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5:55 PM ET, July 25, 2018

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Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
Sources: Viacom is in advanced talks with Comcast about acquiring Awesomeness TV, for less than half of its $650M valuation in 2016  —  - Youth-media brand is owned by Comcast, Verizon and Hearst  — Viacom seeking to recapture viewers who fled MTV, Nickelodeon
Politico:
On Tuesday night, Trump tweeted about the FCC's ruling on Sinclair-Tribune merger, saying it was “sad and unfair” that the FCC wouldn't approve it  —  President Donald Trump on Tuesday night bashed an FCC decision that likely doomed conservative broadcast giant Sinclair Broadcast …
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John Hendel / Politico:
FCC's Ajit Pai tells House Energy and Commerce Committee that he stands by decision on Sinclair-Tribune merger  —  FCC Chairman Ajit Pai didn't bend Wednesday to pressure from President Donald Trump, who on Tuesday night slammed as “disgraceful” and “unfair” the FCC decision …
Discussion: @realdonaldtrump and USA Today
CNN:
CNN obtains tape in which Trump can be heard discussing with Michael Cohen about buying rights to story of Playboy model from American Media  —  (CNN)Presidential candidate Donald Trump is heard on tape discussing with his attorney Michael Cohen how they would buy the rights to a Playboy model's story …
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Wall Street Journal:
A look at longstanding ties between Michael Cohen and American Media, including talks amid 2016 campaign and $30K paid in late 2015 to an ex-doorman for Trump  —  Michael Cohen and tabloid publisher traded favors over many years; the Omarosa mediation  —  Michael Cohen and the publisher …
Jon Levine / The Wrap:
CRTV host Allie Beth Stuckey says she will not apologize for satirical video of her “interviewing” Democratic Socialist candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez  —  CRTV host Allie Beth Stuckey said she won't apologize for a satirical video she made of her “interviewing” …
Discussion: Daily Wire, Mediaite and Allie on CRTV
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Adi Robertson / The Verge:
A spliced-together video “interview” of House candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez blurred lines between satire and disinformation, getting 1M+ views on Facebook
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Sources: YouTube removed four videos from Alex Jones' channel for hate speech and child endangerment, but counted the takedowns as one strike toward the channel  —  The video site removed four of Jones' videos on Tuesday  —  Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones' YouTube channel received a strike …
Caleb Ecarma / Mediaite:
Don Trump Jr. tweets an old false smear against ABC News' Martha Raddatz as he criticizes her WaPo column on the importance of media coverage of the military  —  In response to ABC News chief global affairs correspondent Martha Raddatz's Washington Post op-ed on President Donald Trump hurting …
Dawn C. Chmielewski / Deadline:
Herb Scannell, CEO of Latino-focused Mitú, and founder Beatriz Acevedo step down amid layoffs of about a third of the staff  —  Mitú, the digital media company with ambitions to project a Latino point of view across multiple platforms, laid off about one-third of its staff yesterday …
Discussion: Tubefilter and Variety
Julia Ioffe / GQ:
Journalists who attended the Aspen Security Conference last week had strange encounters with an Uber driver, leading to speculation she was a spy  —  Last week, as America's top national security experts convened in Aspen, a strangely inquisitive Uber driver showed up, too.  And caused a minor freak-out.
 
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BuzzFeed News:
Source: Sheryl Sandberg and Jack Dorsey to testify before Senate Intelligence Committee in September; Sundar Pichai has not yet responded to committee's invite
Tim Baysinger / The Wrap:
HBO Programming President Casey Bloys said the network would not dilute its brand in favor of increasing output under new parent company AT&T
Dan Kennedy / WGBH:
Boston Globe owner John Henry has no plans to sell the newspaper, says it now has 94.7K digital subs but “cannot ever seem to meet budgets”
Politico:
Reports: a private equity company has made a bid for Tronc, at $19-$20 a share; deal could be announced within a few weeks and may be close to $1B
John Bowden / The Hill:
Cox Media Group is considering selling 14 local TV stations, appears to be seeking a large corporate buyer
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John Lynch / Business Insider:
Emarketer predicts a 32.8% increase in cordcutting in 2018, bringing the total number of estimated cord-cutters up to 33M
Sahil Patel / Digiday:
Snapchat begins syndicating video shows on Discover; source: the company is more open to running non-exclusive video shows on Snapchat but will remain selective
Discussion: Tubefilter
Colin Lecher / The Verge:
Q&A with Sen. Ron Wyden, who co-wrote Section 230 of Communications Decency Act, on privacy, content moderation, First Amendment, and tech giants like Facebook