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3:00 AM ET, June 6, 2020

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The Daily Beast:
In a staff meeting, James Bennet admits NYT did “invite” Cotton's op-ed as executives take turns apologizing to staff about the senator's column  —  In a tense staff meeting, the paper admitted to inviting Sen. Cotton to write the “Send in the Troops” column …
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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
@wajahatali:
[Thread] Contributing writer Wajahat Ali says some NYT reporters and editors live in fear of the “Bret Stephens Policy” forbidding public criticism of his work
Megan Specia / New York Times:
In a role reversal, foreign governments, among them Turkey and Australia, call on American authorities to respect press freedom and protect reporters  —  Citing police actions against journalists, Germany, Australia and Turkey call for respect for press freedom.
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Trevor Timm / The Intercept:
US Press Freedom Tracker: 280+ press freedom incidents in the last week and 45 arrests; of 180 assaults, 149 by police; of 67 physical attacks, 42 by police  —  We are witnessing a truly unprecedented attack on press freedom in the United States, with journalists are being systematically targeted …
Ted Johnson / Deadline:
President of White House Correspondents' Association objects to close spacing of seats at WH “press conference”, calling it a violation of CDC guidelines  —  President Donald Trump made a last-minute appearance before the press in the Rose Garden to tout the latest unemployment figures …
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Twitter and Facebook remove a video tribute to George Floyd posted by Trump's campaign, after receiving a copyright complaint under DMCA  —  Twitter on Thursday removed a video tribute to George Floyd posted by President Trump's reelection campaign, claiming it had run afoul of the website's policy on copyrighted material.
@alexisohanian:
[Thread] Alexis Ohanian resigns from the Reddit board, urges company to fill his seat with a black candidate, pledges $1M to Kaepernick's Know Your Rights Camp  —  I've resigned as a member of the reddit board, I have urged them to fill my seat with a black candidate, + I will use future gains on my Reddit stock to serve the black community, chiefly to curb racial hate, and I'm starting with a pledge of $1M to @kaepernick7's @yourrightscamp
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
US Court of Appeals for DC Circuit rules the White House violated the due process rights of Playboy reporter Brian Karem when it suspended his press pass  —  A federal appeals court has endorsed a judge's order restoring a White House press pass to a reporter who wound up in a verbal altercation …
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Memo: The Athletic is laying off nearly 8% of staff, or 46 people, and cutting pay with most people being asked to take a 10% cut for the rest of 2020  —  The Athletic is laying off nearly 8% of staff, 46 people, according to an internal memo obtained by Axios.
BBC:
BBC names Tim Davie, one of its most senior executives, as the broadcaster's new director general  —  Tim Davie, one of the BBC's most senior executives, has been named the broadcaster's new director general.  —  Davie has been promoted from chief executive of BBC Studios …
 
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NPPA:
The Press Freedom Defense Fund and National Press Photographers Association partner to provide legal help to journalists arrested or injured covering the news
Jeanine Poggi / Ad Age:
Disney to launch Disney Hulu XP, which will allow advertisers to make one buy across its entire digital portfolio and curb how often users see the same ads
Tribune Publishing Company:
Tribune Q1: $216.5 in revenue, down 11.5% YoY; ad revenue down 20.6% YoY, or $20M; circulation rev fell 3.1% YoY, or $2.9M; digital subs rose 30.7% YoY to 370K
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John Eggerton / Multichannel News:
Three Democratic senators pen letter to AT&T CEO about exempting HBO Max from data caps, saying it runs counter to AT&T's “stated support” for an open internet
Amanda Meade / The Guardian:
The Australian Associated Press has been bought by a consortium of investors led by former News Corp CEO Peter Tonagh, saving up to 95 jobs
Reuters:
ByteDance shuts down TopBuzz, its AI-based news aggregator that is an overseas equivalent of its Chinese news app, Jinri Toutiao