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12:10 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  —  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 …
@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
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
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 …
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 …
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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
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 …
The Information:
Media Matters is considering sending a letter urging advertisers to rethink spending on Facebook after Mark Zuckerberg's choice to leave up a Trump post  —  Media Matters for America, the liberal media watchdog best known for getting advertisers to pull their spots from Fox News, has its eye on a new target: Facebook.
 
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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
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
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
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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
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
Haven Orecchio-Egresitz / Insider:
Activists from white nationalist group VDare posed as VICE Canada reporters while asking protesters' names during a livestream in DC; VICE condemns the stunt