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9:20 PM ET, January 2, 2019

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Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Departed White House staffers, including John Kelly and Rex Tillerson, validate stories about the Trump administration, despite Trump's claims of “fake news”  —  The Trump White House isn't big on sharing information or answering questions asked on behalf of the public.
Howard Kurtz / Fox News:
In her new book “Merchants of Truth”, former NYT Executive Editor Jill Abramson says the paper has become “unmistakably anti-Trump” under Dean Baquet  —  President Trump appears content to ride out partial government shutdown stalemate over border security funding
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Meg James / Los Angeles Times:
A carriage dispute forces 33 Tribune Media stations off the air, affecting about 6M Charter cable customers, including 1.5M around Los Angeles  —  Nearly three dozen Tribune Media television stations, including KTLA Channel 5 in Los Angeles, went dark Wednesday afternoon …
Radio & Television Business Report:
Gray TV completes acquisition of Raycom Media and now holds stations in 91 US markets; nine stations and Raycom's community newspaper unit, CNHI, were spun off  —  For the last time, we present to you the Raycom Media logo.  That's because Raycom no longer exists — it has been officially swallowed …
Jenna Amatulli / HuffPost:
Netflix has removed an episode of “Patriot Act With Hasan Minhaj” in Saudi Arabia after the country complained about MBS criticism over Khashoggi murder in show  —  In an episode of “Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj,” the host criticizes Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and the Yemen war.
Sara Salinas / CNBC:
Netflix confirms it has hired Spencer Neumann as new CFO; source says Activision Blizzard fired Neumann because he was pursuing another job  —  - Netflix has hired Spencer Neumann as chief financial officer.  He was the former CFO at Activision Blizzard.  — Activision Blizzard fired Neuman …
Emma Best / Muckrock News:
In 1976, FBI investigated The Village Voice and Reporter's Committee for Freedom of the Press for espionage after magazine published a secret report on the CIA  —  WikiLeaks wasn't the first organization investigated for espionage over publishing classified information
Discussion: @aaschapiro
Nu Yang / Editor & Publisher:
News executives from Tampa Bay Times CEO Paul Tash to San Diego Union-Tribune EIC Jeff Light discuss challenges, priorities, opportunities, and goals for 2019  —  When Dictionary.com announced its 2018 Word of the Year was misinformation, I'm sure many of us in the news industry were not surprised.
Drew Harwell / Washington Post:
How deepfakes, AI-generated videos that graft a person's face onto another's body, have been weaponized to harass and humiliate their subjects, mostly women  —  ‘Deepfake’ creators are making disturbingly realistic, computer-generated videos with photos taken from the Web, and ordinary women are suffering the damage
Discussion: IndieWire, Engadget and Newser
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Roku Channel adds premium subscriptions, with networks including Showtime, Starz, and Epix available on Roku devices and apps, Samsung smart TVs, and more  —  Pay for everything on one bill with your Roku account  —  The Roku Channel, which offers free-to-watch, ad-supported movies …
 
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Books, movies, and songs published in 1923 have become free to use as copyrights expired January 1, the first significant US Public Domain Day in 20 years