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9:05 AM ET, October 23, 2020


 Top News: 
Gene Maddaus / Variety:
WSJ's news section publishes article refuting claims about Biden made in a WSJ opinion piece, a continuation of tensions between the two sides aired in July  —  The Wall Street Journal opinion page spent much of Thursday talking up a fresh allegation involving Joe Biden, his son Hunter, and the son's alleged business dealings in China.
NBC News:
Revolver News, a website founded in May and promoted by Trump and some surrogates, has played a key role in spreading recent baseless claims about Hunter Biden  —  Some of the same people who pushed a false conspiracy theory about Hillary Clinton that first emerged in 2016 are now targeting Hunter Biden …
John Whitehouse / Media Matters for America:
Tucker Carlson hosted a former WH speech writer on his Fox News show for a segment attacking NBC News reporter Brandy Zadrozny for basic reporting techniques
The Daily Beast:
Murdochs' NY Post ignored facts provided by NBC News to paint debate moderator Kristen Welker as a liberal partisan, claims right-wing outlets like Fox echoed  —  ‘SHEER DESPERATION’  —  A New York Post story ignored basic facts in an attempt to paint tonight's debate moderator as a liberal partisan.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Quibi says it will shut down “on or about” December 1 and does not know if its original content will be made available elsewhere after it shuts down  —  Quibi, a day after announcing it will shut down less than seven months after launching, told customers Thursday that it expects …
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Quibi decided to shut down and return $350M to investors rather than try and prolong the life of the company through another big investment
Washington Post:
Trump posted a 37-minute clip of his 60 Minutes interview on Facebook, violating an agreement that WH was taping the interview “for archival purposes only”  —  President Trump followed through on his threat, or promise, to release video of his interview with CBS News journalist Lesley Stahl …
Taylor Lyles / The Verge:
Sony says its PS5 will have Apple TV+, Disney+, Netflix, Spotify, Twitch, and YouTube at launch on Nov. 12, with Prime Video, Hulu, and Peacock coming later  —  No Prime Video, HBO Max, or Hulu on day one, though  —  If you are planning to use your PlayStation 5 for more than just gaming …
Hanaa' Tameez / Nieman Lab:
Shorenstein Center's Media Manipulation Casebook aims to help journalists know how and when to respond to misinformation by breaking down misinfo campaigns  —  For journalists in 2020, some of the biggest hurdles in getting factual, corroborated information to news consumers are getting …
Donald G. McNeil Jr / New York Times:
WHO grants Wikipedia free use of its published data, allowing it to be reposted widely in almost 200 languages and starting with COVID-19 information  —  The health agency will license much of its material to the online encyclopedia, allowing the information to be reposted widely into almost 200 languages.
Jacob Feldman /
ESPN to put about 10% of its overall written output on ESPN+, making it available only to subscribers, though breaking news will remain free  —  As of Nov. 9, five daily ESPN radio shows' telecasts will be exclusively available on the platform for both live and on-demand viewers.
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Julia Alexander / The Verge:
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Sean Illing / Vox:
Q&A with Jay Rosen on the media's progress as seen in its treatment of the NY Post story, the reality-based press, and necessary changes to election coverage
Alexandra Mondalek / The Business of Fashion:
Fashion site Repeller, renamed from Man Repeller, is shutting down after its founder stepped back in June following staff accusations of racist behavior
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Todd Spangler / Variety:
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