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5:40 PM ET, September 16, 2019

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Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
A well-reported book offers a thoughtful exploration of the Kavanaugh saga, but its newsworthy information is lost in the furor over a botched NYT excerpt  —  If you happened to see the excerpt of a new book on Supreme Court Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh in print, you might have flipped right past it.
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Allyson Chiu / Washington Post:
NYT corrects story with new Kavanaugh allegation, says full account from upcoming book notes that friends of woman involved say she does not recall the incident
Ken Meyer / Mediaite:
New York Times gets heavily criticized over a now-deleted tweet that described sexual assault as “harmless fun”
Stephen Battaglio / Los Angeles Times:
Netflix acquires the global rights to Seinfeld for five years, starting in 2021 when Amazon and Hulu's rights expire; Hulu was paying $150M a year for US rights  —  Netflix has fired back in the battle for popular network sitcoms by landing the global streaming rights to “Seinfeld.”
Washington Post:
The dearth of TikTok videos on Hong Kong protests offers a glimpse of how China could shape the perception of real-world events by US and global audiences  —  Hong Kong unrest features prominently on most social media, but not on TikTok  —  A search for “#hongkong” on Twitter reveals …
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A look at TopBuzz, the English version of ByteDance's Chinese AI-powered news aggregator Toutiao, that rose from 1.8M MAUs in Nov. 2017 to 23M MAUs by Oct. 2018  —  The MIT Technology Review called it “the insanely popular Chinese news app that you've never heard of.”
Joe Otterson / Variety:
SNL says Shane Gillis will not join its cast and that its vetting process was “not up to our standard”, after clips surface of him using racist language  —  “Saturday Night Live” is officially cutting ties with Shane Gillis.  —  “After talking with Shane Gillis …
Brian Stelter / CNN:
Since CJR and The Nation announced Covering Climate Now in July to spur focused climate crisis coverage, over 250 news outlets have committed to the effort  —  New York (CNN Business)More than 250 news outlets around the world have committed to Covering Climate Now.  —  What is it?
BBC:
The Guardian apologizes for publishing an editorial that originally said that ex-UK PM David Cameron had only felt “privileged pain” over the death of his son  —  The Guardian has apologised for saying David Cameron had only felt “privileged pain” over the death of his son.
Alex Weprin / Hollywood Reporter:
Filing: Endeavor, Ari Emanuel's entertainment company, seeks to raise $600M+ at a valuation of ~$8B in its IPO  —  The entertainment company's IPO is now expected this fall.  —  Endeavor hopes to raise $600 million-plus in its initial public offering, according to a filing with the Securities …
Kerry Flynn / CNN:
Following Twitter and Facebook, Snapchat launches a library of political ads on its platform from 2018 and 2019, available as downloadable spreadsheets  —  New York (CNN Business)Snapchat launched a political ads library as the mobile app becomes a campaign tool for 2020 candidates.
Max Willens / Digiday:
The Daily Beast says cutting the cost of Beast Inside by 65% over the past 15 months to $35/year has led to conversion rates 5x that of initial $100/year  —  Since The Daily Beast launched its membership program, Beast Inside, last summer, the IAC-owned news brand has managed to improve …
Wall Street Journal:
As AT&T's CEO plans to retire, AT&T's TV business keeps declining, the Time Warner integration looks shaky, and now an activist shareholder pushes for changes  —  Plans by CEO Randall Stephenson to leave the helm to a longtime ally triggered the threat of a proxy fight by an aggressive Wall Street activist investor
 
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John Eggerton / Broadcasting & Cable:
FCC votes 3-2 to approve the $7.1B merger of Nexstar and Tribune Media, 214 days after it was announced, in a deal creating the largest US TV station group
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Bloomberg says roughly two-thirds of its subscribers convert from site visits, 25% from its app, and around 8% from Apple News
Online News Association:
2019 Online Journalism Awards announced: winners include WSJ, ProPublica, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, NYT, WaPo, The Seattle Times, Univision, and CNN