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3:10 AM ET, October 4, 2020


 Top News: 
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
It's no secret that a culture of lies permeates this White House, so reporters need to press for documentation and statements from credible medical experts  —  With President Trump apparently struck by covid-19 a month before a critical election and after 200,000 American deaths from the disease …
Brian Stelter / CNN:
White House Correspondents' Association says three White House journalists tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday  —  New York (CNN Business)A widening coronavirus outbreak at the White House has left members of the media scrambling to find out if they, too, are infected.
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Source: Fox News is taking precautions, including testing, after TV hosts, reporters, and staff were potentially exposed to COVID-19, including Lachlan Murdoch  —  Fox News is planning for its anchors, reporters and staff to be tested out of an abundance of caution.
David Greene, a host of NPR's Morning Edition for eight years, is leaving the show; the broadcaster will start a nationwide search for a successor
Danny Funt / Columbia Journalism Review:
As more TV documentaries are being made now than ever before, a loosening of journalistic traditions is becoming part of the cost of accessing their subjects  —  Hillary Clinton was ready to bare her soul, or so Hulu subscribers were told in March.  After missing her shot at the presidency, Clinton would, at last, let her guard down.
Oliver Darcy / CNN:
ABC says its news staff who were in direct contact with former NJ Gov. Chris Christie will quarantine for 14 days, after he announced his positive COVID-19 test  —  New York (CNN)ABC News staffers who were in direct contact with former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will quarantine for 14 days …
Facebook rebuts The Social Dilemma, saying the popular Netflix documentary “buries the substance in sensationalism”  —  - Facebook rebutted Netflix's “The Social Dilemma” on Friday.  — The company argued that the documentary-drama that quickly gained popularity for its critical look …
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Cesar Conde is looking to draw a brighter line between news and opinion programming at MSNBC, which lags behind rivals on news coverage beyond politics  —  Cable channel fell behind rivals in the key demo when coronavirus and racial justice took center stage; new NBCUniversal News Group chairman …
Rick Porter / Hollywood Reporter:
Cops resumes production, though the episodes won't air in the US and will be used to fulfill commitments in international territories where it still runs  —  Three months after being canceled at Paramount Network, the show is filming again to fulfill commitments in overseas territories.
Irina Slavina, EIC of Russian news outlet Koza Press, died after setting herself on fire in front of a government office after police searched her apartment  —  A Russian journalist has died after setting herself on fire in front of the local branch of the interior ministry in the city of Nizhny Novgorod …
Manori Ravindran / Variety:
Sources: Cineworld, owner of Regal Cinemas in the US, plans to close all of its theaters across the US and UK as early as this week, with no reopening date set  —  Cineworld is shuttering all 543 of its Regal Cinema venues in the U.S. and all cinemas across the U.K. and Ireland this coming week …
Jane Mayer / New Yorker:
Sources: Fox News agreed to pay a former assistant of Kimberly Guilfoyle more than $4M to settle a complaint about Guilfoyle's sexually inappropriate behavior  —  As President Donald Trump heads into the 2020 elections, he faces a daunting gender gap: according to a recent Washington Post/ABC News poll …
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Helen Stubbs / Knight Foundation:
US Survey: 62% say it is harder to be well-informed due to an increase in available info, of which 72% attribute it to mixing news and non-news items online
Jill Goldsmith / Deadline:
SCOTUS agrees to hear case to decide whether the FCC can repeal or modify media ownership rules in its attempt to relax restrictions on local media ownership
Ben Kenigsberg / New York Times:
Kingdom of Silence, a documentary about Jamal Khashoggi's career, premieres on Showtime today, two years after his murder
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Aarian Marshall / Wired:
Library checkouts of ebooks are up 52% YoY since March as libraries pay an average of $40 per copy due to publisher restrictions limiting library lending
Liz Wolfe / Reason:
NYT, which faced staff unrest and an editor's exit after running Sen. Cotton's op-ed on US protests, posted an op-ed praising China's crackdown on HK's protests
Jack Stubbs / Reuters:
Sources: Russia's IRA is running a news site on US politics, reposting conservative content and paying US freelancers to write on politically sensitive issues