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12:10 AM ET, February 26, 2018

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Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Unwilling to attack grieving students, the NRA turns to Trump's playbook, attacking the news media with claim that media “love mass shootings”  —  One of the more outrageous assertions in a week overrun with them was Dana Loesch's outright lie that journalists relish massacres of children.
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Todd Spangler / Variety:
Amazon targeted in calls to drop NRA TV app, which is also on Apple TV, Roku, and Chromecast
Hollywood Reporter:
Weinstein Co. board of directors says in letter to bidders Maria Contreras-Sweet and Ron Burkle that they will pursue bankruptcy as talks for a sale break down  —  Maria Contreras-Sweet and Ron Burkle were part of a bid to buy the embattled company.  —  The Weinstein Co. board of directors …
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 …
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: @raju and Nieman Lab
Julia Alexander / Polygon:
Due to vague YouTube guidelines and unpredictable demonetization actions some YouTube creators promote the Brave browser, where users can tip via Brave Payments  —  Cryptocurrency hits YouTube  —  It's a scary time for YouTubers: YouTube's community guidelines are changing seemingly on the fly …
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.
Sahil Patel / Digiday:
NBC Sports and Refinery29 partner for a yearlong editorial and marketing Instagram project telling stories about women in sports called On Her Turf  —  NBC Sports and Refinery29 are embarking on a yearlong social editorial and marketing partnership focused on telling stories about female athletes and other women in sports.
Discussion: @digiday
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 …
Alexandra Bruell / Wall Street Journal:
Facebook says it will drop 20, or 10%, of its metrics for advertisers that were redundant or outdated, will label metrics not derived directly as “estimated”  —  Social giant will more clearly label its data and remove about 10% of its metrics that it deems irrelevant
Max Willens / Digiday:
Media outlets' partnerships with Scroll, Invisibly, and Brave signal return of micropayments as solution to ad-blocking, poor user experience, low revenue  —  With digital ad revenue harder to come by, a growing number of publishers are considering micropayments again, albeit from different angles.
Jon Allsop / Columbia Journalism Review:
The Bay Journal, which covers Chesapeake Bay environmental issues, is suing the EPA, alleging the EPA cut the outlet's funding because of its coverage  —  The Thomas Point Shoal Light in the Chesapeake Bay.  (Photo by Pete Milnes/United States Coast Guard)
 
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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
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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
Freddy Mayhew / Press Gazette:
BBC appoints Donalda MacKinnon to study how to make BBC the “best place for women to work” in the UK, with first recommendations due by the end of June
Discussion: Jezebel
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