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5:10 PM ET, September 28, 2020


 Top News: 
Fadel Allassan / Axios:
Presidential Debate Commission co-chair says Chris Wallace and others will not fact-check Trump or Biden, arguing moderators and reporters have different roles  —  Presidential Debate Commission co-chair Frank Fahrenkopf Jr. said Sunday he doesn't expect Fox News anchor Chris Wallace …
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Chris Wallace says he will “be as invisible as possible” during Tuesday's debate as execs and producers say TV networks may not do much real-time fact-checking  —  “My job is to be as invisible as possible,” said Chris Wallace of Fox News, the moderator of the opening matchup on Tuesday.
Washington Square News:
The entire staff of Washington Square News, NYU's student newspaper, has resigned in protest of their new editorial advisor, three weeks after the EIC was fired  —  We, the undersigned WSN Fall 2020 Editorial Staff, have collectively decided to resign from Washington Square News, effective immediately.
Dean Baquet / New York Times:
Following its bombshell Trump tax investigation, The New York Times will not be “making the records themselves public” to protect its sources  —  The New York Times has examined decades of President Trump's financial records, assembling the most comprehensive picture yet of his business dealings.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Pew survey of 12K+ US adults: 26% said they get news from YouTube while only 23% of those said they “often” get news from channels of established news orgs  —  Around a quarter of U.S. adults, or roughly 26%, say they get news by watching YouTube videos, according to a new study …
Sahil Patel / Wall Street Journal:
Disney sells TrueX, an ad-tech company it absorbed as part of its acquisition of 21st Century Fox assets in 2019, to Gimbal; a source says for less than $100M  —  Gimbal wants TrueX's technology to go after the ‘addressable-TV’ market, where different ads are shown to different households
Discussion: Adweek and MediaPost
Jon Porter / The Verge:
Roku launches $130 Streambar, which combines a compact soundbar with a 4K and HDR streaming device, shipping in mid-October  —  A 14-inch soundbar with 4K / HDR streaming  —  A year after Roku announced its Smart Soundbar, the company is back with the Streambar, which combines a compact soundbar with a 4K / HDR streaming device.
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
The subject of NYT podcast “Caliphate” has been charged in Canada for allegedly fabricating tales about his experiences as an Islamic State fighter  —  The subject of an award-winning New York Times podcast has been charged in Canada for allegedly fabricating tales about his experiences as an Islamic State fighter.
Los Angeles Times:
LA Times confronts its past, apologizes for its history of racism, and pledges to improve its coverage of SoCal's communities and the diversity of its staff  —  The headline was stripped across the top of the front page, “Marauders From Inner City Prey on L.A.'s Suburbs.”
Rbr-Tvbr / Radio & Television Business Report:
iHeart launches iHeartSports, a sports network to deliver short-form national and regional local sports reports to 500+ broadcast stations across the US  —  NEW YORK — The nation's No. 1 media company has wagered on the success of delivering vignette-style reports from its stable …
Discussion: Awful Announcing
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Fox News says it is offering “election week” ad inventories, not just for Nov. 3 coverage, as all networks prepare for delayed results due to mail-in voting  —  Maybe the 2020 election. … Most significant releases have been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic …
Discussion: @springer and @bristei
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Colin Kalmbacher / Law & Crime:
Fox News judicial analyst Andrew Napolitano accused of sexual assault and attempted rape in second lawsuit
Discussion: HuffPost and New York Post
Sam Schechner / Wall Street Journal:
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Sahil Patel / Wall Street Journal:
Ad spending on streaming TV is rising but fragmented media buying makes tracking users from app to app hard, leading to viewers repeatedly seeing the same ad
Ben Smith / New York Times:
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