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9:25 PM ET, October 24, 2020


 Top News: 
Jeff Horwitz / Wall Street Journal:
Facebook asks NYU Ad Observatory, which analyzes political ad targeting using data collected from a browser extension, to cease the practice for violating TOS  —  In letter this month, Facebook says the project violates provisions in its terms of service that prohibit bulk data collection
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 …
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.
Wall Street Journal:
A look at Jeff Zucker's leadership at CNN, as sources say he felt blindsided by parent WarnerMedia's restructuring and has had friction with CEO Jason Kilar  —  Under AT&T, cable boss felt blindsided by a recent overhaul of WarnerMedia that slimmed down his role
Sources: Apple, Netflix, and other streamers explored acquiring the delayed Bond movie No Time to Die, but MGM's $600M price tag for it was deemed too much  —  Apple, Netflix and other streaming services explored the possibility of acquiring “No Time to Die,” the upcoming James Bond movie that was originally slated to debut last April.
Edmund Lee / New York Times:
Some Vogue staffers say Anna Wintour fostered a workplace that sidelined women of color and her apology was hypocritical; others say her apology was heartfelt  —  Vogue's September issue celebrated Black culture and contributors.  But some employees say the magazine's powerful editor fostered a workplace that sidelined women of color.
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.
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.
Roger Sollenberger / Salon:
FEC filings and sources show RNC may have spent over $900,000 on Sean Hannity's book Live Free or Die over the last three months  —  The Republican National Committee spent $492,000 on books in one day — likely all of it on Hannity's latest  —  The Republican National Committee continues …
New York Times:
The final presidential election debate attracted roughly 63M viewers, down 10.1M from the first debate; numbers don't include streaming on digital devices  —  About 10 million fewer Americans watched Thursday's Biden-Trump debate than the candidates' first, more chaotic matchup in Cleveland last month.
Alex Sherman / CNBC:
Sources: at least three large US media companies expect the number of US households with pay-TV to fall to ~50M by 2025, a drop of $25B in cable revenue  —  - At least three large U.S. media companies expect the number of U.S. households that subscribe to a traditional pay-TV bundle to fall to about 50 million in the next five years.
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 …
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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
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
Koen Swinkels / Medium:
The weakness of the evidence in the Trump Twitter “hack” shows that for some journalists, the hacker's reputation was enough to believe him
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 Earlier Picks: 
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
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.
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
NBC News says it couldn't be prouder of journalist Brandy Zadrozny and says Fox News chose to smear her, encouraging harassment “and worse”
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”