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5:40 PM ET, July 13, 2018


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Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Trump anointed Fox News as state TV with his favoritism of a Fox News reporter and baseless insults of NBC and CNN during a UK news conference  —  President Trump's penchant for diminishing the fourth estate didn't wither on British soil.  “Fake news,” he riffed at various points during …
Oliver Darcy / CNNMoney:
At Facebook event touting its work to combat misinformation, company defends maintaining InfoWars page by saying fake news doesn't violate Community Standards  —  Parents of Sandy Hook victims sue Alex Jones  —  Facebook officials struggled on Wednesday to explain why it permits InfoWars …
Alexios Mantzarlis / Poynter:
Journalists should ask Facebook deeper questions about Infowars, like how downranking false content and flagging by fact-checkers affect reach and advertising  —  Talk about a PR strategy backfiring dramatically.  —  On Wednesday, Facebook announced it was going to provide an enormous amount …
Discussion: Engadget, CNET and @mantzarlis
Gerry Smith / Bloomberg:
CNN is launching CNN Business this fall, consolidating CNN Money, CNN Tech, and CNN Media, will expand tech coverage from SF bureau, plans new streaming service  —  CNN is launching a new business website and expanding its technology coverage, part of a broader restructuring …
Discussion: @rafat and Talking Biz News, Thanks:@steverubel
Freia Nahser / Global Editors Network:
An overview of experiments with voice AI from The New York Times, the BBC, and the Evening Standard and how they could be monetized through Alexa  —  Voice assistants are still young and a bit awkward.  Content experiences on them aren't always great and it seems that news organisations …
Aaron Hicklin / Out Magazine:
After intense criticism for accepting a role as a transgender man in the move Rub & Tug, Scarlett Johansson withdraws from the role  —  After drawing intense criticism for accepting a role in the movie Rub & Tug, by her Ghost in the Shell director Rupert Sanders, Scarlett Johansson …
Tom Kludt / CNNMoney:
Business Insider columnist Daniella Greenbaum resigns over removal of her post that defended Scarlett Johansson playing the role of a transgender man
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
Fifteen months after launch, traffic and donations at WikiTribune are low, its editor Peter Bale has left, and the majority of stories are written by staff  —  “'Leadership structure' isn't a very Wiki phrase.”  —  On June 30, a spam article was posted to WikiTribune, Jimmy Wales' news startup that argued …
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
FEMA's report criticizing its own initial response in Puerto Rico shows how wrong Trump was to label early reporting on issues as “fake news”  —  When Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico last fall, President Trump playfully lobbed rolls of paper towels to those taking shelter.
Nick Cohen / The New York Review of Books:
The BBC has failed to cover the legal and political scandals behind the Brexit Leave campaign, seeming to prefer to reflect the national mood and not the facts  —  Late last year, BBC executives had the nerve to erect a bronze statue of George Orwell outside its headquarters in central London.
Emily Feng / Financial Times:
How Chinese state media spreads its message via 200 nominally independent Chinese language publications around the globe  —  The latest issue of the UK-Chinese Times, one of the mainstays of Britain's nearly 400,000-strong Chinese-speaking community, splashed on the House of Fraser's plan …
Discussion: Fortune
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