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12:20 PM ET, June 5, 2020

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New York Times:
After staff objections and debate, NYT says Sen. Cotton's op-ed fell short of standards; sources: James Bennet said he didn't read the essay before publication  —  After a staff uproar, The Times says the editing process was “rushed.”  Senator Tom Cotton's “Send In the Troops” essay is now under review.
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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 …
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
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
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  —  BREAKING: Claudia Eller, editor-in-chief of our sister publication Variety, will take a two month administrative leave after making …
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 …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Sensor Tower and Apptopia say Twitter broke download records this week with 40M US DAUs on Thursday, as users turned to it for unfiltered, breaking news  —  Civil unrest due to the nationwide George Floyd protests drove Twitter to see a record number of new installs this week …
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  —  Call it potential net neutrality violation  —  Some prominent Democratic senators are pressing AT&T …
Discussion: The Streamable
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  —  Digital content revenues and subscribers increase more than 30% year-over-year  —  Tribune Publishing Company (NASDAQ: TPCO) …
Reuters:
ByteDance shuts down TopBuzz, its AI-based news aggregator that is an overseas equivalent of its Chinese news app, Jinri Toutiao  —  BEIJING/SHANGHAI (Reuters) - ByteDance, owner of the global hit short-video app TikTok, has shut down its artificial-intelligence-based news aggregator TopBuzz …
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  —  The Mouse House's upfront pitch includes products that streamline digital ad buying  —  This will be the first upfront selling season …
Discussion: Digiday and Variety
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 …
Discussion: @trevortimm
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  —  A consortium of investors led by former News Corp CEO Peter Tonagh will buy Australian Associated Press saving up to 95 jobs
 
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