Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Anthony Fauci conceding in an interview that Trump often provides inaccurate information is the best argument for not airing Trump's briefings on live TV — During a Saturday news briefing, President Trump fielded a question about the coronavirus timeline.
Discussion: Vox, Science, New York Times, Wired, @maggienyt and Politico
Matthew Yglesias / Vox: Cable news should cancel the Trump Show
Jon Cohen / Science: 'I'm going to keep pushing.' Anthony Fauci tries to make the White House listen to facts of the pandemic
Maggie Haberman / New York Times: Trump Has Given Unusual Leeway to Fauci, but Aides Say He's Losing His Patience
Megan Molteni / Wired: Trump's Itch to Reboot the Economy Would Be a Fatal Error
Maggie Haberman / @maggienyt: “Mr. Trump knows that Dr. Fauci is seen as credible with a large swath of the public and with journalists, and so he has given him more leeway to contradict him than he has other officials.” https://www.nytimes.com/...
Quint Forgey / Politico: Trump signals unity with Fauci amid talk of tension
Patrick Frater / Variety:
The Olympics postponement means hundreds of hours of lost programming and lost revenue for NBCU, which had sold 90%+ of its ad inventory, valued at $1.25B+ — The Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo will be postponed for a year, until 2021, Japan's Prime Minister Abe Shinzo announced Tuesday.
Discussion: USA Today, CNN, International Olympic …, @frankpallotta, The Wrap, Axios, Broadcasting & Cable, Bloomberg, Forbes, Business Insider, @tvmojoe, Adweek, @tiffkhsu, Axios and @zeitchikwapo
Christine Brennan / USA Today: IOC member says that 2020 Tokyo Olympics will be postponed due to coronavirus pandemic
Frank Pallotta / CNN: What postponing the Summer Olympics means for NBC
International Olympic Committee: Joint Statement from the International Olympic Committee and the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee
Frank Pallotta / @frankpallotta: Here's NBC Sports on the postponement of the Olympics. “The Olympic flame will once again unite the world and provide a light at the end of this tunnel.” https://twitter.com/...
Tim Baysinger / The Wrap: Comcast CEO Reverses Course on Coronavirus: Pandemic ‘Could Have Material Adverse Impact’
Rebecca Falconer / Axios: Japan PM: IOC agreed to postpone Tokyo Summer Olympics until 2021
Michael Malone / Broadcasting & Cable: Summer Olympics Postponed Until 2021
Eben Novy-Williams / Bloomberg: NBC Has $1 Billion Schedule Hole to Plug With Olympics Postponed
Ariel Shapiro / Forbes: NBC Owner Warns Investors As Summer Olympics Are Postponed
Mike Shields / Business Insider: The Summer Olympics will be postponed, and that could lead to an unprecedented media disaster with tons of ramifications
@tvmojoe: The Olympics have been delayed until next year. A few weeks ago, I wrote about what that would mean to NBC and Comcast's new Peacock streaming platform: https://www.vulture.com/...
Tiffany Hsu / @tiffkhsu: Twitter, which had a big Olympics deal with NBC, now says it is working hard to “adjust plans” in “an evolving situation,” but that it has “policies and contingency plans in place for partners when events are postponed.”
Craig Silverman / BuzzFeed News:
The coronavirus pandemic is shaping to be much worse for news media than the 2008 financial crisis, which saw a 19% decline in newspaper revenue in the US — The journalists at BuzzFeed News are proud to bring you trustworthy and relevant reporting about the coronavirus.
Matt Pearce / @mattdpearce: “The collapse of print advertising during the coronavirus crisis will help push newspapers digital” is a bit like saying cholera will help you lose weight. https://www.axios.com/... https://twitter.com/...
@mmcphate: “The irony is that 'this is probably the greatest demand for local news that we've seen since before the transformation to digital ecosystem.'” https://www.axios.com/...
Virginia Hughes / @virginiahughes: “while journalists may be performing an essential business, the business of journalism is facing an extinction-level threat” https://www.buzzfeednews.com/ ... via @CraigSilverman
Colin Wolf / @wolfcolin: “Those who stayed — a ‘scrappy crew,’ Mr. Wagner called them — accepted significant pay cuts. The hope, he said, is to hire back as many of them as possible once the crisis is over.” https://www.nytimes.com/...
