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8:40 AM ET, April 6, 2020

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Washington Post:
Trump stopped US medical expert Anthony Fauci from answering a question about a drug Trump is touting during a daily COVID-19 briefing, an extraordinary moment  —  President Trump spent a portion of Sunday's press briefing yet again promoting an unproven treatment for the novel coronavirus, repeatedly asking, “What do we have to lose?”
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How Trump's obsession with TV news and focus on himself has fueled a chaotic COVID-19 response, with each day becoming an attempt to win the news cycle  —  President Trump began the seven-day stretch threatening — and then reneging on — a quarantine of the New York region.
Discussion: Raw Story
Nicole Sperling / New York Times:
Jeffery Katzenberg and Meg Whitman's Quibi short-video streaming service launches with $1.8B in funding amid the COVID-19 pandemic  —  Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman had to cancel a starry Hollywood party for their short-video platform because of the virus.  But Quibi is still going live.
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Adam Epstein / Quartz:
To succeed, Quibi should lean into the unscripted content that works well on the platform, and not mimic prestige television
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Quibi app review: works reliably, auto-flips between landscape and portrait, but no tablet-optimized mode, no family member profiles, and lacks a TV experience
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
The daily TV appearances of Chris Cuomo with Gov. Cuomo have become compelling viewing but critics question the journalistic propriety of the familial episodes  —  A month ago, it would have seemed unlikely — ridiculous, even — that the most riveting duo in America would be the Empire …
Alex Sherman / CNBC:
Streaming services should thrive during the pandemic but severe job losses will tighten wallets and social media platforms offer compelling free alternatives  —  - Quarantines have boosted streaming video usage but spiking job losses may not bode well for subscription video services.
Washington Post:
Health risks and privacy issues prevent journalists from reporting inside hospitals, leading to conspiracy theories as some cast doubts about lack of visuals  —  The coronavirus pandemic has been likened to a war.  But journalists are largely absent from the harrowing, heartbreaking front line of this crisis: hospitals.
KQED:
A San Francisco Examiner reporter reflects on the impact of the paper's 40% cut in hours and pay for all staff, even as its news site gets more views  —  On Tuesday, all staffers at the San Francisco Examiner and SF Weekly were notified that they'll be taking a 40 percent cut in hours and salary …
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Apptopia and Braze study: with 59M global installs, Netflix led rivals YouTube, Amazon Prime, and Disney+ in Q1, but more time was spent on YouTube Kids  —  Netflix may still dominate global streaming, but Disney+ has made a huge splash in the United States, where it launched in November.
Discussion: MediaPost and @masasoncap
Tiffany Hsu / New York Times:
IAB: digital ad spending for March and April is down 38% from what was expected, TV ad spending is down 41%, 45% on radio, 43% for print, and 51% on billboards  —  Blank billboards and canceled online ads signal an industry in crisis as the coronavirus spreads.
Rebecca Rubin / Variety:
Some independent movie theaters are launching “virtual cinemas” to let patrons stream first-tier films from home as a temporary revenue source amid the pandemic  —  Greg Laemmle never thought he'd recommend anyone to stream a movie at home.  The best way to watch a film …
Discussion: @variety
 
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Rebecca Davis / Variety:
China's National Film Bureau says it is working to ensure a strong supply of films available for streaming, days after President Xi told cinemas to remain shut
Discussion: Variety
Julie Reynolds / DFM Workers:
Sources: Alden Global Capital's MNG has quietly laid off or furloughed staff across its local newspapers this past week, including 13 layoffs at the Denver Post
Columbia Journalism Review:
Report on the values and practices of online conservative news orgs in the US, based on interviews with 22 journalists and editors at 14 conservative news sites
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Manori Ravindran / Variety:
Ampere: unscripted projects in development across 160 streamers grew from 24% in December 2018 to 51% a year later
Sara Guaglione / MediaPost:
Variety launches Variety Intelligence Platform, a subscription product offering analysis to high-level media professionals, for $399.99/year or $39.99/month
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Twitter says it will now allow ads mentioning COVID-19 under some conditions, such as ads about changes to business practices, a day after Google lifted its ban
Discussion: Search Engine Journal and Mashable
Sara Jerde / Adweek:
G/O Media, parent of Gizmodo, Kotaku, Jalopnik, Deadspin, and Lifehacker, has laid off 14 people, or less than 5% of its staff