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2:45 PM ET, March 31, 2018


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Jordan Weissmann / Slate:
The Atlantic's Kevin Williamson hire is another instance of the media legitimizing writers with abhorrent ideas because they are Never Trumpers  —  In a memo to staff, editor Jeffrey Goldberg cites an affinity for “second chances” and ideological diversity in hiring the conservative troll.
David French / National Review:
Liberals calling for firing of Atlantic's Kevin Williamson over outrageous quotes should apply same standard to left-leaning op-ed writers like Ta-Nehisi Coates  —  If left-leaning but not explicitly ideological publications cleanse their pages of conservative voices, the loss to American intellectual life will be immense.
Ralph Peters / Washington Post:
Ex-Fox News analyst says Russia-related crimes by Trump associates were dismissed, expertise on Russia was ignored, and Fox leads a “witch hunt” against Mueller  —  You could measure the decline of Fox News by the drop in the quality of guests waiting in the green room.
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
NewsWhip data suggests that hyperpartisan sites, and even two fake news sites, are doing as well or better on Facebook as they were before News Feed changes  —  Data that NewsWhip pulled together for Nieman Lab suggests that popular hyperpartisan publishers are actually doing pretty well post-algorithm change.
John Saroff / Nieman Lab:
Chartbeat: Chrome recommendations on mobile, Articles for You, is now the fourth-highest referrer to websites, growing 2100% in 2017 from 15M to 341M visits/mo  —  It's already driving almost as many visits as Twitter, and publishers have no idea why their stories get chosen (or don't).
New York Times:
How Trump helped National Enquirer's David Pecker meet the Saudi crown prince; Pecker's American Media recently published a 97-page glossy promoting the prince  —  In July, David J. Pecker, the chairman of the company that owns The National Enquirer, visited his old friend President Trump at the White House.
Craig Silverman / BuzzFeed:
Christian Media Corporation, which also has ties to pastor David Jang and Olivet University, ran code identical to the Newsweek Media Group's ad fraud scheme  —  Newsweek Media Group and Christian Media Corporation both have close ties to a controversial religious leader and the university he founded.
Discussion: @craigsilverman
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Trump's crusade against Amazon has nothing to do with the post office or mom-and-pop shops and everything to do with his hatred of The Washington Post  —  President Trump is determined to find some way to hurt Amazon, reports Jonathan Swan.  “He's obsessed with Amazon,” a source tells him.
Natalie Jarvey / Hollywood Reporter:
Podcasting startup Wondery raises $5M round led by Greycroft, Lerer Hippeau Ventures, and Advancit Capital, plans to add shows and increase staff  —  The round was led by Greycroft, Lerer Hippeau Ventures and Shari Redstone's Advancit Capital.  —  Wondery, the podcasting startup behind Dirty John …
Jeff Baumgartner / Multichannel News:
Anime-focused video streaming site Crunchyroll publishes its first mobile game, Memoria Freese, to deepen ties with audience, 90% of whom say they're gamers  —  Anime-focused SVOD service offers ‘Memoria Freese’ on mobile devices  —  Crunchyroll, Ellation's Anime-focused subscription VOD service, is branching out into games.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook begins letting fact-checking partners review photos and videos and also lets them flag stories before being prompted  —  Facebook has begun letting partners fact check photos and videos beyond news articles, and proactively review stories before Facebook asks them.
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
Express Newspapers report a mean gender pay gap of 17% favoring men, lower than new owner Trinity Mirror's 18% pay gap.  —  Express Newspapers, which publishes the Daily Express, Sunday Express, Daily Star and Daily Star on Sunday, has reported a mean gender pay gap of 17 per cent favouring men.
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
News UK gender pay gap report: average hourly pay rate for men is 15.2% higher than for women, and 24.8% at The Sun; CEO Brooks cites efforts to hire more women
Discussion: Press Gazette
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Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
Interview with Tim Griggs, who developed the curriculum for Facebook's 12-week Local News Subscriptions Accelerator, which began this week in 14 US newsrooms
Tejal Rao / New York Times:
A look at the wave of small US food magazines that are telling stories on their own terms, often as labors of love
Hadas Gold / CNNMoney:
RT broadcast in Washington, DC, ends April 1 because RT's distributor MHz lost the lease on the broadcast license though RT blames the Justice Department
Discussion: Voice of America
Aditi Sangal / Digiday:
Interview with Kara Swisher on Facebook's relationship with the media, whether Facebook would ever pay publishers for content, YouTube's value, and more
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