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1:55 AM ET, July 15, 2018


 Top News: 
Morgan Gstalter / The Hill:
White House cancels CNN interview with National Security Adviser John Bolton after interaction between Trump and CNN's Jim Acosta at UK press conference  —  White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Saturday that the White House decided to cancel an interview between CNN …
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 …
Jon Fingas / Engadget:
Following the latest Mueller indictments, Twitter bans DCLeaks and Guccifer 2.0 accounts, says it is reviewing company policies and expects to make updates soon  —  The US' indictment of Russian officers over the DNC hacks is having an effect... at least, on Twitter.
Charles Bethea / New Yorker:
Interview with Chase Cook, the Capital Gazette reporter who volunteered to cover the trial of the suspected killer of five of Cook's colleagues  —  On Thursday, Chase Cook sat down at a coffee shop in Annapolis, Maryland, near the temporary new home of the Capital Gazette newspaper group, where he's worked as a reporter since 2014.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook should quarantine Infowars and similar outlets instead of deleting their pages to avoid making people like Alex Jones into martyrs, prompting backlash  —  Quarantine instead, or it'll be ‘but her emails!’  2.0  —  Alex Jones' Infowars is a fake-news peddler.
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
The Verge:
DOJ's appeal against AT&T-Time Warner merger probably won't succeed but the appeal itself could have a chilling effect on vertical merger bids in the short term  —  It probably won't succeed, but it could still put companies on notice  —  Yesterday, the Department of Justice appealed …
Adrianne Jeffries / New York Times:
Study of 23,005 YouTube video comments about science and related topics: ~14% of comments for female-hosted videos were critical vs. ~6% for male-hosted videos  —  After studying 23,005 comments left on videos about science and related topics, a researcher says, “I could see why people would not want to be on YouTube.”
Discussion: Tubefilter and Boing Boing
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 …
Chloe Aiello / CNBC:
Policy heads from Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter will testify at a House Judiciary Committee hearing on July 17 about social media content moderation practices  —  - Representatives from Facebook, Twitter and Google parent company Alphabet will testify at a House Judiciary Committee hearing …
Discussion: Reuters
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After intense criticism for accepting a role as a transgender man in the move Rub & Tug, Scarlett Johansson withdraws from the role
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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