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5:25 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.
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 …
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 …
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.
Lucinda Southern / Digiday:
UK's Channel 4 is building an in-house digital content studio, 4Studio, to expand beyond linear programming and produce branded content for social platforms  —  U.K. broadcaster Channel 4 is looking for its in-house content shop to expand beyond linear programming.
Discussion: The Drum
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 …
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.
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Fox News apologizes for displaying a graphic depicting market rallies after the killings of Martin Luther King, Michael Brown, and George Floyd  —  Fox News Channel on Saturday apologized after the display of an on-screen chart showing stock-market gains in the wake of infamous killings …
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
 
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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
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