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6:50 AM ET, September 6, 2020

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Laurin-Whitney Gottbrath / Axios:
Trump announced on Twitter on Friday that the Defense Department “will NOT be cutting funding to @starsandstripes magazine”  —  The Pentagon has ordered the shut down of the military's independent newspaper, Stars and Stripes, despite objections by Congress, per the AP.
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Kathy Kiely / USA Today:
Leaked memo orders dissolution of military news outlet Stars and Stripes with final issue on Sept. 30, though Congress hasn't approved proposal to cut subsidy  —  Trump wants to pull funding from Stars and Stripes, a newspaper for American troops that began in the Civil War and has been serving our soldiers.
Phillip Nieto / Mediaite:
Fox News' Jennifer Griffin defended her reporting confirming The Atlantic's story on Trump's comments about veterans, after Trump called on Fox to fire her  —  Fox News national security correspondent Jennifer Griffin defended her reporting confirming The Atlantic's story detailing …
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Glenn Greenwald / The Intercept:
Reporters who write they “confirmed” The Atlantic's story on Trump's troops comments conflate journalistic “confirmation” with “hearing the same idle gossip”  —  One of the most humiliating journalism debacles of the Trump era played out on December 8, 2017, first on CNN and then on MSNBC.
Slate:
Facebook's pre-election ban on political ads will likely suppress key speech and is a de facto ban on campaigns responding on Facebook to late-breaking news  —  On Thursday, Facebook announced a set of U.S. election season changes to political advertising and content moderation.
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Reuters:
Reuters announces it is partnering with Facebook to give users live US election results, including vote tabulation, exit polls, and winner projections
Catie Keck / Gizmodo:
Report: WarnerMedia's plan for a cheaper ad-supported HBO Max tier is being complicated by cable distributor contracts and concerns about hurting the HBO brand  —  As WarnerMedia gears up for the release of a planned ad model for its recently launched HBO Max product, its parent company …
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Todd Spangler / Variety:
WarnerMedia's HBO Max, still unavailable on Roku or Amazon's Fire TV, offers new and returning customers a 20% discount on its $15/month price, for up to a year
BuzzFeed News:
BuzzFeed will refer to QAnon as a “collective delusion” from now as it better describes the phenomenon of debunked ideas guiding the beliefs of a group  —  What is QAnon?  —  It's not easy to describe, but one thing we know to be true: It's not a conspiracy theory — it's bigger.
The Guardian:
UK deliveries of The Sun, The Times, Daily Mail, Daily Telegraph, and FT were disrupted on Saturday after climate activists blockaded two News Corp print sites  —  Play Video  —  The prime minister, Boris Johnson, has accused Extinction Rebellion of seeking “to limit the public's access to news” …
Wayne Friedman / MediaPost:
Standard Media Index: cable news networks' primetime ad revenue rose to $158.7M in the period from May to July, a 31.5% increase over the three months prior  —  In this big political election year, cable TV news networks have seen 30%-plus prime-time advertising revenue growth — with Fox News Channel the strongest performer.
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Aroon Deep / MediaNama:
To pre-empt government censorship, 15 OTT services in India, including Disney Hotstar, Amazon Prime Video, Netflix, and MX Player adopt a self-regulation code  —  Fifteen Indian streaming services and digital content companies have adopted a self-regulation code to pre-empt government censorship …
 
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Sara Guaglione / MediaPost:
Vogue B2B title Vogue Business, with an audience of 340K, launches a membership program for $220 a year with an advanced tier for $1,260 per year
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Elahe Izadi / Washington Post:
Local outlets, lacking resources, struggle to address QAnon as they cover political candidates who believe in it, choosing to omit the affiliation wholly
Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
New National Enquirer and US Weekly owner Accelerate 360 announces new round of furloughs in a memo that blamed the ongoing pandemic
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Sydney Bauer / Poynter:
A 2018 Atlantic story about transgender teenagers misgendered its cover model and, experts say, crossed ethical boundaries; the magazine says it “missed a step”
Nieman Lab:
How religious misinformation on COVID-19 is spreading in Latin America with the help of Christian publishers working in tandem with religious leaders
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Anthony Breznican / Vanity Fair:
Sources: Warner Bros. has suspended The Batman filming in UK after Robert Pattinson tested positive for the coronavirus