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6:45 PM ET, July 17, 2020


 Top News: 
The Daily Beast:
Sources: Fox News' Black employees are openly confronting management over its anti-Black rhetoric; Lachlan Murdoch personally approved Carlson's Neff remarks  —  SH*T.'  —  A heated early-June phone call between Fox execs and Black staffers was just the beginning of an internal revolt …
Andrew Sullivan / New York Magazine:
Andrew Sullivan announces launch of the Weekly Dish on Substack beginning next week; includes a column, a “dissent section” to that column, and a podcast  —  The good news is that my last column in this space is not about “cancel culture.”  Well, almost.
Mike Fleming Jr / Deadline:
Netflix commits to a $200M+ budget, its largest ever, to produce The Gray Man, a Russo brothers thriller meant to be the start of a new franchise  —  EXCLUSIVE: Fresh from an earnings report that saw it add 10 million subscribers during the pandemic, Netflix has just set its most financially ambitious feature film so far.
Daniel Victor / New York Times:
Christopher Dickey, a foreign correspondent and editor who worked for the Washington Post, Newsweek, and the Daily Beast, has died at 68  —  Mr. Dickey reported from war zones and published seven books, including a memoir about growing up with his famous father.
David Bauder / Associated Press:
USA Today says the column it ran by trade adviser Peter Navarro in which he criticized Dr. Fauci was misleading and didn't meet fact-checking standards  —  NEW YORK (AP) — USA Today says that a column that the newspaper solicited and published from presidential trade adviser Peter Navarro criticizing …
Alex Kantrowitz / Big Technology from Alex Kantrowitz:
How tech companies place favorable newspaper op-eds, purportedly from small business owners, think tanks, and academics, without disclosing their involvement  —  For years, the tech giants and organizations they fund have pushed op-eds from small business owners, think tanks …
Brian Veseling / WAN-IFRA:
Since becoming nonprofit in October, the Salt Lake Tribune has received more than 3K individual gifts and increased new digital subs by 3K since March  —  The Utah-based Salt Lake Tribune has undergone a remarkable transformation in its business operations during the past year …
Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
Bonnier, owner of Popular Science, Saveur, and others, names David Ritchie as its new US CEO, as it nears a deal to sell its US-based titles  —  Bonnier, the 216-year-old Swedish publishing giant that owns Field & Stream, Popular Science and Saveur, has changed the CEO of its American operation …
Discussion: Folio and MediaPost
Ben Quinn / The Guardian:
Guardian owner the Scott Trust commissions independent researchers to track possible links between Guardian founder John Edward Taylor and transatlantic slavery  —  Chairman Alex Graham says ‘no evidence’ John Edward Taylor was directly involved but ‘all organisations must understand and discuss their histories’
Matthew Gault / VICE:
ACLU and Knight Institute say the US Army is violating the First Amendment by banning people from its Twitch channel for asking questions about war crimes  —  Two civil rights lawyers say that the U.S. Army may have violated the constitution when it banned Twitch viewers for asking questions about American war crimes.
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Global Alliance for Responsible Media, an industry body of ad companies including Google and Facebook, agrees to evaluate mutual definition of hate speech  —  The Global Alliance for Responsible Media (GARM), an industry body consisting of the world's biggest advertising companies …
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
Research finds Democrats and Republicans have many news sources in common but critics say the ways these articles are framed on social media may be partisan  —  “(Almost) everything in moderation”?  New research by Princeton's Andy Guess finds that Democrats and Republicans read a lot …
Discussion: The Hill
Netflix names Ted Sarandos co-CEO, appoints Chief Product Officer Greg Peters as COO  —  Netflix is promoting its chief content officer Ted Sarandos to co-CEO, the company announced Thursday.  The 20-year Netflix veteran will join current chief executive Reed Hastings in the role.
Lauren Feiner / CNBC:
Netflix reports Q2 revenue of $6.15B, up 24.9% YoY, and expects 2.5M net subscriber additions for Q3 vs analyst estimates of 5.27M
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John Whitehouse / Media Matters for America:
Fox Nation's newest show is hosted by former Grey's Anatomy actor and QAnon supporter Isaiah Washington, who's pushed conspiracies about 5G, BLM, and Fox execs
Discussion: Fox News
Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg / Wall Street Journal:
Simon & Schuster says Mary Trump book sales have set a company record, with 950K+ copies sold through its publication date and soon 1.15M+ copies in print
Discussion: Washingtonian
Bryan Curtis / The Ringer:
With sports still up in the air, sports media faces unprecedented challenges, as writers pivot to stories on nostalgia and player safety amid looming job losses
New York Times:
Deaths, retirements, and exec reshuffling have brought new and diverse leadership to book publishing, many with different sensibilities than their predecessors
Krystie Lee Yandoli / BuzzFeed News:
Eleven current or former Ellen DeGeneres Show employees detail a toxic work culture, blaming executive producers and senior management
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Chris Roush / Talking Biz News:
Memo: Bloomberg EIC John Micklethwait says outlet publishes too many mediocre and/or long enterprise stories, stories should be shorter than 400 words or 900+
Nicholas Quah / Vulture:
The Michelle Obama Podcast to launch exclusively on Spotify July 29; show to feature conversations with Conan O'Brien, Valerie Jarrett, Michele Norris, others
Edmund Lee / New York Times:
The hedge fund set to own McClatchy cut 1,600 employees and shut down 30+ papers since taking over Canada's largest newspaper chain Postmedia in October 2016
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Trump admin orders hospitals to bypass CDC and send COVID-19 info to a database not open to the public, raising questions about reporter and researcher access