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11:15 PM ET, July 29, 2019


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Hannah Knowles / Washington Post:
Behind the Baltimore Sun's widely-read editorial written in response to Trump's tweets attacking the city, which drove atypical traffic and subscriptions  —  The paper of the city that President Trump attacked didn't mince words.  —  “Better to have a few rats than to be one,” the Baltimore Sun's editorial declared in its headline.
Brian Stelter / CNN:
The Fox News distortions behind Trump's attack on Baltimore and its congressman
Ira Boudway / Bloomberg:
Aggressively expanding sports news site The Athletic says it hit 500K paying subscribers in June and expects to nearly double that number by the end of the year  —  The Athletic, a sports-news subscription service launched in 2016, said it has reached more than 500,000 subscribers and expects to nearly double that total by year-end.
Robert Eliason:
Local reporter in Gilroy, CA, describes national news media swarming in to cover the aftermath of the Garlic Festival shooting, crowding out local press  —  Thinking this will be the last post I do on this craziness.  —  I was decompressing from a long couple of days when my friend Issac called to see if I was at the Festival.
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
Inside Trump's voracious media diet, made up of major newspapers and printouts of online articles, which staffers use to try to influence him  —  His newspaper habit is a tool for the president to reward allies and punish foes — and a weapon for those trying to influence him.
Jason Gurwin / The Streamable:
YouTube TV reaches a deal to carry any PBS member station that chooses to participate later this year; it is the first live TV streaming partnership for PBS  —  The Streamable is reader-supported and may earn an affiliate commission when you sign up with our links.
Lauren Johnson / Business Insider:
Amazon Studios head Jennifer Salke says it won't report viewership data; the company's co-head of TV says Amazon doesn't share absolute numbers with creators  —  - Amazon head of studios Jennifer Salke said that unlike Netflix, the company doesn't plan to offer viewership data to creators.
Discussion: The Wrap and Hollywood Reporter
Kelly McBride / Poynter:
Editor of independent news organization The Christian Chronicle calls out Fox News reporter for aggregating his scoop with scant credit  —  Bobby Ross Jr. is a veteran religion reporter and a man of faith.  He edits The Christian Chronicle, an independent news organization serving the Church of Christ community.
In the last month, four big-budget Chinese films have been pulled shortly before release with tenuous explanations, sparking censorship concerns  —  Four seemingly innocuous big-budget movies have been abruptly pulled from Chinese cinemas in one month, sparking suspicion they fell afoul of the country's strict censors.
Dan Kennedy / Media Nation:
A farewell column by The Lowell Sun's laid off sports editor, taken down by management, is republished, criticizing cost-cutting at the hedge fund-owned paper  —  Note: The hedge fund-owned newspaper chain MediaNews Group recently laid off several people at its Massachusetts papers …
A.J. Katz / TVNewser:
HuffPost editor-at-large and former Vanity Fair contributing editor Vicky Ward is joining CNN as senior reporter  —  HuffPost editor at large Vicky Ward is joining CNN today as senior reporter, based in New York.  —  Ward is a best-selling author, investigative reporter and magazine columnist …
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Emiliano Mellino / WIRED UK:
Former staffers describe a fear-driven workplace at Culture Trip, a fast-growing UK media startup, which has raised $100M and claims 18M monthly uniques
Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security:
Dozens of journalists targeted by a group of Neo-Nazi swatters, who maintain a Deep Web database with the personal info of people who threaten their views
Jeremy Fuster / The Wrap:
Disney has already broken the all-time annual box office record with $7.67B; the company set the previous record in 2016
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Associated Press:
Jair Bolsonaro raises the possibility of jail for Glenn Greenwald after The Intercept Brazil reports on the contents of a minister's hacked phone conversations
Emily Bell / The Guardian:
In covering Boris Johnson's premiership, UK press should heed lessons from the US, where media largely normalized Trump over the past three years