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12:15 PM 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 …
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Trump defends Sinclair Broadcasting in a tweet, says the company is “far superior” to CNN and “even more Fake NBC”  —  The company, which owns over 170 television stations across the country, was criticized on social media for attempting to “push their extremely biased agenda.”
Jackie Wattles / CNNMoney:
As advertisers ditch Laura Ingraham's show following call from Parkland survivor David Hogg, media critics are divided on whether it's the right way to protest  —  More businesses seem willing to yank their advertising dollars from platforms that are involved in controversies.
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The Wrap:
At least 18 companies have pulled advertising from Laura Ingraham's Fox News show, including Hulu, Nestle, TripAdvisor, Honda, Office Depot, and Liberty Mutual  —  Liberty Mutual CEO David Long says Fox News host's “comments are inconsistent with our values as a company”
Discussion: TheBlaze, CNNMoney, The Hill and Slate
Business Insider:
Twitter accounts linked to Russian influence operations have rallied behind Fox News host Laura Ingraham as advertisers ditch her show
Ezra Klein / Vox:
Zuckerberg says it will take a few years for the company to resolve its current issues and that it spent too little time thinking about 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.
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 …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
YouTube debuts TrueView for reach, a shorter, skippable ad format, which lets advertisers show ads as short as 6 seconds that can be skipped after 5  —  YouTube today is introducing a new ad format that will allow viewers to skip even shorter ads.  Called “TrueView for reach,” …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Report: US households using only over-the-top streaming services nearly tripled since 2013 to 14.1M but still represent just 11% of all TV households  —  The number of U.S. households using only over-the-top streaming services to access TV programming and movies has nearly tripled over the past five years …
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 …
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.
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
 
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Jordan Weissmann / Slate:
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