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2:15 PM ET, July 16, 2019


 Top News: 
Donie O'Sullivan / CNN:
Twitter says Trump's racist tweets attacking four congresswomen don't break its rules and will not be labeled with a disclaimer  —  New York (CNN Business)President Trump's weekend tweets in which he used racist language to attack four progressive Democratic congresswomen are not against Twitter's rules …
Jon Allsop / Columbia Journalism Review:
In her promising debut as the CBS Evening News anchor, Norah O'Donnell called out Trump's racist tweets as she attempts to restore trust in the network  —  Yesterday, the news cycle threw a test at Norah O'Donnell as she anchored her first broadcast as host of CBS Evening News.
Brian Stelter / CNN:
When covering Trump's tweets telling freshman congresswomen to “go back” to their countries, major media outlets relied on critics to label them as racist  —  New York (CNN Business)A version of this article first appeared in the “Reliable Sources” newsletter.  You can sign up for free right here.
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Tiptoeing around Trump's racism is a betrayal of journalistic truth-telling, which requires journalists to embrace direct language and clear framing of issues
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Newsletter platform Substack raises $15.3M Series A led by Andreessen Horowitz, says Substack newsletters now have 50,000 paying subscribers  —  Andreessen Horowitz is betting that there's still a big opportunity in newsletters — the venture capital firm is leading a $15.3 million Series A in Substack.
Lesley Goldberg / Hollywood Reporter:
Netflix alters the graphic suicide scene from the season one finale of 13 Reasons Why, with support from the medical community, after two years of controversy  —  The nearly three-minute-long scene has been altered two years after its debut — and ahead of the YA drama's forthcoming return.
Press Association:
Facebook introduces a scam ads reporting tool in the UK and donates £3M to Citizens Advice for Scams Action, a dedicated online anti-scam service  —  Social media firm to investigate users' complaints and take down violating posts  —  Fresh efforts to tackle scam adverts across Facebook …
Benjamin Mullin / Wall Street Journal:
As part of its Daily Essentials section, Quibi to launch a twice-daily news show in partnership with NBC, a multiyear, eight-figure deal, sources say  —  Short-form video company founded by Jeffrey Katzenberg plans to launch slate of daily shows including news, sports and weather
Eric Peckham / TechCrunch:
Patreon, which helps content creators manage paid membership communities for fans, raises $60M Series D led by Glade Brook Capital  —  Patreon, the San Francisco-based platform that helps over 100,000 online content creators manage paid membership communities for their most dedicated fans, has raised $60 million in Series D funding.
BuzzFeed News:
Pro-Trump meme-maker Carpe Donktum appeared on OANN under a pseudonym, a fact not revealed to viewers during the broadcast  —  On Friday, the pro-Trump cable news channel One America News Network aired an interview with a man it identified as Dennis F. Charles, “a conservative social media analyst.”
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Dish's AirTV launches $80 4K streaming stick for accessing Sling TV, Netflix, and broadcast channels from one Android TV user interface  —  Dish is expanding its hardware lineup today with the launch of a new 4K streaming stick, the AirTV Mini, designed to make it easier for cord cutters …
Elizabeth Gabler, ex-head of Fox 2000, to join Sony Pictures; Disney closed the studio because it wasn't successful enough for Disney's franchise-driven model  —  Elizabeth Gabler is joining Sony Pictures Entertainment in an innovative media deal that will see the veteran executive produce film …
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Nicholas Quah / Nieman Lab:
Southern California Public Radio announces a new podcast division called LAist Studios, aiming to be the West Coast equivalent of WNYC Studios
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Mariel Padilla / New York Times:
Judge: publisher of neo-Nazi site Daily Stormer, Andrew Anglin, should pay $14M+ in damages for encouraging anti-Semitic harassment and intimidation of a woman
N'dea Yancey-Bragg / USA Today:
The historic photo archive of Ebony and Jet is being auctioned by the magazines' now-bankrupt former publisher in order to pay creditors
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