Eliot Brown / @eliotwb: It's going to be v v bad for local newspapers Papers have been living on fumes of a boom-era artificially-high print ad spending market The biggest of papers (disclaimer: us) have attracted big #s of online subscribers not working at local level https://www.nytimes.com/...
Mat Honan / @mat: Sobering story from @CraigSilverman - even if subscription income doesn't make up for losses in advertising, the time to subscribe to your local paper is right now. https://www.buzzfeednews.com/ ...
Matthew Gertz / @mattgertz: For the last year or so, I've been saying that the already-bad journalism layoff numbers in a relatively strong economy pointed to a total industry bloodbath when the next recession hit. It's here. https://www.buzzfeednews.com/ ...
Amy Maxmen / @amymaxmen: I keep seeing calls for all #coronavirus coverage to be free. I truly support the sentiment, but please also put forward models for supporting journalism in other ways. https://twitter.com/...
Scott Wiener / @scott_wiener: As if local news needed another major challenge. Let's support our local news outlets. They play such a crucial & unique role in our democracy. If you're able to subscribe to your local news or financially support, please consider doing so. https://www.axios.com/...
Christopher Spata / @spatatimes: Great explainer. Wish someone mentioned a way to support these places is subscribe or donate. Even if the paywall is lowered as a public service during the pandemic, like at the Tampa Bay Times, you can still get a digital subscription. That is the business model now. https://twitter.com/...
Bettina Chang / @bechang8: Journalism has been labeled an “essential” job during lockdowns. And yet coronavirus is an “extinction-level” event for the industry. Has never been so obvious that the industry's financial incentives are completely misaligned w/ its mission https://www.buzzfeednews.com/ ...
Ericka Cruz Guevarra / @notoriousecg: Newspapers/radio/media are considered “essential businesses” during #ShelterInPlace orders. We need reliable journalism in more than ever rn. And yet it appears Coronavirus will hurt the news Industry more than the 2008 financial crisis did. https://www.buzzfeed.com/...
Samm Quinn / @sammquinn13: A cruel irony of the pandemic, which in the United States has grown to more than 42,000 cases and killed 573 people, is that while journalists may be performing an essential business, the business of journalism is facing an extinction-level threat. https://twitter.com/...
Matthew Halliday / @matthewhalliday: News bailout, not cruise bailout, please. https://www.buzzfeednews.com/ ...
Brian Stelter / @brianstelter: > Many local news sites are seeing similar surges in traffic, yet the virus and a pending recession “could push the industry into near collapse...” https://www.axios.com/...
Patrick Caldwell / @patcaldwell: And happening at the same time that web traffic has jumped way up for most places. If you're obsessively reading coronavirus news, buy a subscription/donate to your favorite publications. (Especially local media.) https://twitter.com/...
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Mozilla launches Firefox Better Web with Scroll for Firefox tracking protection and Scroll's ad-free browsing experience for $2.50/mo. for the first six months — Mozilla just announced a new initiative called Firefox Better Web with Scroll, which combines the tracking protection built …
Discussion: The Mozilla Blog, Scroll Blog, @tryscroll, IT Management, @arctictony, @tuckerkristen, Axios, CNET, @arctictony, The Verge and @jason_kint, more at Techmeme »
Matt Grimes / The Mozilla Blog: Try our latest Test Pilot, Firefox for a Better Web, offering privacy and faster access to great content
Scroll / @tryscroll: We're excited to announce the launch of Firefox Better Web with Scroll, an initiative with Mozilla to bring joy back to browsing the web. Members can experience the fastest, most private Firefox yet combined with Scroll's growing network of ad-free sites. https://scroll.blog/... https://twitter.com/...
Tony Haile / @arctictony: A year ago we met with Mozilla to discuss whether a web that respected users privacy and performance but still funded sites was possible. That discussion led us to today and the launch of Firefox Better Web with Scroll: https://scroll.blog/...
