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6:20 PM ET, February 19, 2020

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The Hill:
The Hill posts its review of 14 John Solomon columns, says in some cases the sources were his own attorneys and he should have been labeled an opinion columnist  —  On Nov. 18, 2019, The Hill announced it was reviewing John Solomon's opinion columns on Ukraine after State Department diplomats …
Wall Street Journal:
China revokes press credentials of three WSJ reporters, ordering them to leave the country within five days as punishment for a recent opinion piece in the WSJ  —  China's Foreign Ministry says move was punishment for a recent opinion piece published by the Journal
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Dish's Sling TV now has 2.5M subscribers, losing 94,000 in Q4, the first time it lost subscribers since its 2015 launch; Dish revenue dropped 2.1% YoY to $3.2B  —  Dish Network continued to feel the cord-cutting sting in the fourth quarter of 2019: While its total subscriber losses in the period …
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Casey Egan / S&P Global:
During its Q4 earnings call, Dish chairman Charlie Ergen said that he believes the merger between DirecTV and Dish is “probably inevitable”  —  DISH Network Corp. Chairman Charlie Ergen believes it is “probably inevitable” that DISH and AT&T Inc.'s DIRECTV, as the two largest U.S. satellite pay TV providers, should merge.
The Markup:
The Markup says it will begin publishing on February 25 and announces its board of directors  —  The Markup, a nonpartisan and nonprofit newsroom investigating how powerful institutions are using technology in ways that impact society, today announced its Board of Directors ahead of its February 25th launch.
Cameron Wilson / BuzzFeed:
Facebook has 17M users in Australia but just seven fact checkers, from AFP and Australian Associated Press, who completed 220 fact checks since April 2019  —  “It's incredible the sheer speed at which lies travel, particularly when they're targeted at groups," one fact checker said.
Kayleigh Barber / Digiday:
The Information and Bloomberg are testing a digital subscription bundle which offers access to both publications, streams, newsletters, more, for $499 per year  —  The Information and Bloomberg Media are the next set of publishers to test out a digital subscription bundling model.
Laura Wagner / VICE:
Vox claims it owns a SB Nation blogger's twitter account with ~10K followers after an exec took over the contractor's account and changed login credentials  —  On Friday, Feb. 14, a senior executive from Vox Media managed to break into a sports blogger's Twitter account and change the login credentials …
New York Times:
E. Jean Carroll, the Elle magazine advice columnist who last year accused Trump of rape, says she was fired because of Trump's repeated insults against her  —  The longtime columnist blamed her departure from the magazine on Mr. Trump, who she said in a defamation lawsuit had damaged her reputation by calling her a liar.
Nicholas Quah / Hot Pod News:
Patreon has launched Patreon Capital, which provides creators with cash advances they pay back with slight interest using income earned on the platform  —  I was tempted to kick this story off with a platitude along the lines of: “Starting something is the hardest part.”
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
An Edinburgh Evening News editor will oversee six Scottish newspapers, including The Scotsman, as JPI Media restructures newsrooms to focus on digital growth  —  One editor will oversee six Scottish newspapers, including The Scotsman, as JPI Media restructures its newsrooms to focus on digital growth.
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CNN:
Senior Campaign Adviser Timothy O'Brien says Michael Bloomberg will sell Bloomberg LP if he is elected President  —  Senior Bloomberg Campaign Adviser Timothy O'Brien says the candidate will release his tax returns and sell Bloomberg LP if he is elected president.
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Leta Hong Fincher / The Intercept:
After killing a story on high-level corruption in China and firing the reporter in 2013, Bloomberg LP threatened to sue unless the reporter's wife signed an NDA
 
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Pew Research Center:
Survey: 23% of US adults who don't follow political news closely are very concerned about disinformation, compared to 75% of those who do follow news closely
Financial Times:
WHSmith removes the Daily Telegraph from its railway station outlets after the pub raised its cover price without increasing retailers' cut proportionately
Tom Kludt / Vanity Fair:
MSNBC's sway over Democratic politics is waning as Bernie Sanders opens a path to the nomination, similar to how Fox's power over the GOP was eclipsed by Trump
Nilesh Christopher / VICE:
An Indian election candidate created multiple deepfakes of his own video with him speaking different languages to access voters, reaching ~15M WhatsApp users
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Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
WHCA announces SNL cast member Kenan Thompson will host its annual dinner on April 25, after dropping a comedian as main speaker last year amid a Trump boycott
New York Times:
US designates Xinhua, CGTN, China Radio, China Daily, and The People's Daily as government entities, subject to the same rules as diplomats stationed in the US
Hanaa' Tameez / Nieman Lab:
The AP StoryShare platform facilitates collaboration as newsrooms find and upload articles; 25 outlets have shared 200 stories since last month's launch