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1:30 AM ET, November 29, 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
Peter Kafka / Recode:
Sources: is in talks to sell at least part of the company to Bustle, after Facebook ended a deal that could have earned Mic around $5M over 12 months  —  Sale talks started after Facebook ended a video deal with Mic.  —, a digital publisher with a millennial focus …
Ben Strauss / Washington Post:
Leon Neyfakh, a Slate reporter and host of the Slow Burn podcast, says he's leaving to launch a podcast on past political scandals in the first half of 2019  —  SLATE reporter and “SLOW BURN” podcast host LEON NEYFAKH announced via TWITTER this morning that he is leaving SLATE and the podcast to launch a new podcast.
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.
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 …
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange threatens The Guardian with legal action over “fabricated” story alleging he met Paul Manafort three times  —  Wikileaks publisher Julian Assange is threatening legal action over a Guardian story claiming he met former Donald Trump campaign chairman …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
The Guardian:
Sources: Paul Manafort had multiple meetings with WikiLeaks, including one meeting in 2016, just months before WikiLeaks released DNC dossier
Voice of America:
Paul Manafort and WikiLeaks both deny that Manafort met with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange; Manafort threatens legal action against The Guardian
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook is launching its “Today In” local news digest in 400 US cities, after beginning testing it in January  —  Facebook has a new area of its app it will have to police for fake news and biased sensationalism.  Facebook is launching “Today In”, its local news aggregator …
Brett Samuels / The Hill:
The White House press pool was left behind without explanation after the National Christmas Tree lighting as Trump returned to the White House  —  President Trump on Wednesday departed the National Christmas Tree lighting event without White House staff notifying a pool of reporters assigned …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Dish's Sling TV has added nine Discovery networks, but the streaming service still lacks Univision and HBO due to contract disputes  —  Sling TV, Dish Network's internet TV service, has added nine Discovery networks on its national and Spanish-language services, along with several thousand VOD titles.
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
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  —  Misappropriation of publicity rights is alleged in the $2 million complaint as well as breach of an agreement not to use footage from the Bravo reality series, “Being Bobby Brown”
Discussion: TV Tattle
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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
Azam Ahmed / New York Times:
Friends of slain journalist Javier Valdez say there was an attempt to hack their phones the day after his murder
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
 Earlier Picks: 
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
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
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
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
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