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4:45 PM ET, August 5, 2019

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Brian Stelter / CNN:
Rupert Murdoch's New York Post urges Trump to ban assault weapons with blunt cover and editorial  —  New York (CNN Business)One of President Trump's favorite newspapers, the New York Post, is delivering him a message.  —  “President Trump, America is scared and we need bold action,” Monday's front page reads.
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Bill Bostock / Business Insider:
Despite the fact that the El Paso shooter's language echoed Trump's, Trump blames the media for contributing “anger and rage that has built up over many years”  —  - President Donald Trump on Monday accused the media of inciting anger in the US after gunmen killed a combined 29 people in two shootings in Texas and Ohio.
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Journalists must change how they report on mass shootings by shining a light on solutions, insisting on more accountability from officials, and taking a side  —  Sadly, we in the news media know just how to do it.  —  When a mass shooting happens, even when it happens twice in a 24-hour period …
Tom Scocca / Slate:
US media outlets normalize racism by publicizing racist ideas presumed to belong to others, whose fears are assumed to be reasonable or at least understandable  —  Within last week's story of how Ronald Reagan made a racist phone call to Richard Nixon, there was a second story—a parable …
Nathan Bomey / USA Today:
GateHouse Media owner New Media Investment Group to acquire Gannett in a deal worth $1.38B; together the companies operate more than 260 daily news operations  —  GateHouse Media owner and USA TODAY owner Gannett have agreed to merge in a deal aimed at cutting overlapping costs and enabling …
Knight Foundation:
Knight Foundation donates $1.2M to the Maynard Institute to create a program dedicated to bettering newsroom diversity, starting with a six-month pilot program  —  In-depth initiative will help newsrooms make structural changes in business models and workplace culture
Peter King / ProFootballTalk:
In remembrance of Don Banks, an influential NFL reporter and the “conscience” of the league, who died Sunday at age 56  —  INDIANAPOLIS — I wrote the obit for a friend Sunday night in an airport.  An airport bar, to be exact, and it seemed right.
 
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Kara Swisher / Vox:
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Jon Allsop / Columbia Journalism Review:
Profile of Rui Pinto, Der Spiegel's “Football Leaks” source, now jailed in Portugal, who lawyers argue should have the same legal protections as whistleblowers
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Maddy Myers / Kotaku:
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