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9:40 AM ET, November 12, 2020


 Top News: 
Mike Allen / Axios:
Sources: Trump says he wants to start an online streaming media channel, which would be cheaper than cable, to undermine Fox News  —  President Trump has told friends he wants to start a digital media company to clobber Fox News and undermine the conservative-friendly network, sources tell Axios.
Jeremy Barr / Washington Post:
Newsmax staffers and CEO Chris Ruddy hurl criticism at Fox News as the smaller network tries to draw Fox viewers away  —  Newsmax, which wants to draw viewers away from Fox News, has played up conservative criticisms of the network.  An anchor said Fox is “jumping right into the tank for the left.”
The Daily Beast:
The New Yorker has fired staff writer Jeffrey Toobin after an investigation into an incident in which he masturbated during a Zoom call with colleagues  —  The top writer had been suspended last month after exposing himself during a video call with colleagues.
Kansas City Star:
Kansas City Star will vacate its downtown office by the end of 2021 and look for smaller premises; printing will move to the Des Moines Register  —  The Kansas City Star will leave its glass building at 1601 McGee St. in downtown Kansas City.  The Kansas City Star will leave …
Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
Hearst names Debi Chirichella as president of its magazines group, a job she has held on an interim basis since the departure of Troy Young  —  Hearst Corp. on Wednesday named Debi Chirichella as president of its magazines group, replacing Troy Young, who resigned in July over explosive allegations …
Mark Bergen / Bloomberg:
Researchers say YouTube's policy loopholes for election videos have led to an onslaught of videos aiming to undermine the legitimacy of the election  —  Google video site says election misinformation policies are ‘generally working as intended’  —  On Monday, cable outlet One America News Network posted …
Dan Froomkin / Press Watch:
Top American political reporters, addicted to conflict and gamesmanship, should take a year or two off, replaced by beat reporters focused on examining policies  —  Our top political reporters must be exhausted.  I suggest they take some time off.  —  Like, a year or two.
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
Lord Grade, a UK government adviser and former BBC Chairman, says the country is moving toward relaxing impartiality rules for news broadcasters  —  British television news channels should no longer be required to meet strict impartiality standards, according to one of the government's own broadcasting advisers.
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The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Gabriel Escobar, who has served as editor and vice president at The Philadelphia Inquirer since 2017, has been promoted as its top editor
Bijan Stephen / The Verge:
Twitch apologizes to streamers for its mishandling of music copyright, saying it was unprepared for a surge of copyright takedown notices that started in May
Kevin Hitt / The Esports Observer:
ESPN confirms it is planning to shut down its dedicated esports division
 Earlier Picks: 
Taylor Lorenz / New York Times:
Profile of Hasan Piker, a progressive Twitch streamer who had 225K+ concurrent viewers at the peak on election night, making him Twitch's most-watched streamer
Hannah Murphy / Financial Times:
Facebook and Google have extended their planned one-week bans on political ads, as Trump and GOP continue their claims of voter fraud
Manish Singh / TechCrunch:
India's Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, which oversees TV programming, will now regulate policies for streaming platforms and digital news outlets
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Facebook says political content makes up about 6% of what is seen on its platform and CrowdTangle measures engagement but doesn't predict reach