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9:25 AM ET, April 11, 2018


 Top News: 
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Sinclair uses banner ads on affiliates' websites to point to a YouTube video criticizing Brian Stelter and CNN for a “hypocritical attack on Sinclair”  —  The nation's largest owner of TV stations has mounted an unusual video attack on CNN for what it calls “dishonesty and hypocrisy” …
Washington Post:
TV stations bought by Sinclair reduce local political coverage, increase national political coverage, and shift rightward, according to Emory researchers  —  In recent weeks, news anchors at local TV stations across the country have warned Americans about the “sharing of biased and false news” …
Timothy Burke / Deadspin:
Creator of Deadspin's Sinclair video montage says his intent was apolitical and worries about how the video could be used to confirm people's distrust of news
Todd Spangler / Variety:
European Commission investigators raid London offices of 21st Century Fox's Fox Networks Group in broad probe of anti-competitive practices around sports rights  —  The London offices of 21st Century Fox's Fox Networks Group were raided by European Commission investigators Tuesday …
Lucia Moses / Digiday:
The Washington Post to test subscriber-only features, including cleaner article pages with infinite scroll, midterm elections newsletter, and an audio series  —  With help from Jeff Bezos' money, The Washington Post has shown the ability to hit big audience gains and grow digital subscriptions …
Discussion: @maxslaterrobins
Wall Street Journal:
Despite Trump's repeated criticism of Amazon and Washington Post, Jeff Bezos has remained silent; sources say it reflects his desire to play the long game
Joseph Otterson / Variety:
Apple is developing a TV series based on Isaac Asimov's “Foundation” book trilogy; HBO previously attempted to adapt it for screen with Westworld's co-creator  —  Apple is developing a drama series based on the “Foundation” book trilogy by Isaac Asimov, Variety has confirmed.
Taylor Hatmaker / TechCrunch:
Twitter endorses the Honest Ads Act, a bill introduced last year to promote political ad transparency, following Facebook's endorsement of it last week  —  Just hours before social media companies face a regulatory reckoning with Facebook's appearance on the Hill, Twitter is taking a step to get right with Congress.
Avi Selk / Washington Post:
Sen. Ted Cruz cited Diamond and Silk, two Trump fans with 1.4M followers whose videos were deemed unsafe, as an example of Facebook's anti-conservative bias  —  Two sisters famous for praising President Trump say Facebook has deemed their videos dangerous.  —  Lynette Hardaway …
Jon Swaine / The Guardian:
Sinclair CEO David Smith says he told Trump “we are here to deliver your message” during campaign but that he made a similar offer to the Clinton camp  —  The rightwing broadcaster met Trump at the White House to pitch a potentially lucrative new product to officials
Leonard Pitts Jr / Miami Herald:
Activist and journalist Shaun King was detained at JFK airport by US Customs and Border Patrol, in what appears to have been an act of political intimidation  —  Shaun King is a controversial guy.  —  As an activist and journalist, he's been prominent in the Black Lives Matter movement …
Discussion: @leonardpittsjr1 and @marcacaputo
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Bloomberg's TicToc, its Twitter video news service, will launch a podcast, audio news digest, and a newsletter next month  —  Now that Bloomberg's new live Twitter network TicToc has taken off, it's expanding its brand into more direct-to-consumer offerings, like podcasts, audio digests and a newsletter, launching later this month.
Discussion: TVNewser
Jeff Beer / Fast Company:
Ad companies team up to create the Advertising Protection Bureau to have more leverage in demanding accountability from media platforms for ad placement  —  IPG Mediabrands' UM appoints its first chief brand safety officer and teams with others in the industry to launch the Advertiser Protection Bureau.
Discussion: MediaPost
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Mark Sweney / The Guardian:
Trinity Mirror's proposed £200M takeover of Express and Star newspapers is being investigated by UK's competition regulator, referred to Culture Secretary
Sally Kohn / Fast Company:
CNN commentator Sally Kohn talks about her experience as a liberal and openly-gay pundit at Fox News and what she learned at the network
Discussion: Advocate
Lesley Goldberg / Hollywood Reporter:
Janice Min, former co-president and CCO of The Hollywood Reporter, signs consulting deal with NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment
Discussion: Page Six
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Sahil Patel / Digiday:
Tegna, which owns TV broadcast stations in 39 US markets, is working with Snap to include public Snapchat videos and images in its news coverage
Mia Galuppo / Hollywood Reporter:
Crooked Media, the company behind podcast Pod Save America, is expanding into film by co-producing a documentary on Ted Cruz challenger Beto O'Rourke
Tom Warren / The Verge:
High-profile accounts and popular music videos on YouTube were hacked and defaced, and the most-viewed video of all time, “Despacito”, disappeared briefly