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5:55 PM ET, November 28, 2018


 Top News: 
New York Times:
Text messages show how former CBS CEO Les Moonves tried to bury an old sex assault claim amid a probe that could decide whether he collects a $120M exit package  —  A trove of text messages details a plan by Mr. Moonves and a faded Hollywood manager to bury a sexual assault allegation.
Ronan Farrow / New Yorker:
Six women who had business dealings with Les Moonves in the 1980s to late 2000s say he sexually harassed or intimidated them; others detail a toxic CBS culture  —  Six women accuse the C.E.O. of harassment and intimidation, and dozens more describe abuse at his company.
Discussion: @newyorker
Matthew Singer / Willamette Week:
Thrillist article on Portland restaurant Stanich's, which launched a debate about food criticism, left out important context about the owner's legal troubles  —  The personal life of the owner had been spiraling into chaos long before his restaurant landed on the national radar.
Ben Strauss / Washington Post:
Voice of America:
Paul Manafort and WikiLeaks both deny that Manafort met with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange; Manafort threatens legal action against The Guardian  —  Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort is denying a Guardian newspaper report that he met with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange three times …
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange threatens The Guardian with legal action over “fabricated” story alleging he met Paul Manafort three times
Discussion: CNN, The Daily Caller and Vanity Fair
The Guardian:
Sources: Paul Manafort had multiple meetings with WikiLeaks, including one meeting in 2016, just months before WikiLeaks released DNC dossier
Amanda Bennett / Washington Post:
Trump recently suggested the US needs a state-controlled “Worldwide Network” as he again criticized media; it already exists as the independent Voice of America  —  “Something has to be done,” President Trump tweeted Monday.  —  Frustrated by CNN, with which he has an ongoing beef …
Tim Molloy / The Wrap:
NPR fires film critic David Edelstein after he made a joke which alluded to a rape scene in Bernardo Bertolucci's"Last Tango in Paris"  —  NPR has fired film critic David Edelstein because of a joke he made after Bernardo Bertolucci's death that alluded to a much-discussed rape scene in the director's film “Last Tango in Paris.”
Craig Silverman / BuzzFeed News:
The DOJ indicts eight men on charges related to a global ad fraud scheme discovered with the help of about 15 tech companies, including Google and White Ops  —  In August 2017, the FBI organized a secret meeting of digital advertising and cybersecurity experts in a secure room in a Manhattan federal building.
Amanda Meade / The Guardian:
Philanthropist Judith Neilson says she is funding a AU$100M institute, The Judith Neilson Institute for Journalism & Ideas, in Sydney  —  Neilson wants to 'support evidence-based journalism and the pursuit of truth in an increasingly complicated world'  —  Billionaire philanthropist …
Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
New York-based weekly magazine City & State is launching a daily newsletter covering the intersection of tech and government regulation on January 6  —  The political storm over Amazon's pending arrival with HQ2 in Long Island City has seemingly inspired one publishing entrepreneur …
Discussion: Talking Biz News
Media Matters for America:
Sinclair is forcing its ~100 news stations to air a segment featuring Boris Epshteyn defending the tear-gassing of migrants at the border, including children  —  The Trump administration has again unleashed particular cruelty and violence on Central American immigrants …
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 More News: 
Elsa Keslassy / Variety:
Report: five more women have accused Luc Besson, founder of French film company EuropaCorp, of sexual misconduct
Discussion: Vanity Fair
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
Whitney Houston's ex-husband is suing Showtime Networks, the BBC, and the producers of a documentary about the singer for $2M over footage used
Neil Shah / Wall Street Journal:
Q&A: Universal Music Executive VP Michele Anthony on becoming an artist lawyer, the problems faced by women in music, and the future of streaming
Christine Schmidt / Nieman Lab:
A look at how ABC News is investing in local news, from the launch of a new initiative called Localish to hiring reporters based in the community
 Earlier Picks: 
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Starting next year, YouTube says its original content will be free and supported by ads, instead of being behind a premium paywall
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Disney is moving all of its brands to Google Ad Manager and will drop Comcast's FreeWheel from use by ESPN and ABC Television Group; deal does not include Hulu
Kara Swisher / Recode:
The Emerson Collective, the social impact firm run by Laurene Powell Jobs, buys Pop-Up Magazine Productions, which also publishes California Sunday Magazine
Mark Di Stefano / BuzzFeed:
Facebook says alleged “entities” pulling billions of Facebook data points per day in 2014 were legitimate API calls from Pinterest with no connection to Russia
Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg / Wall Street Journal:
Condé Nast's Chief Executive Bob Sauerberg is stepping down, with the company to combine its US and international operations under a new global CEO
Maxwell Tani / The Daily Beast:
Fox & Friends let former EPA chief Scott Pruitt choose topics he would discuss on the show, sent questions in advance, and gave his team approval over script