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4:45 PM ET, January 11, 2020


 Top News: 
In an open letter, 13 former White House press secretaries, foreign service and military officials call for the return of regular WH and other press briefings  —  The last White House press briefing was 301 days ago  —  In an open letter, a group of 13 former White House press secretaries …
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Stephanie Grisham can not be described as the worst ever White House press secretary, because she may hold the title, but she is not doing that job  —  Hearing Joe Lockhart talk about his old job as White House press secretary almost seems quaint.  —  The idealism: “Your main job is to advocate for the press within the government.”
Ranjan Roy / Margins:
Facebook's corporate comms have felt combative and sloppy since late 2018, and now even rank and file employees are facing public vilification  —  Ranjan here, writing about how Facebook's communication operations feel completely broken and wondering whether the company's rank and file are okay with becoming the villains.
Joan Summers / Jezebel:
Source: Teen Vogue's editorial team was not aware that sales would be publishing the Facebook election safety advertorial
Ryan Glasspiegel / The Big Lead:
In a letter to the union, G/O CEO says G/O plans to relaunch Deadspin in Chicago as an Onion property and is suspending negotiations over editorial independence  —  The entire staff of Deadspin walked away from the site in late October, and there have been no stories published there since November 4th.
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Trump's allies are trying to raise $250M for a bid for One America News Network, in an effort to shake up conservative media dominated by Fox News  —  Hicks Equity Partners, a family investment firm tied to Republican National Committee co-chair Thomas Hicks Jr., is pitching GOP donors on possible deal
Damien Cave / New York Times:
Murdoch-owned Australian media outlets echo messages from social media bots and trolls and continue to say climate change policy would have no impact on fires  —  Critics see a concerted effort to shift blame, protect conservative leaders and divert attention from climate change.
Peter Kafka / Vox:
Sources: the Chernin Group is in advanced talks to sell a majority stake in Barstool Sports to casino operator Penn National Gaming  —  Barstool Sports founder Dave Portnoy at a Harrah's casino event in Atlantic City, New Jersey, in 2019.  Tom Briglia/ Getty Images
Isobel Cockerell / Coda Story:
IFJ: at least 15 Iranian journalists and media outlets report that Instagram has suspended their accounts; Instagram says it is complying with US sanctions  —  After a U.S. drone strike killed Iran's General Qassem Soleimani, Iranians flocked to one of their favorite platforms, Instagram.
Deanna Ting / Digiday:
Bloomberg News switched from WhatsApp to Telegram in December and now sends daily updates to 27K+ subscribers, following WhatsApp's ban on bulk messaging  —  On Telegram, the preferred messaging app for the privacy conscious, Bloomberg News is attempting to draw new subscribers and build …
Discussion: @jonrussell and Talking Biz News
Joshua Benton / Nieman Lab:
The antitrust exemption that would allow publishers to collectively negotiate with Google and Facebook will not produce the results publishers seek  —  Republicans and Democrats are (surprisingly!) teaming up to help news organizations negotiate with the tech giants.
Sara Rafsky / Columbia Journalism Review:
Interviews with journalism professionals reveal gaps in New York City's local news coverage for some neighborhoods, and in topic areas like health care and law  —  New York City is the base from which many journalists cover the rest of the country and the globe.
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Lacey Rose / Hollywood Reporter:
Oprah Winfrey pulls documentary about a Russell Simmons accuser from Apple TV+ and says she will no longer be an executive producer, citing creative differences
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The Information:
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