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4:00 PM ET, October 11, 2018


 Top News: 
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Washington Post fact-checks Trump's USA Today opinion piece on Medicare-For-All, finds most sentences contain a “misleading statement or falsehood”  —  President Trump wrote an opinion article for USA Today on Oct. 10 regarding proposals to expand Medicare to all Americans …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Social media accounts of major news organizations continue to broadcast Trump's falsehoods without clearly informing readers that they are misleading  —  At a rally on Wednesday night, President Trump accused Hillary Clinton of conspiring with Russia to try to swing the 2016 election.
Sara Boboltz / HuffPost:
USA Today editorial page editor Bill Sternberg says Trump's healthcare op-ed was fact-checked and Trump was given wide leeway to express his opinion
Mark Sweney / The Guardian:
Johnston Press, which owns almost 200 regional newspapers and has spent 18 months trying to refinance its £220M debt, has put itself up for sale  —  Struggling publisher seeks offers after lengthy refinancing talks with bondholders  —  Johnston Press, which has titles include the i newspaper …
Betsy Woodruff / The Daily Beast:
Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi was working on launching a nonprofit, pro-democracy advocacy organization when he disappeared  —  Khashoggi, who may have been murdered and cut into pieces in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, incorporated Democracy for the Arab World Now (DAWN) in January.
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
After Khashoggi's disappearance, LA Times owner Patrick Soon-Shiong and NYT have withdrawn from Saudi Arabia's investment conference; others are weighing issue  —  The headline on a recent story in The Post confirms the enormity of the ongoing international crisis for Saudi Arabia …
Jason Schwartz / Politico:
Press freedom advocates are worried about Trump's weak statements on the Khashoggi case, which they feel will endanger journalists working overseas
Benjamin Mullin / Wall Street Journal:
Civil Media has had difficulty raising money with a weak demand for its blockchain tokens and lack of major news partners  —  Startup is falling short of its funding goal, as major news organizations pass on partnerships and one of its co-founders criticizes company
Washington Post:
Facebook says it is removing over 800 US publishers and accounts, some with 100,000+ followers, for spamming users with political content  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook said on Thursday it has purged more than 800 U.S publishers and accounts for flooding users with politically-oriented content …
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Manhattan prosecutors charge IBT and Christian Media with defrauding lenders of ~$10M to keep Newsweek afloat  —  Prosecutors say $10 million scheme provided funds to help keep company afloat  —  Newsweek's former parent company has been charged by Manhattan prosecutors with carrying …
New York Magazine:
New York Mag relaunches Intelligencer, bringing together the Daily Intelligencer and Select All brands with expanded coverage and 2038, a limited-run podcast  —  Welcome to the new Intelligencer.  We're adding a lot of things to the site today, and we'll get to those in a minute …
Irish Examiner:
FOIA figures show that since the revelation of a 9.3% median gender pay gap at the BBC, 316 BBC staff have been given raises and the pay gap has fallen to 7.6%  —  More than 300 BBC staff - including some men - have received a salary boost after questioning their pay in the last 14 months, according to new figures.
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Nate Rau / The Tennessean:
Trump signs the Music Modernization Act that makes it easier for rights holders to get paid when their music is streamed online
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:
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Joe Pompeo / Vanity Fair:
At the New Establishment Summit, NYT publisher A.G. Sulzberger says, “the time will come when this is a digital-only news organization”
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Saad Sayeed / Reuters:
Pakistani journalists describe continuing intimidation and army pressure after the media crackdown that began in the run-up to July elections
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Dawn C. Chmielewski / Deadline:
Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman say their new mobile video startup is called Quibi; Guillermo del Toro and Jason Blum are both creating shows for it
Brian Stelter / CNN:
HBO's parent division WarnerMedia, owned by AT&T, says it plans to launch a streaming service in Q4 2019
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
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