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7:15 PM ET, November 12, 2020


 Top News: 
Mike Allen / Axios:
Sources: Trump has told friends he wants to start an online 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
Stephanie Sengwe / The Streamable:
Disney says Disney+ had 73M+ paid subscribers at the end of September, up from 57.5M at end of June and 60.5M in early August  —  Disney+ reported today that they have now reached 73.7 million subscribers at the end of September.  This is a 16.2 million climb from last quarter …
Disney reports a loss of $710M on $14.71B in revenue, slightly beating revenue estimates of $14.2B; stock up 5%+ after hours  —  Disney reported earnings after the bell.  Here are the results.  — Loss per share: 20 cents, vs 71 cents expected, according to Refinitiv survey of analysts
Nick Statt / The Verge:
YouTube defends choice to leave up election misinformation videos, saying such videos are “not being surfaced or recommended in any prominent way”  —  The company says its most popular videos are from ‘authoritative’ sources  —  YouTube is pushing back against claims its platform …
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
A district court judge dismisses a Trump campaign libel suit against CNN over a 2019 opinion piece about the Mueller probe  —  The suit fails because Trump hasn't shown actual malice on the part of an author who wrote that Trump's campaign was soliciting Russia's help in 2020.
Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:
Fox News has parted ways with contributor John Solomon, the pro-Trump columnist formerly of The Hill, who helped fuel Rudy Giuliani's Ukraine work against Biden  —  The pro-Trump writer became a paid contributor as he was a fixture on Fox's right-wing opinion programming …
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 …
Ayaz Gul / Voice of America:
A bomb in Afghanistan's Helmand province has killed Elyas Dayee, a reporter working for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty's Afghan service, Radio Azadi  —  ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN - A bomb explosion in Afghanistan's volatile southern Helmand province Thursday killed a reporter working …
Wall Street Journal:
Q&A with Kevin Mayer, formerly of Disney and TikTok and now advising the parent of Warner Music Group and Deezer, on the future of streaming entertainment  —  The industry veteran is now adviser to Warner Music parent after leaving TikTok in August and Disney in March
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
Despite settling multiple pay disparity cases, BBC is cleared of unlawful pay discrimination by UK equality watchdog investigation focused on 10 pay complaints  —  Carrie Gracie has described an investigation into pay discrimination at the BBC as a “whitewash”, after it cleared the broadcaster of wrongdoing.
Silvia Higuera / LatAm Journalism Review:
In Mexico, three journalists have been killed in the last ten days and one is missing, as journalist murders continue with impunity in the country  —  Violence against journalists in Mexico is not new.  For years, the country has been identified as one of the most dangerous places to practice journalism.
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Maggie Haberman is writing a book about Donald Trump, which will be published by Penguin Press in 2022
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
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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
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
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