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11:30 AM ET, September 21, 2020


 Top News: 
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.
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 …
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.
Scott Feinberg / Hollywood Reporter:
HBO trounced Netflix at the Emmys, with 30 wins to 21, as Schitt's Creek won nine awards, likely due in part to a boost from earlier seasons arriving on Netflix  —  The Hollywood Reporter's awards columnist Scott Feinberg dissects the results.  —  It was an Emmys unlike any other on Sunday night …
Krystie Lee Yandoli / BuzzFeed News:
Ellen DeGeneres says she takes responsibility “for what happens at my show”, following reports of misconduct, in her first public statement on the allegations  —  Ellen DeGeneres on Monday addressed allegations of a toxic work environment in her opening monologue …
Tim Peterson / Digiday:
Sources: Discovery will call its DTC streaming service Discovery+, launching in Q1 2021 to attract cord cutters younger than its linear audience  —  Discovery is getting ready to officially enter the streaming wars.  —  Discovery plans to debut its direct-to-consumer streaming service …
Discussion: @shiraovide and Vanity Fair
Sources: Fox is willing to spend as much as $2B/year to retain rights to NFL's Sunday games; research suggests Fox currently pays $1.1B/year for Sunday rights  —  - It's one of several media giants vying for new NFL deals  — League's agreements with TV networks begin expiring next year
Kim Jaewon / Nikkei Asian Review:
South Korean media outlets, which have long struggled to monetize their online content, are studying global peers like The New York Times to spur digital growth  —  Studying global peers and leveraging COVID credibility could spur online growth  —  SEOUL — When The New York Times was looking …
Glen Owen / Daily Mail:
Sources: Charles Moore, a former Daily Telegraph editor and a vehement BBC critic, is the favorite to become the new BBC chairman in February  —  It would be the BBC's worst nightmare made real - a fox-hunting, Old Etonian Brexiteer being appointed its chairman on a platform of abolishing the licence fee.
Discussion: @philipcball and @arusbridger
Ashley Carman / The Verge:
Facebook says it will let people claim ownership of images and issue takedown requests across Facebook and Instagram, starting with select partners  —  The days of reposting images on Instagram might be over  —  Facebook is going to let people take more control over the images they own and where they end up.
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.
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Matthew Carney / ABC:
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