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2:20 AM ET, September 19, 2020


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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.
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...
Gerry Smith / Bloomberg:
Comcast reaches a deal with Roku to ensure NBCU's Peacock service is carried on Roku devices, after NBCU threatened to pull its TV Everywhere channels  —  - Agreement ensures Peacock is carried on streaming platform  — NBC's threat came amid dispute with Roku over advertising
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 …
Nick Bastone / The Information:
Sources: Google's pro-privacy plan to block online ad trackers has boosted the US' antitrust probe, as publishers argue it would create an unfair playing field  —  Google has taken a lot of heat for violating people's privacy.  Now it could get in trouble for trying to protect it.
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  —  Skyhorse Publishing, literary home to Michael Cohen, Woody Allen, and Alan Dershowitz, has struggled with bigger problems than a roster of political unsavories.
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  —  Of the 111 voices who were quoted on the front pages of British newspapers in a week chosen at random this summer, just one belonged to a black person.
Jem Collins / Women In Journalism:
Study of UK media diversity over one week finds none of 11 major newspapers featured a Black reporter on the front page, 25% of front page bylines went to women
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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
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
Tom Gara / @tomgara:
[Thread] Tom Gara, formerly business and opinion editor at BuzzFeed News, has joined Facebook in the office of its CTO to write about AI, virtual reality, more
 Earlier Picks: 
The Batman has resumed production just outside of London after halting on Sept. 3, when one report said star Robert Pattinson had tested positive for COVID-19
Ben Monnie / The Keyword:
Google launches the free GNI Digital Growth Program, aimed at helping small and mid-sized publishers grow online, with help from INMA, FT Strategies, and others
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
UK's Telegraph Media Group says profits grew 73% YoY to £14.3M in 2019 on revenue of £263.9M, down 5% YoY; digital subscription revenue grew 48.9% YoY to £17.8M
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