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12:10 PM 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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@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  —  I appreciate the NYT listening to its employees, especially people of color, & suggesting the work culture will change. In that spirit, let me tell how many live in fear of the “Bret Stephens Policy.” So many have been contacted by editors because Brett has whined or complained.
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
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.
Poynter:
Some newspaper chains are adjusting their furloughs to cover protests: Gannett pulls some reporters out of furlough and McClatchy excludes most from theirs  —  We asked.  Some answered.  Here's what we found out.  —  Around 4 in the morning on May 31, after another night of walking miles …
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 …
@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
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.
John Crowley / Press Gazette:
As the number of UK freelancers rises to 32K in 2019 from 21K in 2010, support networks grow, but funding for projects tends to go to newsrooms, not individuals  —  May is traditionally seen as the month of merriment.  —  For journalists who were furloughed or made redundant it gave …
 
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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
Discussion: Variety and Radio & Television …
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
BBC:
BBC names Tim Davie, one of its most senior executives, as the broadcaster's new director general
Mike Fleming Jr / Deadline:
Variety EIC Claudia Eller takes a two-month leave after a tense exchange with a former employee over a post on diversity; Cynthia Littleton to be interim editor