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7:30 PM ET, November 28, 2017


 Top News: 
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Efforts to undermine the reality-based press, including the Project Veritas scam, have forced media to be more transparent  —  In the right-wing campaign to discredit the truth, every day brings a new low.  —  I don't mean Roy Moore's campaign for U.S. Senate, though that certainly has been at the center …
Washington Post:
WaPo publishes off-the-record comments by a woman who falsely claimed to be impregnated as a teenager by Roy Moore and had connections with Project Veritas  —  A woman who falsely claimed to The Washington Post that Roy Moore, the Republican U.S. Senate candidate in Alabama …
Julia Ioffe / The Atlantic:
Trump's comments about CNN are a warning sign for US journalists because Russian examples show how political and financial pressure can destroy media freedom  —  There are several reasons the Trump administration move to block a proposed merger between AT&T and Time Warner raised eyebrows.
Tony Romm / Recode:
Koch brothers' ‘passive’ role in Time Inc. takeover met with skepticism  —  'They're always looking to exert influence in one way or another,' says Koch biographer after the conservative billionaires backed Meredith's takeover of the magazine giant.  —  Charles and David Koch …
CBC News:
Facebook partners with Ryerson School of Journalism and DMZ to launch Digital News Innovation Challenge, an incubator for news startups  —  Five startups from around Canada that ‘drive innovation for journalism’ will be funded  —  Facebook's highly-publicized efforts to combat online misinformation …
Discussion: VentureBeat, Adweek and @rsjnow
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Rival TV executives from ESPN, Time Warner's Turner, and other networks joined a summit convened by NBCU to discuss the industry's advertising woes  —  A parade of Madison Avenue's top executives streamed into a posh Manhattan restaurant in hopes of starting a conversation orchestrated …
Lukas I. Alpert / Wall Street Journal:
Bustle founder Bryan Goldberg says the company is on pace to grow revenue by 50% this year to $45M and plans to make acquisitions in the coming year  —  Female-focused site is on track to hit its target of $45 million in revenue this year, says founder Bryan Goldberg
Gerry Smith / Bloomberg:
Group Nine Media, owner of Thrillist and NowThis, raises $40M led by Discovery Communications with Axel Springer SE, Lerer Hippeau Ventures participating  —  Group Nine building Snapchat studio, creating TV programming  —  Investment is on top of $100 million in funding last year
Allison Schiff / AdExchanger:
35 publishers including Hearst, WaPo, and NBCU are trying TrustX, a programmatic ad exchange with impressions, audited by Moat, eclipsing 1B so far this month  —  When TrustX launched in September, David Kohl was nervous.  —  “One of the fears is that we would find ourselves in a situation …
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 More News: 
Memo: NPR names Edith Chapin as executive editor, replacing Chief News Editor David Sweeney, who has left NPR after a review of sexual harassment allegations
Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
Report: Trump is privately telling people, most recently a White House advisor, that the Access Hollywood tape is a fake, despite apologizing for it earlier
Discussion: Washington Post, The Atlantic and CNN
Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
AT&T and Time Warner have announced they've extended the termination date of their merger agreement to 22 April 2018, following DOJ lawsuit
 Earlier Picks: 
Sahil Patel / Digiday:
Hearst Magazines forms Hearst Originals, a department for developing original video series for digital platforms; not all content to be tied to magazine brands
Noah Kulwin / VICE News:
YouTube says it has terminated 270+ accounts, taken down 150K+ videos, removed ads from ~2M videos over past week as it purges content that endangers children
Andrew Granato / Stanford Politics:
Inside the Stanford Review, the “contrarian” publication founded by Peter Thiel; former staff say Thiel meets with eds regularly and often hires Review alumni
Discussion: Longreads