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8:05 AM ET, October 20, 2020


 Top News: 
Ted Johnson / Deadline:
Trump campaign wants Thursday's debate to focus on foreign policy, protests possible rule changes like muting candidate's mics, it claims by an “unnamed person”  —  Donald Trump and Joe Biden are scheduled to meet again on Thursday for the second and presumably last debate …
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
Colby Hall / Mediaite:
Sources: Fox News was first approached by Rudy Giuliani about the Hunter Biden story but passed on it over credibility concerns  —  Mediaite has learned that Fox News was first approached by Rudy Giuliani to report on a tranche of files alleged to have come from Hunter Biden's unclaimed laptop left …
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
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.
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 …
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
Patrick Brzeski / Hollywood Reporter:
China overtakes North America as biggest Box Office globally in 2020, reaching $1.988B on Sunday, surpassing North America's total of $1.937B  —  As the American entertainment industry ponders whether the pandemic has done permanent damage to moviegoing, China's theaters have returned to peak earnings.
Jem Aswad / Variety:
Warner Music raises $250M through a private offering, source says for catalog acquisitions  —  As the music-rights acquisition spree led by Hipgnosis, Primary Wave, Round Hill and others continues to heat up, Warner Music has thrown its hat into the ring, notifying Wall Street Monday …
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