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3:10 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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Joe Concha / The Hill:   Fox News averaged 2.5M primetime viewers in 2019, the most in its 23-year history, making it the most-watched channel on basic cable
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.
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.
Ben Kamisar / NBC News:
An overview of NBC's special edition of Meet the Press, “Alternative Facts: Inside the Weaponization of Disinformation”  —  On a special edition of “Meet the Press,” top journalists discuss the challenges of finding the facts amid growing disinformation.
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  —  It's impossible to avoid news about how harmful social media can be.  The Cambridge Analytica scandal.  The ubiquitous Russian bots.
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
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.
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Advertising Analytics projection: Michael Bloomberg will spend $300M-$400M on ads by March, similar to Obama campaign's ad spend for the entire 2012 election  —  Michael Bloomberg's presidential campaign wants to flood voters with attacks on Mr. Trump before it is too late …
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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
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Mark Ledwich / Medium:
Study claims that YouTube's late 2019 algorithm steers logged-out users away from watching radicalizing content, directing them to more mainstream videos