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7:45 AM ET, July 20, 2020


 Top News: 
Matt Novak / Gizmodo:
After CNN blurred the faces of US federal police in Portland, Jake Tapper says “someone misunderstood an instruction”; CNN has done similar recently  —  CNN aired a viral video on Sunday of U.S. secret police kidnapping people in Portland, Oregon—a tactic that White House officials …
Ben Smith / New York Times:
How ex-NYT reporter-turned-novelist Alex Berenson is capitalizing on COVID-19 skepticism, catching the eye of Elon Musk and Fox News and selling 100K+ booklets  —  Anger at lockdowns and mask mandates provides fertile ground for arguments about the best way to fight the virus.
Suzanne Vranica / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Disney has dramatically cut ad spending on Facebook and Instagram; Disney was Facebook's top US advertiser for H1 2020, per an estimate  —  Hundreds of advertisers have paused spending on social network due to concerns about hate speech, divisive content
Alexandra Alter / New York Times:
Interview with Alex Trebek, longtime game show host of Jeopardy! who for many represents the inherent value of facts amid fractured ideological media bubbles  —  In his new memoir, the longtime “Jeopardy!” host delivers clues and facts about himself, and looks back on his life as he struggles with advanced pancreatic cancer.
Anthony Feinstein / Reuters Institute …:
Study by the Reuters Institute for Journalism: around 70% of journalists reporting on COVID-19 say they are suffering from some levels of psychological distress  —  Many reporters are struggling to cope with the emotional demands of covering the pandemic, write Meera Selva and Anthony Feinstein
Tara Kelly / Poynter:
Following school closures in March, Danish news startup Koncentrat launched a free, interactive, daily TV show to teach teens media literacy skills  —  An interactive daily show, broadcast online and regional TV, allowed 13-to-17-year-olds to talk to media experts and war correspondents from home
Discussion: @poynter
Hanaa' Tameez / Nieman Lab:
Reuters Institute: of 100 orgs in Brazil, South Africa, Germany, UK, and US, only 18% of top editors are non-white, diverging from population demographics  —  In the six weeks since George Floyd's killing in Minneapolis and the resulting Black Lives Matters protests that erupted around the country …
Carolyn Giardina / Hollywood Reporter:
In a letter to Congress, broadcasters associations from all 50 states, DC, and Puerto Rico push for relief aid for local media in upcoming COVID-19 bills  —  According to the letter, some local broadcasters have lost as much as 90 percent of their ad buys.  —  Associations representing …
Harrison Mantas / Poynter:
Fact-checkers describe pandemic misinformation, from country-specific untruths to false cures, and say they are building new tools for faster responses  —  The analysis offers a glimpse into the global spread of misinformation about the pandemic  —  In the midst of fighting misinformation about COVID-19 …
Discussion: @factchecknet
Katherine Bell / Quartz:
Business journalism needs to question its assumptions about economies, examine the purpose of businesses, and orient toward solving big problems  —  Editor-in-chief of Quartz.  —  Future of Finance  —  New technology is upending everything in finance.  —  Halfway through 2020, the world is in many kinds of trouble.
Gene Maddaus / Variety:
Ex-NBC Sports analyst Jeremy Roenick, who was fired in Feb. after making sexual remarks about coworkers, sues the network, claiming anti-straight discrimination  —  Hockey star Jeremy Roenick sued NBC Sports for wrongful termination on Friday, claiming the network discriminated …
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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
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
Research finds Democrats and Republicans have many news sources in common, but critics say how these sources are read and shared on social media may be partisan
Discussion: The Hill
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
 Earlier Picks: 
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 Daily Beast:
Sources: Fox News' Black employees are openly confronting management over its anti-Black rhetoric; Lachlan Murdoch personally approved Carlson's Neff remarks
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
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
Discussion: Folio