Kristen Tucker / @tuckerkristen: We've been working with the phenomenal @firefox team over the course of the last year and we're grateful to be able to take the next step in our partnership, toward a better internet and a more sustainable model for journalism. https://twitter.com/...
Sara Fischer / Axios: Mozilla launches new initiative with Scroll to fund publishers
Stephen Shankland / CNET: $5 monthly Firefox subscription gets you ad-free news with startup Scroll
Tony Haile / @arctictony: We have always loved Mozilla's focus on the idea that a better web is possible. Finding new funding models for the web has never been more vital and we're proud to be working with them to make the internet a faster, more private and better place to be. https://blog.mozilla.org/...
Jason Kint / @jason_kint: yeowsers, THIS was a smart match. thrilled a bunch of our @DCNorg members are in on it. White space, an actual better (and open) web .. finally. https://twitter.com/...
Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
YouTube will change the default video resolution to standard definition worldwide for a month starting today to ease internet traffic — - Videos will default to standard definition worldwide — YouTube, Netflix already reduced video quality in Europe
Discussion: Variety, Fast Company, Android Central, Business Insider, The Verge and 9to5Google, more at Techmeme »
Jared Newman / Fast Company: YouTube cuts back default stream quality worldwide to keep governments happy
Jason England / Android Central: YouTube switches to SD quality by default globally in response to COVID-19
Julia Alexander / The Verge: YouTube is reducing its default video quality to standard definition for the next month
The New York Times Company:
NYT, WSJ, WaPo publishers call on China to reverse its expulsion of their journalists: “the media is collateral damage in a diplomatic dispute” — The Chinese government's decision to expel American journalists amid a global pandemic threatens the world's access to critical information …
Discussion: New York Times, The Hill, Fox News, @austinramzy, @kenroth, @raju, The Guardian, @voanews and Reuters
Marc Tracy / New York Times: 3 Newspapers Ask China to Reverse Decision to Expel American Journalists
Barnini Chakraborty / Fox News: China takes another swipe at US media as NYT, WSJ and Washington Post pen open letter to Beijing
Austin Ramzy / @austinramzy: Banner ad at the top of http://nytimes.com/ right now https://www.nytimes.com/... https://twitter.com/...
Kenneth Roth / @kenroth: The Chinese government's censorship of the early-warning Wuhan doctors let the coronavirus explode. Now its expulsion of top US journalists “is uniquely damaging and reckless” by preventing the urgently needed “free flow of reliable news and information.” https://www.nytco.com/... https://twitter.com/...
Raju Narisetti / @raju: The Publishers of @nytimes @WSJ @washingtonpost jointly publish full-page open letter to Chinese Government on journalist expulsions. China did start it and US govt engaged in similar tactics & then China doubled down. There is plenty of miscalculation to go around. #collateralD https://twitter.com/...
Helen Davidson / The Guardian: US newspapers appeal to China not to expel their reporters
@voanews: US Newspapers Call on China to Reverse Expulsion of Journalists https://www.voanews.com/... https://twitter.com/...
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
ABC, known for drama, is placing a heavier focus on news as broadcast networks see viewers of most-watched cable news anchors rise ~25% over past two weeks — ABC, best known for soapy programs like “Grey's Anatomy” and “Station 19,” has in recent days been more focused on the drama of real life.
Discussion: New York Times, Axios and @bristei
Instagram to remove some coronavirus-related content and accounts from recommendations and Explore, with exceptions for credible health organizations — People who search for information related to the coronavirus or COVID-19 on Instagram will start to see an educational message connecting …
Discussion: TechCrunch, New York Times, XDA Developers, MIT Technology Review, Business Insider, Reuters, CNET, Android Central and Jezebel, more at Techmeme »
Josh Constine / TechCrunch: Instagram launches Co-Watching of posts during video chat
Arol Wright / XDA Developers: Instagram is launching “Co-Watching” for browsing remotely with friends
Paige Leskin / Business Insider: Instagram sped up rollout on its new feature that lets friends quarantined apart watch videos together
Oscar Gonzalez / CNET: Instagram's new Co-Watching feature is built for social distancing
Jason England / Android Central: Instagram now lets you browse posts with friends while video chatting
Vijaya Gadde / Twitter:
Twitter is donating $500K each to the Committee to Protect Journalists and the International Women's Media Foundation — All around the world, we've seen our service connecting people with the authoritative health information they need to protect themselves and their loved ones.
