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6:25 AM ET, June 17, 2018


 Top News: 
Meg James / Los Angeles Times:
Tronc's sale of Los Angeles Times and San Diego Union-Tribune to Patrick Soon-Shiong will close on Monday after long negotiations over service agreements  —  Biotech billionaire Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong on Monday will take control of the Los Angeles Times and San Diego Union-Tribune …
Ryan Parker / Hollywood Reporter:
Legendary Entertainment's site the Nerdist removes references to founder and former podcast host Chris Hardwick after his ex-girlfriend's unnamed abuse claims  —  “Chris Hardwick had no operational involvement with Nerdist for the two years preceding the expiration of his contract in December 2017.
Jackie Strause / Hollywood Reporter:
AMC pulls Chris Hardwick's talk show and appearances on panels at San Diego Comic-Con after abuse allegations from ex-girlfriend  —  The decision comes one day after Hardwick's ex-girlfriend, Chloe Dykstra, claimed he sexually assaulted her.  —  AMC has pulled Chris Hardwick's talk show …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Quoting and stating false claims as facts inadvertently lends them credibility and helps spread Trump's narrative and lies  —  THE MORNING PLUM:  —  One of the most important but overlooked lessons in the bombshell report on the handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation is that bad-faith …
Lesley Goldberg / Hollywood Reporter:
Sources: Roseanne Barr has agreed in principle to waive her rights to “Roseanne” clearing a major hurdle for the proposed spin-off of the show  —  Should a new take on the successful revival move forward, the WGA has made it clear any series will retain the comedian's credit.
Discussion: The A.V. Club and Vanity Fair
Jack Goldsmith / Knight First Amendment Institute:
US initiatives to spread internet freedom around the world are failing as countries clamp down on unwelcome activities, resort to censorship, and hack opponents  —  From the second term of the Clinton administration to the end of the Obama administration, the U.S. government pursued an “internet freedom” agenda abroad.
Cynthia Mitchell / Poynter:
How The Cannabist went from near profitable cannabis media darling to aggregation site with no full-time staff and how The Cannifornian may avoid the same fate  —  Ricardo Baca was at his desk in the heart of The Denver Post's (then) downtown newsroom on Nov. 7, 2016, plotting strategy for what he called …
Dylan Byers / CNNMoney:
Oprah Winfrey signs multiyear non-exclusive deal for new original programs with Apple; Winfrey is expected to have an on-screen role as host and interviewer  —  Oprah shares her secrets to success with graduates  —  Apple has signed Oprah Winfrey to a multiyear deal for new original programs.
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
Time Warner changes its name to WarnerMedia, new CEO John Stankey says it will need to develop “new plays” to keep up with a fast-changing industry  —  One day after completing its acquisition of Time Warner, AT&T announced a new name for the media company: WarnerMedia.
Discussion: Fast Company, CNNMoney and @joepompeo
Douglas K. Smith / Columbia Journalism Review:
A look at how participants in the Knight-Lenfest local news initiative applied its lessons of serving targeted content, diversifying revenue, and more  —  Image via Max Pixel.  —  If you work in local news, you know the misery numbers.  Good things spiral down: more than a quarter million jobs lost …
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
Blockchain media startup Civil launches Documented covering immigration in NYC, Sludge on money in politics and lobbying, Block Club Chicago, and podcast ZigZag  —  But beyond the crypto talk, how to actually pay for journalism very much remains an unsolved problem.
Discussion: @_alastair, @pilhofer, @niemanlab and Civil
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Josh Millard / MetaTalk:
MetaFilter considers subscription-based and community-funded models as it discloses that it's running at an $8,000/month deficit in financial update
Robert Burnson / Bloomberg:
Twitter loses bid to dismiss lawsuit by banned “white advocate” but judge says Twitter did not violate free speech rights or discriminate by banning accounts
 Earlier Picks: 
Joe Pompeo / Vanity Fair:
In 2009 Arthur Sulzberger Jr. approached Warren Buffett for financial help, Buffett may have declined due to loyalty to then WaPo owners the Graham family
Lauren Johnson / Business Insider:
Flipboard's self-service program and human editors have made the app popular with publishers who have seen traffic soar; referrals to Vanity Fair rose 719% YoY
Dade Hayes / Deadline:
At Mirror Awards ceremony, WaPo journalist Irin Carmon, who won for coverage of Charlie Rose, says, “The stories that we have been doing are about a system.”