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10:05 PM ET, December 30, 2019

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Tracy Connor / The Daily Beast:
Mehdi Hasan / The Intercept:
Ivanka Trump should be asked tough questions as she is a senior White House adviser, but Face The Nation treated her as a political pundit and “first daughter”  —  The morning after Donald Trump became only the third president in U.S. history to be impeached, his senior adviser Ivanka Trump …
Michael Schneider / Variety:
CBS tops 2019's most-watched TV channels in the US with 7.14M primetime viewers, down 4% YoY; NBC was second with 6.3M, down 19% YoY  —  It's tough out there for a linear network.  Even inside the major media conglomerates, the buzz is all about a company's new digital platform, not its legacy channels.
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Megan Graham / CNBC:
Vox Media rolls out Forte, a data marketplace to help advertisers reach its audience, says it now has 125M monthly visitors across its 13 editorial networks  —  - Vox Media's new platform called Forte is designed to help advertisers reach the publisher's expanding audience.
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
This year was the darkest yet for media in the Trump era, with threats of retribution, the end of White House briefings, and 50% more accusations of “fake news”  —  Threats of ‘retribution,’ more accusations of ‘fake news’ and the end of the White House briefing made 2019 the darkest yet for journalists in the Trump era.
Discussion: @philiprucker
Freddy Mayhew / Press Gazette:
BuzzFeed UK made a loss of £9.4M in 2018, up from £2.3M in 2017, and had revenues of £21.5M, down from £33.4M in 2017  —  Buzzfeed UK made a loss of £9.4m in 2018, new full-year accounts show, with turnover having fallen by nearly £12m on the year before.
Etan Vlessing / Hollywood Reporter:
Hasbro completes its $3.8B takeover of Canadian studio Entertainment One, originally announced in August  —  The deal hands the U.S. toymaker popular family brands like ‘Peppa Pig,’ ‘PJ Masks’ and ‘Ricky Zoom.’  —  U.S. toymaker Hasbro on Monday closed its $3.8 billion merger deal for Canadian indie studio Entertainment One.
Peter Kafka / Vox:
Netflix releases list of the ten “most popular” shows and movies that it began streaming in the US in 2019, with its own content taking all but one of the spots  —  Luke Evans, Adam Sandler, and Jennifer Aniston star in Murder Mystery, available on Netflix.  Scott Yamano / Netflix
Tina Nguyen / Politico:
John Solomon's reporting for WaPo helped sink Rudy Giuliani's 2008 presidential campaign, even as both men now find themselves caught up in the same scandal  —  Long before they entered a symbiotic relationship to pick apart the Bidens' alleged ties to Ukrainian corruption …
Discussion: Washington Post
 
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Tony Romm / Washington Post:
Facebook has started pulling some ads about HIV prevention drugs that fact-checkers deemed misleading, after months-long pressure from LGBTQ orgs and experts
Jason Hovet / Reuters:
Zoltan Andrusko, who was charged with facilitating the murder of Slovak investigative journalist Jan Kuciak and his fiancee, sentenced to 15 years in plea deal
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Ben Kamisar / NBC News:
An overview of NBC's special edition of Meet the Press, “Alternative Facts: Inside the Weaponization of Disinformation”
Matteo Moschella / First Draft:
Q&A with Lee Mwiti, the chief editor of Africa's first independent fact-checking website Africa Check, on disinformation and media manipulation on the continent
Sarah J. Jackson / New York Times:
In 2010s, Twitter enabled young and marginalized people to be heard, held news organizations accountable, and pushed largely ignored issues into the mainstream