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1:25 AM ET, August 30, 2019

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Hannah Gais / Splinter:
Leaked emails show how former Daily Caller staffer Jonah Bennett and think tank staffer John Elliott pushed white nationalist ideas into conservative media  —  Conservative institutions in the Donald Trump era have often sought to portray themselves as shocked and appalled by the so-called “alt-right.”
Shira Tarlo / Salon:
MSNBC host Lawrence O'Donnell retracted a thinly sourced report alleging Russian oligarchs co-signed loans for Trump; Trump then blasted O'Donnell on Twitter  —  O'Donnell has retracted a thinly-sourced report alleging that Trump obtained loans co-signed by Russian oligarchs
Lauren Feiner / CNBC:
Disney sells its 80% stake in YES Network to Amazon, the Yankees, and Sinclair, valuing the network that airs the NY Yankees and other local sports at ~$3.5B  —  KEY POINTS  — Disney sold its stake in the YES Network to an investor group that includes Amazon, the company announced Thursday.
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Mark Di Stefano / BuzzFeed:
YouTube removed, then reinstated a channel for Martin Sellner, a European white nationalist, and a channel for a British nationalist called The Iconoclast  —  The video platform said it was a “mistake” to remove the channels of Martin Sellner and another far right personality known as The Iconoclast, but wouldn't explain what happened.
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Sources: Disney has laid off National Geographic workers, with one source saying as many as 80 are affected; US editions of Nat Geo Traveler to stop publication  —  Walt Disney has laid off employees of the National Geographic unit it acquired from the former 21st Century Fox …
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Reid Nakamura / The Wrap:
Source: Disney has laid off nearly 60 employees in its home entertainment and TV distribution divisions, affecting both Disney and former Fox employees  —  Consolidation at Disney is moving forward as the company has handed out pink slips to nearly 60 more employees, TheWrap has learned.
Discussion: Hollywood Reporter and Variety
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Christopher Baxter / Inquirer.com:
Spotlight PA, a donor-funded newsroom devoted to covering the Pennsylvania capitol, launches next week; the outlet is a collaboration among media outlets  —  There's nothing short of a crisis in our state capital.  —  Every year, more of Pennsylvania's sprawling and costly bureaucracy …
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 …
 
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Sources: Vice Media trimmed about 15 jobs at cable channel Viceland, as it merges Vice News and Viceland, shifting away from lifestyle and entertainment content
Dade Hayes / Deadline:
AT&T and Nexstar say they have reached a multi-year deal to return Nexstar-owned TV stations to DirecTV, AT&T TV, and U-verse, ending a 2-month-long blackout
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”
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”
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”
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