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4:05 PM ET, December 24, 2017

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Emily Steel / New York Times:
Interviews with 100+ current and former Vice staff find culture of sexual misconduct, resulting in multiple settlements including one from its current president  —  A media company built on subversion and outlandishness was unable to create “a safe and inclusive workplace” for women, two of its founders acknowledge.
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New York Times:
Vice says it failed “from the top down” to stop a “boy's club” workplace culture that fostered inappropriate behavior and created an unsafe environment  —  Below is a statement that Vice Media provided to The New York Times on Friday in response to questions …
Julia Manchester / The Hill:
Joan Walsh announces move to CNN in 2018, hours after news broke that MSNBC would not be renewing her contract  —  Political analyst Joan Walsh announced Saturday night that she will be moving to CNN in 2018, just hours after MSNBC said it would not be renewing her contract with the network.
Discussion: @joanwalsh, Variety, TVNewser and Deadline
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Joe Concha / The Hill:
MSNBC says it won't renew longtime contributor Joan Walsh's contract, prompting outrage on Twitter and from MSNBC hosts including Joy Reid and Chris Hayes  —  MSNBC will not renew a contributor contract with Joan Walsh, a national affairs correspondent for The Nation and former editor-at-large for Salon.
David W. Chen / New York Times:
WNYC President Laura Walker says it prioritized growth and programming over investment in processes and people, amid questions over handling of stars' conduct  —  When Laura R. Walker, the president and chief executive of New York Public Radio, addressed the crowd at an open WNYC board meeting last week …
Discussion: Washington Post
Andy Greenberg / Wired:
Snowden-backed Haven app for Android alerts users of “evil maid” and other physical attacks using a phone's accelerometers, cameras, microphones, light sensor  —  YOUR DIGITAL SECURITY, any sufficiently paranoid person will remind you, is only as good as your physical security.
Debra Birnbaum / Variety:
20/20 co-anchor Elizabeth Vargas is leaving ABC News in May after 21 years  —  Elizabeth Vargas, the longtime co-host of ABC's “20/20,” is leaving the network.  —  The announcement was made Friday by James Goldston, the president of ABC News, in a memo to staff.
Tony Romm / Recode:
Facebook launches tool that shows if you followed or Liked Russia-linked US election related accounts on Facebook and Instagram between Jan. 2015 and Aug. 2017  —  Not all users who saw that content, however, can take advantage of a new tool out today.  —  Facebook has rolled out its new hub …
Associated Press:
Investigation finds Russia-linked Fancy Bear hacking group targeted 200+ journalists, publishers, and bloggers from mid-2014 until a few months ago  —  PARIS (AP) — Russian television anchor Pavel Lobkov was in the studio getting ready for his show when jarring news flashed across his phone …
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 …
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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 …
 
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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
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
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
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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
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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