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1:45 PM ET, February 28, 2018


 Top News: 
Associated Press:
Father of Florida shooting survivor admits altering an email from CNN that was sent to other news outlets amid controversy but says it wasn't on purpose  —  Last week's televised town hall on guns and school safety has led to finger-pointing by the father of a Florida school shooting survivor and CNN.
Jeremy Barr / Hollywood Reporter:
Fox News host Sean Hannity joined colleague Tucker Carlson on Tuesday night in retracting story alleging CNN had scripted a high school student's question  —  The about-face from the Fox News hosts comes after a high school student's father admitted to inadvertently deleting words in an email to a CNN producer.
Mike Shields / Business Insider:
Little Things, a publisher with 12M Facebook followers that focused on feel-good news and videos, is shutting down, says algorithm changes cut traffic by 75%+  —  - The digital publisher LittleThings is shutting down.  — The company, like some other media companies, had quickly amassed a big following on Facebook.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Twitter begins rolling out its Bookmarks feature, which lets users privately save tweets and has been in testing since October 2017, to all mobile users  —  Twitter today is publicly launching its “Bookmarks” feature, which has been in testing since late last year, following the company's HackWeek project dubbed #SaveForLater.
Washington Post:
Analysis of posts on anonymous forums shows how extremists tried to undermine news reports and push conspiracy theories to broader media after Parkland shooting  —  Forty-seven minutes after news broke of a high school shooting in Parkland, Fla., the posters on the anonymous chat board 8chan …
Julia Manchester / The Hill:
Infowars says YouTube gave it a second strike for Florida shooting videos, says it can't post new content for 2 weeks; 3 strikes in 3 months would close account
Associated Press:
Two officials close to Slovak PM Robert Fico, who were named in slain journalist Jan Kuciak's last story, have resigned until investigation into murder is over  — 198a893b5544  —  BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — The Latest on the killing of a Slovak investigative journalist (all times local):
Press Gazette:   Slovakia-based Canadian journalist Tom Nicholson says reporter Jan Kuciak had told him he was working on a story about the Italian mafia before he was killed
Kristen Hare / Poynter:
How a chat between two reporters who covered Pulse and Sutherland Springs mass shootings led to creation of a Facebook group for journalists covering trauma  —  The Orlando Sentinel reporter reached out to the San Antonio Express-News reporter on the night of Nov. 15, 2017.
Nicholas Fandos / New York Times:
Sources: White House Communications Director Hope Hicks told House investigators that her role sometimes required her to tell white lies on behalf of Trump  —  WASHINGTON — Hope Hicks, the White House communications director, told House investigators on Tuesday that her work for President Trump …
John Shinal / CNBC:
Facebook VP Andrew Bosworth shares chart that shows the Trump campaign paid slightly higher CPM prices compared to Clinton in 2016 election, disputing reports  —  - Facebook executive Andrew Bosworth shared a tweet showing that President Trump paid more than Hillary Clinton did to reach users on the platform during the 2016 election.
John Schwartz / New York Times:
Inside the 10-month partnership between NYT and Times-Picayune covering coastal erosion and sea-level rise, NYT's first collaboration with a local news outlet  —  Just before the 2016 presidential election, Dean Baquet, the executive editor of The New York Times, gave an interview that touched …
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Viacom CEO Bob Bakish says the company plans to launch a streaming service later this year, making use of its archive content  —  Viacom Plots Launch of Streaming Service February 28, 2018  —  Amazon to Sell UFC Pay-Per-View Events on Prime Video February 28, 2018
Al Tompkins / Poynter:
Behind-the-scenes of this week's Time magazine, which took two years to produce, has no advertising, and covers the American opioid epidemic cover-to-cover  —  Time's deputy editor of photography, Paul Moakley, says he remembers exactly when his two-year journey to document America's opioid epidemic began.
Jessica DiNapoli / Reuters:
Sources: Weinstein Co's creditors want to lend it $25M to finance its movie and TV operations during upcoming bankruptcy and help protect their collateral  —  (Reuters) - The Weinstein Company's creditors are seeking to provide a $25 million loan that would finance the U.S. movie …
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Daniel Funke / Poynter:
Three Dutch publications are suing the European Union over an EU project which classified them as “disinforming outlets”
Alex Ritman / Hollywood Reporter:
London police are investigating a complaint of sexual assault against Harvey Weinstein from a 10th alleged victim; the incident reportedly happened in mid-1990s
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Natasha Bertrand / The Atlantic:
Twitter DMs show Trump confidant Roger Stone and WikiLeaks communicated directly in October and November 2016, contrary to their denials in 2017
Brittany Shammas / Miami New Times:
Internal email: Howard Saltz, editor and publisher of Tronc's The Sun Sentinel in Broward County, is leaving effective Wednesday
Quinn Norton / The Atlantic:
How social media created and attacked a version of myself that lacked context after The New York Times hired, and then fired, me for its editorial board
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Michael Wolff has floated unsubstantiated rumors about Trump having an affair but has now backtracked and canceled interviews after tough questioning
Mark Sweney / The Guardian:
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