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4:20 PM ET, September 18, 2019


 Top News: 
Aaron Rupar / Vox:
CNN booked Corey Lewandowski for an interview just hours after telling Congress he has “no obligation to be honest with the media”  —  Believe it or not, cable news networks are not obligated to showcase liars.  —  You might think that Corey Lewandowski's admission during …
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
Only one of The Correspondent's five full-time hires for its English-language version is based in the US, with others in Italy, Nigeria, India, and London  —  The Dutch journalism site De Correspondent raised $2.6 million to launch a U.S. — strike that, English-language — office.
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Facebook debuts $149 Portal TV, a streaming box supporting Prime Video, Showtime, and CBS All Access that can also make video calls while viewing Facebook Watch  —  Bringing friends and family to the biggest screen in the house  —  Facebook is bringing its connected device strategy to the television.
Tal Axelrod / The Hill:
NYT announced Tuesday that it is shutting down its Spanish-language platform, NYT en Español, which debuted in 2016, saying it was not financially successful  —  The New York Times on Tuesday announced the closure of its Spanish-language platform, NYT en Español.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Plex adds Lionsgate as a worldwide content partner for its ad-supported streaming service, joining Warner Bros., which was previously announced as a US partner  —  Plex has added a new content partner for its soon-to-launch ad-supported video service.  The company announced this morning …
Max Willens / Digiday:
BuzzFeed refocuses its sales strategy as CRO Lee Brown leaves for Spotify; Jonah Peretti continues president search, expects to fill the role within months  —  BuzzFeed CEO Jonah Peretti has been talking about revenue diversification and balance for years.  Following his company's latest …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Comcast will give internet-only customers free access to Xfinity Flex, its streaming platform with 10K+ movies and shows, which used to cost $5 per month  —  Comcast will hand out one free set-top box for broadband subscribers to access Xfinity Flex, its video-streaming product for internet-only customers …
Tim Peterson / Digiday:
Sources: as Amazon gets ready to add linear TV channels to IMDb TV, partners push back against its plans to sell all ads with 55% revenue share to publishers  —  Amazon's free, ad-supported streaming video service IMDb TV plans to follow rival services by adding linear channels from TV networks …
Discussion: @tvrev
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Scaachi Koul / BuzzFeed News:
Interview with Lauren Duca, deemed both a phony and a feminist icon who faced online harassment, as she tries, and sometimes fails, to inspire young people
The Information:
Sources: Snap is in early talks with media companies about powering a dedicated news “tab” within the Discover section of the Snapchat app
U.S. Department of Justice:
US files civil lawsuit against Edward Snowden after the publication of his book Permanent Record, alleging he violated NDA agreements with the CIA and NSA
Catherine Shu / TechCrunch:
News aggregation app SmartNews debuts News from All Sides, a feature that lets users see articles about an event from sources across the political spectrum
Discussion: @baekdal
Makena Kelly / The Verge:
Facebook shares more on its upcoming Oversight Board for content decisions and how members are picked, says decisions will be binding even if Facebook disagrees
 Earlier Picks: 
Cokie Roberts, a pioneering female journalist at NPR and ABC News, has died at 75
Sara Fischer / Axios:
The Washington Post announces Zeus Prime, which will sell automated ads across a network of media companies that license its Zeus products
Josef Adalian / Vulture:
NBCUniversal says its ad- and subscription-supported streaming service will be called Peacock and will launch in April 2020 with over 15,000 hours of content
Joe Flint / Wall Street Journal:
HBO Max secures exclusive five-year streaming rights to The Big Bang Theory in the US, and TBS extends rerun rights to 2028; source says deal is worth ~$600M