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8:45 PM ET, December 8, 2018

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Paul Waldman / Washington Post:
Now that Trump has picked former Fox host Heather Nauert as UN ambassador, a fresh look at how Fox and the White House merged, fulfilling Roger Ailes' vision  —  President Trump confirmed this morning that State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert, someone with only brief government service …
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Eric Hananoki / Media Matters for America:
Fox News host Pete Hegseth was paid about $10K by MI Republicans to speak at an event with a US Senate candidate, who Hegseth later repeatedly interviewed on TV  —  Fox News host Pete Hegseth was paid roughly $10,000 by Republicans in Michigan to speak at a fundraising event with then-Senate candidate John James.
Discussion: Washington Post
New York Times:
A draft report for CBS board says separation between 60 Minutes and CBS News permitted misconduct by some employees and that Jeff Fager's firing was justified  —  For decades, “60 Minutes” has reigned at the top of television news, bringing in hundreds of journalistic awards …
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Dawn C. Chmielewski / Deadline:   In a message to staff, CBS interim CEO Joe Ianniello says investigation is ending soon and expresses frustration about leaks to media about it
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Sources: Apple acquired Platoon, a UK-based startup that uses analytics to source talent like musicians and writers to produce, distribute, and sell their work  —  Spotify has made some significant moves to bypass record labels and work directly with artists, and there are signs that Apple …
Nicole Chavez / CNN:
NYPD gives the all-clear after investigating a bomb threat near CNN's NYC offices in the Time Warner Center, which were evacuated after a phoned bomb threat  —  (CNN)CNN's New York offices and studios have been evacuated due to a phoned bomb threat, the company said.
The Guardian:
A look at China's growing global media influence: international arm of state TV in UK, a 20% stake in South Africa's media group, apparent control of SCMP, more  —  As they sifted through resumes, the team recruiting for the new London hub of China's state-run broadcaster had an enviable problem: far, far too many candidates.
Libby Watson / Splinter:
A critique of access journalism, after one journalist defended the bargaining that gives connected journalists access to power in exchange for softer coverage  —  In the Atlantic today, Elaina Plott published what she described as a piece about “why it's so annoying when people sneer …
Alexandria Neason / Columbia Journalism Review:
A look at how access control by USA Gymnastics, gold medals, and the desire to protect the sport's image led journalists covering gymnastics to overlook abuse  —  In 2015, at a press conference during the World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Glasgow, Scotland, Jessica O'Beirne asked a question.
Elizabeth Anne Watkins / Columbia Journalism Review:
An overview of ad tech and its use by publishers, how it mines reader data, its effect on reader experience and perception of journalism  —  EXECUTIVE SUMMARY  —  Advertising technology has built a massive technical infrastructure.  The technology and motivations of advertising undergird the economy of the internet.
Eli Rosenberg / Washington Post:
How the shoe-leather reporting by a North Carolina journalist and the analysis of a professor helped broaden the coverage of 9th district election fraud  —  The announcement was made on a Tuesday, and it made just a ripple at the time.  —  The North Carolina board of elections voted unanimously …
 
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Chris Roush / Talking Biz News:
Financial news and information company TheStreet is selling The Deal and BoardEx for $87.3M to Euromoney; its CEO David Callaway will leave once the deal closes
Discussion: New York Post and TheStreet
Sahil Patel / Digiday:
Sources: Quibi is looking to strike third-party distribution deals with telcos to gain subscriptions, aiming for them to account for 60-70% of revenue
Discussion: MediaPost
Damien Wilde / 9to5Google:
Video sharing app Byte, developed by the creators of Vine, opens creator registrations and plans a spring 2019 launch
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Lucinda Southern / Digiday:
Studio71, known for its YouTube talent management and video production, plans to launch 10 podcasts next year in the UK in an effort to diversify its slate
Steven Perlberg / BuzzFeed News:
Sources: Bloomberg reporters express concern after Michael Bloomberg said his company might not cover politics if he ran for president
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
Google launches a personalized audio news feed on Google Assistant using Google News in the US and releases specs for publishers for single-topic audio stories