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9:00 AM ET, October 20, 2020

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Ted Johnson / Deadline:
Trump campaign wants Thursday's debate to focus on foreign policy, protests possible rule changes like muting candidate's mics by an “unnamed person”  —  Donald Trump and Joe Biden are scheduled to meet again on Thursday for the second and presumably last debate …
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Alana Wise / NPR:
Debate commission announces new rule where only the candidate with the floor will have an open mic during new two minute sessions of uninterrupted speaking time  —  The Commission on Presidential Debates announced changes to the debate rules ahead of Thursday's final presidential debate.
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
The news media is biased in Trump's favor because the only way to cover his lies and misconduct is to create a different, lower standard than other presidents  —  Going into his NBC town hall, President Trump decided, for some reason, that his thematic message would be his unfair treatment …
Laura Wagner / VICE:
The New Yorker suspends reporter Jeffrey Toobin, sources say after he masturbated during a Zoom call; Toobin says he did not realize his video was on  —  The call was an election simulation featuring New Yorker all-stars.  Toobin apologized for the “embarrassingly stupid mistake.”  —  Laura Wagner
Todd Spangler / Variety:
ViacomCBS promotes Pluto TV CEO Tom Ryan to president and CEO of ViacomCBS Streaming, overseeing the future Paramount+ and Pluto TV  —  ViacomCBS has restructured its streaming operations with a global lens: Tom Ryan, currently CEO of Pluto TV, will assume the role of president and CEO …
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Survey: Republicans who most trust Fox News as a TV news source are far more likely to approve of Trump compared to those who don't  —  From the outset of his presidency — or, really, his 2016 campaign — President Trump's approach to politics has been to get those who agree with him to agree with him more and more and more.
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Colby Hall / Mediaite:
Sources: Fox News was first approached by Rudy Giuliani about the Hunter Biden story but passed on it over credibility concerns
Katie Robertson / New York Times:
Sources: NY Post's article about Hunter Biden was written mostly by Bruce Golding, who did not allow his byline to be used amid doubts in the tabloid's newsroom
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Pandora has completed its acquisition of Stitcher and has now launched Stitcher's podcasts across all tiers of its service  —  SiriusXM today completed its previously announced $325 million acquisition of podcast platform Stitcher from E.W. Scripps, and has now launched Stitcher's podcasts …
Julia Alexander / The Verge:
Moonbug, which has 235M subs for its YouTube channels for kids, says Cocomelon became one of Netflix's three most-watched shows in the US after its June debut  —  Although The Umbrella Academy was all over Tumblr and people couldn't seem to stop bingeing Cobra Kai and Lucifer …
Kerry Flynn / CNN:
About 205 staffers at pubs owned by Bustle Digital Group, which includes Bustle, Romper, and Mic, announce plans to form a union with WGAE  —  New York (CNN Business)The staffs at publications owned by Bustle Digital Group, which includes Bustle, Romper, Mic, Nylon and Elite Daily among others …
Jem Aswad / Variety:
Apple launches Apple Music TV, a free 24-hour curated livestream of popular music videos, available in the US on Apple's Music and TV apps  —  Apple has launched Apple Music TV, a free 24-hour curated livestream of popular music videos that will also include “exclusive new music videos and premiers …
@sacbeeguild:
In a letter, Sacramento Bee News Guild asks McClatchy's new CEO to reconsider a proposal to tie journalists' annual performance reviews and raises to page views  —  We have alarming news. The owner of The Sacramento Bee is trying to tie journalists' pay to the number of clicks their stories get. We're urging the company to reconsider. Here's our letter to McClatchy's new CEO about how this could hurt our community. #NoPayForClicks 1/9 https://twitter.com/...
 
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Jem Aswad / Variety:
Warner Music raises $250M through a private offering, source says for catalog acquisitions
Rick Porter / Hollywood Reporter:
Channing Dungey, most recently VP of original series at Netflix, will succeed Peter Roth as chairperson of Warner Bros. Television Group
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