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2:05 AM ET, February 12, 2018


 Top News: 
David Siders / Politico:
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Rob Porter's exit from the White House shows the need for more bulletproof, evidence-based journalism  —  It never should have taken a photo of Colbie Holderness's bruised eye to get Rob Porter out of the White House.  —  He shouldn't have been there to begin with, as a top aide to President Trump …
Charlie Warzel / BuzzFeed:
Technologist who predicted “fake news”, Aviv Ovadya, and other experts warn new AI-powered tools to manipulate perception could erode people's trust in reality  —  In mid-2016, Aviv Ovadya realized there was something fundamentally wrong with the internet — so wrong that he abandoned his work and sounded an alarm.
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Sinclair Broadcast Group solicits its news directors for its political fundraising efforts  —  The nation's largest TV station owner is gearing up to fight for deregulation, and it wants some of its own newsroom managers to join the effort.  —  Sinclair Broadcast Group is asking its executives …
Tyler McCall / Fashionista:
Interview with NYT Styles section editor Choire Sicha on how he got started in his career, his time at Gawker, building The Awl, his current goals, more  —  In our long-running series, “How I'm Making It,” we talk to people making a living in the fashion and beauty industries about how they broke in and found success.
Hollywood Reporter:
NY attorney general sues Harvey Weinstein, Bob Weinstein, and The Weinstein Company, claiming they failed to protect staff from pervasive sexual harassment  —  The lawsuit alleges company executives repeatedly failed to protect employees from Harvey Weinstein's “unrelenting sexual harassment, intimidation and discrimination.”
Hannah Ellis-Petersen / The Guardian:
Exiled Cambodian politician sues Facebook, seeking information to prove the prime minister of Cambodia bought millions of Likes in order to appear popular  —  Exiled opposition leader Sam Rainsy claims prime minister bought ‘likes’ to appear popular … The exiled Cambodian politician Sam Rainsy …
Libby Watson / Splinter:
Advertisers can promote Tweets that aren't linked to any Twitter profile, allowing fake organizations to run policy ads while obscuring their bankrollers  —  A few weeks ago, Bloomberg published a damning piece about how the DCI Group, a D.C.-based consulting firm, creates phony echo chambers to help push its clients' interests.
Brenda Goh / Reuters:
Alibaba signs multi-year deal to offer 1000+ episodes of Disney shows on its Youku video streaming platform  —  SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Alibaba Group Holding Ltd's entertainment arm has signed a licensing agreement with Walt Disney Co in a deal that will provide the Chinese group's Youku video …
Jonathan Peters / Columbia Journalism Review:
Journalist Protection Act introduced in Congress would make assaulting a journalist a federal crime, won't protect against compelled disclosure of sources  —  Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) speaks on April 5, 2017 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Zach Gibson/Getty Images)
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Graham Vyse / New Republic:
The New York Times faces more criticism from the left, even as its investigations get praise, as some fear staffers are overcompensating for attacks from right
Carolyn Twersky / thecut:
Hanya Yanagihara, EIC of NYT's T Magazine, to launch refreshed print and online edition that embraces a sense of urgency in “a moment of crisis” on Feb. 18
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
Study: crowdsourced trustworthiness ratings that exclude people unfamiliar with a given site are less effective since unfamiliarity is an important signal
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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
YouTube says creators posting videos harmful to users may lose their monetization options and eligibility to be recommended on the platform
Maxwell Tani / The Daily Beast:
Leaked recording: in a meeting with editors Newsweek exec blamed journalists for magazine's turmoil, didn't answer whether company committed financial crimes