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1:10 PM ET, December 1, 2017


 Top News: 
Jim VandeHei / Axios:
Trump's tweets provoke a predictable media response that exhausts the public and the opposition, so “check the facts, pay attention, but ignore the pure crap”  —  There is a very specific — and dangerous — formula for manipulating the media and hijacking the Twitter/cable/conventional media industrial complex.
Ivana Kottasová / CNNMoney:
Twitter says it didn't delete anti-Muslim tweets retweeted by Trump because it makes occasional exceptions to rules so people can see every side of an issue  —  Outrage after Trump retweets anti-Muslim videos  —  President Trump has been heavily criticized for his decision to retweet three graphic anti-Muslim videos.
Jack Shafer / Politico:
Project Veritas' attempted sting against the Washington Post highlights the ethical questions of using deception in reporting  —  What the latest Project Veritas flop can teach us about undercover media work.  —  Project Veritas went undercover and got buried in its own muck this week.
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
Memo: Vice News fires three employees amid investigations into sexual harassment  —  Vice Media fired three employees on Thursday amid a probe into sexual harassment and improper workplace conduct, according to a memo obtained by CNNMoney.  —  Vice did not name the employees.
Garett Sloane / Ad Age:
Advertisers say Facebook plans to test pre-roll video ads for Watch shows after resisting the format  —  Facebook plans to test pre-roll video ads at the start of Watch shows, according to advertisers who are familiar with the social network's strategy, exploring what would be a significant shift.
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Tencent Music and Spotify are in talks to swap stakes of up to 10% in each other's businesses ahead of their expected public listings next year  —  Companies would own up to 10% in each other's businesses  —  The music group of Chinese internet giant Tencent Holdings Ltd …
Sara Fischer / Axios:
iHeartRadio, with 850 stations, launches Nashville Podcast Network to appeal to Middle America and diversify podcast audience  —  iHeartRadio's top country music radio host Bobby Bones is launching the Nashville Podcast Network, a podcast network built to lure Middle Americans into podcasts.
Daniel Funke / Poynter:
Q&A with executive director of Africa Check, Peter Cunliffe-Jones, on fact checking in Africa, the technologies used, partnerships, and the fact-checking awards  —  JOHANNESBURG — Journalists from 12 different countries and four continents gathered around a table at the University of the Witwatersrand to talk about fact-checking.
Michael Byrne / Motherboard:
Notre Dame study finds 73% of posts on Reddit are voted on by users that haven't clicked through to view the content  —  It's probably not at all surprising that most content posted to Reddit is voted on more or less blindly.  I'll cop to liking articles that friends have shared on Facebook without reading, let alone evaluating them.
Katie Roof / TechCrunch:
Twitter Lite rolling out to 24 countries across Africa, Asia, Europe, Middle East, Latin America, after Philippines test showed a 50% increase in tweets  —  Twitter is rolling out its “Lite” version, after a successful trial in the Philippines.The Android app will become available …
NBC's shifting statements about Matt Lauer draw scrutiny: second statement noted that “current management” had not received complaints before Monday  —  After saying there were no complaints over 20 years, the network later stressed no complaints to ‘current management.’
Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
Reliance on network TV star anchors helped drive revenue, but also created conditions for power imbalances and incentivized networks to condone bad behavior
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Tiffany Kary / Bloomberg:
Judge says Thiel can't stop legal probe into his role in Gawker's demise, but says Thiel can bid on remaining assets, including litigation claims against him
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Matt Pressberg / The Wrap:
Liberty Global invests in movie distributor STX, which is aiming for a Hong Kong IPO; Bruce Mann, Liberty's chief programming officer, to join the STX board
Discussion: Hollywood Reporter and Variety
Kim Severson / New York Times:
Time Inc. announces it has sold Sunset magazine to Regent, a private equity firm in Beverly Hills; sales of Essence, Golf, and Time Inc. UK are also pending
Discussion: Eater
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Josh Kosman / New York Post:
Sources: Sinclair is close to accepting DoJ remedies for approval of $6.6B buyout by selling 13 Tribune stations, though it hopes only to sell 10
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