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5:20 PM ET, December 26, 2019

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Jay Rosen / PressThink:
What Chuck Todd blamed on naiveté to lessen his error of ignoring the GOP's spread of disinfo was in fact willful blindness and malpractice  —  That disinformation was going to overtake Republican politics was discoverable years before he says he discovered it.
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Peter Wade / Rolling Stone:
Q&A with Chuck Todd about a Dec 29 edition of Meet the Press focusing on journalism and disinformation with guests like NYT's Dean Baquet and WaPo's Marty Baron  —  Chuck Todd has had a front-row seat for the spread of disinformation, here's how he sees it happening and the media's role in it
David Uberti / VICE:
CrowdTangle: Breitbart's page racked up 57.8M Facebook likes, comments, and shares since Sept. 1, more than the 42.6M of NYT, WaPo, WSJ, and USA Today combined  —  Want the best of VICE News straight to your inbox?  Sign up here.  —  Soon after President Donald Trump was inaugurated in 2017, Breitbart appeared to be on the ropes.
New York Times:
Studios produced 58 franchise films in 2019, which accounted for 82% of the worldwide Hollywood box office  —  In 2019, Hollywood put out a whopping 58 franchise films, including “The Rise of Skywalker,” released this weekend.  Still, ticket sales dropped.
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Dan Kennedy / wgbh.org:
To grow digital subs, papers should consider offering traditional bundles with national and local news plus comics and features to become one-stop destinations  —  As newspapers have moved away from making their content freely available online, a lot of thinking that seemed forward-looking a few years ago needs to be re-examined.
Discussion: @dankennedy_nu
Allyson McCabe / Wired:
As labels increasingly rely on streaming data to scout talent, they could become less willing to sign artists whose music isn't engineered to maximize profit  —  The explosion of metrics and algorithms isn't just reflecting what's happening in the music industry.  It's transforming it.
Constance Grady / Vox:
With print books often cheaper than ebooks, whose sales stabilized at ~20% of total book sales, a look at the aftermath of Apple's ebook price fixing lawsuit  —  Publishing spent the 2010s fighting tooth and nail against ebooks.  There were unintended consequences.
A.J. Bauer / Nieman Lab:
A strong electoral backlash against Trump in 2020 can impose boundaries on conservative media which could otherwise venture beyond self-regulation for good  —  A.J. Bauer is a visiting assistant professor in the Department of Media, Culture and Communication at NYU.
Sarah Pulliam Bailey / Washington Post:
Napp Nazworth, politics editor of Christian Post, says he has quit his job as the site has decided to publish a pro-Trump editorial bashing Christianity Today  —  The decision by Christianity Today to publish an editorial describing President Trump as “immoral” and calling …
 
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Hannah Knowles / Washington Post:
Ashley Feinberg explains how she built a reputation for digging into the hidden online lives of political elites like Pete Buttigieg, Mitt Romney, and others
American Press Institute:
Partisans exploited WaPo reporter's “Merry Impeachmas” tweet because they knew most people lack knowledge on how journalists operate and would assume the worst
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Madison Feller / ELLE:
Profile of NYT investigations editor Rebecca Corbett who oversaw the Weinstein investigation and helped inspire The Wire, where she played a cameo as an editor
Bloomberg:
Sources: earlier this year, YouTube considered screening all videos for kids under 8 in YouTube Kids but dropped the idea to avoid looking like a media company
Ben Strauss / Washington Post:
Sports Illustrated staff say morale is deteriorating as experienced journalists continue leaving, as new owner Maven talks up its digital plan to save its brand