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10:55 AM ET, July 16, 2018

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Charlie Warzel / BuzzFeed:
With “Who Is America?”, Sacha Baron Cohen pits bad faith against bad faith political actors of the Trump era that traditional outlets have struggled to cover  —  Sacha Baron Cohen — a consummate troll himself — is a perfect foil to the current political climate of grift and trolling.
Cindy Chang / Los Angeles Times:
Judge orders LA Times to remove details from a story about a sealed plea agreement made public by mistake on PACER; LAT does so but plans to contest order  —  A federal judge on Saturday ordered the Los Angeles Times to remove information from an article that described a plea agreement between prosecutors …
Christine Emba / Washington Post:
The removal of Daniella Greenbaum's article from Business Insider doesn't mean mobs are threatening free speech; cultural sensitivity is just common courtesy  —  Which beleaguered free-speech champion is being silenced today?  —  As it happens, it's writer Daniella Greenbaum, a former columnist for the website Business Insider.
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Daniella Greenbaum / Washington Post:
As the policing of speech, largely by mobs on social media, becomes normalized, the would-be targets of censorship must reject the notion of “acceptable” views
Pew Research Center:
Retransmission revenues for US local TV stations grew to $9B in 2017 from $8B in 2016, but the audience for local TV news dropped 15% YoY  —  MORE FACT SHEETS: STATE OF THE NEWS MEDIA  —  While television remains the most common place for Americans to get their news, with local TV outpacing cable …
Discussion: Pew Research Center
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Lucia Moses / Digiday:
The Washington Post is launching a channel on Amazon-owned livestreaming site Twitch, broadcasting two shows initially  —  The Washington Post is looking to Twitch's livestreaming gamers of all places to reach new video audiences, with a new channel starting this week.  —  The channel will kick off with two shows.
Discussion: MediaPost
Carole Cadwalladr / The Guardian:
Profile of UK Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham, who gave Facebook a £500K fine over Cambridge Analytica and is investigating data misuse during Brexit  —  With the publication of an interim report on her investigation into the Brexit referendum, the information commissioner …
Sahil Patel / Digiday:
USA Today Network's feel-good video series HumanKind, AnimalKind, MilitaryKind on Facebook Watch have 9M+ followers and generated 140M views in May and June  —  USA Today Network has found that people still love to watch feel-good videos on Facebook — and they're helping the publisher make some money on the platform.
Discussion: Variety
Jonathan Stempel / Reuters:
Hearst Inc reached a $50M settlement of a lawsuit claiming it violated Michigan privacy law by selling its magazine subscribers' personal info  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Hearst Communications Inc on Thursday reached a $50 million settlement of a lawsuit claiming it violated Michigan privacy law …
Discussion: @travelfish
Marlee Baldridge / Nieman Lab:
How a small Alabama paper grew its digital ad revenue in 2017 from $56k to $104k with mobile video reporting and by filming sports on Facebook Live  —  A bet on live video, a busy news year, and maximizing staff talents let the Alexander City Outlook increase its digital ad revenue 80 percent in a year's time.
Discussion: @liziarbogast and Nieman Lab
Joe Pompeo / Vanity Fair:
Sources: HBO employees were not alarmed by AT&T CEO John Stankey's comments, with many agreeing that the network needs to scale  —  Within HBO, many view the reaction to new overlord John Stankey's occasionally ham-fisted comments as overblown.  “They need this to work,” says one producer …
Sam Forsdick / Press Gazette:
Finland's largest daily newspaper erected ~300 billboards along Trump and Putin's route to Helsinki summit highlighting importance of free press  —  Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin were greeted with almost 300 billboards and posters that bring attention to their “turbulent relations with the press” …
Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg / Wall Street Journal:
Investment firm KKR buys RBmedia, a major producer of audiobooks and spoken content; deal expected to close by early fall, terms not disclosed  —  Investment firm estimates consumers will spend $900 million on audiobooks in 2018  —  Investment firm KKR KKR -0.26% has agreed to acquire RBmedia …
 
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Judd Slivka / Nieman Lab:
A proposed law would make it a civil offense to fly drones over private property below 200 feet without permission, even if newsworthy events are occurring
Morgan Gstalter / The Hill:
White House cancels CNN interview with National Security Advisor John Bolton after interaction between Trump and CNN's Jim Acosta at UK press conference
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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
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