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9:35 AM ET, April 2, 2018


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Timothy Burke / The Concourse:
Sinclair's local TV anchors are reading corporate-mandated script saying some media outlets publish fake news, as Sinclair awaits Tribune deal approval from FCC  —  Earlier this month, CNN's Brian Stelter broke the news that Sinclair Broadcast Group, owner or operator of nearly 200 television stations …
Business Insider:
Twitter accounts linked to Russian influence operations have rallied behind Fox News host Laura Ingraham as advertisers ditch her show  —  - Russia-linked Twitter accounts are rallying in support of Fox News host Laura Ingraham after she drew scorn for mocking Parkland shooting survivor David Hogg's grades on Twitter.
Theodore Schleifer / Recode:
Profile of Spotify's CFO Barry McCarthy as the company prepares for its unusual direct listing on NYSE this Tuesday  —  Spotify's CFO pushed for this week's direct listing, which could change life for Wall Street and for big tech startups.  —  When Spotify goes public Tuesday …
Corey Hutchins / Columbia Journalism Review:
Q&A: Julie Reynolds, formerly at a Digital First Media owned paper, on covering DFM's owner Alden Capital and the NewsGuild labor union's #NewsMatters project  —  FOR TWO YEARS, JULIE REYNOLDS has cranked out stories about Alden Global Capital, the secretive New York hedge fund …
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
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 …
Oleksiy Kuzmenko / bellingcat:
Ukrainian and Russian media frequently quoted David Jewberg, a Pentagon analyst on Russia, without realising he didn't exist and was the creation of a US group  —  Summary:  — “Senior Pentagon Russia Analyst LTC David Jewberg” maintained a popular Facebook page and was frequently quoted …
Discussion: @travis_tritten and @markondefense
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.
Ezra Klein / Vox:
Mark Zuckerberg says it will take a few years for company to resolve current issues and that it spent too little time thinking of the risks of its tools  —  “We will dig through this hole, but it will take a few years.”  —  It's been a tough year for Facebook.
Charles Barfield / The Playlist:
Report: Netflix is in advanced talks to acquire EuropaCorp, a movie studio co-founded by Luc Besson  —  Apple might have passed on A24, but there's rumors floating around that another production company might be acquired by a media giant.  —  According to French media outlet Capital …
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