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1:45 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.
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 …
Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
Sources: at least seven Ebony magazine employees were fired after they refused to work due to payroll delays  —  Ebony and Jet magazines have been laying off their remaining editorial staff en masse after failing to make payroll last month — the latest in a long line of slights suffered …
Discussion: The Root and @adriennewrites
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 …
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
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 …
Joe Pompeo / Vanity Fair:
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 …
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.
 
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Stephen Gregory / The Epoch Times:
The Epoch Times publisher says NBC reporters have been asking “inappropriate” questions of staff about the publication's Trump coverage and ties to Falun Gong
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