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2:30 PM ET, November 3, 2017


 Top News: 
Chloe Melas / CNNMoney:
Former House of Cards production assistant says Kevin Spacey sexually assaulted him; other current and former workers call Spacey's behavior “predatory”  —  Spacey apologizes for alleged sex assault against a minor  —  Kevin Spacey made the set of Netflix's “House of Cards” …
New York Times:
Joe Ricketts closes DNAinfo and Gothamist, a week after staff votes to join union; move cuts 115 journalists, including at SFist, LAist, DCist, and Chicagoist  —  A week ago, reporters and editors in the combined newsroom of DNAinfo and Gothamist, two of New York City's leading digital purveyors …
Benjamin Mullin / Wall Street Journal:
CNN plans to launch tiered subscriptions as early as Q2 of 2018, debuts e-commerce site, and weighs expanding CNN Go app outside the US for a fee  —  The as-yet-unpriced plans are part of effort to reach $1 billion in digital revenue by 2022  —  Two years ago, an employee in CNN's digital news group …
Discussion: CNN, Forbes, Digiday, Variety and Mashable
Kristin M. Hall / Associated Press:
Country Music Association apologizes and rescinds media restrictions on questions about Las Vegas shooting, gun rights, or politics at award show  — 1c2a646c80ae  —  Link copied!  —  NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Country Music Association is apologizing …
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Disney declined to offer LA Times entertainment writers advance film screenings claiming unfair coverage of its ties with Anaheim  —  The Los Angeles Times has just published its 2017 Holiday Movie Preview.  Prominently featured is this note warning readers about a rather large and unfortunate omission from the reviews:
Tony Romm / Recode:
Analysis: how US news orgs including Washington Post and Miami Herald cited tweets from Russian troll farm accounts, presenting them as authentic voices  —  Tweets from 2,752 fake Twitter accounts created by Russian government trolls found their way into U.S. news stories.
Dan Gartland /
New ESPN social media policy requires breaking news to first be reported on ESPN and OK from superiors for political posts; urges only sports-related politics  —  ESPN employees aren't allowed to break news on social media or take partisan positions.  —  In response to recent controversies …
Discussion: The Daily Caller and The Wrap
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Sensor Tower data shows Pandora dethroned Netflix as top grossing non-game app on US App Store and Google Play in Q3 2017 with $80M revenue, up 142% YoY  —  In the face of fierce competition from Spotify and Apple Music, Pandora has been growing its in-app subscription revenues, according to new data from Sensor Tower.
Lawyers for CEO of Russia's XBT, who is suing BuzzFeed for posting the Trump dossier, argue BuzzFeed can't protect sources because it's not a news organization  —  Lawyers for a Russian tech executive are asking a federal judge to force BuzzFeed to reveal its source for an unverified dossier …
Discussion: @benmullin
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Two new formal harassment complaints filed against NPR's ousted top editor Michael Oreskes, from current staffers  —  Two more women have filed formal harassment complaints against NPR's ousted top editor, bringing the number who have accused him of misconduct to five, according to people familiar with the allegations.
Discussion: Splinter
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Callum Borchers / Washington Post:
Media outlet approaches to covering their own sexual harassment scandals differ wildly: unsparing at NPR, quiet at NBC, and spare and mostly positive at Fox
Discussion: Fox News and The Laurel
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Periscope says it will waive its 30% cut from the sales of Super Hearts in streams, giving all earnings to creators minus a $1 admin fee per payout
Jonathan Randles / Wall Street Journal:
Bankruptcy adviser is marketing various Gawker's assets: domain names, social accounts, archive, and potential legal claims against Peter Thiel
Glenn Dixon / Washington Post:
A look at the last days of Tronc's Baltimore City Paper and the importance of alt-weeklies, with irreverent, relentlessly local journalism and an underdog role
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Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
A look at Fox News' smear of CNN's Jake Tapper, and how it was defended as fair game because of Fox dominance in ratings
Memo: Breitbart benefactor Robert Mercer to sell his stake in Breitbart News to daughters and disavows Milo Yiannopoulos as he steps down as RenTech co-CEO