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8:15 AM ET, September 11, 2020


 Top News: 
Joseph Wulfsohn / Fox News:
In March 2016, CNN's Jeff Zucker floated a weekly show for Trump and offered debate advice, according to audio of his chat with ex-Trump attorney Michael Cohen  —  Zucker told Cohen of his fondness for Trump, who the CNN president described as ‘the boss’  —  CNN president Jeff Zucker oversees …
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Google says it will remove Autocomplete suggestions that endorse or oppose a candidate or a party or make a voting claim, says it improved breaking news systems  —  Ahead of the U.S. presidential election, Google says it's taken a number of steps to improve the quality of information …
Marshall Cohen / CNN:
Twitter expands election misinfo policies, prohibiting misleading claims about results, “inciting unlawful conduct” to prevent peaceful transfer of power, more  —  Washington (CNN Business)Twitter announced Thursday that it is expanding its policies against election-related misinformation …
Bill Grueskin / Columbia Journalism Review:
A reconstruction of a series of errors that led to the NYT getting sued by Sarah Palin for an editorial on gun control  —  It was just before midnight, on June 14, 2017, when James Bennet, then the New York Times' editorial page editor, sent an anxious text to a Washington colleague.  —  “Are you up?
Bijan Stephen / The Verge:
Tyler “Ninja” Blevins, who left Twitch for an exclusive deal with Mixer in August 2019, is back on Twitch, exclusively, in a multiyear deal with the site  —  He's got an exclusive, multiyear deal  —  Ninja's back on Twitch, exclusively, in a multiyear deal with the site.
Tom Ley / Defector:
Defector, the subscription-based sports blog created by former Deadspin staffers, formally launches  —  Welcome to Defector, an employee-owned sports and culture website brought to you by the former staffers of Deadspin.  Let me tell you who we are, and how we got here.
Al Tompkins / Poynter:
RTDNA survey: Black staff at local news stations grew from 12% in 2019 to 13.3% in 2020, while Latinos fell to 10.9%; 17.4% of stations had POC news directors  —  A Radio and Television Digital News Association survey found the percentage of people of color in the TV news workforce increased by .7 points in 2020
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Megyn Kelly to launch production company Devil May Care Media, which will back podcasts and other shows on current events, starting with her own podcast  —  Megyn Kelly isn't on a mainstream news outlet at present, but that isn't going to keep her from broadcasting.
Manish Singh / TechCrunch:
India's Times Internet reports 67B page views, up from 47B last year, says it has 557M MAUs and 111M+ DAUs, with MX Player at 200M+ MAUs and Gaana at 185M MAUs  —  Times Internet said on Thursday it reaches more than 557 million active users in India each month and over 111 million users …
Vox Media:
Verge EIC Nilay Patel will host a new podcast, Decoder with Nilay Patel, a relaunch this fall of Kara Swisher's interview show, Recode Decode  —  The new podcast, a relaunch of Kara Swisher's award-winning interview show, Recode Decode, debuts this fall.  Swisher will continue to host Vox Media's hit show Pivot with Scott Galloway.
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Business Insider:
Trump bragged that he protected Saudi Arabia's Mohammed bin Salman from congressional scrutiny after Jamal Khashoggi's killing, according to Woodward's new book
Tim Peterson / Digiday:
Sources: HBO Max's ad-supported tier may launch in Q2 2021 with two to four minutes of ads per hour; AT&T wants advertisers to spend a minimum $250K/quarter
Sources: Chinese authorities have told major media outlets not to cover Mulan after controversy over the film's links to the Xinjiang region
 Earlier Picks: 
Lauren Harris / Columbia Journalism Review:
Tow Center introduces COVID-19 Cutback Tracker, an interactive map and searchable database that tracks media cuts since the start of the pandemic
Kerry Flynn / CNN:
The Atlantic has added 325,000 paid subscribers since launching a paywall a year ago; 20,000+ signed up over last weekend after Jeffrey Goldberg's post on Trump
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Bob Woodward defends his decisions to wait to reveal Trump's early pandemic comments: he aimed to provide fuller context than could occur in a news story
Joan Summers / Jezebel:
The freelancer who wrote a glowing Marie Claire cover story on Chrissy Teigen accepted a job with Teigen, a fact noted only in a small disclaimer at story's end