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3:55 PM ET, August 4, 2020


 Top News: 
Knight Foundation:
49% of Americans see “a great deal” of political bias in news; 82% worry that inaccuracies are intentional; 19% of people under 30 view the media favorably  —  OVERVIEW  —  There is a widening gulf between American aspirations for and assessments of the news media.
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Voice of America's 76 foreign employees fear imminent removal from the US as VOA refuses to renew visas, with some fearing a return to authoritarian regimes  —  Bricio Segovia has less than a month before his time is up.  With his visa set to expire at the end of August …
Patreon fails to stop arbitration suits in California by fans of a comedian removed for hate speech, making suits from fans of other banned accounts possible  —  Court sides with fans of controversial content creator, potentially exposing company to further legal trouble A California court sided …
Kelsey Sutton / Adweek:
EyeQ, ViacomCBS' video advertising service, will unify digital video buying across CBS Interactive, Pluto TV, and Viacom video  —  Part of upfront talks, EyeQ will unify digital video buying across CBS Interactive, Pluto TV and Viacom video  —  Key insight:
Discussion: @viacomcbs, MediaPost and Ad Age
Sonny Bunch / The Bulwark:
By making mass-market mediocrities and delivering them to millions in a slightly new way, Netflix is just repackaging broadcast TV, not reinventing it  —  Netflix might be making crap, but at least it's making lots of it and letting you watch at 2x speed.  —  On the last edition of the Sub-Beacon (subscribe!
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
Neil Young sues Trump's campaign for copyright infringement for playing two of Young's songs at rallies, testing rules set by performance rights organizations  —  The legendary musician alleges that Trump lacked license to play “Rockin' in the Free World” and “Devil's Sidewalk” at a campaign rally in Tulsa.
Kavitha Iyer / Newslaundry:
Reporter describes covering India's internal migrant crisis during the lockdown, as journalists find they have to prove their worth every day amid staff cuts  —  As the media business unravels, amid retrenchments and salary cuts, a journalist of 20 years recounts the four months of lockdown …
Joe Flint / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: NBCU begins layoffs across its portfolio, expected to be less than 10% of staff, and WarnerMedia will start layoffs as early as next week  —  Comcast unit is the latest among entertainment giants, including WarnerMedia, to cut employees in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic
Discussion: CNN and The Wrap
McClatchy Washington Bureau:
McClatchy and Chatham reach a tentative agreement with creditors, removing opposition to the sale of the company and clearing the way to an exit from bankruptcy  —  McClatchy Co. and Chatham Asset Management told a federal judge Monday that they have reached a tentative agreement …
Jill Goldsmith / Deadline:
AMC Networks' Q2 net income fell to $15M, down from $129M in Q2 2019 on revenue of $646M, down 16.3% YoY, as revenue fell 18% YoY in the US and 10% YoY abroad  —  AMC Networks' net income plunged to $15 million, or $0.28 a share for the second quarter, versus $129 million or $2.25 the year before …
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China says it will retaliate if the US doesn't extend visas for Chinese journalists; editor of Global Times says US journalists in HK would be targeted
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Caleb Potts / Android Police:
Facebook adds search feature in WhatsApp to help check viral messages for misinformation, rolling out today in Brazil, Italy, Ireland, Mexico, Spain, UK, and US
Gene Maddaus / Variety:
A Norwegian reporter sued Hollywood Foreign Press Association in CA, alleging antitrust violations for denying membership to those who compete with HFPA members
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Max Tani / @maxwelltani:
Business Insider told staff on Friday that the company will not require employees to return to the offices until July 2021
Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
Snap signs deals with major music companies, including Warner Music, UMG, and Merlin, to let users add music to their posts, initially in Australia and NZ
New York Times:
Ad analytics platform Pathmatics: Facebook's top 100 advertisers spent $221.4M from July 1 through July 29, down 12% YoY from the $251.4M they spent in 2019
Angelina Chapin / The Cut:
Veteran AP reporter Errin Haines, Emily Ramshaw, and others launch The 19th, covering politics and inequality from a diverse perspective with a 99% female staff