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6:05 PM 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.
Rebecca Nelson / ELLE:
Profile of Kristen Welker, the first Black woman to moderate a presidential debate since 1992, who covers the White House for NBC and who works to mentor others  —  At Thursday night's final presidential debate, Kristen Welker asked President Trump a pointed question about the economic hardship caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
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
Dan Froomkin / Press Watch:
Two of four voters featured in a NYT article about Atlanta white suburban voters had paid Republican Party connections, not initially divulged in the story  —  The New York Times has been caught, once again, passing off Republican operatives as “regular” Republican voters in an article intended …
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 …
New York Times:
Ken Kurson, EIC of the New York Observer from 2013-2017, has been charged by federal prosecutors with cyberstalking in connection with his divorce  —  Ken Kurson, a close friend of the president's son-in-law Jared Kushner, was arrested in connection with incidents stemming from his divorce.
Max Willens / Digiday:
Advertisers have started sponsoring and placing ads in Substack newsletters, with some creators turning ads into their primary source of income  —  To badly paraphrase Jeff Goldblum's character in “Jurassic Park,” Dr. Ian Malcolm — ads find a way.  —  Over the past few months …
Jake Offenhartz / Gothamist:
Former New York Daily News reporter sues the outlet, alleging she was fired after questioning why she made less than a male colleague who had the same job  —  A former City Hall reporter for the Daily News says she was fired for questioning why a male colleague was earning more for performing the same job.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Spotify debuts its first daily morning show, The Get Up, a combination of pre-recorded news, pop culture, and personalized music, available as a playlist  —  Spotify's streaming music service is starting to resemble terrestrial radio with today's launch of the company's first daily morning show, “The Get Up.”
Samson Amore / The Wrap:
iHeartMedia acquires Voxnest, which manages a marketplace that connects advertisers with podcasts and provides analytics to serve targeted ads  —  Podcast publisher iHeartMedia has acquired podcast advertising and analytics company Voxnest Friday for an undisclosed sum.
The Inquirer and Mirror:
Gannett agrees to sell Nantucket newspaper Inquirer and Mirror to a local group, 41 North Media LLC  —  The Inquirer and Mirror  —  After 30 years of corporate ownership, The Inquirer and Mirror is returning to its roots as a locally-owned, independent newspaper.
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Tracy Brown / Los Angeles Times:
UCLA study: despite progress in on-camera representation, women and POC are underrepresented among TV executives, who are 92% white and 68% male as of Sept.  —  A new diversity study reveals that television still has a long way to go in order to make meaningful steps toward becoming a truly inclusive industry.
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Jon Allsop / Columbia Journalism Review:
Media analysis of Trump's debate performance once again focused on optics, like his “new tone” and “discipline” over the content of what he said
Julia Alexander / The Verge:
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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
NBC News says it couldn't be prouder of journalist Brandy Zadrozny and says Fox News chose to smear her, encouraging harassment “and worse”
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
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”
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