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3:00 PM ET, December 22, 2017

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 Top News: 
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 …
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Caleb Ecarma / Mediaite:
Discussing Project Veritas' attempted sting on the Washington Post, James O'Keefe claims paper should apologize to him but says he believes Moore's accusers  —  Not only does James O'Keefe not regret paying a woman to pose as a rape victim in a botched hit-job that would serve …
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:   Breitbart has been excused as a defendant from a defamation lawsuit brought against Project Veritas over an undercover video
Jon Levine / The Wrap:
Young Turks host Cenk Uygur has apologized for old blog posts in which he disparaged women and described some as “flawed” for not wanting to have sex  —  “Young Turks” creator and host Cenk Uygur made multiple graphic and disparaging remarks about women in his early days as a blogger …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
CNN ends its daily Snapchat news show, The Update, launched just four months ago, saying it couldn't make enough money from advertising  —  CNN is ending its daily Snapchat news show, “The Update,” launched just four months ago — after concluding it couldn't make money on the initiative from advertising.
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 …
David Uberti / Splinter:
Lack of consequences for NYPR execs, secrecy shrouding inquiries, and vague promises of change make staff feel that leadership is dodging accountability  —  On the morning of Dec. 5, Laura Walker, president and CEO of New York Public Radio, found herself parrying questions from one of her organization's most famous journalists.
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Ilya Marritz / WNYC:
New York Public Radio fires longtime WNYC hosts Leonard Lopate and Jonathan Schwartz after investigations of claims of inappropriate conduct
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
Trump left the White House on Friday without holding an end-of-year press conference, the first time in 15 years a president has opted not to  —  President Trump's year of flouting presidential traditions and trashing the media isn't quite over yet.  —  Trump left the White House …
Brian McGrory / The Boston Globe:
Boston Globe Editor Brian McGrory identifies Jim O'Sullivan as reporter who left after lewd conduct claims, takes blame for not publicly naming him earlier  —  We published a story on Dec. 8 about news organizations, including the Globe, facing sexual misconduct issues in their midst as they cover these issues elsewhere.
Chris Roush / Talking Biz News:
Ahmed Al Omran is joining The Financial Times to cover the Middle East and Saudi Arabia, after covering the same beat for WSJ until earlier this year  —  Ahmed Al Omran, who covered the Middle East and Saudi Arabia for The Wall Street Journal until earlier this year, has been hired by The Financial Times.
Molly Osberg / Splinter:
BuzzFeed UK employees dish on CEO Jonah Peretti's tone deaf emails and a cancelled Christmas party amid layoffs that follow a year of union busting  —  Last week, BuzzFeed CEO Jonah Peretti held an off-the-record company meeting, parts of which were tweeted by the company's media reporter, Steven Perlberg.
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: SEC is expected to approve Spotify's direct share listing on NYSE ahead of IPO, expected in March or April; SEC has until Feb. 15 to decide, per memo  —  SEC gives preliminary nod for new type of public offering that does not offer new shares; expected to happen in the spring
 
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Tony Maglio / The Wrap:
SEC filing: AT&T and Time Warner have extended their merger date again until June 21, 2018
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E. W. Scripps has signed agreements with Comcast, AT&T, Spectrum, and others to offer news network Newsy to the services' nearly 26M cable subscribers
 Earlier Picks: 
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
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
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