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8:00 PM ET, June 4, 2020

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Maxwell Tani / The Daily Beast:
Multiple staffers protested a NYT op-ed by Sen. Tom Cotton calling for the US military to be used against protesters; many said it endangered black NYT staffers  —  “Running this puts Black @NYTimes staff in danger,” dozens of Times employees tweeted in solidarity on Wednesday evening.
Gabriel Snyder / Columbia Journalism Review:
The core problem with NYT publishing Tom Cotton's op-ed isn't that the arguments are painful or dangerous, but rather that the column was built on lies  —  Yesterday, the New York Times Opinion section ran an Op-Ed column by Sen. Tom Cotton, a Republican from Arkansas and a close ally of President Trump …
James Bennet / New York Times:
James Bennet defends publishing Tom Cotton's op-ed, saying readers who might oppose Cotton's view need to be aware of it if they hope to defeat it  —  More on our decision.  —  We published a piece yesterday that angered many readers, including many of my colleagues here at The Times.
Ken Meyer / Mediaite:
Memo: NYT Publisher A.G. Sulzberger says the Tom Cotton op-ed was printed in the spirit of openness to a range of opinions, notes staffers' pain, vows to listen  —  New York Times publisher A.G. Sulzberger defended the paper's decision to publish an op-ed from Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) …
Joe Pompeo / Vanity Fair:
NYT employees send letter to Bennet and top management asking for an editor's note to examine claims made in Cotton's op-ed, which “undermines the work we do”  —  With reporters in harm's way covering the protests, Cotton's op-ed “pours gasoline on the fire,” …
The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Philly Inquirer apologizes for “Buildings Matter, Too” headline and says that it will create a process for discussing and disclosing these types of lapses  —  An Inquirer headline suggested an equivalence between the loss of buildings and the lives of black Americans.  That is unacceptable.
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Ted Johnson / Deadline:
In a 53-38 vote, the Senate confirms Michael Pack, Trump's pick to lead the global media agency that oversees the Voice of America, Radio Free Europe, and more  —  The Senate confirmed President Donald Trump's nominee to lead the global media agency that oversees the Voice of America.
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Facebook will start blocking state-controlled media outlets from buying ads in the US this summer and is rolling out labels for ads and posts from those outlets  —  Facebook said Thursday it will begin blocking state-controlled media outlets from buying advertising in the U.S. this summer.
Sarah Boseley / The Guardian:
One paper in The Lancet that led to COVID-19 drug policy changes has been retracted at the request of its lead author after doubts arose about its data  —  Retraction made after lead author says he can no longer vouch for accuracy of data  —  The Lancet paper that halted global trials …
Meg James / Los Angeles Times:
In their annual meeting, Comcast shareholders rejected three investor proposals, including a demand for an outside probe into sexual harassment at NBC News  —  Comcast shareholders, led by Chairman Brian Roberts, rejected three proposals from investors, including a demand for an outside investigation into sexual harassment at NBC News.
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Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
A press photographer in London was hit on the head with a bottle by protesters, an Australian newswoman was grabbed, and an Australian news team was also chased  —  A press photographer was attacked during Black Lives Matter protests in London last night as members of the media faced intimidation from some in the crowd.
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