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10:05 AM ET, December 28, 2017


 Top News: 
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  —  The snarky video is part of a series, but the New Year's advice for the former presidential nominee caused the biggest stir.
David Uberti / Splinter:
The faux scandal about Vanity Fair's Clinton video uses familiar social media bad-faith tactics that end up silencing individual journalists  —  A silly social video by Vanity Fair that suggested New Year's resolutions for Hillary Clinton drew harsh backlash from #Resistance Twitter myrmidons …
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 …
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.
Maxwell Tani / Business Insider:
BuzzFeed has fired White House correspondent Adrian Carrasquillo after an internal investigation into allegations of inappropriate comments to a colleague  —  - BuzzFeed News' White House correspondent Adrian Carrasquillo has been let go following an investigation into inappropriate comments to a colleague.
Jon Levine / The Wrap:
HuffPost Global Editorial Director Howard Fineman is leaving the site to join NBC News where he will contribute pieces on politics and other topics from Jan 8  —  “I am proud and thankful to have been part of all this,” he says in an internal staff memo Thursday
Discussion: Business Insider and @samstein
Yair Rosenberg / New York Times:
Twitter blocked Impostor Buster, a bot that exposed trolls that posted racist messages impersonating Jews, other minorities, after trolls reported harassment  —  Like many Jewish journalists who reported on Donald Trump's presidential campaign, I spent the 2016 election being harassed …
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 …
Zuckerberg's US tour was indeed part of a political campaign - not for a presidential run but to save Facebook's reputation, as fallout over fake news grows  —  Mark Zuckerberg started 2017 scoffing at the idea of Russia election manipulation on Facebook, and looked like he was contemplating his own possible run for the presidency.
Discussion: @jimvandehei and @jgreendc
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
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  —  Ryan Murphy is said to consider move to Netflix or Amazon  —  Creator of ‘Glee’ is said to seek $100 million or more
Alex Heath / Cheddar:
Source: Snap is developing a “Stories Everywhere” product, led by ex-News Corp. SVP Rahul Chopra, to push Stories outside Snapchat, possibly via a web player  —  Snapchat is developing a new product called “Stories Everywhere” with a goal of making Snapchat Stories available outside …
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Jack Shafer / Politico:
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Elsa Keslassy / Variety:
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Wall Street Journal:
As Facebook expands content moderation, contract workers describe the job of vetting porn, racism, and violence: high turnover, $13-$28/hour in Bay Area, more
Jason Schwartz / Politico:
How Fox News' website has ramped up to 100+ full-time staff, up 45% YoY, and features a more combative tone under digital EIC Noah Kotch, to fend off Breitbart
Craig Silverman / BuzzFeed:
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