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11:55 AM ET, October 5, 2020


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Kayleigh McEnany / @presssec:
Sarah Ellison / Washington Post:
Vague info from Trump's doctors on Saturday was quickly contradicted off the record by Mark Meadows, highlighting the routine chaos of covering this White House  —  The dispatches began routinely enough for an out-of-the-ordinary day, with Pool Report #2 from Cheryl Bolen, the Bloomberg White House reporter on pool duty Saturday.
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 …
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 …
Brett Samuels / The Hill:
WHCA blasted the lack of notice about President Trump's brief motorcade trip out of his hospital quarters on Sunday, criticizing the lack of transparency  —  © ALEX EDELMAN/AFP via Getty Images  —  The White House Correspondents' Association (WHCA) on Sunday blasted President Trump's brief foray …
Brian Stelter / CNN:
White House Correspondents' Association says three White House journalists tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday
Ben Smith / New York Times:
Years of White House evasions on Trump's health show the US urgently needs a reporting culture better suited to covering the decline of its many older leaders  —  The president is hospitalized and reporters are fighting for basic facts.  What should elderly leaders — many of America's top politicians …
David Folkenflik / NPR:
Sidestepping rules on political interference, two Trump appointees at USAGM have compiled a report claiming VOA's White House bureau chief was unfair to Trump  —  Toggle more options  —  Two political appointees at the federal agency that oversees the Voice of America recently investigated …
Cineworld Group, the owner of Regal Cinemas, to suspend operations at all of its theaters in the US and UK beginning on Thursday, affecting 45,000 employees  —  New York/London (CNN Business)Cineworld Group, the owner of Regal Cinemas, will suspend operations at all of its theaters …
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.
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Jeff Young / 89.3 WFPL News Louisville:
A look at efforts by journalists to cover the Appalachia region, often misunderstood and stereotyped, including establishing accessible lists of local reporters  —  It wasn't too long ago that Michael Farmer, a pastor in Charleston, West Virginia, received an email asking him a question …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Comcast's ad-supported streaming TV service Xumo says its US user base grew 2.5x since January to reach 24M+ MAUs, with total hours streamed more than doubling  —  Xumo, the free, ad-supported streaming TV service now owned by Comcast, wants to make the case that it's in the same league …
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