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9:10 PM ET, December 21, 2017

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Michael Calderone / Politico:
Wall Street Journal reporters Shane Harris and Paul Sonne head to the Washington Post, following three other WSJ reporters hired by WaPo earlier in 2017  —  NEW YORK TIMES EXECUTIVE EDITOR DEAN BAQUET said Glenn Thrush “behaved in ways that we do not condone” and “acted offensively.”
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Esquire:
A look at the consequences of Trump's win for elite conservative media, notably for the WSJ, whose editorial pro-Trump stance has prompted a journalistic exodus  —  In 2016, a group of Republicans broke ranks with their party to try to stop Donald Trump from winning the presidency.
Gabriel Sherman / Vanity Fair:
Steve Bannon transforms into a frontman for his own movement, floating a run for president, as Breitbart and its SiriusXM show promote his image  —  On a whirlwind tour around the globe, Trump's former aide and alter ego reveals what really went down in the White House, his unfettered thoughts on Javanka …
Washington City Paper:
Washington City Paper to be sold by SouthComm to Mark Ein, a Washington DC venture capitalist and philanthropist; Alexa Mills will remain chief editor  —  Darrow MontgomeryI am overjoyed to report that local venture capitalist and philanthropist Mark Ein has reached an agreement …
Ryan J. Reilly / HuffPost:
Photojournalist Alexei Wood and five other defendants found not guilty of all charges in trial stemming from protests during inauguration  —  The case could determine the fate of many of the nearly 200 people arrested during the inauguration.  —  All six defendants in a crucial trial …
Ilya Marritz / WNYC:
New York Public Radio fires longtime WNYC hosts Leonard Lopate and Jonathan Schwartz after investigations of claims of inappropriate conduct  —  Two weeks after their abrupt suspensions, longtime WNYC hosts Leonard Lopate and Jonathan Schwartz have been fired.
Wall Street Journal:
Bob Bowman, who led MLB Advanced Media for 17 years, was forced out in November by Major League Baseball after concerns about inappropriate workplace conduct  —  Major League Baseball forced out the architect of its multibillion-dollar digital-media business last month …
Neil Genzlinger / New York Times:
Janet Elder, who spent three decades at The New York Times rising from reporter to deputy managing editor and “chief counselor”, dies at 61  —  Janet Elder, who in a three-decade career at The New York Times rose from reporter to deputy managing editor, along the way spending …
Christopher Robbins:
NYC Mayor de Blasio signals willingness to publicly fund local media along the lines of the BBC model in conversation with ex-DNAinfo and Gothamist staffers  —  Last Friday, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio met with a group of reporters from the recently-shuttered local news websites DNAinfo New York and Gothamist.
Discussion: @joshgreenman and The Wrap
Steven Perlberg / BuzzFeed:
How Rupert Murdoch is preparing to battle Sinclair Broadcasting in light of the Disney-Fox deal and the pending Sinclair-Tribune merger  —  The billionaire media mogul is selling off his entertainment empire to focus on holdings like Fox News.  But there is still another media rival for Murdoch …
Discussion: @perlberg
Cora Lewis / BuzzFeed:
Executive editor of AlterNet Don Hazen placed on indefinite leave following accusations of sexual harassment from five women who worked for him  —  Don Hazen, the executive editor of AlterNet, was placed on “indefinite leave” after BuzzFeed News asked his oversight board about accusations …
 
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