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12:15 PM ET, December 31, 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 …
Discussion: Washington Post, Politico, @maggienyt, New York Times, Toronto Star, @byrontau, New York Times, @maggienyt, New York Times, NPR, Vox, Vanity Fair, @ddale8, Arkansas Blog, Arkansas Times, @jdawsey1, @nytmike, Business Insider, @samstein, @brianstelter, @normeisen, @neeratanden, @jonfavs, @parkermolloy, @karacalavera, @jdawsey1, @maggienyt, @joanwalsh, @moorehn, @pottsmark, @boutrousted, @espiers, The Daily Caller, @ananavarro, @michaelkruse, Forbes, @maggienyt, @espiers, @aaronblake, New Republic, Axios, Fox News Insider, @jayrosen_nyu, @samstein, The Wrap, Mashable, @peterbakernyt, The Guardian, @jayrosen_nyu, TVNewser, Mother Jones, Splinter, @jayrosen_nyu, Business Insider, Hollywood Reporter, Mediaite, @jasondhorowitz, @davidaxelrod, New York Magazine, @shannonrwatts, @renato_mariotti, @samstein, @samstein, @samstein, @irisrimon, @ljbreedlove, @awzurcher, @libyaliberty, @owillis, @rgoodlaw, @matthewamiller, @hawaiidelilah, @irisrimon, @susan_hennessey, @fmhilton, @chrisgeidner, @davelevinthal, @crewcrew, @maggienyt, @bruce_arthur, @irisrimon, @karoli, @mehdirhasan, @guygavrielkay, @frankconniff, @sacca, @dangillmor, @wakeup2politics, @manglewood, @eshap, @bdgrabinski, @bythehandofbob, @arimelber, @tedlieu, @csanderson1217, @ashleyfeinberg, @mattyglesias, @ddale8, @ezlusztig, @cbctom, @yashar, @chrisgeidner, @jamilsmith, @ddale8, @davidegreenwald, @filmsforchange, @ardenfarhi, @chrisgeidner, @davidegreenwald, @raju, @ddale8, @maggienyt, @maggienyt, @moorehn, @yottapoint, @stevenmazie, @arimelber, @ag_conservative, @moorehn, @juliusgoat, @colinkahl, @jmartnyt, @maggienyt, @topherspiro, @vivian and The Wrap
Michael S. Schmidt / New York Times:
How The New York Times' interview with Trump happened, with the help of a lunch invitation from Christopher Ruddy, Trump's longtime confidant and CEO of Newsmax  —  WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Shortly after 1 p.m. on Thursday, President Trump came off the 18th hole of his golf course here and walked into the club house's Grill Room.
Theodore Schleifer / Recode:
Telegram, citing ToS, suspends public channel that incited violent anti-government protests in Iran; Telegram is a major platform with ~40M users in Iran  —  “There are lines one shouldn't cross,” says the CEO of the popular messaging app.  —  The executives of Telegram …
Ben Kentish / The Independent:
Iran blocks access to Instagram and Telegram apps amid anti-government protests  —  Authorities respond after demonstrations leave at least two dead  —  Live: New Year's Eve celebrations kick off around the world  —  Coutinho move from Liverpool to Barca accidentally confirmed by Nike
Megan Specia / New York Times:
Facebook says it removed Chechnya's Ramzan Kadyrov's accounts due to US sanctions, prompting questions on why others, like Venezuela's Maduro, are still active  —  The strongman leader of the Chechen Republic has long been a prolific social media user, filling his accounts with photos …
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.
John Otis / Committee to Protect Journalists:
Amid shortages of paper blamed on Maduro and a dearth of ads, 24 Venezuelan newspapers stopped printing since 2013; 10 shut down altogether, 14 publish online  —  The lobby of El Carabobeño includes a display of vintage cameras, engraving plates and paper cutters from the 1930s …
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
New York Daily News editor-in-chief and publisher Arthur Browne is retiring on December 31, but the paper's new owner, Tronc, hasn't hired a replacement  —  As of Monday, the New York Daily News won't have an editor in chief or a publisher.  —  Arthur Browne, the veteran editor …
Discussion: @joshtpm and @brianstelter
Douglas MacMillan / Wall Street Journal:
Startups aim to provide an alternative route to internet access via VPNs and mesh networks, amid net neutrality repeal, but their approaches are as yet unproven  —  From VPNs to mesh networks, efforts to find an alternative route to internet access are gaining ground in Silicon Valley
Cynthia Littleton / Variety:
Media and entertainment stocks 2017: Netflix, Lionsgate, Fox, Scripps among biggest gainers percentage-wise; Discovery, Viacom, CBS among biggest losers  —  The market has spoken for 2017.  Looking at stock performance for the year, traditional media conglomerates can't match the momentum behind …
Discussion: Variety and VentureBeat
Alana Hope Levinson / MEL Magazine:
Staffers at Mel, a men's magazine funded by Dollar Shave Club, grapple with how to respond to the #metoo movement  —  Lessons from trying to make content for men during Weinstein and #MeToo  —  I was sitting in my office chair when I got a rare Twitter DM from a male journalist alerting me to the existence of “Shitty Media Men.”
Martin Belam / The Guardian:
US court documents show Simon & Schuster was concerned that Milo Yiannopoulos' book manuscript included unsupported arguments, crude unfunny quips, and racism  —  Court submissions in lawsuit over far-right provocateur's memoir reveal concerns over weak arguments, boasting and racism
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Chris Roush / Talking Biz News:
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Maane Khatchatourian / Variety:
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Analysis finds that the 50 most viral fake news stories on Facebook in 2017 generated more shares, reactions, and comments than those of 2016
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
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
A deeper look at attitudes about “the media” in the Rust Belt shows most people are not dogmatic in their criticism, wanting fairness, depth, and accuracy