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1:15 AM ET, October 26, 2020

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Ben Smith / New York Times:
Sources: Trump allies including a White House lawyer first approached WSJ with their Hunter Biden story, but WSJ couldn't corroborate claims about Joe Biden  —  Inside the White House's secret, last-ditch effort to change the narrative, and the election — and the return of the media gatekeepers.
Kevin Roose / New York Times:
How the Falun Gong-backed Epoch Times used aggressive Facebook tactics and right-wing misinformation since 2016 to create an anti-China, pro-Trump media empire  —  Since 2016, the Falun Gong-backed newspaper has used aggressive Facebook tactics and right-wing misinformation to create an anti-China, pro-Trump media empire.
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Oscar Schwartz / The Atavist Magazine:
An ex-Epoch Times content writer on how he became a cog in the burgeoning propaganda machine and why he stayed on even as the publication's biases became clear  —  I.  —  among other publications.  Originally from Australia, he is now based in Brooklyn.  Follow him on Twitter: @scarschwartz.
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
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
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 …
Variety:
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.
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.
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.
Kate Knibbs / Wired:
ClickHole, whose staff became worker-owners in May, struggles to stay relevant in 2020 while reckoning with a lack of diversity and facing a financial crunch  —  The humor site has survived it all: new owners, layoffs, a culture war.  Now a worker-owned cooperative, it needs to update its voice—and bring home the bacon.
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.
Alex Pareene / New Republic:
Given the emergence of GOP-aligned “news” sites, paywalls have become hindrances to the mission of journalism, which is to disseminate quality news widely  —  The University of North Carolina's Hussman School of Journalism and Media recently released a report titled …
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Columbia Journalism Review:
A look back at the media's coverage of the Trump presidency, what has changed in the press, its failings, and how the press has simply not learned its lesson
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
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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