment  —  NPR's senior vice president of news Michael Oreskes resigned on Wednesday amid allegations of sexual harassment and improper behavior in his past.  —  “I am deeply sorry to the people I hurt.
Ken Doctor / TheStreet:
Print advertising now makes up 17% of revenue for The New York Times, and reader revenue tops 60%; 43% of ad revenue is digital  —  Roll those digital presses.  With its third straight better-than-the-economy-growth- rate quarter, New York Times Co. (NYT) can almost mark 2017 as its turnaround year.
Discussion: @jayrosen_nyu
Dade Hayes / Deadline:
During a conference call, Sinclair Broadcast Group CEO Chris Ripley said Bill O'Reilly did approach the company but said they have “no interest” in hiring him  —  During a conference call with Wall Street analysts, Sinclair Broadcast Group CEO Chris Ripley fielded a question …
Ben Munson / FierceCable:   Sinclair Broadcast Group Q3 earnings: overall revenue down 3.3% to $670.9M YoY, with political revenue down to $7.3M from $45M during presidential elections
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
Snap Maps, Snapchat's location-sharing feature, provided users with real-time footage of the terror attack in Manhattan on Tuesday  —  During Tuesday's terror attacks in Lower Manhattan, in which a driver in a pickup truck killed eight people and injured 11, Snap Maps, the location-sharing feature …
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