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3:20 PM ET, July 12, 2020


 Top News: 
Kevin G. Hall / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Chatham Asset Management, McClatchy's largest creditor, has won an auction to buy the bankrupt local news company  —  Chatham Asset Management, the New Jersey hedge fund that is McClatchy Co.'s largest creditor, has won an auction to buy the bankrupt local news company.
Oliver Darcy / CNN:
Fox News says the top writer for Tucker Carlson, Blake Neff, has resigned after details surface about years of his bigoted comments on an online forum  —  The top writer for Fox News host Tucker Carlson has for years been using a pseudonym to post bigoted remarks on an online forum …
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 …
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
In adapted excerpt from her forthcoming book, former Buffalo News chief editor Margaret Sullivan tracks its decline, a fate shared by newspapers nationally  —  Over her long career as a journalist, Margaret Sullivan has watched the decline of local news with growing alarm
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
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.
Nathan Taylor Pemberton / New Yorker:
Profile of Casa Magazines, an immigrant-owned newsstand in NYC's West Village that is struggling to survive amid the pandemic and the slow death of print media  —  The most recognizable newsstand in Manhattan's West Village, Casa Magazines, had been open every day for the past twenty-six years, without exception.
New York Times:
In a letter to WSJ's EIC, some WSJ reporters and editors called for more muscular reporting on race and social inequities and skepticism of business leaders  —  A letter from a group of Journal reporters and editors calls for “more muscular reporting about race and social inequities,” …
Marlow Stern / The Daily Beast:
Interview with ex-CNN host Reza Aslan, who says Jeff Zucker canceled his show Believer to appease Trump over Aslan's 2017 tweet calling Trump a “piece of shit”  —  CLEARING THE AIR  —  The ex-CNN personality reveals how his acclaimed show “Believer” was destroyed …
Stephania Taladrid / Columbia Journalism Review:
How Univision has become a lifeline to the Latino community, balancing pandemic and US election coverage, as its ratings have skyrocketed in recent months  —  How Univision has guided Latinos through a historic election cycle  —  On Friday the thirteenth of March, Lourdes Torres …
Discussion: @raju
Seth Abramovitch / Hollywood Reporter:
Profile of Byron Allen, whose assets include Entertainment Studios, The Weather Channel, and 15 local TV stations, on being one of the few Black media moguls  —  The comic turned mogul has played the long game since he was a kid, acquiring assets like The Weather Channel and taking …
Bill Grueskin / Columbia Journalism Review:
Televised WH press briefings, which have become theatrical spectacles, should limit reporters' roles to audio as the cameras affect how the press asks questions  —  five days after he was inaugurated—President John F. Kennedy held the first live, televised press conference in American history.
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Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
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David Folkenflik / NPR:
USAGM confirms it is examining whether to extend journalists' J-1 visas on a “case-by-case” basis due to unspecified concerns about possible hiring impropriety
The Guardian:
Six-person Al Jazeera documentary team is being investigated in Malaysia for sedition, defamation and violation of the Communications and Multimedia Act
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