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2:00 AM ET, September 21, 2020

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BuzzFeed News:
How BuzzFeed News and ICIJ analyzed a trove of leaked FinCEN docs that included 2.1K+ suspicious activity reports from banks covering $2T+ worth of transactions  —  Twenty-two thousand pages of never-before-released government documents.  Hundreds of thousands of transactions.  More than $2 trillion.
Brian Welk / The Wrap:
Trump mocked MSNBC's Ali Velshi at a rally for being shot with a rubber bullet while covering protests in May; MSNBC says Trump's comments endanger journalists  —  MSNBC says that Donald Trump is endangering the lives of journalists after the president mocked reporter Ali Velshi for getting shot …
Ben Smith / New York Times:
A look at Jeff Zucker's role in boosting Trump for better CNN ratings in 2015 and 2016, and how Trump's misdeeds fuel the network's prime-time broadcasts now  —  The coziness between the TV executive and Mr. Trump is a Frankenstein story for the cable news era.  But then the monster got away.
Stephen Battaglio / Los Angeles Times:
Q&A with Chuck Todd on Twitter critics, Trump, and his new Peacock series, as Meet the Press again finishes season as the top-rated Sunday public affairs show  —  When “Meet the Press” moderator Chuck Todd hears that his name is trending on Twitter, he knows it probably isn't good.
Clive Thompson / Wired:
YouTube taught its recommendation system how to recognize and demote conspiratorial videos, but organic link-sharing and bot promotion are thwarting its efforts  —  From flat-earthers to QAnon to Covid quackery, the video giant is awash in misinformation.  Can AI keep the lunatic fringe from going viral?
Matthew Carney / ABC:
Former China bureau chief for Australia's ABC shares how China's authorities threatened to detain his 14-year-old daughter to pressure him over ABC's coverage  —  It was late on a Friday evening and I was about to head home from the ABC's Beijing office when the telephone rang.
Julia Alexander / The Verge:
Apple's subscription bundle Apple One will greatly help TV+ by keeping subscriber metrics high as the service grows, following a strategy similar to Prime Video  —  A big push ahead of the streaming service's anniversary  —  Apple's new Apple One bundle, which gives customers an assortment …
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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.
 
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