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8:10 PM ET, September 21, 2020

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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.
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Quibi is exploring several strategic options including a possible sale, raising more money, or going public through a merger with a SPAC  —  Startup founded by Hollywood mogul Jeffrey Katzenberg has struggled to attract subscribers since launching in April
Lachlan Markay / The Daily Beast:
Sources: an anonymous editor of the conservative website RedState, who called Dr. Fauci a “mask nazi”, is a PR official at the federal agency that Fauci leads  —  Bill Crews is a PR official at the National Institutes of Health.  But he also has another job …
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 …
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 …
Los Angeles Times:
More than 50 current and former staffers of LA Times describe how managerial missteps and ethical lapses contributed to anxiety and distrust in its newsroom  —  On a Friday night last month, Los Angeles Times Executive Editor Norman Pearlstine sent a short email to the newsroom, announcing sports columnist Arash Markazi had resigned.
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 …
Mel Grau / Poynter:
Poynter's International Fact-Checking Network launches FactChat, the first-ever coalition of major US fact-checkers to debunk misinfo in English and Spanish  —  The project, FactChat, lead to the creation of a WhatsApp chatbot and two Spanish-language fact-checking units  —  Lee en español.
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.
Helen Stubbs / Knight Foundation:
Survey of 20K+ US adults: 80% agree that news media is under attack politically, 36% say the attacks are justified, including 61% of Republicans and 16% of Dems  —  Americans widely agree that the news media is under attack politically, with four in five Americans (80%) supporting this statement …
 
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Matthew Carney / ABC:
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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
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