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1:15 AM ET, October 27, 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
William D. Cohan / Air Mail:
A look at Vice following Shane Smith's departure in late 2017, shifting from edgy coverage under Nancy Dubuc while struggling to become profitable  —  Shane Smith convinced Rupert Murdoch and Disney that his company was, as the kids say, the sh!t.  Until it wasn't.  How did Vice blow it—and trash billions in valuation?
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Fox News confirms “a few positive” exposures to COVID-19, after report says its president and some top anchors were advised to quarantine due to exposure  —  Fox News Media confirmed “a few positive” exposures to the coronavirus among its employees in the wake of a New York Times report …
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 …
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.
Jon Allsop / Columbia Journalism Review:
Q&A with historian Rick Perlstein about media's framing errors, including “bothsidesism”, why horserace coverage is treating 2020 like a normal election, more  —  In late August, Sam Dolnick, an assistant managing editor at the New York Times, tweeted a link to an episode of The Daily …
 
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James Shotter / Financial Times:
Poland's ruling party, which co-opted public media, wants to reduce foreign ownership of private media, a move critics say stifles independent journalism
Eric Newcomer / Newcomer:
Bloomberg tech reporter Eric Newcomer quits to launch Newcomer, a subscription newsletter on Substack offering “contrarian optimism” on startups and VCs
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch:
China-based esports platform Versus Programming Network (VSPN) raises $100M Series B led by Tencent
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
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Cahal Milmo / inews.co.uk:
A look back at 10 years of The Independent's spinoff i newspaper, initially a flop before a £3M TV ad campaign, and which is now owned by DMGT
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
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
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