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1:10 PM ET, June 23, 2020


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Wesley Lowery / New York Times:
Not only is “objective neutral” journalism predicated on a white perspective, it deprives readers of plainly stated facts for fear of accusations of partiality  —  What's different, in this moment, is that the editors of our country's most esteemed outlets no longer hold a monopoly on publishing power.
Adam Tamburin / The Tennessean:
The Tennessean and parent company Gannett have fired an ad manager after the paper ran an anti-Muslim ad and will donate ad proceeds to a Muslim advocacy group  —  The Tennessean and its parent company Gannett announced on Monday that an advertising manager was fired after the news organization published an anti-Muslim advertisement.
Hayley Miller / HuffPost:
The Tennessean says it is launching an investigation into how a full-page anti-Muslim ad by a Christian doomsday cult was published in its Sunday print edition
Max Cohen / Politico:
During a press call meant to highlight press freedom on Monday, the State Dept. muted the phone line of a Reuters reporter after he asked about Bolton's book  —  The State Department's top spokesperson on Monday muted the line of a reporter asking about John Bolton's book during a briefing extolling press freedom.
Noam Scheiber / New York Times:
After staff complained about the lack of diversity on The Ringer's dozens of podcasts, Bill Simmons says “It's a business. This isn't Open Mic Night.”  —  A podcast episode on the recent protests increased staff complaints concerning the lack of diversity at his digital outlet, The Ringer.
China calls the US's designation of more Chinese outlets as foreign missions “political suppression” and vows to make a “necessary and legitimate” response  —  London (CNN Business)China has vowed to make a “necessary and legitimate” response after the US government designated four …
Discussion: Associated Press
US will treat four Chinese media outlets as foreign missions, alleging they are state-controlled, after five Chinese outlets were similarly designated in Feb.
David Kaplan / Global Investigative Journalism Network:
A group of reporting networks and media outlets partner to amplify Rappler's work and offer its journalists access to resources like databases and reporters  —  Investigative reporting is getting harder and harder as autocratic governments crack down on media and government-friendly oligarchs use …
Graham Vyse / Washington Post:
Along with huge proposed budget cuts, military newspaper Stars and Stripes faces a Pentagon restricting journalistic access more than under previous presidents  —  By mid-March, coronavirus response efforts were underway worldwide.  President Trump had declared a national emergency.  France was in lockdown.
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
BBC cut 60, 40, and 60 jobs in Scotland, Northern Ireland, and Wales, respectively; NUJ: Nations and Regions divisions told to cut ~£24M in 2021, ~£28M in 2022  —  MPs have urged the BBC not to cut its local political and current affairs programming, saying its “regional strength” …
Discussion: Guido Fawkes
Tom Kludt / Vanity Fair:
Reporters and newsrooms are figuring out how to safely cover a presidential race and a historic civil rights movement during a global pandemic  —  Journalists descended on Tulsa for Trump's MAGA rally—and to a different world than three months ago.  Newsrooms are now figuring …
Discussion: @tomkludt
Wall Street Journal:
Profile of NBCUniversal CEO Jeff Shell, as he overhauls its TV operations and works to expand its streaming audience while navigating the pandemic  —  The new chief wants to shake up the entertainment giant as quickly as possible, throwing out old conventions.  The pandemic is giving him license to do it.
Discussion: @katerinareports and Protocol
Sara Fischer / Axios:
CBSN, CBS News' digital streaming news service, is expanding its OTT app to 89 new countries via partnerships with smart TV manufacturers and software platforms  —  CBSN, the 24/7 digital streaming news service for CBS News, is expanding internationally to pull in more digital TV ad dollars, while also expanding its audience.
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Josef Adalian / Vulture:
NBCUniversal is removing four episodes of 30 Rock that featured characters in blackface from streaming and syndication at the request of the show's co-creators
Gerry Smith / Bloomberg:
OAN's controversial stories and onerous contract terms may put off big pay-TV providers; sources say its DirecTV deal may end in 2021, though OAN disputes that
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Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft says it is closing its Mixer live streaming service on July 22 and plans to move existing partners over to Facebook Gaming starting today
Arab News:
Arab News will launch a new digital French edition on July 14, its third international edition after Pakistan and Japan