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1:45 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Anthony Pesce / L.A. Times Guild:
LAT union's Black caucus demands management commit to hiring at least 18 Black journalists over 3 years, fix pay gap, engage with communities of color, and more  —  As a union, it is our responsibility to be a force for progress, and we cannot build the future we want for the Los Angeles Times until we clearly see its past.
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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
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
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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
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