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4:40 PM ET, August 13, 2018


 Top News: 
Joshua Benton / Nieman Lab:
Report: Facebook exec Campbell Brown told Australian media execs Mark Zuckerberg doesn't care about publishers, implied papers would die “in hospice” without FB  —  The Australian — the Murdoch-owned national paper — has an interesting (and aggressively paywalled) …
Tanya Dua / Business Insider:
Vimeo has joined YouTube and others in removing InfoWars from its platform; sources say removal came after employee dissatisfaction that it hadn't been banned  —  - Vimeo is the latest platform to removed InfoWars' account from its platform, following Facebook and YouTube.
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Social media pressure is here to stay as a tactic against advertisers and platforms that support shows like Infowars, because it works, as Sleeping Giants shows
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Dealing with the likes of Infowars on internet platforms is not a binary choice to keep or ban them; many other options exist, and they should all be explored
Jackie Wattles / CNNMoney:
NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio says Trump would not have won election if it was not for Murdoch-run businesses like Fox News and The New York Post  —  Bill de Blasio speaks out against Murdoch  —  New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio thinks America would be better off if Rupert Murdoch left the news business.
New York Post:
New York Post reporter Kevin Sheehan was physically manhandled by a member of Bill De Blasio's NYPD security detail after asking the mayor a question on Sunday  —  Mayor Bill de Blasio is a such a big believer in the free press that he let two bodyguards physically remove a credentialed Post reporter …
Discussion: Observer, Politico and The Daily Caller
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Netflix says its CFO David Wells, who led the service's international expansion to 190 countries, is leaving the company after 14 years  —  Exec says he plans to focus on philanthropy after exiting streaming-video company  —  David Wells, a 14-year veteran of Netflix who has guided …
Spencer Ackerman / The Daily Beast:
A look at the clash between journalist Barrett Brown and WikiLeaks' Julian Assange which has led to a split in whistleblowers advocacy group Courage  —  A botched power play by Julian Assange has led to a split within a key organization supporting whistleblowers and leaves the WikiLeaks founder …
Naomi Colvin:
Courage Foundation director Naomi Colvin resigns after trustees try to remove Barrett Brown as a beneficiary over his “adversarial” remarks about WikiLeaks
Washington Post:
Sources: when Trump expressed worries that Bill Shine could be at risk because of investigation into Ailes conduct, Rupert Murdoch rang Trump to reassure him  —  The revolving door between Fox News and Republican political figures has turned steadily for years, with failed GOP candidates finding a home at the network.
Emilia Petrarca / The Cut:
The New York Post's front and back pages on Monday had an ad from skate brand Supreme instead of the usual news and headlines  —  As part of Supreme's fall 2018 drop, which was revealed today and hits stores August 16, the New York skate brand collaborated with the New York Post on a special-edition promotional cover.
Discussion: MediaPost, Adweek and Ad Age
Kaitor Kay / WANE-TV:
Fort Wayne newspaper News-Sentinel lays 7 of its 8 remaining staff off, almost a year after going digital  —  FORT WAYNE - Almost a year after the News Sentinel announced it would halt newspaper production for an all-digital product, the paper is laying off almost all of its staff.
Julian Borger / The Guardian:
Outgoing UN human rights commissioner Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein says Trump's anti-press rhetoric is “very close to incitement to violence”  —  Exclusive: Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein, who steps down this month, says US president's rhetoric echoes that of the worst eras of the 20th century
Discussion: New York Post, Politico and Contemptor
Maureen Ryan / Hollywood Reporter:
HBO says 57% of its show directors are women or men of color or white women, up from 23% in 2014-2015 season; six of 11 of 2018 pilots were directed by women  —  HBO programming president Casey Bloys talks with THR about his network's “Because of Her” campaign, which highlights female talent …
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Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
Former Gateway Pundit White House correspondent Lucian Wintrich has exited the blog after appearing on a white nationalist's podcast
Chris Roush / Talking Biz News:
The Verge promotes Science Editor Liz Lopatto to Deputy Editor, is tasked with growing the site's transportation vertical
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Tencent's e-publishing spin-off China Literature buys Chinese production company New Media Classics for $2.2B-$2.3B
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Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
Analysis of 16K stories from news outlets in 100 communities with 20K-300K residents finds only 17% of stories were local, or about news in the communities