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3:00 AM ET, August 6, 2019

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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 …
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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.
John Temple / The Atlantic:
Editor of the Denver's Rocky Mountain News during the Columbine shootings laments journalism's apparent inability to change the pattern of mass shootings  —  No. Not again.  —  That's how I felt on Saturday when I heard the terrible news from El Paso and then again on Sunday morning when Dayton added a second blow.
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 …
Thomas Kaplan / New York Times:
Since January, Trump's campaign has posted 2,000+ immigration-focused Facebook ads that use the word “invasion”; report suggests the ads cost $1.25M  —  Some of President Trump's re-election ads have repeated his inflammatory claims about an “invasion” on the southern border …
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Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Joe Marchese's new media holding company, Attention Capital, hopes to acquire various media brands; source: the firm aims to raise $400M-$500M  —  Attention - please.  —  In an industry eager to play up the worth of proxies for consumer attention - things like clicks, likes and retweets …
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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
Washington Post:
Cesar Sayoc, who mailed explosive devices to Trump's critics and media organizations after reading internet conspiracies, sentenced to 20 years in prison  —  NEW YORK — Cesar Sayoc, the Florida man who mailed explosive devices to prominent Democrats and media figures was sentenced Monday to 20 years in prison.
 
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Micah Lee / The Intercept:
A deep dive into the methods used to unmask confidential sources in seven Justice Department cases against US government whistleblowers
Peter King / ProFootballTalk:
In remembrance of Don Banks, an influential NFL reporter and the “conscience” of the league, who died Sunday at age 56
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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