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4:50 PM ET, June 23, 2018


 Top News: 
Laura McGann / Vox:
Study: male DC journalists reply on Twitter to other male journalists 92% of the time, retweet other men 69% of the time, and 62% of follows are other men  —  A new study reveals why female journalists are so much less influential on Twitter than men.  —  Anyone that follows Beltway Twitter knows it's …
Hollywood Reporter:
Netflix fires PR head Jonathan Friedland; CEO Hastings memo: his use of the N-word at least twice “showed unacceptably low racial awareness and sensitivity”  —  In lengthy internal memo, CEO Reed Hastings addressed letting go top communications executive Jonathan Friedland …
Jonathan Handel / Hollywood Reporter:
Study: 16% of 651 films released theatrically in 2017 were directed by women, 12% of films with $250K+ box office take directed by women, 10% by people of color  —  “Every aspect of the entire system disadvantages women and people of color," charged guild president Thomas Schlamme.
Discussion: The Wrap, DGA and Mashable
The Daily Beast:
Sources: Glenn Beck's TheBlaze laid off more than a dozen employees as negotiations to sell the site to backers of The Daily Wire broke down  —  Conservative media firebrand Glenn Beck's multimedia empire TheBlaze appears to be on its last legs after another round of layoffs and after a prospective high-profile buyer lost interest.
Alex Kantrowitz / BuzzFeed:
Facebook has hired a team that will try to spot vulnerabilities in its systems before bad actors exploit them, to prevent abuses like 2016 US elections debacle  —  Silicon Valley's giants are looking for future crises before they happen.  —  In an attempt to spot vulnerabilities in its system …
Julia Jacobo / ABC News:
ABC announces spinoff of Roseanne, with a working title of The Conners, coming this fall; Roseanne Barr will not be involved in the series  —  ABC has greenlit a spinoff series of the now-canceled “Roseanne” — without the show's embattled star.  —  On Thursday, the network announced …
Wall Street Journal:
How tensions between Comcast CEO Brian Roberts and 21st Century Fox Chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch have complicated Comcast's efforts to buy 21st Century Fox  —  Tensions between Comcast CEO Brian Roberts and 21st Century Fox's Rupert Murdoch have complicated Comcast's pursuit of the biggest media deal in years
Etan Vlessing / Hollywood Reporter:
SiriusXM Radio owner Liberty Media pulled proposed $1.16B cash injection for iHeartMedia after iHeartMedia rejected Liberty's ask for a 40% stake in return  —  The largest U.S. radio company rejected the proposed cash injection for a 40 percent stake from the investment company controlled by John Malone.
H.G. Watson / Nieman Lab:
Micropayments generate less than $100K/year for The Winnipeg Free Press after three years, but the data gathered helps with targeted subscription selling  —  Three years in, the Winnipeg Free Press' attempt to get readers to pay by the article is still producing less than $100,000 a year …
Rong-Gong Lin II / Los Angeles Times:
Sources: Trump administration directive instructs USGS scientist to seek approval before agreeing to interview requests  —  A new directive from the Trump administration instructs federal scientists with the U.S. Geological Survey to get approval from its parent agency before agreeing …
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Kevin Roose / New York Times:
Facebook's blend of AI and humans to screen ads continues to snare non-political ads and legitimate news, angering some publishers as the process gets refined
Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
United Talent Agency partners with Cadence13 to create Ramble, a podcast network devoted exclusively to online creators
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 Earlier Picks: 
Nine people who have worked with Elon Musk say he has long run roughshod over journalists and PR staff and recent outbursts merely show no one can rein him in
Sarah Ellison / Washington Post:
Sources: National Enquirer sent copies of stories and covers related to Trump and opponents to Michael Cohen in advance, sometimes making changes after feedback
John G. Doe / YouTube Blog:
YouTube announces $4.99/mo Channel Memberships for eligible channels with 100K+ subscribers, Teespring merchandising, and Premieres to debut pre-recorded videos