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10:00 AM ET, May 16, 2019

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Makena Kelly / The Verge:
White House launches tool to solicit information from people who had social media accounts suspended or banned and who suspect political bias behind the actions  —  'If you suspect political bias caused such an action to be taken against you, share your story with President Trump'
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Casey Newton / The Interface:
As the definition of “bias” expands to include instances where social media users don't have the desired outcome, it's harder for platforms to say there is none  —  Three years ago this month, Mark Zuckerberg gathered together a group of influential conservatives to defend Facebook against allegations of political bias.
Washington Post:
White House won't sign Christchurch Call to Action, an effort by governments and social media companies to fight online extremism, citing free speech concerns
Eric Beech / Reuters:
Trump signs full pardon for former media mogul Conrad Black, who was convicted in 2007 of fraud and obstruction of justice and spent 3.5 years in prison  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Wednesday signed a full pardon for former media mogul Conrad Black …
Yashar's Newsletter:
Sources: Sen. Kamala Harris will not appear on Fox News for a town hall, joining Sen. Elizabeth Warren in declining to appear on the network  —  Scoop: Sen. Kamala Harris Will Not Appear On Fox News For A Town Hall  —  Presidential candidate and California Sen. Kamala Harris will not appear …
Cara Lombardo / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Gannett is likely to keep all eight seats on its board despite a takeover attempt by Digital First Media, which had proposed three nominees  —  USA Today owner's eight nominees have received significantly more support than the three put forward by Digital First
Discussion: Phoenix New Times and USA Today
Matt Donnelly / Variety:
Layoffs begin at the combined Disney and Fox studios, a spokesperson confirms; source says cuts were specifically affecting film staff  —  Layoffs are going down across both Disney and Fox, a spokesperson confirmed to Variety.  —  It's unclear what departments might be impacted …
Issie Lapowsky / Wired:
Because of US law, Google keeps advertisers from naming sanctioned countries as targets or exclusions in campaigns, leading to ads being served in those places  —  AS DIRECTOR OF paid search at Greenlane Marketing, a web marketing firm based in Eagleville, Pennsylvania …
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
UK to launch inquiry into Britain's reality TV programming industry regarding aftercare and mental health support offered to participants  —  ITV faces particular scrutiny over treatment of Love Island and Jeremy Kyle participants  —  ITV's treatment of reality show contestants will be scrutinised …
Discussion: The Week, New York Times and The Sun
Radhika Jones / Vanity Fair:
Vanity Fair launches a fully searchable archive of its 700+ past issues, available for free until June 30, then open only to subscribers  —  The magazine's editor in chief welcomes readers to the first fully searchable collection of its entire history, from its Jazz Age beginnings to its 1983 revival and on to the present day.
Steve Knopper / Billboard:
How the economics of big budget music videos like Taylor Swift's ‘ME!’ have changed in the digital age where YouTube has replaced MTV  —  Sources estimate Swift's big comeback visual cost seven figures to make.  —  The hissing snake exploding into butterflies …
Bob Fernandez / Philly.com:
As it seeks a buyer, bankrupt Reading Eagle newspaper in Reading, PA, warns it may have to lay off all 221 employees in June  —  With a bid deadline looming on Wednesday, the Reading Eagle has alerted more than 200 employees of the threat of massive layoffs.
 
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Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
Analysis shows that language in newspapers has remained fairly steady since 2000 while TV news has gotten more emotional, conversational, and argumentative
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Michael Barba / The San Francisco Examiner:
Two judges who OK'ed a police raid on Bryan Carmody knew of his media role, a city supervisor says, a key issue under a California law protecting media sources