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8:00 PM ET, September 26, 2019


 Top News: 
New York Times:
NYT's Dean Baquet responds to concerns that posting details about the whistleblower whose claims led to an impeachment inquiry could endanger the whistleblower  —  Our executive editor, Dean Baquet, addresses readers' concerns about the decision to publish information on a person who is central to the Trump impeachment inquiry.
Trevor Timm / GEN:
Leaks to the press, considered highly illegal by DOJ, are vital to democracy, and lawmakers should commend leaks that happen when official processes get stifled  —  Yet lawmakers of both stripes demonize people who share information with the press  —  onald Trump is now closer than ever to being impeached by the House.
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
MSNBC anchor Nicolle Wallace cut away from Trump's live news conference on Wednesday citing falsehoods made by the president; other networks chose to fact-check
Julia Alexander / The Verge:
YouTube says it will remove content that violates its guidelines regardless of who said it, including politicians, but will make exceptions depending on context  —  Context of videos is important, CEO says  —  YouTube will remove content from politicians using its platform if their content violates …
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
Germany's Lesewert aims to provide print newspapers with analytics insights by using focus groups, whose members are given a digital pen to track their reading  —  Is that print newspaper getting read, or is it just sitting on a subscriber's coffee table?  —  For most print publishers …
Sandra Laville / The Guardian:
Dagens ETC, a Swedish newspaper with about 10,000 daily subscribers, says it is stopping taking advertising that promotes fossil fuel-based goods and services  —  Dagens ETC says ban is crucial for its credibility and urges other media to follow suit  —  A Swedish newspaper has announced …
Claire Atkinson / NBC News:
Q&A: Sinclair President and CEO Christopher Ripley on balancing commentary with Ameshia Cross and Boris Epshteyn, an expected streaming bloodbath, and RSN plans  —  The upcoming war among streaming services is going to mean “losses for many years to come for many of those companies …
Katie Deighton / The Drum:
IPG Mediabrands UK has teamed up with BrandGuard to ensure its clients' ads don't appear on dubious news sites  —  Interpublic Group's IPG Mediabrands and The Wall Street Journal's publisher, Dow Jones, are both experimenting with alternatives to word blacklisting - a practice borne …
Jim Milliot / Publishers Weekly:
Hearst Magazines launches two illustrated lifestyle book imprints, though the publishers of its books business says it will remain open to licensing deals  —  Hearst Magazines has announced the launch of two new illustrated lifestyle book imprints designed to take advantage of the media company's portfolio of brands.
Discussion: MediaPost
BBC upholds a complaint against host Naga Munchetty, saying she breached guidelines by giving her opinion of Trump's “go back” comments about Rep. Omar, others  —  The BBC has released more detail on its decision to uphold a complaint against news presenter Naga Munchetty.
Ryan Whitwam / Android Police:
Google to shut down Bulletin, an app it launched in 2018 as a pilot to let users report and publish local news stories, in November  —  Google launched a new hyperlocal news service in early 2018 called Bulletin.  It's understandable if you don't remember—Bulletin still hasn't moved out of the pilot phase, and it never will.
Discussion: 9to5Google, @bhartzer and Engadget
Jon Lafayette / Broadcasting & Cable:
Samsung: 44% of viewers switch back and forth from streaming to linear TV; 45% of viewing time is spent on streaming, of which 40% is spent on ad-supported VOD  —  Consumers switching from linear to streaming  —  While the number of consumers watching streaming video has grown to 74% …
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Matt Naham / Law & Crime:
Alex Jones files a defamation suit against The Young Turks and political candidate Brianna Wu for claiming Jones sent child porn to Sandy Hook parents
Hollywood Reporter:
HBO leads with ten awards and PBS wins nine at the News & Documentary Emmy Awards
Lukas I. Alpert / Wall Street Journal:
Verizon is sponsoring a two-year program for free NYT access on computers in any of the 12K US schools in low-income areas that choose to receive it
Fanny Potkin / Reuters:
Indonesian ride-hailing service Gojek launches GoPlay, a mobile-only video streaming platform, for ~$6 per month
Report For America:
Report for America hires a recruitment chief, Norman Parish III, as it makes plans to scale up from 60 corps members now to 250 in 2020
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Laura Kayali / Politico:
Google refuses to pay publishers in France, first to apply EU's copyright law, will only show headlines and thumbnails, unless publisher asks to add previews