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8:25 AM ET, April 14, 2020


 Top News: 
John Ourand / Sports Business Daily:
ESPN confirms it is asking about 100 commentators to take a temporary pay cut; sources: ESPN is asking talent to take a 15% pay cut over the next three months  —  ESPN has asked its 100 most highly paid commentators to take voluntary 15% pay cuts over the next three months …
Ben Smith / New York Times:
Interview with NYT's Dean Baquet on why the paper waited weeks to cover a sexual assault allegation against Biden and edited the article to appease his campaign  —  Dean Baquet, the executive editor of The New York Times, said the article was published when there was enough reporting …
Dave Itzkoff / New York Times:
The comic book industry has been hit hard by COVID-19 as stores close and the distribution of new titles grinds to a halt, creating uncertainty about the future  —  A key distributor has halted deliveries and shops are shuttered, putting the entire industry in jeopardy: “A lot of people are going to lose their livelihoods.”
Discussion: Melville House Books and IndieWire
William J. Broad / New York Times:
Investigation finds a decade-long health disinformation campaign by Russia, using social media and news outlets like RT, to sow confusion and hurt institutions  —  A decade of health disinformation promoted by President Vladimir Putin of Russia has sown wide confusion, hurt major institutions …
Alex Weprin / Hollywood Reporter:
Filing: Disney signs a one-year $5B revolving credit agreement with Citibank; the company now has access to $13B+ following similar credit agreements last month  —  The company now has access to more than $13 billion in credit, should it be needed.  —  The Walt Disney Co. is bolstering …
Discussion: Seeking Alpha, Deadline, Variety and Variety
Ayush Tiwari / Newslaundry:
Amid lockdown in India, The Quint furloughed about 45 staff, Times of India laid off some employees, and national dailies like Indian Express announced pay cuts  —  The Quint employees speak of an uncertain future, a Life staffer described the decision as ‘inhuman’.
Jonathan Stempel / Reuters:
Lawrence Lessig withdraws suit accusing NYT of “clickbait defamation” after the paper made changes, including making its online headline match the print edition  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - A prominent Harvard Law School professor on Monday withdrew a lawsuit accusing The New York Times of …
Discussion: Lessig
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Photographers, confined to seven spots in the WH briefing room due to social distancing, get creative in capturing historic moments during COVID-19 briefings  —  It took just seconds for the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to undo two hours of work by New York Times photographer Doug Mills.
Jon Allsop / Columbia Journalism Review:
Following Trump's talk to “reopen America”, media's framing around saving either lives or jobs is dangerous, as public health is necessary in a healthy economy  —  On March 24, President Trump told a Fox News virtual town hall that he'd love to have America “opened up and just raring to go” by Easter.
Discussion: Poynter, Reason, New York Post and The Hill
Lauren Feiner / CNBC:
Meg Whitman says Quibi had 1.7M downloads in its first week and is accelerating plans to let the app cast to TVs due to the lockdown  —  - New mobile streaming service Quibi saw 1.7 million downloads in its first week, CEO Meg Whitman said on CNBC's “Squawk on the Street” Monday.
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YouTube says viewership of videos classified as “news” has increased 75% YoY in the recent weeks
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Trump campaign sues Wisconsin TV station WJFW-NBC for “common law defamation” after it ran a Priorities USA ad alleging Trump called the coronavirus a “hoax”
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Munsif Vengattil / Reuters:
Dish Network says it's cut staff, without specifying how many, and is re-evaluating its business to better cope with the fallout from the coronavirus pandemic
New York Times:
Condé Nast announces pay cuts of 10%-20% for those earning over $100K and expects “some role eliminations” as it seeks government assistance in the UK and EU
Chris Stokel-Walker / OneZero:
As some YouTube advertising rates drop by as much as 50% while viewership rates are up, YouTubers say their pay has declined dramatically