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9:50 AM ET, November 4, 2020


 Top News: 
Oliver Darcy / CNN:
News anchors, including from Fox News, forcefully called out Trump early Wednesday morning after he prematurely declared himself the victor of the 2020 election  —  New York (CNN Business)News anchors forcefully called out President Donald Trump early Wednesday morning after he prematurely declared himself …
Matt Gertz / Media Matters for America:
On Wednesday, Fox is eagerly supporting Trump's attempted election theft, priming its audience to treat the ongoing counting of ballots as evidence of fraud  —  With the presidential election still up in the air as ballots continue to be counted in key states, President Donald Trump …
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Election results show media's failures in covering the Latino vote and that Trump successfully convinced huge swaths of the US that the media spins fake news  —  By early morning Wednesday, there was a lot that millions of anxious Americans didn't know.  —  Mainly, they didn't know who the president-elect is.
Sarah Scire / Nieman Lab:
WSJ converted an internal tool for reporters into Talk2020, which lets readers search a database of transcripts to see what the candidates said about an issue  —  When I was growing up, every holiday meal was interrupted, at least once, by someone leaving the table to gather supporting materials …
David Folkenflik / NPR:
Remembering premature media projections in 2000 of the winner of the Bush-Gore race, and how media executives say they will be incredibly careful, this time  —  Twenty years ago this week, I begged my bosses to stop the presses so we could avoid reporting a huge story that wasn't true …
Benjamin Mullin / Wall Street Journal:
TV news networks say they gamed out how to handle initial vote tabulations that could be misleading and are prepared to push back on false claims by candidates
Etan Vlessing / Hollywood Reporter:
Canada proposes to regulate global streamers like Netflix and Disney+ in the country, requiring them to invest $800M+ in Canadian content creators by 2023  —  Ottawa unveiled Bill C-10 to collect $800 million from foreign streaming platforms by 2023 to tell Canadian stories.
Discussion: @anguslivingston
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Comcast is in talks with Walmart to develop and distribute smart TVs, as the cable giant looks to become a dominant hub for streaming apps  —  Under the terms being discussed, the retail giant would promote TV sets running Comcast software and receive share of recurring revenue
Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
Sinclair Broadcast Group Q3: revenue was up 37% YoY to $1.54B, net income of $161M, and political ad revenue grew $6M from Q3 2019 to $109M  —  “While core advertising trends in our broadcast segment continue to face challenges due to the pandemic, we did see improvement as we moved through the quarter."
Discussion: stockhouse
Lindsey Ellefson / The Wrap:
Anchor Linsey Davis says ABC News Live streaming service averaged 23M monthly viewers from March to August, up 118% from the previous six months  —  Anchor Linsey Davis tells TheWrap that timing and the ability to deliver context without time constraints led viewership to surge
Alex Sherman / CNBC:
Sources: AT&T in talks to sell a significant minority stake in DirecTV, AT&T Now, and U-Verse pay-TV, where the buyer would run pay-TV distribution operations  —  - AT&T is considering selling significant minority stake in DirecTV, AT&T Now and U-Verse pay-TV operations.
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Brian Stelter / CNN:
A dozen beat reporters who covered Trump and Biden for TV networks and websites describe the surreal experience of covering the campaigns during a pandemic
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
In the UK, Newsquest's pre-tax profits fell 88% YoY to £13.4M on revenue of £187.7M in 2019; it closed 10 newspapers and cut 9% of editorial staff, down to 676
 Earlier Picks: 
Jack Nicas / New York Times:
Study: YouTube's recent efforts to reduce recommendations of misinfo from fringe channels worked, but Fox News is now the most recommended for election videos
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Hulu enables Watch Party social viewing on for its live-streamed election coverage, provided by ABC News, the first time it's done so for a live event
Discussion: The Streamable
Thomson Reuters:
Thomson Reuters says Q3 revenue rose 2% YoY to $1.44B with operating profit of $318M; Reuters News had revenue of $154M, down 2% YoY
Discussion: Reuters