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1:50 PM ET, September 4, 2019


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Google will pay a $136M fine to the FTC and $34M to the New York Attorney General to settle claims that it violated child privacy laws on YouTube  —  will pay $170 million to settle claims it violated child privacy laws SEARCH QUOTES TECH YouTube will pay $170 million to settle claims …
Ben Smith / BuzzFeed News:
Politico's White House reporter and CNN contributor Eliana Johnson will be the new editor-in-chief of the neoconservative outlet Washington Free Beacon  —  A leading political reporter is leaving Politico to lead the neoconservative flagship Washington Free Beacon, the latest move …
Steven Hsieh / Phoenix New Times:
Gannett Confiscates Pro-Union Arizona Republic Reporter's Work Phone … A human resources representative for Gannett, the parent company of the Arizona Republic, confiscated the work phone of a reporter involved in a campaign to unionize the Phoenix newsroom, the reporter said on Facebook.
Steven Hsieh / Phoenix New Times:
Employees of the Arizona Republic announce they plan to form a union, amid newsroom tension and worries that Gannett-GateHouse merger could lead to job cuts  —  Employees of the Arizona Republic officially declared their intention to form a union Wednesday, setting up a likely battle between journalists …
Rebekah Sanders:
Reporter at Gannett's Arizona Republic says an HR representative interrogated her about her unionizing activity and confiscated her work cellphone
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Trump's escalating media attacks will deepen distrust of media among the GOP, erode trust in CNN, have little effect on the industry, and further divide the US  —  President Trump requires no translation or interpretation when it comes to his plan for going after national news outlets as Campaign 2020 kicks into high gear.
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 …
Jon Lafayette / Broadcasting & Cable:
MRC releases its cross-media audience measurement standards for video, a framework that works across TV, OTT, desktop, and mobile  —  Viewable ad duration metric to be phased in by 2021  —  The Media Rating Council on Wednesday issued a final version of its Cross-Media Audience Measurement Standards …
Allison Schiff / AdExchanger:
Axios Sports newsletter hits 100K subscribers, up ~10x since Axios acquired Sports Internet in January, claims a 42% open rate, double the industry standard  —  The Axios Sports newsletter recently hit a major milestone: 100,000 subscribers, up nearly tenfold in less than nine months.
Dustin Gouker / Legal Sports Report:
TheScore raises $40M to fund the growth and development of its media and sports betting businesses and fully launches its New Jersey online sportsbook  —  The war chest for sports media company theScore just got a little bigger as it seeks to bolster its online sportsbook product.
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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
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
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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