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3:10 PM ET, December 29, 2017

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John Bowden / The Hill:
In a New York Times interview, Trump says media will shift in his favor for the 2020 election because they need ratings: “they basically have to let me win”  —  predicted he will win the 2020 presidential race on Thursday due to a media shift in his favor, telling The New York Times …
Charlie Warzel / BuzzFeed:
In 2017, pro-Trump media and conspiratorial hyperpartisans amplified by Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube created two parallel universes of information  —  On a blistering 107-degree Phoenix evening this August, thousands came to watch Donald Trump cobble together an alternate reality.
Crayton Harrison / Bloomberg:
Nielsen: Netflix's “Bright”, which had a ~$90M budget, had 11M viewers on its opening weekend, roughly equivalent to $99M at the box office  —  Netflix Inc.'s ambitious attempt at a big-budget film, “Bright” starring Will Smith, drew an enough viewers in its first three days …
Leslye Davis / New York Times:
First as a journalism student, then a professional reporter, Leslye Davis chronicled a young man's struggle with cancer and his mother's with addiction  —  RADCLIFF, Ky. — A purring air-conditioner and the distant warble of a television acted as a sonata on a stifling May afternoon in 2012.
Maane Khatchatourian / Variety:
Report: China's market for online literature grew to $1.96B in 2017, up 32.1% YoY, and spawning a wave of TV, film, and game adaptations  —  China's fast-growing online literature market has become an important source of inspiration for studios as film, TV, and online game adaptations …
Brendan Regan / Newsweek:
Brendan Regan, VP at audioBoom, looks at 2017's podcasting trends, with true crime shows dominating, interest in political podcasts rising dramatically, more  —  Nowadays, when you pass someone with earbuds in, you have to wonder, is it music they're playing or is it the latest episode of their favorite podcast?
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
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.
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: Washingtonian and Variety
BuzzFeed:
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.
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 …
 
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