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10:20 AM ET, February 5, 2019


 Top News: 
15 influencers, including Jonah Peretti, Ro Khanna, Brooke Binkowski, Malcolm Gladwell, Mark Warner, and Kara Swisher, weigh in on Facebook on its 15th birthday  —  15 influencers weigh in on the company's 15th birthday.  —  When Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg returned to Harvard in 2017 …
Alex Thompson / Politico:
Montana Democrats introduce a “Protect The Free Press Act”, which would increase fine for assaulting a journalist from $500 to $5000, with up to a year in jail  —  HELENA, Mont. — Democrats in the Montana state legislature put forward a bill Monday that would increase the penalty …
Discussion: @mtdems
Kevin Draper / New York Times:
CBS says 98.2M people watched the Super Bowl, the smallest television audience for the event since 2008, while 2.6M viewed via streaming  —  It was the lowest scoring Super Bowl ever, a universally agreed upon snoozefest.  The halftime show was forgettable.  The commercials were tame.
Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
Viacom's Q1 revenue rose 1% to $3.09B, falling below analysts' expectations, with ad revenue at its media networks dropping 6% YoY  —  Revenue for the company, led by CEO Bob Bakish, fell short of Wall Street expectations as advertising revenue dropped, but affiliate revenue increased.
Nicole LaPorte / Fast Company:
Speaking at the Television Critics Association's winter gathering, FX CEO criticises Netflix for “not telling you the whole story” about its viewership figures  —  Is You really the smash that Netflix says it is?  What about Sex Education?  Its most public scold says don't believe the hype.
Sanjana Karanth / HuffPost:
The Washington Post's spend on its Super Bowl ad, reportedly $5.2M, has provoked anger in some quarters, including the Washington-Baltimore News Guild  —  Many are having issues with how much it cost, saying that money could go toward paying journalists.  —  The Washington Post aired …
Washington Post:
Former Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke told police that a Washington Post reporter caused a fracas outside his house but there was no reporter there  —  A newly released police report by U.S. Park Police, a division of Interior, fingers a mysterious reporter driving a Mercedes Benz SUV.
Jon Levine / The Wrap:
Sun Basket Meals becomes the latest company to remove its ads from Tucker Carlson's Fox News show  —  “We will not advertise on the show again in the future,” Sun Basket Meals tells a liberal activist  —  Tucker Carlson has added another name to what has become a long list of companies …
Anna Clark / Columbia Journalism Review:
Detroit journalist Bill McGraw was fired from his role as an editor of The Dearborn Historian, a city-funded quarterly, for covering Henry Ford's anti-semitism  —  One hundred years ago, Henry Ford bought a newspaper in Dearborn, Michigan, and used it to publish an anti-Semitic 91-part series called “The International Jew.”
Discussion: @andreapitzer
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
UK broadcaster Sky News is celebrating its 30th anniversary by broadcasting non-stop behind-the-scenes footage of its newsroom all day  —  Staff appear self-conscious that discussions were broadcast to audience of several thousand people including rival journalists
Tatiana Siegel / Hollywood Reporter:
National Geographic acquires global rights to environmental documentary Sea of Shadows, in deal believed to be the biggest non-fiction acquisition at Sundance  —  The purchase is believed to be the biggest nonfiction acquisition from the 2019 edition of the festival.
Discussion: @tatianasiegel27
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John Koblin / New York Times:
With HBO's programming slate growing and streaming competition heating up, HBO will shift some original scripted series to Monday nights starting in May
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Stewart Clarke / Variety:
Viacom has launched MTV Play, a streaming app for music channel MTV, in the UK targeted at younger viewers and cordcutters; it is priced at £3.99 a month
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Julia Craven / HuffPost:
Four reporters share instances when they were asked to use a euphemism instead of “racist” or “racism” in their stories
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Matt Donnelly / Variety:
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Philana Patterson / USA Today:
Gannett says its board has unanimously rejected an acquisition offer from Digital First Media, saying that the offer is not credible and undervalues the company