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6:20 PM 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.
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
60 Minutes used Lesley Stahl's in-conversation responses, narration, and clips of Trump from rallies to fact check his comments in the interview aired on Sunday  —  Lesley Stahl told President Trump up front: “You know, this is ‘60 Minutes.’ And we can't put on things we can't verify."
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Lukas I. Alpert / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: BuzzFeed is on target to break even this year for the first time since 2014, with significantly less revenue than 2019 offset by $30M in cost cuts  —  Digital media company's revenue damaged during pandemic as layoffs, other cuts shore up bottom line
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.
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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
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
YouTube revamps its mobile apps with gestures like swiping up for fullscreen and expands video chapters by adding lists with chapter preview images  —  YouTube today is rolling out a series of updates to its player page on mobile devices.  The changes relocate some elements, add new features …
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  —  In November 2017, the International Center for Journalists gave Fox News's Chris Wallace an award for excellence in journalism.
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
The Atlantic published a lengthy magazine story by disgraced New Republic editor Ruth Shalit as Ruth S. Barrett with no disclosure about her checkered past  —  A new story from the Atlantic explores the culture of niche sports in Fairfield County, Conn. — parents trying to turn their offspring …
Discussion: @mathewi
Doug Mack / The Counter:
How the “Rust Belt Diner” genre of journalism became the “Trump Country Diner” in 2016, driven by a sense that media failed to understand the mood of rural US  —  Steph Chambers/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette via AP  —  The “Rust Belt Diner” genre of journalism isn't new.
Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
ViacomCBS International Studios launches VIS Kids to expand its offerings to kid-focused short and longform content that will be sold to third parties  —  VIS Kids is designed to expand the studio's global kids content pipeline.  —  ViacomCBS' ViacomCBS International Studios (VIS) …
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch:
China-based esports platform Versus Programming Network (VSPN) raises $100M Series B led by Tencent  —  Further confirmation that the esports market is booming amid the pandemic comes today with the news that esports ‘total solutions provider’ VSPN (Versus Programming Network) …
 
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Kate Knibbs / Wired:
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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
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