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5:15 AM ET, February 22, 2019

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Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
CNN hiring Sarah Isgur is puzzling given her reported loyalty pledge to Trump's anti-press agenda and numerous critical tweets of CNN, reporters, and Democrats  —  Sarah Isgur has spent her young career in the public square.  She did communications work for the Republican National Committee …
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Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
By hiring Sarah Isgur, CNN is aiming for a both-sides-are-equal type of coverage in a bid to boost its ratings, positioning it between MSNBC and Fox News
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Roku reports Q4 revenue of $275.7M, up 46% YoY and vs. $262.11M est., says it has 27.1M active accounts, up 40% YoY; revenue for 2018 grew 45% to $742.5M  —  Roku wants to become a billion-dollar company in 2019.  The streaming device maker told investors Thursday that it projects …
Casey Newton / The Interface:
Pinterest has stopped returning results for searches on vaccinations, differentiating between freedom of speech and freedom of reach  —  Programming note: The Interface will be off Thursday as I finish up a project that I will share with you next week.  —  Since the reckoning …
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Sam Dean / Los Angeles Times:
Investigation finds Facebook still lets users target ads based around interest in neo-Nazis; Facebook says it will remove the seldom-used audience groupings  —  Facebook makes money by charging advertisers to reach just the right audience for their message — even when that audience …
New York Times:
Vanity Fair says its Oscars events, which culminate in the Oscars party, bring in $10M in revenue, but sponsorships make the party less exclusive and appealing  —  Vanity Fair has ruled the roost, but its guest list is bloated by corporate sponsorships.  And now there's competition from Jay-Z.
Sam Wolfson / The Guardian:
Dutch historian leaks un-aired video of Fox News host Tucker Carlson cursing and calling him names after accusations of hypocrisy and critique of Fox's agenda  —  In a heated exchange that was not aired, Rutger Bregman accused Carlson of being a pawn for the Murdochs and Kochs
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
Women's Media Center report: female representation in newsrooms and bylines continues to disappoint; ~69% of AP and Reuters bylines go to men  —  The dismal factoids in a new report released Thursday by the Women's Media Center go on and on.  And on.  —  While women outnumber men …
CNBC:
AT&T says it is pulling all advertising from YouTube, after reports of pedophiles openly using the platform; Nestle and Epic Games have also pulled ads  —  - AT&T is pulling its ads from YouTube following reports that pedophiles have latched onto videos of young children and lurk in the comments section.
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Peter Kuras / Columbia Journalism Review:
After exposing an alleged multi-billion tax fraud scheme in Europe, a journalist is under investigation for instigating whistleblowers to betray trade secrets  —  When I met Oliver Schröm at the Berlin offices of Correctiv.org, the investigative journalism non-profit he co-founded in 2014, I was his third interview of the day.
Maureen Farrell / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Pinterest has confidentially filed for an IPO, seeking a valuation of at least $12B  —  Online-image search company is expected to seek a valuation of at least $12 billion  —  Pinterest Inc. has confidentially filed paperwork with the Securities and Exchange Commission …
Tim Peterson / Digiday:
Winter Podcast Upfronts show that ad buyers are struggling to identify podcasts to advertise against, podcast episodes have a long lifespan, and more  —  Seven media companies, including ESPN and iHeartMedia, took turns on Feb. 20 pitching their podcasts to a screening room of advertisers and agency execs.
Gene Maddaus / Variety:
Michael Jackson's estate sues HBO for violating a 1992 non-disparagement clause by agreeing to air “Leaving Neverland”, which accuses Jackson of sexual abuse  —  The estate of Michael Jackson sued HBO on Thursday, accusing the cable channel of violating a non-disparagement clause …
 
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Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
UK's Rapid Response Unit, which fights misinformation online, will continue on a permanent basis after a pilot phase begun in April 2018 is deemed successful
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Music streamer Tidal launches Tidal Unplugged, a $1M grant program to support emerging musicians, starting March 1 in Detroit
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Max Willens / Digiday:
Medium plans to offer four of its own subscription publications, starting with tech, business, health, and general interest, free to Medium subscribers
The New York Times Company:
New York Times Publisher A.G. Sulzberger says Trump's use of the phrase “enemy of the people” is encouraging attacks on the press at home and abroad