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3:00 AM ET, September 4, 2019


 Top News: 
Yair Rosenberg / Tablet Magazine:
Trump admin staffer quit just before Bloomberg reported his 2016 Facebook posts were anti-Semitic; omitted context shows the posts actually mocked anti-Semitism  —  On August 12, conservative lawyer Leif Olson began work in the Trump administration's Department of Labor.  On August 30, he resigned.
Mike Allen / Axios:
Trump allies seek $2M+ to investigate reporters and editors; allies include Arthur Schwartz, who has battled reporters as well as pitched stories to them  —  President Trump's political allies are trying to raise at least $2 million to investigate reporters and editors of the New York Times …
Josh Eidelson / Bloomberg:
The New Yorker will hire its subcontracted fact-checkers and editors as direct employees, amid ongoing contract negotiations with its newly unionized staff  —  - Condé Nast says it regularly reviews contingent worker roles  — Magazine's editorial workers unionized with NewsGuild in 2018
Jillian Ambrose / The Guardian:
The New York Times drops sponsorship of one of the world's biggest oil industry conferences: “we want there to be no question of our independence”  —  Newspaper says event ‘gives us cause for concern’ after protests outside its offices  —  The New York Times has scrapped plans …
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Fox News' Tucker Carlson and Sean Hannity continue to selectively rely on investigative reporting from the very outlets whose integrity they try to undermine  —  Fox News host Tucker Carlson finds himself in a pickle: On the one hand, he must do his propagandistic duty of discrediting top …
YouTube Blog:
YouTube has removed 100K+ videos and 17K channels for hate speech, ~5x more than in Q1, since implementing changes to its hateful content policies in June  —  Over the past several years, we've redoubled our efforts to live up to our responsibility while preserving the power of an open platform.
Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
WarnerMedia CEO John Stankey promoted to added roles of AT&T COO and president  —  The telecom giant said this was “a new position reporting to Randall Stephenson, AT&T chairman and CEO.”  —  AT&T said Tuesday that WarnerMedia CEO John Stankey will take on the additional roles of president …
Hilary Russ / Reuters:
Fox becomes the first major media company in North America to become the face of a sports gambling platform with the launch of FOX Bet, now live in New Jersey  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - When Rupert Murdoch's Fox Corp (FOXA.O) launches the FOX Bet sports betting platform on Monday …
Podcasting startup Himalaya overstated its $100M February fundraise and investors; exec says Chinese podcasting platform Ximalaya FM is majority owner  —  Himalaya Media launched in February as a San Francisco-based podcasting startup that had raised an eye-popping $100 million.
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Editor & Publisher:
Newspaper industry magazine Editor & Publisher has been sold to media consultant Mike Blinder for an undisclosed sum  —  Duncan McIntosh, president and group publisher of the Duncan McIntosh Co., Inc. and owner of Editor and Publisher (E&P), has announced today the sale of the trade magazine …
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Rebekah Sanders:
Reporter at Gannett's Arizona Republic says an HR representative interrogated her about her unionizing activity and confiscated her work cellphone
Patrick Hipes / Deadline:
Federal judge has ordered the White House to restore Playboy correspondent Brian Karem's press pass, whose credentials were suspended after an incident in July
 Earlier Picks: 
Dade Hayes / Deadline:
UBS survey of 1K US consumers: 43% plan on subscribing to Disney+, of which 57% say they'll cancel another sub; 67% of respondents would add it to existing subs
Lucinda Southern / Digiday:
Vice says it grew its video ad revenue by 120% globally after launching Video Everywhere, to sell video ads across multiple platforms, in September
Ashley Carman / The Verge:
Podcasts are being review-bombed in coordinated campaigns aimed at putting thousands of one-star reviews on their Apple Podcasts pages; hosts have no recourse