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2:40 AM ET, October 15, 2019

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New York Times:
Conference attendees at a Trump resort in Miami were shown a video of a fake Trump killing news media and political opponents in a church  —  WASHINGTON — A video depicting a macabre scene of a fake President Trump shooting, stabbing and brutally assaulting members of the news media …
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Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
If Trump doesn't condone violence against journalists, he should stop inspiring it  —  I'll never forget the moment, while covering the Republican National Convention in 2016, that I saw the T-shirt:  —  “Rope.  Tree.  Journalist.  Some Assembly Required,” it read in bold letters.
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
Sources: Zuckerberg recently hosted off-the-record dinners with conservative figures like Tucker Carlson and Lindsey Graham to discuss free speech, partnerships  —  Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has been hosting informal talks and small, off-the-record dinners with conservative journalists …
Jackie Strause / Hollywood Reporter:
In a memo to staff, NBC News president pushes back against Catch and Kill, says “there is no evidence of any reports of Lauer's misconduct before his firing”  —  “There is no evidence of any reports of [Matt] Lauer's misconduct before his firing, no settlements, no 'hush money …
Matt Novak / Gizmodo:
ABC News pulls and apologizes for airing a video that was meant to show Turkey bombing Kurds, but seems to have been made in 2017 in Kentucky  —  ABC News aired a video on Sunday that host Tom Llamas said depicted a Turkish attack in northern Syria against Kurdish civilians.
New York Times:
How Trump is cajoling and bullying his closest media ally Fox News as a total-loyalty litmus test, even as impeachment ups the stakes  —  Fed up with the coverage on his favorite cable news station, President Trump decided late this summer that a direct intervention was needed.
Joe Nocera / Bloomberg:
Commitment to quality reporting and staff weren't enough to stop the decline of Pennsylvania's Reading Eagle, which couldn't make up for print ad revenue losses  —  A wealthy owner opted for quality and commitment at the Reading Eagle.  It didn't work.  —  SHARE THIS ARTICLE  —  Share  —  Tweet
Tim Peterson / Digiday:
Axios has signed a deal for two more seasons of its HBO show; CEO says the subscriber base for its newsletters has risen from 375K to 725K since December 2018  —  Axios has decided to do away with the established model for digital publishers' video businesses.
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Alison Flood / The Guardian:
The 2019 Booker Prize jointly shared by Margaret Atwood, the oldest winner at 79, and Bernardine Evaristo, the first black woman awardee, in its 50-year history  —  Judging panel break rules in choosing The Testaments and Girl, Woman, Other as joint winners  —  Play Video
Jon Lafayette / Broadcasting & Cable:
Ad-supported streaming service Tubi to launch Tubi Kids on October 21, says it plans to expand internationally starting with the UK in 2020  —  Ad-supported streaming service Tubi said it plans to launch Tubi Kids on Oct. 21, joining the ranks of on-demand over-the-top services offering content aimed at kids and families.
 
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