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10:15 PM ET, February 23, 2018


 Top News: 
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
After claims that CNN scripted words for a Florida student for town hall, CNN releases emails showing student was asked to use a question he submitted  —  CNN appears to have had enough.  —  On Friday afternoon, the network released email correspondence between one of its producers …
Jacqueline Thomsen / The Hill:
Trump repeats claim in a tweet, and CNN refutes it for the second time, that CNN scripted a town hall question for a school shooting survivor  —  went after CNN over a Florida school shooting survivor's claim that he didn't participate in a CNN town hall because the network wouldn't let him ask …
Paul P. Murphy / CNN:
YouTube removed Infowars video from The Alex Jones Channel claiming Florida student was paid actor; source: first of 3 strikes before YouTube terminates account  —  Shooting survivor: I'm not a crisis actor  —  (CNN)InfoWars, a far-right media organization run by Alex Jones and known …
Issie Lapowsky / Wired:
Group of public radio stations is buying assets of Gothamist, LAist, DCist, and DNAInfo, funded by 2 anonymous donors; Gothamist to post new stories this spring  —  AFTER BILLIONAIRE JOE Ricketts announced the shuttering of local news organizations Gothamist and DNAInfo last fall …
Munsif Vengattil / Reuters:
SEC filing: Snap CEO Evan Spiegel received $637.8M compensation in 2017, the third highest annual payout received by a CEO, with stock awards comprising $636.6M  —  Snap Inc Chief Executive Officer Evan Spiegel received $637.8 million as total compensation as the company went public last year …
Ryan Mac / BuzzFeed:
Sources: an Australian named Aron D'Souza, who has few public ties with Peter Thiel, helped mastermind the lawsuits that led to Gawker's closure  —  Billionaire venture capitalist Peter Thiel did not come up with the idea to covertly fund lawsuits against Gawker Media.
New York Times:
NRATV, the online streaming arm of NRA media, keeps producing pugilistic messages even after school shootings and pushes mistrust in traditional news  —  NRATV, the organization's online video channel, has become a little-noticed but vital forum for the dissemination of some of the most strident pro-gun messaging in politics.
Benjamin Mullin / Wall Street Journal:
Scroll, an upcoming $5-a-month service that removes ads on outlets' sites in exchange for a cut of subscription revenue, signs up The Atlantic, Slate, others  —  Business Insider, the Atlantic and Fusion Media have signed up for Scroll, a coming subscription service that will charge consumers $5 …
Tim Ingham / Music Business Worldwide:
A Spotify playlist with mostly 30 second tracks from unknown artists got to No. 35 on Spotify's global chart, potentially generating $1M+ for scammer  —  A Bulgarian playlist-maker scammed the Spotify payout system for months last year - and could well have made themselves a millionaire off Daniel Ek's platform.
The Outline:
Reddit admins' messages to r/conspiracy mods about revealing David Hogg's identity signals evolving policy on harassment focusing on tone and intensity of posts  —  Members of Reddit's Trust and Safety team reached out to mods to curb the spread of harassment.  —  The Future
Ricardo Bilton / Nieman Lab:
BBC is testing a chatbot tool that reporters can use to insert reusable bots inside articles to answer questions and add context  —  “For us, this is a way to let people read and ask questions at their own pace, instead of having them read through a bunch of text.
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Daniel Funke / Poynter:
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