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8:40 AM ET, May 29, 2018


 Top News: 
Lani Seelinger / Bustle:
Trump says NYT used “phony sources” in story citing a White House official and is challenged by reporters who were part of the off-the-record briefing  —  President Trump's ongoing feud with the media is hardly news, but over the weekend it turned out that there were still new ways …
Matthew Dessem / Slate:
Elon Musk complained about media credibility, then tweeted a link to a story attacking coverage of his company from a news site affiliated with sex cult NXIVM  —  Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk's crusade to discredit the press in the wake of negative reporting hit a snag on Saturday …
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
If Silicon Valley billionaires like Elon Musk really want to improve trust in the news media, they should help reinvent the economics of local news outlets
Lachlan Cartwright / The Daily Beast:
Sources on TMZ founder Harvey Levin and Trump's friendship, Levin's work to discredit women accusing Trump of assault, and TMZ staff alarm at pro-Trump coverage  —  When the Access Hollywood tape of Donald Trump emerged in the home stretch of the 2016 election, it should have been a gift from the tabloid gods for TMZ.
Frederic Filloux / Monday Note:
Unlike Netflix and Amazon, many news outlets offer paying subscribers poor customer service, products with technical faults, and ads  —  A growing number of publications are switching to the subscription model.  But most of them are lagging behind, with a poor user experience.
Wall Street Journal:
Sources describe tensions between Shari Redstone and Les Moonves amid a possible CBS-Viacom merger that has led to litigation over voting control  —  Shari Redstone and Les Moonves are locked in a legal battle triggered by disagreement over a potential merger of Viacom and the broadcasting powerhouse
Dwight Garner / New York Times:
A look at how Stig Abell, former editor of UK tabloid The Sun, revamped The Times Literary Supplement, increasing sales 30% YoY for the last two years  —  The Times Literary Supplement was founded in 1902.  Its editor, Stig Abell, was hired to usher it into a new era.
Jared Schroeder / Columbia Journalism Review:
Courts may soon have to decide if AI communicators are entitled to journalistic protections, e.g. in cases when programmer wants to protect sources his bot used  —  We need to talk about bots.  How will the courts address free-expression rights for artificially intelligent communicators?
Patrick Brzeski / Hollywood Reporter:
iQiyi debuts its first on-demand physical movie theater in China, with mini-theaters seating two to 10, that users can rent by the hour to watch iQiyi's content  —  The company plans to build physical cinemas in major cities across China.  —  Beijing-based streaming-video giant iQiyi …
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
Two journalists, Mike McCormick and Aaron Smeltzer, have been killed while on assignment in North Carolina after a tree fell and crushed their news van  —  2 journalists killed while covering Alberto  —  WYFF, the NBC-affiliated station in Greenville, South Carolina, is mourning the loss …
Discussion: CBS New York, ABC News and The Desk
Sijia Jiang / Reuters:
Tencent pulls ~$4.7M investment in WeChat-based media company Chaping after criticism in state media over the startup's handling of copyright issues  —  HONG KONG (Reuters) - Tencent Holdings, which owns China's top social media app WeChat, has scrapped an investment of up to 30 million yuan …
Mark Sweney / The Guardian:
Discovery is to shut its European broadcasting base in London, affecting up to 100 jobs, as it mulls post-Brexit plans for a new HQ on the continent  —  Bear Grylls broadcaster may move from London to Poland or Netherlands if EU-wide TV deal not struck  —  Discovery is to shut …
Discussion: @emmakennedy
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
London's Daily Telegraph promotes Tech Editor James Titcomb to chief of its new Silicon Valley Bureau, announces six new hires to its tech reporting team  —  The Telegraph has announced six new hires as part of its newly formed 12-strong technology team.  —  The Technology Intelligence desk …
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Bryn Elise Sandberg / Hollywood Reporter:
Studios try packaging their media units for TV, film, and shortform video together when offering deals to talent in order to compete with Netflix
Discussion: Forbes and @natjarv
Shalini Ramachandran / Wall Street Journal:
A look at ESPN's troubles: too much “divisive” opinionated commentary, soaring broadcast rights, cord-cutting, and an at times rocky relationship with Disney
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Victoria Smith Ekstrand / Raleigh News & Observer:
As we increasingly rely on private platforms for public debates, the Trump-Twitter blocking case and NFL's standing rule signal tough times for First Amendment
Krishn Kaushik / The Indian Express:
Videos posted by Cobrapost claim big media outlets in India were willing to promote “Hindutva” politics via paid-for news; media orgs call the sting misleading
Nicholas Thompson / Wired:
Q&A with members of Facebook's team to fight fake news on enforcing community standards, financial motivations of false news posts, and reduction of clickbait