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6:57 PM ET, October 30, 2018


 Top News: 
Sam Biddle / The Intercept:
The Axios coverage of Trump's plan to get rid of US birthright citizenship was a perverse, obsequious mix of bleak news and promotion of an Axios series on HBO  —  You wouldn't trust a music critic who's buddies with the band, nor should you trust a tech reporter who hoots and hollers whenever Tim Cook takes the stage.
VICE News:
Reporters tried to buy fake Facebook ads on behalf of all 100 US senators and Facebook approved all of them, following other high profile fake ad approvals  —  One of Facebook's major efforts to add transparency to political advertisements is a required “Paid for by” disclosure at the top …
The Daily Beast:
Sources: Fox News' ruthless PR team, led by Irena Briganti, tried to plant negative stories about Megyn Kelly right up until her exit from NBC  —  For 18 turbulent months at NBC, when Megyn Kelly stumbled, her former employer was lurking in the shadows.  —  For 18 turbulent months at NBC …
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Source: exit talks between NBC News and Megyn Kelly have hit a snag, over non-disclosure and non-compete stipulations
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
As Google rolls out a news feed under the search box on its mobile homepage, questions remain about the effects it could have on society  —  This is exhausting; I'm exhausted  —  I woke up this morning to two pieces of news that I couldn't help but see as two sides of the same coin …
David Bauder / Associated Press:
Journalists working the local news beat in the US say they're regularly being verbally abused or physically assaulted, driven by attacks from Trump  —  NEW YORK (AP) — The hostility she's felt from the public recently wasn't necessarily the last straw in television news photographer Lori …
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Subscription-based sports site The Athletic has raised $40M Series C led by Founders Fund and Bedrock Capital, sources say at a $200M valuation  —  The Athletic, a subscription-based digital sports media company, raised $40 million in a series C funding round.
Acclaimed filmmaker Ava DuVernay is making a documentary on Prince for Netflix and has been granted access to the singer's archives and unreleased material  —  EXCLUSIVE: Ava DuVernay directed the film that opened the Smithsonian's National Museum of African-American History and Culture in Washington …
Pew Research Center:
Pew: adults under 30 in eight Western European countries less likely to trust news media than adults 50 and up, twice as likely to get news online than from TV  —  Across eight Western European countries, adults ages 18 to 29 are about twice as likely to get news online than from TV.
Discussion: Nieman Lab
Joel Mathis / The Week:
Journalists of color, who predicted Trump's rise and the forces behind it long before their white peers did, are needed in our newsrooms  —  Jamelle Bouie tried to tell us.  So did Nikole Hannah-Jones.  Jelani Cobb spoke up, as did Vann Newkirk II, Adam Serwer, and Jenée Desmond-Harris.
Brian Stelter / CNN:
Suspicious package sent to CNN looks similar to pipe bombs mailed last week; Jeff Zucker says the network's mail is now being screened at an off-site facility  —  (CNN)For the third time in a week, a suspicious package has been addressed to CNN.  This time, on Monday morning …
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 Earlier Picks: 
Taylor Lorenz / The Atlantic:
Twitter should kill the retweet if it wants to foster healthy conversation, instead of the Like, as RTs are what really reward and drive outlandish comments
Kevin Roose / New York Times:
How Gab, the social network where the Pittsburgh shooting suspect aired his hatred in full, became a platform of choice for neo-Nazis and other extremists
John Wagner / Washington Post:
Despite calls to tone down his rhetoric, Trump renewed his attack on the press on Monday, calling them “the true enemy of the people”