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2:30 PM ET, June 21, 2019

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Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Trump speciously describes an NYT journalist making a request for confirmation to an FBI press liaison in 2017 as the NYT “feeding false stories” about him  —  In his long-running quest to prove the real collusion was collusion against Donald Trump, the president on Friday promoted …
The Atlantic:
Bob Cohn, president of The Atlantic magazine since 2014, is stepping down on September 7  —  Below is the full text of a memo from Atlantic Media Chairman David G. Bradley announcing that, after nearly 11 years at The Atlantic, president Bob Cohn has decided to leave the company this fall.
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
DOD's three-minute briefing with no questions after downing of drone marks the first time in over a year that a DOD official has addressed the press on camera  —  With the United States on the brink of a potential military conflict with Iran on Thursday, the Pentagon decided to say . . . well, almost nothing.
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
WhatsApp will no longer allow publishers to send newsletters through the app starting December 7, 2019, in an effort to crack down on bulk messaging  —  In an effort to crack down on “automated or bulk messaging, or non-personal use” on the platform, WhatsApp will no longer allow publishers …
Brian Stelter / CNN:
Democratic National Committee is requiring all of its TV network partners to live-stream primary debates on the web for free  —  New York (CNN Business)It's a sign of the streaming times: The Democratic National Committee is requiring all of its TV network partners to live-stream primary debates on the web.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Dade Hayes / Deadline:
On July 10, FCC plans to vote on possible easing of rules enacted in 1996 that require broadcasters to air a certain amount of children's TV programming  —  The Federal Communications Commission plans to vote July 10 on possible easing of rules enacted in 1996 that require broadcasters to air …
Max Willens / Digiday:
Universal Content Productions, owned by NBCUniversal, has acquired development rights to about 12 podcasts over the past 18 months  —  Podcasting's biggest booster in film and TV wants to get even cozier with the medium.  —  Universal Content Productions, the NBCUniversal-owned production outfit …
Mary Loritz / EU-Startups:
Readly, a Sweden-based magazine subscription app available in Europe and the US, raises ~$17M, bringing the total raised to $47.8M  —  Since being founded in 2012 in Växjö, Sweden, Readly has led the market for digital magazine subscriptions, providing users with unlimited access …
Ashley Rodriguez / Business Insider:
A CBS-Viacom merger would bolster both to compete with Netflix and Disney, but saddles CBS with networks like Nickelodeon, which lost ~30% of viewers in 2018  —  - After 13 years apart, CBS is preparing a bid to buy its sister company, Viacom, The Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday.
Discussion: @ashleyrreports and @lmoses
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
In a report, the ICO, UK's data protection regulator, says the real time bidding ad industry is undermining GDPR and failing to protect sensitive personal data  —  The online behavioural advertising industry is illegally profiling Internet users.  —  That's the damning assessment …
Adrianne Pasquarelli / Ad Age:
Outdoors retailer REI is launching Uncommon Path, a quarterly print magazine in partnership with Hearst, to start publication in the fall  —  Retailer is working with Hearst on a new quarterly called Uncommon Path  —  No stranger to the unconventional, REI is at it again …
 
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Aaron Freedman / American Prospect:
A look at how Koch funding is fueling the “free speech warriors” like Jordan Peterson who want free speech for the right and censorship of those on the left
Joe Pompeo / Vanity Fair:
NYT's A.G. Sulzberger says he wrote in the WSJ about Trump's accusation of “treason” to reach a new audience; “I give them a lot of credit for running it”
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Laurie Sullivan / MediaPost:
Branded content project: among nearly 40 local news organizations, 23.1% generated $10K-$100K, 20.5% generated $1M-$5M in 2018 from branded content
Lukas I. Alpert / Wall Street Journal:
News sites across the political spectrum, from the Daily Caller to AlterNet, form the Digital News Alliance, an ad network to target politically engaged readers