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1:55 PM ET, April 1, 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.
Javier C. Hernández / New York Times:
Critics say Alibaba-owned South China Morning Post is moving away from independent journalism and softening its critical stance to please Beijing  —  HONG KONG — On a recent afternoon, the staff of The South China Morning Post, a 114-year-old newspaper, gathered around roast suckling pig …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook is building a Custom Audiences certification tool that will require a written pledge from advertisers that they have user consent for ad targeting data  —  Facebook is scrambling to add safeguards against abuse of user data as it reels from backlash over the Cambridge Analytica scandal.
Alexandra Alter / New York Times:
Harassment scandals have led to cancelled book deals, boycotts by bookstores, expulsions from writers' conferences, and agents and publishers dropping clients  —  Elizabeth Rusch's picture book about Mario Molina, the Mexico-born chemist who won the Nobel Prize for his work studying …
George Slefo / Ad Age:
The Weather Co. adopts Taboola Feed, an infinite scroll that surfaces publishers' own and third party content, mimics Facebook News Feed's look and feel  —  IBM-owned The Weather Company says it's going all-in on Taboola Feed, which mimics the look and feel of Facebook's News Feed …
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
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.
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).
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 …
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