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6:40 PM ET, September 7, 2020


 Top News: 
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”
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Media must start preparing the public for the possible election-night uncertainty now and resist answering the question “who won?” until it is settled  —  I learned about the hazards of election night the hard way.  In late 2000, only a year into my job as the Buffalo News's top editor …
Brooks Barnes / New York Times:
In a widely-watched North American opening weekend, Nolan's Tenet collected an estimated $20.2M; global tickets sales after two weeks have reached $129M  —  Normally, a Christopher Nolan film would bring in $50 million in North America during an opening weekend.  But moviegoing is not normal these days.
Hollywood Reporter:
Q&A with Ann Sarnoff, head of WarnerMedia Studios and Networks Group, on Tenet's debut in theaters, the HBO Max launch, and pausing production of The Batman
Kit Rees / Bloomberg:
Shares in Future are up 15% this year after 2019's 200% jump; Future says visitors to its sites, including Tom's Guide, in Aug. rose 25% YoY in UK and 40% in US  —  - Future Plc shares are up 15% this year after 2019's 200% jump  — Firm sees full-year results “materially ahead” of expectations
Tom Pritchard / Gizmodo UK:
Gizmodo UK's editor says it will cease operations on September 9 after Future Publishing decided to stop licensing the brand from G/O Media
Ben Smith / New York Times:
As Trump's attacks on journalists, supported by the GOP and Fox News, make reporters into stars, they face the temptation to posture for those eager to oust him  —  President Trump will try to put the media on the ballot, and reporters face the increasing temptation to posture for those most eager to oust him.
Edward Wong / New York Times:
China refused to renew press cards for Bloomberg, CNN, WSJ, and Getty, as sources say it hinted at expulsions if Trump takes action against Chinese media in US  —  CNN, The Wall Street Journal and Getty Images are affected.  Chinese officials told journalists their fate depends …
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 …
Hollywood Reporter:
Warner Bros. TV exec Susan Rovner to head entertainment programming at NBCUniversal, overseeing NBC, Peacock, and cable networks USA, Syfy, Bravo, Oxygen, E!  —  The Warner Bros. TV exec, who was considered the heir apparent to Peter Roth, will report directly to Mark Lazarus and be on equal footing …
Benjamin Mayo / 9to5Mac:
Report: Apple has hired Tim Connolly, a former executive at Hulu and Quibi, to work on Apple TV+, as the company explores bundling content  —  In addition to expanding the amount of content on the service, Apple has shown an interest in bundling Apple TV+ with other properties.
Vanessa Thorpe / The Guardian:
BBC broadcasters say they are furious over new rules restricting “partisan” use of Twitter, as freelancers wonder whether the rules apply to them  —  Regular freelance contributors and BBC broadcasters have been left angry and confused this weekend in the wake …
Ernesto Van der Sar / TorrentFreak:
A historic drop in releases of pirated content has followed a US-led bust targeting SPARKS and other piracy communities, with dozens of topsites taken down  —  Every day, millions of people download or stream pirated content including movies, TV-shows, games, MP3s, and books.
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Jemima Kelly / Financial Times:
A Fox News-style UK channel won't have the same impact as in the US because there isn't the same rightwing media vacuum and the reach of the BBC is enormous
Serena Cho / Columbia Journalism Review:
College newsrooms are breaking from journalistic norms amid protests, with better support for staffers and communities of color and challenges to “objectivity”
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
 Earlier Picks: 
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
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
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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