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9:35 PM ET, August 29, 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
Matthew Gault / VICE:
Infowars' War Room relaunched its YouTube channel a day after Susan Wojcicki's letter to creators; YouTube deleted the channel after reports of its relaunch  —  “A commitment to openness is not easy.  It sometimes means leaving up content that is outside the mainstream, controversial, or even offensive," YouTube's CEO said.
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.
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.
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
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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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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”
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Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
Kinzen, which initially built a consumer app for curated news, is now helping publishers offer personalized news on their own platforms, newsletters, and sites
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