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5:35 PM ET, December 28, 2017


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Martin Belam / The Guardian:
US court documents reveal the editorial concerns of publisher Simon & Schuster about book manuscript from “alt-right” controversialist Milo Yiannopoulos  —  Court submissions in lawsuit over far-right provocateur's memoir reveal concerns over weak arguments, boasting and racism
Jeremy Barr / Hollywood Reporter:
Trump weighs in with a tweet on Vanity Fair's apology over Clinton video controversy, disparaging the magazine and Vogue editor Anna Wintour  —  The president said the magazine “looks like it is on its last legs” and called out Anna Wintour on Thursday.  —  President Donald Trump couldn't help …
Carla Herreria / HuffPost:
Vanity Fair faces backlash after reporter suggests in video that Hillary Clinton should take up knitting or “literally anything” instead of running again
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
A deeper look at attitudes about “the media” around Buffalo, NY, shows most people are not dogmatic in their criticism, wanting fairness, depth, and accuracy  —  The July email from Daniel Hastings, a Post reader who lives in Washington, was harsh: “You never have any intention …
Bibi van der Zee / The Guardian:
How reader funding through memberships, crowdfunding, and donations is helping small independent media orgs maintain editorial freedom all around the world  —  As the number of Guardian supporters continues to grow, we look at independent publications with their own take on membership models
Stephanie Mencimer / Mother Jones:
A Mother Jones reporter recalls her unlikely friendship with a right-wing Tea Party member and their diagnoses with cancer, within weeks of each other  —  Our unlikely bond only grew stronger when we were both diagnosed with cancer this spring. … On paper, Robin Stublen and I should never have been friends.
Azam Ahmed / New York Times:
Mexican President Nieto spends more on media advertising than any predecessor, nearly $2B since '12, used with other state-derived influence to direct the media  —  MEXICO CITY — Running a newspaper, radio station or television outlet in Mexico usually means relying on a single …
Discussion: @nytimes
Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
Despite issues with the dramatization of the real-life story behind it, “The Post” strikes a fitting end note to a tumultuous year for journalism and democracy  —  After a year of high- and low-level attacks on the press and the First Amendment, there's plenty to appreciate …
Discussion: Variety and Washington Post
Rosalind Adams / BuzzFeed:
How a chain of psychiatric hospitals reacted to BuzzFeed coverage: firing a staffer, suing a former staffer, hiring Edelman for crisis communications, more  —  A $100,000 crisis PR plan.  An employee fired for supposedly speaking to a reporter.  Another employee sued for allegedly leaking internal surveillance videos.
Sayed Salahuddin / Washington Post:
A series of explosions detonated inside the premises of the Afghan Voice news agency in Kabul; 40+ people have died, several journalists are among the injured  —  KABUL — A series of explosions at a gathering inside a Shiite cultural center killed more than 40 people and injured dozens …
Analysis finds that the 50 most viral fake news stories on Facebook in 2017 generated more shares, reactions, and comments than those of 2016  —  Viral fake news generated more engagement in Facebook in 2017 than last year, according to a BuzzFeed News analysis.
Joseph Cox / The Daily Beast:
Sources: WikiLeaks may have ~$25M worth of bitcoin; founder Julian Assange was an early adopter of the currency, following financial blockade  —  Everyone from early investors to cybercriminals has benefited from the huge spike in the value of bitcoin in the past few weeks.
Discussion: @digiphile
Karl Bode / Techdirt:
States including New York will attempt their own net neutrality legislation in 2018, testing a provision in the FCC's order that bans states from doing this  —  Numerous states say they'll be crafting their own net neutrality protections in the wake of the FCC's recent vote to dismantle the rules.
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Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
Sources: American Horror Story and Glee creator Ryan Murphy is being pursued by both Amazon and Netflix, as his contract with Fox is up in 2018
Devin Coldewey / TechCrunch:
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Yair Rosenberg / New York Times:
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Rick Edmonds / Poynter:
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