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9:35 PM ET, June 14, 2020


 Top News: 
Yashar Ali / HuffPost:
Sources detail a history of insensitive and racist comments by Barbara Fedida, a powerful ABC News exec who has now been placed on administrative leave  —  Sources say Barbara Fedida, a powerful ABC News executive, has an extensive history of insensitive comments.
Matt Taibbi / Reporting:
US media has devolved into a succession of moral manias and is destroying itself with internal uprisings about staffers' “politically problematic” decisions  —  Sometimes it seems life can't get any worse in this country.  Already in terror of a pandemic, Americans have lately …
Ezra Klein / Vox:
US news media is changing because boundaries around acceptable national discourse are shifting, and media has always taken part in enforcing and contesting them  —  The media has gone through painful periods of change before.  But this time is different.  —  In January 1939 …
Dan Froomkin / Salon:
NYT's op-ed page should be radically transparent: establish public standards for accuracy, good faith, and pertinence, and explain and contextualize exceptions
Jim Brunner / The Seattle Times:
Fox News website published digitally altered and misleading photos on stories about Seattle's Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone, removed them after inquiries  —  Fox News published digitally altered and misleading photos on stories about Seattle's Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone (CHAZ) …
Benjamin Mullin / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: at its current pace, Quibi will sign up fewer than 2M paying subscribers by the end of its first year, well under its original target of 7.4M  —  Two veteran executives with contrasting styles are launching Quibi, an on-the-go streaming service, during a pandemic
Voice of America:
Internal docs: CDC's media relations office was instructed to refuse interview requests from VOA, citing WH tweets accusing VOA of spreading Chinese propaganda  —  We were shocked to read the internal CDC documents instructing the agency's media relations office to refuse media requests from …
Tetch Torres-Tupas / Philippine Daily Inquirer:
A court in Manila finds Rappler CEO Maria Ressa guilty of “cyber libel”, along with former researcher-writer Reynaldo Santos Jr.  —  MANILA, Philippines - Manila Regional Trial Court Judge Rainelda Estacio-Montesa has found Rappler's Executive Editor and CEO Maria Ressa …
Discussion: @beynate and @benyt
Jon Allsop / Columbia Journalism Review:
As a movement swells toward police reform across the nation, journalists should reevaluate their characterizations of protester and police behavior  —  In the two and a half weeks since George Floyd, a Black man in Minneapolis, was killed in police custody, the US has entered its most sustained evaluation of law enforcement in years.
Alexandria Neason / Columbia Journalism Review:
Editors and publishers of Black publications discuss shaping the BLM story, their continued role with Black communities, and the pros and cons of copublishing  —  Last week, as anti-racist protests gripped communities around the world, Black people from news outlets by and for them convened …
Discussion: @cjr, @jaymekfraser, @cjr, @cjr and @cjr
Noah Hurowitz / Columbia Journalism Review:
NYPD shouldn't be in charge of issuing press passes as they routinely deny them to freelancers and small outlets, and have broad discretion to confiscate them  —  Last week, before heading out to report on New York City's intensifying protests over the death of George Floyd …
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When TV shows like Tucker Carlson's spark controversy, companies can generate goodwill by withdrawing ads, but the money usually shifts elsewhere on the network