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6:50 AM ET, September 6, 2020


 Top News: 
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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