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12:20 PM ET, March 9, 2020


 Top News: 
Cat Zakrzewski / Washington Post:
Twitter applied its “manipulated media” label for the first time, after a clipped video of Joe Biden was tweeted by a White House official, retweeted by Trump  —  It's the first time the social network has enforced a new policy to fight doctored videos and photos
Jessica Bursztynsky / CNBC:
Facebook now has a “partly false information” label on the video of Joe Biden posted by White House staff and shared by Trump, following fact checkers' input
Ben Smith / New York Times:
Bernie Sanders' claim that the mainstream media represents the affluents' interests has merit and is distinct from Trump's attempts to coerce and control  —  The senator's sweeping critique of coverage has more merit than we in the media like to admit.  —  When a BuzzFeed News colleague …
Patricia Nilsson / Financial Times:
Study: only 38 among 162 large media outlets across 10 countries including UK, US, and Japan have a female EIC; in S. Africa, 47% of the top editors are women  —  At 168 largest media outlets across 10 countries only 38 had a female editor  —  Less than a quarter of top news outlets …
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
PGA Tour, which organizes the main men's golf tours in the US, signs a nine year deal with CBS, NBC, and ESPN; sources say the deal is worth $680M+, up 70%  —  The membership fees for TV's golf club just got a lot more expensive.  —  The PGA Tour, the organizer of the main professional men's golf tours …
Megan Graham / CNBC:
SXSW, which was scheduled for March 13-22, has been canceled due to concerns over the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak  —  - SXSW was canceled after a string of high-profile cancellations including Twitter, Facebook and TikTok.  — The conference had been scheduled to take place between March 13 and 22.
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
To head off an Election Day debacle, reporters should ramp up scrutiny of issues like broken voting equipment, lack of polling places, unfair voter registration  —  If Election Day 2020 turns into a full-blown disaster, no one can say there weren't plenty of warning signs.
Dan Froomkin / Press Watch:
Political reporters shouldn't cover the coronavirus story because it's a science issue with right and wrong claims, not a two-sided battle over the narrative  —  One of the many ways the public is ill-served by the White House chokehold on information about the coronavirus crisis is that it gives …
Lissa Harris / The River:
Problems faced by local news in the Catskills, like competition with new lifestyle pubs and social media over ad dollars, are amplified by rural economic issues  —  The closure of the Catskill Mountain News is the latest blow to local journalism in rural New York.
Patrick Strudwick / BuzzFeed:
In a letter to Guardian EIC, 338 staff members protest the paper's “transphobic content” after a recent column and air concerns over resignations of trans staff  —  “The pattern of publishing transphobic content has interfered with our work and cemented our reputation …
All 4:
Dorothy Byrne to step down as Channel 4's Head of News & Current Affairs and take on the specially created role of Editor at Large for a year beginning May 1  —  After over 15 years leading Channel 4's multi-award-winning news and current affairs output, Dorothy Byrne has decided to step …
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Tim Peterson / Digiday:
News media publishers are using their streaming services, which have more flexible schedules than linear TV, to keep audiences up-to-date with COVID-19 coverage
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Makena Kelly / The Verge:
Senators introduce the Kids Internet Design and Safety Act to target sponsored content and unboxing videos aimed at children under age 16 on online platforms
Fadel Allassan / Axios:
Trump campaign is suing CNN for libel over an opinion article by a contributor who said the campaign is keeping open the option of seeking Russia's help in 2020