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5:05 PM ET, November 4, 2020


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Oliver Darcy / CNN:
News anchors, including from Fox News, forcefully called out Trump 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 the victor …
Matt Gertz / Media Matters for America:
On Wednesday morning, Fox & Friends was supporting Trump's attempted election theft, priming its audience to treat the ongoing counting of ballots as fraudulent  —  With the presidential election still up in the air as ballots continue to be counted in key states, President Donald Trump …
Jack Shafer / Politico:
Despite a protracted count, the three major cable networks kept trying to sustain excitement over the US election rather than admitting there was no news  —  The networks are filling the airways with chaff, treating tiny developments like a major news.  They should just tell us there's nothing to see right now, and move on.
Gerry Smith / Bloomberg:
Sinclair Broadcast Group wrote down the value of its regional sports networks by $4.23B, after paying $9.6B for them in August 2019  —  - Broadcaster paid $9.6 billion for the assets just last year  — YouTube and Hulu recently stopped carrying Sinclair's channels
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.
David A. Graham / The Atlantic:
The apparent failure of polling is a disaster for 538, NYT's Upshot, and others and a catastrophe for democracy as public opinion data becomes unreliable  —  Even with the results of the presidential contest still out, there's a clear loser in this election: polling.
Jeanie Pyun / Hollywood Reporter:
Ted Koppel, Judy Woodruff, and Brit Hume, who covered the 2000 race for ABC, Fox News, and CNN, remember the 37 days after the dragged out and “scary” election  —  At ABC, Fox News and CNN, Ted Koppel, Judy Woodruff and Brit Hume covered the Al Gore versus George Bush race until …
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
The Athletic:
Sources: ESPN is expected to announce layoffs this week, possibly as soon as Thursday, with remote production to be hit significantly  —  ESPN is expected to announce layoffs this week, possibly as soon as Thursday, sources tell The Athletic's Richard Deitsch.
Discussion: Awful Announcing and Breitbart
Alexander Fanta /
Google News Initiative has given funding to Rwanda's New Times, which NGOs call a state mouthpiece; it withdrew funding to a similar outlet in Hungary in 2019  —  The Google News Initiative writes cheques to media around the globe, including pro-regime newspapers in countries under autocratic rule …
Discussion: @fantaalexx
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
Discussion: Variety, Reuters and NME
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 …
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Brian Stelter / CNN:
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Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
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