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4:25 PM ET, December 13, 2018

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Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
Kentucky's Gov. Matt Bevin lashes out at Louisville Courier Journal for teaming up with ProPublica and criticizes two ProPublica funders, including George Soros  —  Governor Matt Bevin (R- KY) posted a video of him blasting the Louisville Courier-Journal for its announcement of a journalistic partnership with ProPublica.
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ProPublica:
ProPublica names the 14 newsrooms and journalists who will participate in the second year of the Local Reporting Network, including NOLA.com and WNYC
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Facebook says Watch has 75M daily users who spend an average of 20 minutes streaming video and is rolling out Watch globally on desktop and Facebook Lite  —  - Facebook Renews Four Original Series Including ‘Sorry For Your Loss,’ Claims 75 Million Daily ‘Watch’ Viewers
Howard Kurtz / Fox News:
Trump cancels the White House holiday party for the media  —  EXCLUSIVE - President Trump has canceled the White House holiday party for the media, making the decades-old tradition a victim of his increasingly contentious relationship with major news organizations.
Sam Levin / The Guardian:
Some current and former fact-checkers say Facebook has ignored their concerns, they have been used for PR, and they have lost trust in the company  —  Journalists paid to help fix Facebook's fake news problem say they have lost trust in the platform  —  Journalists working as factcheckers …
Ted Johnson / Variety:
FCC begins Congressionally-mandated review of media ownership rules, including a current ban on mergers among top four broadcast networks  —  - National Enquirer Parent Admits to Making Karen McDougal Payments to Help Trump in 2016 Election  —  WASHINGTON — The FCC will review whether …
Light Reading:
AT&T begins to roll out Cheddar to DirecTV, DirecTV Now and U-verse TV  —  Cheddar, the leading post-cable networks company, is beginning rollout across AT&T video platforms DIRECTV, DIRECTV NOW and U-verse TV.  —  “AT&T operates one of the largest and best video platforms in the world …
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Nathaniel Popper / New York Times:
CBS News settles lawsuit with three women who accused Charlie Rose of sexual harassment, but legal proceedings against Rose continue
Washington Post:
The Washington Post announces it has licensed its Arc Publishing platform to Raycom Media, which has relaunched 42 TV and radio stations on the platform  —  Arc to power 42 websites and 39 native apps for Raycom's TV and radio stations  —  The Washington Post's Arc Publishing today announced …
David Folkenflik / NPR:
Sources: Tribune Publishing is paying ex-LAT exec Davan Maharaj $2.5M+ to avert a lawsuit, keeping an anti-Semitic slur by ex-chairman Michael Ferro under wraps  —  Several months after taking control of the troubled Tribune Publishing Co. in 2016, Chicago investor Michael Ferro convened …
Emily Birnbaum / The Hill:
YouTube says it removed 7.8M+ videos between July and September because they broke community guidelines and deleted 1.6M+ channels and 224M+ comments  —  YouTube removed 58 million videos between July and September this year because they broke community guidelines.
Discussion: Vox
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Smithsonian Networks launches Smithsonian Channel Plus in the US, a $5/month streaming service that will incorporate Smithsonian Earth, launched three years ago  —  Smithsonian Networks has expanded its push to reach cord-cutters with the launch of Smithsonian Channel Plus …
 
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Aaron C. Davis / Washington Post:
A US agency expands probe of Radio Martí after an initial apology for a post attacking George Soros; four Martí staffers placed on leave, two contractors fired
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
In Australia, an anachronistic gag order prevents news outlets from naming a Vatican official convicted on molestation charges as he awaits further court action
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Court document shows National Enquirer publisher American Media Inc. took a non-prosecution deal, admitting role in a hush payment to affect the 2016 election