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12:10 PM ET, August 29, 2019


 Top News: 
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
NYT updates its article on the history of the Tea Party with an insubstantial sentence referring to the movement's links to racism following complaints  —  The New York Times story by Jeremy W. Peters on tea-party history is extensive and well-written.  And it featured a hole …
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Plex to launch an ad-supported streaming service this year, plans to begin reselling video subscription services and add transactional VOD, in H1 2020  —  Get ready for yet another ad-supported video service: Media center app maker Plex is gearing up to add free movies and TV shows to its app …
Lesley Goldberg / Hollywood Reporter:
NYT's Amy Chozick to co-author and co-produce The Girls on the Bus for Netflix, a fictional show about female reporters on the campaign trail  —  ‘The Girls on the Bus’ will be inspired by a chapter from New York Times journalist Amy Chozick's book, with the author attached as a writer.
Discussion: @amychozick, Jezebel, Variety and Deadline
Kelsey Sutton / Adweek:
All YouTube original content released after Sept. 24 will be available to watch free with ads for a certain time, starting with Karate Kid spinoff Cobra Kai  —  All new series released after Sept. 24 will be available to watch for free  —  YouTube is moving the first season …
John Wagner / Washington Post:
Trump accuses Fox News of “heavily promoting the Democrats” and urges his Twitter followers to “start looking for a new News Outlet”  —  President Trump on Wednesday lashed out at Fox News, accusing the conservative network of “heavily promoting the Democrats” …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Hulu launches its live TV guide on the web, Roku, and Apple TV, and says the Live Guide is coming to other platforms soon  —  Yesterday, Hulu began rolling out an updated version of its mobile app sporting the brand-new interface the company first unveiled at CES in January.
Tony Romm / Washington Post:
Facebook tightens rules for political advertisers in the US, requiring further identity proof such as tax-ID number or Federal Election Commission registration  —  Facebook on Wednesday announced it would tighten some of its rules around political advertising ahead of the 2020 presidential election …
Sydney J. Freedberg Jr / Breaking Defense:
Secretary of Defense Mark Esper holds first televised Pentagon press briefing in over a year: “I intend to do these briefings to maintain an open dialogue”  —  In a media-wary administration, the big news from Defense Secretary Mark Esper's formal press briefing was that he actually held one, and pledged to keep doing so.
Discussion: Washington Examiner
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Jeanine Santucci / USA Today:
Beto O'Rourke's staff removed a Breitbart writer from a campaign event, later saying site “walks the line between being news and a perpetrator of hate speech”
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
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Rosie Gray / BuzzFeed News:
Sources and leaked emails from 2017 show Clarity Media, the owner of the Weekly Standard and Washington Examiner, explored purchasing the Federalist
Ben Mathis-Lilley / Slate:
Q&A with David Karpf, the tenured professor whose “bedbug” tweet prompted NYT's Bret Stephens to copy Karpf's provost on an email complaining about the tweet