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5:55 PM ET, September 18, 2020


 Top News: 
Joe Rogan / @joerogan:
[Thread] Joe Rogan apologizes for claiming “people got arrested lighting fires in Portland” during a podcast, says “I repeated it without looking into it”  —  I fucked up on the podcast with Douglas Murray and said that people got arrested lighting fires in Portland. That turns out to not be true. I was very irresponsible not looking into it before I repeated it. I read one story about a guy getting arrested for lighting fires...
Media Matters for America:
Joe Rogan pushed the debunked conspiracy theory that “left-wing people” are starting forest fires in Portland during his podcast on Thursday  —  On the September 17 edition of his podcast, host Joe Rogan pushed the baseless conspiracy theory that “left-wing people” are “lighting forest fires” on the West Coast.
Jason Gurwin / The Streamable:
Source: Roku and NBCU are nearing a deal that will keep TV Everywhere apps on the platform and bring Peacock to Roku devices for the first time  —  Roku and NBCU are nearing a deal that will keep their TV Everywhere apps on the platform and bring Peacock to Roku devices for the first time …
Discussion: Cord Cutters News
Todd Spangler / Variety:
NBCU threatens to pull its TV Everywhere channels from Roku as early as this weekend amid Peacock negotiations  —  The dispute between Roku and NBCUniversal over distribution of the fledgling Peacock streaming service has taken a nasty turn.  —  Late Thursday, Comcast-owned NBCUniversal notified Roku …
Dan Kennedy / Media Nation:
Boston Globe's deal with Biogen to provide digital subs to its staff and host town halls on topics of Biogen's choosing raises conflict-of-interest concerns  —  The Boston Globe has announced a partnership with Biogen in which the company's 4,000 Massachusetts-based employees will receive digital subscriptions.
Discussion: The Boston Globe and Dan Kennedy
Tim Baysinger / The Wrap:
WarnerMedia's streaming service DC Universe to rebrand as DC Universe Infinite and become a comics hub, with its scripted original series moving to HBO Max  —  DC Universe's first live-action series “Titans” will be migrating over to HBO Max for its upcoming third season as the two-year old streaming service …
Dan Rys / Billboard:
Complex Networks names Maurice Peebles as editor-in-chief to oversee news and video operations  —  Complex Networks has named a new editor-in-chief to oversee its news and video operations: Maurice Peebles, who will take over the job beginning Oct. 5.  Peebles, who most recently was digital editor …
Rick Edmonds / Poynter:
A look at how strong, locally owned metro papers The Boston Globe, Minneapolis' Star Tribune, Charleston's Post and Courier have expanded to nearby cities  —  A mini-trend has been brewing for the last year or so: Publications like The Boston Globe, The Star Tribune in Minneapolis and The Post …
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Sarah Scire / Nieman Lab:
Mountain State Spotlight, with three veteran journalists as co-founders, launches with help from American Journalism Project, ProPublica, and Report for America
Keziah Weir / Vanity Fair:
A deep look at Skyhorse Publishing, literary home to Michael Cohen, Woody Allen, and Alan Dershowitz; ex-employees talk of mismanagement and a toxic workplace
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Washington Post:
Interviews and emails show American University officials repeatedly stopped a manager at public radio station WAMU from firing a staffer accused of harassment
Jane Martinson / The Guardian:
In an increasingly diverse world, UK media needs to change, for ethical and commercial reasons; it remains dominated by “pale, male, and posh” rings of power