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2:20 PM ET, November 5, 2018

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Gerry Smith / Bloomberg:
Fox News Joins NBC in Pulling Trump-Backed Anti-Migrant Ad  — CNN refused to run the commercial, saying it was racist  — NBC faced backlash, including outrage from Hollywood notables  —  Fox News joined NBC in pulling a controversial TV commercial about the migrant caravan …
New York Times:
NBC aired an anti-immigration ad, approved by Trump, which CNN had refused to broadcast because it was racist, before deciding to remove it  —  NBC, Fox News and Facebook have pulled a controversial Trump campaign advertisement that CNN had previously refused to run after deeming it “racist.”
Ashley Carman / The Verge:
Oath CEO Guru Gowrappan says the company will be rebranded as the Verizon Media Group, starting in 2019  —  We roasted Verizon last year when it brought it merged its AOL and Yahoo purchases into a new group called Oath.  Today, the company's CEO Guru Gowrappan announced that Oath is no more …
Jelani Cobb / Columbia Journalism Review:
79% of people working in the media industry are white, meaning the US press frequently misses big stories, like the rise of Trump  —  Five years ago, I came across an article in The New York Times about a spate of robberies in the Bronx.  It was the kind of story that has been a staple …
The New York Times Company:
NYMag columnist Cristian Farias joins NYT Editorial Board as interim member while Jesse Wegman is on book leave, Alex Kingsbury joins as senior editor  —  Cristian Farias, who has been a columnist at New York magazine, will help fill Jesse Wegman's role while he's on book leave …
Splinter:
Splinter to revamp its comment section, unfollowing all commenters to get rid of trolls, and devote more time to curating and moderating comments  —  The Purge: Splinter Edition is upon us: Starting today, Splinter will be unfollowing every single commenter on the site.  It's a new era!
Richard Sandomir / New York Times:
Longtime Sports Illustrated football writer Paul Zimmerman, known as Dr. Z, dies at 86  —  Paul Zimmerman, a pro football writer whose deep understanding of the game informed his work at Sports Illustrated and influenced the way other reporters covered the sport, died on Thursday in Noblesville, Ind. Also known as Dr. Z, he was 86.
The Guardian:
Guardian US journalists respond to a Guardian editorial, say it advanced transphobic views, including gender assertions being used to eliminate trans rights  —  A recent editorial on the Gender Recognition Act in the UK was met with dismay by Guardian US journalists who believe …
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Jon Levine / The Wrap:
The Washington Examiner says its Twitter feed was hacked this morning, after tweets disparaging Trump and the publication appeared  —  The Washington Examiner says they were the victim of a hacking Monday morning, after a tweet was issued from their official account saying their paper was “garbage.”
Discussion: Mediaite, @levinejonathan and Gizmodo
Freddy Mayhew / Press Gazette:
The Guardian has received donations from 1M+ readers since March 2016, with two-thirds coming from outside the UK  —  The Guardian has received “financial support” from more than 1m readers since March 2016, editor Kath Viner has revealed, but she insists the newspaper is “not a charity”.
 
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