Discussion: VentureBeat, TechCrunch, Committee to Protect …, Axios, The Hill and @twitterforgood
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch: Twitter is donating $1M across two foundations to support journalism during the coronavirus pandemic
Committee to Protect Journalists: Proposed Hungarian laws could imprison journalists covering coronavirus response
Morgan Gstalter / The Hill: Twitter donating $1M to journalism nonprofits amid coronavirus crisis
Freddy Mayhew / Press Gazette:
UK's Newsquest, with ~200 newspapers and magazines, is furloughing a “significant number” of staff, who will get 80% of their salaries; others get pay cuts — Newsquest is placing a “significant number” of its staff on furlough while all those who remain will face a wage cut in action to …
Discussion: @markdistef, @markdistef, @markdistef, @chrisburn_post and @markdistef
Mark Di Stefano / @markdistef: Hesitant to say it but the only good thing from this is Newsquest making use of the UK Government Retention Scheme. Without it, I imagine many journalists would have been immediately let go.
Mark Di Stefano / @markdistef: Willing to clarify, the staff who are attending work will be taking a 15pc cut on their wages above 18k. That means the first 18k remains unaffected. Apologies.
Mark Di Stefano / @markdistef: In the internal email, Newsquest CEO Henry Walker warns journalists of “very significant declines in our revenue, particularly from advertising”. The company is responsible for more than 160 UK news brands.
Chris Burn / @chrisburn_post: @SRTristan @MarkDiStef Which is why it is fair enough to furlough some workers, especially as 80% of their usual pay will be covered by the Government. But seems pretty tough on the remaining staff to take an almost equivalent pay cut when they will be doing more work under greater constraints.
Mark Di Stefano / @markdistef: NEW: The CEO of Newsquest (owned by US Gannett newspapers) the publisher of dozens of newspapers and magazines, has just emailed staff about a furlough scheme which will see many journalists placed on leave and 80pc of pay. Those not on furlough, will have wages cut 15pc.
Ted Johnson / Deadline:
WHCA says a member of the press corps has a suspected case of coronavirus and reduces briefing room to a pool of 14 reporters — The White House Correspondents' Association said that a member of the press corps has a suspected case of the coronavirus and is advising journalists and others …
Laura Baldwin / O'Reilly Media:
O'Reilly Media announces it is canceling all of its upcoming in-person conferences and permanently shutting down that portion of its business — It has been a rough few weeks as we've seen the COVID-19 virus take a toll on our livelihoods, our families and the world economy.
Discussion: @lauraabaldwin and @lauraabaldwin, more at Techmeme »
Laura Baldwin / @lauraabaldwin: @sfermigier @OReillyMedia For now, we are focusing on digital delivery and bringing our event stories, and interactive trainings on-line.
Laura Baldwin / @lauraabaldwin: It is with complete sadness that I announce @OReillyMedia has made the very difficult decision to shutter our in-person events business. To this invisible, viral, enemy we are all dealing with I say...we will beat you in the end. Stay well everyone. https://www.oreilly.com/...
Ted Johnson / Deadline:
Fox News will hold a two-hour virtual town hall today with Trump and members of the coronavirus task force; there will be no White House briefing today — President Donald Trump and members of his coronavirus task force will headline a two-hour “virtual” Fox News town hall on Tuesday afternoon.
Discussion: The Hill, Fox News, @tvietor08, @morningmika and @miriamelder
Brian Flood / Fox News: Fox News hosting virtual coronavirus town hall with President Trump, White House task force
Tommy Vietor / @tvietor08: This @FoxNews town hall is just the regular #coronavirus briefing but all the real reporters are excluded
Mika Brzezinski / @morningmika: This FOX town hall — no follow ups, no real information. Cmon @FoxNews —this was an opportunity to show that the network is serious about covering this story. It's not. Asking the President how HARD this was for HIM? Embarrassing.