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10:55 PM ET, October 6, 2019


 Top News: 
Jane Mayer / New Yorker:
How rumors about Biden and Ukraine began with a dark-money group and a Peter Schweizer book before hitting Fox News, mirroring the path of Clinton Cash theories  —  How a conservative dark-money group that targeted Hillary Clinton in 2016 spread the discredited story that may lead to Donald Trump's impeachment.
Pema Levy / Mother Jones:
John Solomon, a former columnist at The Hill whose work helped push Ukraine-related conspiracies and was mentioned in whistleblower complaint, joins Fox News  —  For months, opinion columnist John Solomon has played a central role in stoking right-wing conspiracies about Ukraine's role …
Wall Street Journal:
Disney bans Netflix ads on most of its TV networks; it had initially issued a blanket ban on ads from any streamers, but reversed course for all but Netflix  —  Entertainment giants are set to spend hundreds of millions of dollars to promote new streaming services
Amanda Hess / New York Times:
Profile of Rachel Maddow, as she publishes her second book, Blowout, and as her MSNBC show draws a strong audience, riveted by presidential drama  —  How the MSNBC host staked her show on Trump — and won the largest and most obsessive audience of her career.  —  Rachel Maddow was trying to get to work.
Li Yuan / New York Times:
How China is using social media and films to stir patriotism and get communist party propaganda enthusiastically embraced by young people  —  Leveraging celebrities, the know-how of tech companies and images built for social media, the Communist Party can effectively stir patriotism among the youth.
Jon Lafayette / Broadcasting & Cable:
Fox and Dish reach a new carriage deal, ending a blackout that began Sept. 26 and caused Thursday Night Football to be pulled from NFL Network on Oct. 3  —  Stations, cable nets restored after being dropped Sept. 26  —  Fox Corp. said it has reached a new carriage agreement with Dish …
Documents and interviews show TheMaven's plans for Sports Illustrated: building “team communities”, or content farms, run by third parties using low-paid labor  —  Now that Sports Illustrated's three owners, Meredith Corp., Authentic Brands Group, and TheMaven …
Christine Schmidt / Nieman Lab:
A review of results for grantees of the Community Listening and Engagement Fund finds nearly all outlets reported more engagement, most didn't see more revenue  —  “Newsrooms generally reported increased levels of engagement and higher-quality conversations with audiences.
Defense One:
A Customs and Border Protection agent repeatedly asked a Defense One journalist, “You write propaganda, right?” during re-entry screening at Dulles airport  —  Repeating “You write propaganda, right?”, officer held passport until he received an affirmative answer.
Dawn Chmielewski / Forbes:
In the aftermath of her battle for control of ViacomCBS, Shari Redstone talks about her relationship with her father, emerging media, and her attitude to risk  —  For nearly two decades, Sumner Redstone lorded over the media juggernaut he created from the corner of the 52nd floor of Viacom's headquarters …
Mari Cohen / Columbia Journalism Review:
A look at Chicago's news media scene, as upstart and legacy outlets experiment with collaboration for survival, after a difficult 2017 and 2018  —  In June 2018, when the Chicago Tribune packed up and left its famous Tribune Tower newsroom, it seemed like an obvious symbol of local journalism's decline.
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Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Bloomberg Law retracts Sept. 3 story on a Trump admin staffer accused of anti-Semitic Facebook posts, issues apology citing failure to meet editorial standards
The Guardian:
Prince Harry files a legal claim against the owners of the Sun and the Daily Mirror over alleged phone hacking
Lucinda Southern / Digiday:
Sky News launched its first livestream on Twitch this week, joining publishers like Washington Post, BuzzFeed, and Cheddar
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Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
Supermarket giant Aldi will no longer sell newspapers or magazines in its UK stores; in the US, Kroger will stop carrying free papers and magazines October 15
Subrat Patnaik / Reuters:
Thomson Reuters buys B2B events specialist FC Business Intelligence, which it will rebrand as Reuters Events and operate as part of the news division