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12:25 AM ET, April 28, 2020


 Top News: 
Joe Concha / The Hill:
Report: more than four out of five newspapers in the US did not qualify for Paycheck Protection Program loans because of how their companies are structured  —  More than four out of five newspapers in the U.S. are not eligible for the government's Paycheck Protection Program …
The Independent:
FT reporter Mark Di Stefano accessed confidential Zoom calls at The Independent and Evening Standard where staff were informed of pay cuts and furloughs  —  Media correspondent eavesdropped on Zoom meetings as staff were told sensitive news of pay cuts and furloughs during pandemic
Guido Fawkes:
The Financial Times has suspended media and technology correspondent Mark Di Stefano  —  The Financial Times has suspended recently hired Mark Di Stefano as media and technology correspondent.  The tenacious reporter joined from Buzzfeed where he covered media and politics.
Jacob Knutson / Axios:
White House reverses course after initially canceling today's coronavirus press briefing; WH did not hold a briefing over the weekend  —  White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany tweeted Monday that President Trump will hold a coronavirus press briefing, after announcing earlier …
The Daily Beast:
Fox News cuts ties with Diamond & Silk, who've contributed original content to Fox Nation since 2018, after they pushed conspiracy theories about the pandemic  —  The MAGA superstars lost their Fox gig after pushing absolutely wild conspiracy theories about the COVID-19 pandemic.
Baseless YouTube conspiracy videos, embraced by CCP media and uploaded to WeChat, Weibo, claim a US Army reservist started the pandemic and are ruining her life  —  Maatje Benassi, a US Army reservist and mother of two, has become the target of conspiracy theorists who falsely place …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
YouTube to host a free digital film festival from May 29 to June 7, with 20 partners including Cannes, Tribeca, Sundance, Berlin, and Venice film festivals  —  With COVID-19 shuttering film fests worldwide, YouTube has stepped in to launch a 10-day digital film festival this spring with 20 partners …
Pew Research Center:
Pew survey of US adults: while 92% say they are following COVID-19 news, 69% of those over 65 are doing so “very closely” compared to 42% of 18-29-year-olds  —  An overwhelming majority of all U.S. adults (92%) said in late March that they were fairly or very closely following news …
Andy Lack / NBC News:
The chairman of NBC News and MSNBC says Trump has put the “bully in bully pulpit” by attacking reporters but “the heart of journalism has never been stronger”  —  At this dark hour, Americans are scared.  They're hungry for accurate information and the unvarnished truth.
Daniel Pollack-Pelzner / The Atlantic:
London's National Theatre has found online success amid COVID-19 through NT Live, founded in 2009, which films on-stage events for YouTube and other platforms  —  The intimate camerawork of its web broadcasts gives everyone the best seat in the house.  —  For the past few weeks …
Tiffany Hsu / New York Times:
As the pandemic halts filming, ad agencies are increasingly turning towards digitally altered, deepfake-style ads that repurpose old footage for new uses  —  With the pandemic having shut down production, companies are asking ad agencies to create commercials made up of digitally altered footage.
Dade Hayes / Deadline:
WarnerMedia and Apple reach a deal to give free HBO Max access to existing HBO customers billed through Apple  —  WarnerMedia has firmed up a distribution deal with Apple for distribution of its forthcoming streaming service HBO Max.  —  The pact is the latest key agreement in the run …
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Joe Hagan / Vanity Fair:
In his first interview since leaving MSNBC, Chris Matthews admits he made a sexist comment to a guest that led to his early retirement
Joy Press / Vanity Fair:
TV showrunners and crew members reflect on the week of March 9 when all production across the US ground to a halt after the COVID-19 danger became real
Cinnamon Janzer / Columbia Journalism Review:
Journalists are growing increasingly concerned amid the pandemic over the CDC's restrictive press policies that have limited access to its scientists for years
Ben Smith / New York Times:
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