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8:05 AM ET, March 5, 2019


 Top News: 
Jane Mayer / New Yorker:
Since Trump was elected, Fox News has swerved from being a partisan news network to the closest thing the US has to state TV  —  Fox News has always been partisan.  But has it become propaganda?  —  In January, during the longest government shutdown in America's history …
Ronn Blitzer / Law & Crime:
Report: former reporter Diana Falzone settled lawsuit with Fox News, after suing following demotion over Stormy Daniels story which was spiked  —  A massive New Yorker report on the ongoing and evolving relationship between Fox News and President Donald Trump included details …
Cynthia Littleton / Variety:
Q&A with Bob Greenblatt, chairman of WarnerMedia Entertainment, who has been tasked with leading AT&T's forthcoming streaming service  —  AT&T has just handed the keys to WarnerMedia's most high-profile business initiative to Bob Greenblatt, the seasoned TV executive whose resume includes helping …
Lesley Goldberg / Hollywood Reporter:
Bob Greenblatt named as chairman of WarnerMedia Entertainment; Jeff Zucker named chairman of WarnerMedia News & Sports and remains President of CNN  —  The former NBC Entertainment chairman will have oversight of television programming operations including HBO and Turner.
Ben Collins / NBC News:
On Amazon, a book pushing QAnon conspiracy theories climbs the charts, aided by Amazon's algorithmically generated recommendations  —  The book is currently No. 9 in all books about politics and No. 1 in all books about “Censorship,” one slot ahead of Ray Bradbury's “Farhenheit 451,”
Q&A with David Chavern, president and CEO of the News Media Alliance, on how Google and Facebook are the de facto regulators of the news industry and more  —  Chavern's organization advocates on behalf of 2,000 print and online media outlets.  —  On the latest episode of Recode Decode …
Meg James / Los Angeles Times:
Disney names Fox Networks Group CFO Ravi Ahuja as president of its business operations and CFO of Walt Disney television  —  Walt Disney Co. is continuing to bolster its television team with Fox executives, this time bringing over Ravi Ahuja to serve as president of business operations …
Dade Hayes / Deadline:
SEC filings show Disney has cut CEO Bob Iger's pay by $13.5M, contingent on the close of the acquisition of 21st Century Fox
Discussion: Observer
Christine Schmidt / Nieman Lab:
Democracy Fund report details the history and current state of African-American press, including black digital media, and offers recommendations for advocates  —  “We are watching organizations like Huffington Post determine what Black stories are elevated to national news stories.
Gabriel Sherman / Vanity Fair:
Source: Jeff Bezos' security chief is preparing a 90-page investigative report that alleges The Enquirer published exposé to curry favor with Saudi investors  —  “At the end of this, we're all going to look really, really bad,” says Michael Sanchez.  —  Improbably, given all that's happened, they're still together.
New York Post:
Agents and producers working on streaming projects for Apple complain about how involved and “intrusive” execs, including Tim Cook, have been, leading to delays  —  Apple's push into Hollywood is off to a rough start — thanks in part to “intrusive” tech executives, including Tim Cook, The Post has learned.
Max Willens / Digiday:
More than a year after saying it would introduce a metered paywall, The Atlantic's subscription efforts have faced delays, with no clear timetable for launch  —  In December 2017, The Atlantic said it was on the verge of putting up a metered paywall.  Just a few months earlier …
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