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11:20 PM ET, August 24, 2020


 Top News: 
Jon Allsop / Columbia Journalism Review:
As the RNC shapes up to be a “major medical and political disinformation event”, networks should be ready to cut away when Trump and his allies start lying  —  In June—with Roy Cooper, the Democratic governor of North Carolina, refusing, due to the pandemic …
New York Times:
Following the DNC, Republicans are rushing to finalize their convention, promising a more traditional in-person spectacle, leaving some TV networks in the dark  —  The party is promising a more traditional in-person spectacle with President Trump speaking every night.
Alex Sherman / CNBC:
In suit challenging Trump's EO, TikTok says in the US it had 11.3M MAUs in Jan. 2018, 91.9M in June 2020, and now has 100M+; globally it had ~700M MAUs in July  —  - TikTok revealed specific U.S. and global growth milestones for the first time in a lawsuit against the U.S. government.
Jay Rosen / @jayrosen_nyu:
[Thread] Examples of local TV stations getting duped into covering QAnon events as “just folks” demonstrating against human trafficking  —  Here's an example of local TV (@WNEP, an ABC affiliate in Scranton, PA) getting duped into covering a QAnon event as a “just folks” demonstration against human trafficking. These events happened all over the country today.
Martin Pengelly / The Guardian:
AG Barr allegedly told Rupert Murdoch to “muzzle” Andrew Napolitano, a Fox News analyst and Trump critic, last October according to a new book by Brian Stelter  —  The attorney general, William Barr, told Rupert Murdoch to “muzzle” Andrew Napolitano, a prominent Fox News personality …
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Brian Stelter, whose new book Hoax explores the symbiotic ties between Fox News and Trump, says he was struck by the number of Fox staffers who miss Roger Ailes  —  If anyone was born to write a juicy book about the democracy-threatening relationship between Fox News and Donald Trump, it had to be Brian Stelter.
Daniel Holloway / Variety:
Audible debuts Audible Plus, a $7.95/month tier with unlimited access to a library of 11K+ titles spanning audiobooks, podcasts, and original productions  —  Audible has announced a new service that will provide unlimited listening to a curated library of audio entertainment.
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
Netflix and others are taking advantage of the global shortage of new TV shows to outbid British channels, raising questions about future TV schedules  —  Streaming services such as Netflix take advantage of Covid production shutdown  —  Streaming services such as Netflix are taking advantage …
Discussion: Digital TV Europe
Ben Smith / New York Times:
Profile of Zeynep Tufekci, a sociologist and contributing writer at The Atlantic, who was prescient on major issues like the CDC's erroneous mask advice  —  Ms. Tufekci, a computer programmer who became a sociologist, sounded an early alarm on the need for protective masks.
Joshua Benton / Nieman Lab:
Study: “news avoiders” who access news media less than once a month tend to see journalism as complicit in the establishment rather than an independent watchdog  —  I love a good folk theory.  —  A folk theory is “a belief based on received wisdom, rather than concrete evidence, knowledge, or facts.”
Meghan McCarron / Eater:
Over two dozen current and former LAT and Lucky Peach staffers describe food editor Peter Meehan's toxic management style that led to his resignation from LAT  —  Peter Meehan's transgressive vision helped redefine food media with the groundbreaking Lucky Peach, and later transformed the LA Times's food coverage.
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Tarpley Hitt / The Daily Beast:
Inside Roku's Non-Certified Channels, unregulated private channels ostensibly for beta testing, some including conspiracy and far-right content
Manish Singh / TechCrunch:
Triller says it has partnered with JioSaavn to embed its short videos into Reliance's music streamer, as the app tries to capitalize on India's ban of TikTok
Leo Barraclough / Variety:
Berlin Film Festival says its performance awards will be gender-neutral for next year's edition, which will be a physical event in February
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Leo Schwartz / Rest of World:
DirecTV Venezuela, which had 10M users before closing in May due to US sanctions, resumed services after Chile-based Scale Capital acquired local operations
Max Willens / Digiday:
A number of counterfeit shows that copy the names of popular podcasts like “Serial” are being distributed via Spotify-owned podcast hosting service Anchor
Lukas I. Alpert / Wall Street Journal:
American Media's David Pecker, who OK'ed hush-money payments to women who had affairs with Trump, is out as CEO; AMI to merge with logistics firm Accelerate 360