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3:45 PM ET, July 10, 2020


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The Objective:
Dozens of journalists and academics pen a rebuttal to the claims in the Harper's letter, whose signatories are criticized for failing to recognize their power  —  On Tuesday, 153 of the most prominent journalists, authors, and writers, including J. K. Rowling, Malcolm Gladwell, and David Brooks …
Dan Barry / New York Times:
Profile of Evan Brandt, a reporter at The Mercury in Pottstown, PA, who once dropped by the home of Alden Global Capital's head to ask about value of local news  —  His newspaper has withered under a hedge fund.  His industry was in turmoil even before a pandemic.  But Evan Brandt won't stop chronicling his town.
Kevin G. Hall / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
McClatchy auction is back on for Friday, after a judge rejected Alden's effort to weaken Chatham Asset Management's bid; auction winner to be approved July 24  —  A federal bankruptcy judge on Thursday rejected a last-minute attempt by Alden Global Capital to weaken a rival bid for McClatchy Co. …
Jason Gutierrez / New York Times:
Philippine lawmakers formally shut down ABS-CBN, the country's largest broadcast network, which Duterte accused of bias, and deny it broadcast franchise renewal  —  By voting not to renew the franchise of ABS-CBN, lawmakers silenced a major network that had come under fire from President Rodrigo Duterte.
Delia Cai / Deez Links:
Q&A with Aleksander Chan, who co-owns Discourse Blog with ex-Splinter colleagues, on finding its identity, shifting to a paid model, joys of a small audience  —  This week's interview is with Discourse Blog's Aleksander Chan, who talked to us about launching the political blog earlier …
Kurt Wagner / Bloomberg:
Sources: Facebook is considering imposing a ban on political ads on its network in the days leading up to the US election in November  —  - Limiting political ads may help curb spread of misinformation  — Decision on ban has not yet been made, people familiar say
Nandini Jammi:
Nandini Jammi, half of Sleeping Giants, says she worked well with Matt Rivitz early on, then Rivitz monopolized media interviews and diminished her work  —  How my white male co-founder gaslighted me out of the movement we built together.  —  Nearly four years after I began building Sleeping Giants …
Olivia Nuzzi / New York Magazine:
Profile of Trump's new campaign spokesperson and ex-WH deputy press secretary, Hogan Gidley, who quit journalism to work in politics and become a TV personality  —  On the morning of May 19, Larry Kudlow was booked as a guest on the Fox Business channel.  This in itself wasn't unusual.
Discussion: @joshuahol
Nieman Lab:
Mainstream and alternative media's focus on protest violence, alternately used to elicit sympathy for police or protesters, distracts from protest demands  —  Reversing the protest paradigm in news coverage  —  We've seen some spot-on critiques of the media's coverage of protests over the past month or so …
Alex Sherman / CNBC:
Sources: NBCUniversal's subscription video service Peacock is unlikely to reach a carriage deal with Amazon or Roku before its July 15 launch but talks continue
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Andrew Buncombe / The Independent:
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Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
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