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12:45 PM ET, November 21, 2018


 Top News: 
In a statement, Trump says the US will stand by Saudi Arabia whether or not Crown Prince MbS ordered the murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi  —  President Trump said in a statement today that whether or not Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the murder …
Karen Attiah / Washington Post:
Trump's defense of Mohammed bin Salman puts truth-seekers and journalists who challenge governments in grave danger  —  Last Friday afternoon I went to the Belgian restaurant Brasserie Beck, a few blocks down the street from The Post.  It was the place I had my last lunch with my friend and Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi.
Washington Post:
WaPo Publisher Fred Ryan: Trump statement on Khashoggi killing betrays “long-established American values”, puts personal and commercial ties before US interests  —  Washington Post Publisher and CEO Fred Ryan's response to President Donald Trump's statement regarding the murder of Jamal Khashoggi:
Page Six:
Sources: Comcast will pay Megyn Kelly around $30M to leave NBC, though nothing is final until next week at the earliest  —  Megyn Kelly is close to finalizing a $30 million exit from NBC, sources confirm to Page Six.  —  The embattled anchor, who celebrated her 48th birthday Sunday …
Suzanne Vranica / Wall Street Journal:
Nielsen Holdings names David Kenny as CEO, replacing Mitch Barns, who is retiring; Kenny, an IBM SVP, sold the data assets of Weather Co. to IBM in 2015  —  Ratings and data company is under pressure to sell or spin off assets  —  Nielsen Holdings NLSN -.99% PLC appointed David Kenny …
Shawn Vestal /
Jeff Humphrey, son of NBC News correspondent Don Harris, who was killed at Jonestown 40 years ago, recalls his father's murder  —  —  (509) 459-5431  —  Forty years ago, as he prepared to leave his California home to cover growing concerns about a cult community in Jonestown …
The Daily Beast:
Fox Business Network has been one of Trump's key allies in the press, with sources saying he was involved in its formation as an advisor to Roger Ailes  —  A decade ago, The Donald advised Fox News on launching its business network.  Now the Fox Business Network advises President Trump.
Nathan Layne / Reuters:
A Russian company, Federal Agency of News, has sued to stop Facebook from blocking it following a purge of accounts linked to the Internet Research Agency  —  (Reuters) - A Russian company whose accountant was charged by federal prosecutors for attempting to meddle in U.S. elections sued Facebook Inc …
Eric Freedman / Nieman Lab:
Environmental reporters face heightened risks, in both wealthy and developing countries, as they deal with economic interests, political battles, and crime  —  “In both wealthy and developing countries, journalists covering these issues find themselves in the cross-hairs.
Daniel Funke / Poynter:
Analysis of 14M tweets from May 2016 and March 2017 found bots accounted for 34% of shares of articles from low-credibility sources but were only 6% of accounts  —  Since the 2016 American election, there has been a lot of speculation about the role that bots played in spreading online misinformation.
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Davey Alba / BuzzFeed News:
BuzzFeed says it is ending forced arbitration for sexual harassment claims, but any decision to broaden changes to all kinds of claims is still under review
Ronan Shields / Adweek:
NewsGuard co-CEO Steve Brill announces BrandGuard, a news filtering service that uses journalists to rate and review news and information sites for credibility
Natalie Jarvey / Hollywood Reporter:
Oren Katzeff, most recently head of programming at digital media startup Tastemade, is succeeding Dawn Ostroff as president of Condé Nast Entertainment
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Jaclyn Peiser / New York Times:
Condé Nast has announced that it's ceasing Glamour's print edition, despite its subscriber base of 2.2M remaining stable over last three years
David Faber / CNBC:
Sources: Amazon is bidding for the 22 regional sports TV networks that Disney acquired from 21st Century Fox
Tim Peterson / Digiday:
Quartz AI Studio receives $249,000 grant from the Knight Foundation to create articles using AI, expects to work on six stories in 2019