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7:15 AM ET, January 18, 2018


 Top News: 
New York Times:
Trump tweets a link to “2017 Fake News Awards” on RNC's website,; “winners” include NYT, CNN, ABC, and a broad entry on stories of “Russia collusion”  —  President Trump — who gleefully questioned President Barack Obama's birthplace for years without evidence …
John McCain / Washington Post:
Senator John McCain says Trump's continuing attacks on American news outlets has allowed repressive regimes to silence reporters and stave off media scrutiny
Hollywood Reporter:
Film and TV rights for Michael Wolff's Fire and Fury are sold to Endeavor Content, which plans to adapt the book as a TV series; Wolff to be executive producer  —  Endeavor Content has purchased rights to the best-selling exposé of the Trump White House and plans to adapt it for the small screen.
Jennifer Jacobs / Bloomberg:
Sources: Michael Wolff's book initially had a working title sympathetic to the President; aides say Hope Hicks endorsed speaking with him  —  Some of president's staff thought they were authorized to talk  —  Wolff's working title suggested sympathetic view of Trump
Lesley Goldberg / Hollywood Reporter:
Apple wins bid for 10-episode comedy series starring Kristen Wiig, its first scripted comedy show and third series via Reese Witherspoon's Hello Sunshine banner  —  The untitled 10-episode series is the tech giant's first half-hour comedy.  —  Kristen Wiig is returning to the small screen.
Lawrence Bonk / Mediaite:
Katie Way, the reporter who broke the Aziz Ansari story, sent HLN host Ashleigh Banfield an email insulting her appearance after Banfield criticized Way  —  HLN's Ashleigh Banfield has not been shy in her dismissal of Katie Way, the writer who reported anonymous allegations against Aziz Ansari …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Google to make page speed a factor in mobile search ranking starting in July, says change will only affect pages that “deliver the slowest experience to users”  —  Google today announced a significant change in how it ranks websites for mobile searches: it will now take page speed …
Tanya Dua / Business Insider:
NowThis relaunches website, which it shut down in early 2015; company president says the move was in the works before Facebook announced News Feed changes  —  - Social publisher NowThis has relaunched its website, which it shuttered in early 2015 to go all-in on social platforms directly.
Pete Vernon / Columbia Journalism Review:
Q&A with CBS's Elizabeth Palmer on the challenges of reporting from the front lines in Syria, US media coverage, and winning a duPont for her daily news report  —  Since the attacks on September 11, 2001, Elizabeth Palmer has traversed the Middle East, reporting on some of the world's most complex …
Washpostpr / Washington Post:
Jason Rezaian, the Washington Post correspondent imprisoned for 18 months in Iran, joins Washington Post's WorldViews as a staff writer  —  Announcement from Foreign Editor Douglas Jehl, Deputy Foreign Editor Mary Beth Sheridan, and WorldViews Assignment Editor Max Rosenthal:
Peter Kafka / Recode:
Swedish publishing conglomerate Bonnier lays off 17% of its US workforce, or 70 people, and shutters four magazines  —  Bonnier is also shuttering five magazines.  —  Bonnier, the Swedish publishing conglomerate, has laid off 70 people from its U.S. group.  That represents about 17 percent* of the company's American workforce.
Jacob Hall / /Film:
YouTube has picked up the distribution rights to the Eminem-produced film Bodied and will bring it to Sundance this year  —  Joseph Kahn's Bodied made the festival rounds in 2017, but it didn't secure a distributor or find theatrical release that year.  That's the one and only reason this satirical …
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