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6:15 PM ET, February 24, 2018

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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 …
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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 …
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 …
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 …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Amazon Targeted in Calls to Drop NRA TV App, Which Is Also on Apple TV, Roku, Chromecast  —  Amazon is in the cross-hairs of a campaign to drop the National Rifle Association's NRA TV streaming service from its devices, in the wake of the deadly mass shooting last week at a Florida high school.
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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.
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.
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 …
Daniel Funke / Poynter:
Study: Number of fact-checking projects up 3x over the last four years, with 149 projects in 53 countries; funding comes from membership, donations, syndication  —  A new report from the Duke Reporters' Lab offers a snapshot of the evolving fact-checking ecosystem around the world.
Discussion: Nieman Lab
Timothy Cama / The Hill:
Judge dismisses coal baron Bob Murray's defamation suit against John Oliver and HBO, which was filed in response to a Last Week Tonight segment criticizing him  —  A West Virginia judge dismissed a coal mogul's defamation lawsuit this week against cable television host John Oliver and HBO.
Janko Rottgers / Variety:
Twitter's annual report says it has written off $66.4M of its investments in private firms, most likely related to rumored $70M investment in SoundCloud in 2016  —  Twitter's lost almost all of the money it had invested in SoundCloud, the company disclosed as part of its 2017 annual report Friday.
 
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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
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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
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Inside the downfall of Missouri's Columbia Daily Tribune as layoffs leave the paper with one full-time reporter 18 months after it was acquired by GateHouse
Matt Donnelly / The Wrap:
Sources: Investor group, led by Maria Contreras-Sweet, Ron Burkle, is closer to purchasing The Weinstein Company after talk with New York AG Eric Schneiderman
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