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4:30 AM ET, August 2, 2018

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Elizabeth Williamson / New York Times:
The family of Sandy Hook victim Noah Pozner say they are unable to visit his grave due to harassment from InfoWars fans  —  AUSTIN, Tex. — In the five years since Noah Pozner was killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., death threats and online harassment have forced his parents …
Jon Herskovitz / Reuters:
Lawyers for Alex Jones due to ask Texas court to dismiss defamation lawsuit against him from Sandy Hook families on free speech grounds
Discussion: The FADER and Mediaite
Tara Bitran / Variety:
USC School of Cinematic Arts suspends Les Moonves from its board of councilors and says it will discuss further action in October  —  In light of the recent allegations against Leslie Moonves, the USC School of Cinematic Arts has released a statement announcing its decision to suspend the CBS CEO from their Board of Councilors.
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Joanna Tan / CNBC:
CBS says it is hiring two law firms to investigate allegations in the media against Leslie Moonves, CBS News, and cultural issues at all levels of the company  —  - CBS board of directors said it had approved the hiring of two law firms to “conduct a full investigation of the allegations …
Itay Hod / The Wrap:
Les Moonves and wife Julie Chen ask USC Annenberg to temporarily drop their names from center named after them, pending CBS investigation
Discussion: New York Times and Deadline
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
The emergence of the gun-loving QAnon conspiracy theorists at a Trump rally is dangerous; Trump should stop the anti-media rhetoric at these rallies  —  Hostility toward the media at Donald Trump's rallies is nothing new.  It infected the presidential campaign and has marred every raucous gathering of supporters since the election.
Washington Post:
Activists accuse Facebook of suppressing free speech when it removed an event listing it said was part of a disinformation campaign with possible ties to Russia  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Left-leaning political activists accused Facebook of suppressing free speech when the social media giant removed …
New York Times:
Sources: Condé Nast plans to put Brides, Golf Digest, and W up for sale after losing $120M in 2017 due to a sharp decline in ad revenue from print  —  Anna Wintour is staying, but the once-plush company behind Vogue and The New Yorker lost $120 million last year.
Nick Statt / The Verge:
Apple's plans to cut apps out of its affiliate program may shut down independent iOS news sites like TouchArcade and AppShopper  —  Sites like TouchArcade and AppShopper may take big hits  —  Today, Apple announced that it plans to remove apps and in-app purchases from its iTunes Affiliate Program by October 1st.
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Ryan Gallagher / The Intercept:
Sources and leaked docs: Google is planning to launch a censored version of its search engine in China that will blacklist websites and filter search results
Justin Kroll / Variety:
Source: Nicole Kidman is in talks to play Gretchen Carlson in upcoming movie about disgraced ex-Fox News Chief Roger Ailes  —  Nicole Kidman is in talks to play former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson in “Fair and Balanced,” Annapurna's upcoming movie about disgraced Fox News Chief Roger Ailes.
Stephen Battaglio / Los Angeles Times:
CNN will broadcast the final series of Anthony Bourdain's “Parts Unknown” in the fall  —  Nearly eight weeks have passed since CNN broke the news on the morning of June 8 that Anthony Bourdain committed suicide in France while filming his hit series “Parts Unknown.”
The New York Times Company:
Journalist and The Verge writer Sarah Jeong will be joining The New York Times Editorial Board as lead writer on technology from September  —  Sarah Jeong is joining The New York Times editorial board.  Read more in this note from James Bennet, Katie Kingsbury and Jim Dao:
 
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Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
TVEyes will ask the Supreme Court to review a case it lost against Fox News in a decision that favored copyright over fair use in sharing of TV clips
Discussion: @eriqgardner
Howard Polskin / MediaPost:
An analysis of right-wing news sites shows Breitbart is still the second most popular conservative site, despite falling traffic, but InfoWars may be struggling
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