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6:20 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.
Kevin M. Lerner / The Conversation:
While NYT's move online enabled increased op-ed page output, opinion and news stories look similar on the site and many casual readers can't tell the difference  —  The New York Times opinion editor James Bennet resigned recently after the paper published a controversial opinion essay by U.S …
The New York Times Company:
NYT names Mary Suh acting Op-Ed Editor until the fall and The Intercept's Charlotte Greensit as Opinion's managing editor and associate Editorial Page editor
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.
WHCA cancels its White House Correspondents' Dinner planned for Aug. 29 but is working on a virtual presentation to salute award-winning journalism  —  Unfortunately, we must cancel the 2020 White House Correspondents' Dinner. We still hope to have a virtual event later this summer. But an in-person dinner simply is not possible. Here is my note to @whca members
Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Source: Trump's younger brother is seeking a temporary restraining order to block publication of a book due out July 28 by the president's niece, Mary L. Trump  —  President Trump has said Mary L. Trump signed a nondisclosure agreement in connection with a 2001 court case related to the estate …
Scott Alexander / Slate Star Codex:
A pseudonymous blogger behind Slate Star Codex is deleting the blog after an NYT reporter said he knew his name and planned to publish it due to NYT policy  —  So, I kind of deleted the blog.  Sorry.  Here's my explanation.  —  Last week I talked to a New York Times technology reporter …
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.
Press Freedom / Press Freedom Defense Fund:
Press Freedom Defense Fund launches $200K emergency financial assistance program of up to $1,500 per person for journalists dealing with COVID-19 fallout  —  $200,000 To Be Distributed in Amounts Up to $1,500 Each  —  Volunteer Selection Committee to Include Nationally Recognized Journalists …
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.
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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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
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