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9:05 PM ET, September 30, 2020


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Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
In an interview on Wednesday, Chris Wallace conceded he was initially reluctant to step in during the Trump-Biden debate, saying he doesn't favor muting mics  —  The veteran anchor conceded he was initially “reluctant” to step in during the Trump-Biden matchup.  “I've never been through anything like this,” he said.
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Moderating his second presidential debate, Fox News anchor Chris Wallace struggled to keep the event coherent, pleading at times with Trump to let Biden speak  —  On the eve of Tuesday night's presidential debate, Chris Wallace of Fox News declared his goal as the evening's moderator: “My job is to be as invisible as possible.”
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Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Failing some radical reform in the debate format that gives moderators more power, there's no reason for the next two debates to take place as scheduled  —  Chris Wallace wanted to be “invisible” as the moderator of the first presidential debate.  “If I've done my job right,” …
Brian Stelter / CNN:
Preliminary Nielsen ratings show 65M+ people watched the first Trump-Biden debate on TV, a number that doesn't include viewers who livestreamed via the internet  —  New York (CNN Business)More than 65 million people watched the first debate between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden Tuesday night.
Ben Collins / NBC News:
Right-wing news sources and the WH press secretary amplified a conspiracy theory about an electronic earpiece for Biden, hours before the presidential debate
The Daily Beast:
Dean Baquet told NYT staff that the paper will “re-report” Caliphate after the podcast's main character was charged in Canada with concocting a terrorist hoax  —  The paper plans to re-examine the reporting in its Pulitzer Prize-nominated podcast after its central character …
Lukas I. Alpert / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Axios is on target to make a profit in 2020, with ~$58M in revenue, up 30%+ YoY, due to sponsored-newsletter business that contributes 50%+ of revenue  —  Three-year-old media company avoids staff reductions and is on pace to be profitable in 2020  —  “Smart brevity” has been good for business at Axios.
Mike Allen / @mikeallen:   Axios will launch daily newsletters in several local markets next year, starting with Minneapolis, Denver, Des Moines, and Tampa
Katie Robertson / New York Times:
Sen. Warren and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez pull out of New Yorker Festival in solidarity with The New Yorker Union, which is planing a digital picket line  —  The two standard-bearers of the left said they would skip the annual event in solidarity with The New Yorker Union, which plans a digital picket line.
Janko Roettgers / Protocol:
Google unveiled its new streaming dongle, Chromecast with Google TV, which combines Chromecast tech with a redesigned Android TV interface emphasizing content  —  Google is taking another stab at conquering the living room: The company officially unveiled its new streaming dongle, Chromecast with Google TV, Wednesday.
Kayleigh Barber / Digiday:
Food52 will launch its own OTT app, two years after launching its OTT channel on Xumo, where Food52 says advertising increased by 341% since launch  —  On Wednesday, Food52 will launch its own OTT app, two years after the food publisher first entered the streaming space.
Salvador Rodriguez / CNBC:
Facebook says it will ban Facebook and Instagram ads that seek to delegitimize the outcome of an election, including calling specific voting methods fraudulent  —  - Facebook on Wednesday announced that it will not allow any ads on its service that seek to delegitimize the outcome of an election …
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