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9:40 AM ET, February 27, 2018

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Joe Pompeo / Vanity Fair:
NYT editorial-page editor James Bennet defends op-ed page controversy, saying it publishes a variety of voices; newsroom sources voice concern and embarrassment  —  A yoga-pants refusenik, a climate science skeptic, and a tech writer with a neo-Nazi pal, among other offenders, have put James Bennet in the crosshairs.
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Ashley Feinberg / HuffPost:
Transcript of a Q&A with the New York Times' Editorial Page Editor James Bennet which happened during a meeting with NYT staffers in December  —  “The world needs this from us right now.” … James Bennet: So the op-ed page was created to do a bunch of different things.
Mark Sweney / The Guardian:
Comcast offers about £22B for Sky, a 16% premium on the offer from Murdoch's 21st Century Fox  —  US cable TV group outbids 21st Century Fox's existing offer for broadcasting group … Comcast is attempting to gatecrash Rupert Murdoch's takeover of Sky, submitting a rival offer …
Sara Fischer / Axios:
The News Media Alliance is setting up a political action committee, which will reward members of Congress who help the newspaper industry meet its goals  —  The newspaper industry is working with Facebook to launch a new project to help local newspapers beef up their digital subscription efforts, Axios has learned.
Leanna Garfield / Business Insider:
Petition by father of Parkland shooting survivor calling on Amazon to drop NRAtv has nearly reached its 200K goal, at which point it would be sent to Jeff Bezos  —  - A mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School has ignited a wave of protests against the National Rifle Association (NRA).
Discussion: The Hill
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
The New York Times is in talks with streaming services and cable channels about launching a weekly ~30-minute TV show  —  The New York Times has conquered the podcasting world with “The Daily.”  Now it wants to crack television with a weekly news program.  —  The Times is seeking …
Discussion: Deadline and Hollywood Reporter
Greg Dool / Folio:
Fast Company names Vanity Fair deputy editor Stephanie Mehta as editor-in-chief  —  Mansueto Ventures has tapped Vanity Fair deputy editor Stephanie Mehta as the next editor-in-chief of Fast Company, CEO Eric Schurenberg announced today.  —  The announcement comes two months after Robert Safian …
Discussion: @moorehn
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
One-time Flickr rival 500px acquired by Visual China Group, the “Getty of China”, which had been one of its strategic investors  —  500px, the photo-sharing site that once proposed to take on Flickr and Getty, has been acquired by Visual China Group (VCG), a strategic investor in 500px via previous financings.
Daniel Boffey / The Guardian:
Ján Kuciak, a journalist who was investigating tax fraud by a businessman linked to Slovakia's ruling party, found shot dead alongside his girlfriend  —  Police chief says murder of reporter and his girlfriend is probably linked to his work … A journalist investigating alleged tax …
 
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Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:
YouTube Live gets automatic English captions, live chat replays, and location tagging
Gregg Kilday / Hollywood Reporter:
Turner's FilmStruck to add classic Hollywood movies from Warner Bros. film library as Warner Archive to shutter its streaming service
Pete Brown / Columbia Journalism Review:
Analysis of Live videos posted by 17 brands reportedly paid by Facebook until March 2017 show number of posted videos fell 51% between April and December 2017
Discussion: One Man & His Blog
Stewart Clarke / Variety:
CNN President Jeff Zucker says quality journalism is at risk without help from ad and tech firms, regulators should watch monopolies Facebook and Google
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Lloyd Grove / The Daily Beast:
A new book by Ryan Holiday alleges Peter Thiel considered bribery, theft, bugging, and hacking as part of his quest to destroy Gawker
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
CBS is launching CBS Sports HQ, a free 24-hour streaming service dedicated to sports coverage
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