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7:15 PM ET, March 3, 2020


 Top News: 
Mary McNamara / Los Angeles Times:
NYT's Ben Smith breathlessly praises his new employer in his first column, with self-congratulatory hyperbole, describing a problem without offering a solution  —  The New York Times just debuted its new media critic, Ben Smith, with the headline “Why the Success of the Times May Be Bad News for Journalism” …
Brian Stelter / CNN:
Chris Matthews abruptly announces his retirement amid his MSNBC talk show Hardball, after a string of recent controversies  —  (CNN Business)Chris Matthews, one of the country's best-known political talk show hosts, is retiring from MSNBC, effective immediately, after a string of recent controversies on and off the air.
Amanda Meade / The Guardian:
The Australian Associated Press to close on June 26 after 85 years in operation, with ~180 jobs lost, as major shareholders Nine and News Corp find it unviable  —  Chief executive of Australian Associated Press tells staff the news agency, which has operated since 1935, is closing on 26 June
Dan Mangan / CNBC:
The Trump campaign sues The Washington Post for defamation, citing two opinion posts about the campaign and Russia; the suit follows a similar suit against NYT  —  - President Donald Trump's campaign sued the The Washington Post for defamation, citing two opinion articles published in 2019 …
Ben Strauss / Washington Post:
With ~430 staff, The Athletic has likely the largest stable of sportswriters in media, but it isn't profitable, making its failure a risk for sports journalism  —  Jon Greenberg, a Chicago-based sportswriter, had just closed on his new house in 2015 when he was laid off by ESPN.
Steven Melendez / Fast Company:
A look at some of the Redditors and subreddits fighting disinformation on a site notorious for incubating conspiracy theories  —  Robert Mercer invested in Cambridge Analytica, the company that became infamous for siphoning off Facebook users' information to target political ads.
Discussion: @gideonro and @kschwabable
Mark Sweney / The Guardian:
Sky signs a non-exclusive multiyear deal with Disney to make Disney+ available on its Sky Q box and on its streaming service, Now TV, in the UK and Ireland  —  Fan websites want release of No Time to Die put back to summer as Disney cancels new streaming service launch event
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Free streaming service Tubi partners with Enseo, an in-room entertainment platform provider, to bring Tubi to 20+ hotel and resort brands, like Hyatt and Hilton  —  Tubi is taking its ad-supported VOD on the road.  —  The free streaming service is launching directly on TVs …
New York Times:
US restricts to 100 the number of Chinese citizens who can work in the US for five state-controlled Chinese new orgs, including Xinhua; ~160 work in the US now  —  The new rule could effectively force 60 Chinese citizens to leave the United States in a tit-for-tat campaign between Washington …
Aaron Rupar / Vox:
CrowdTangle: stories on Facebook from right-wing sources about Hillary Clinton's emails fill three of the top 10 and five of the top 20 slots in past 24 hours  —  It's Super Tuesday and the coronavirus is spreading, but Facebook is talking about Hillary Clinton's emails.
Lili Bayer / Politico:
Internal emails show Hungarian state media told staff to seek permission to report on Greta Thunberg and EU politics, and banned mentions of leading NGOs  —  Activists condemn ‘censorship’ revealed in leaked emails.  —  Hungarian state media bosses told staff they need permission to report …
Jack Nicas / New York Times:
Study: YouTube has reduced recommendations of some conspiracy theories like flat earth and QAnon but has let others flourish for topics like climate change  —  A new study examines YouTube's efforts to limit the spread of conspiracy theories on its site, from videos claiming the end times are near to those questioning climate change.
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Theodore Schleifer / Vox:
Salesforce co-founder Marc Benioff says he is no longer making political endorsements or contributions to candidates since he bought Time Magazine in late 2018
Jess Barnes / Cord Cutters News:
Hulu + Live TV is now available on PlayStation 4
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Lindsey Ellefson / The Wrap:
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Joshua Franklin / Reuters:
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New York Times:
NYT reporters and editors including Chief White House Correspondent Peter Baker discuss what they do in their personal lives to maintain political impartiality
Chris Welch / The Verge:
AT&T TV launches across the US after rolling out in over a dozen markets last year, with prices that start at $49.99/month but go up dramatically after a year
Mark Sweney / The Guardian:
Sports streaming service DAZN to expand to 200 countries, including the UK, on May 2, with an initial focus on boxing