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3:30 PM ET, November 16, 2020


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Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Hicks Equity Partners, a PE firm with ties to a co-chair of RNC, has held talks in recent months about acquiring and investing in Newsmax  —  Hicks Equity Partners, a firm with ties to a co-chair of the Republican National Committee, is pitching investors on a new conservative news channel
Tina Nguyen / Politico:
The race between far-right media outlets like OANN and Newsmax over which will embrace Trumpism the most heats up, as Fox News gets blamed for Trump's defeat  —  MAGA nation may be turning its back on Fox News — but it doesn't know where to go.  —  Parler, the “free speech” …
Patrice Peck / Wired:
Jeremy Fuster / The Wrap:
Patricia Escárcega, LA Times' first Latinx food critic, denounces the paper, accusing it of paying her significantly less than her white male counterpart  —  Los Angeles Times food critic Patricia Escarcega denounced the newspaper in a Twitter thread on Sunday, accusing her employers …
Kate Storey / Esquire:
Over a dozen CNN insiders, including Wolf Blitzer, Dana Bash, and Abby Phillip, on how CNN covered the longest and most dramatic Election Week in recent memory  —  As Election Night 2020 bled into Election Week, the talking heads on CNN became something like members of our families.
Financial Times:
Privacy campaigner Max Schrems files complaints in Spain and Germany claiming Apple's IDFA ad tracking tools unlawfully track users without consent  —  Austrian activist files complaints with German and Spanish data protection authorities  —  Apple is breaking EU law by enabling iPhone users …
Jennifer Maas / The Wrap:
WarnerMedia says HBO Max will be available on Amazon Fire devices from November 17  —  WarnerMedia-owned streaming service will be available beginning Tuesday  —  HBO Max will be available on Amazon Fire TV devices beginning Tuesday, Nov. 17, the streaming service said Monday.
Ben Smith / New York Times:
Interview with President Macron on free speech and secularism, as he accuses the English-language press of “legitimizing” the violence of terrorist attacks  —  After terrorist attacks, France's leader accuses the English-language media of “legitimizing this violence.”
Tim Peterson / Digiday:
Discussion: @lisamurphyto and @kerrymflynn
Sridhar Pappu / New York Times:
Profile of Savannah Guthrie, co-host of NBC's Today show, whose status was heightened after her tough questioning of Trump at a crucial point of the campaign  —  Since she held President Trump's feet to the fire at a crucial turning point of the campaign, her future at NBC News appears bright.
Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic:
Matthew Yglesias on why he left Vox: the “damaging trend” of increased sensitivity about language, and pushing back against media's dominant sensibility  —  The journalist Matthew Yglesias, a co-founder of Vox, announced today that he is leaving that publication …
Vox cofounder Matthew Yglesias is leaving the outlet after more than six years and launching a Substack newsletter, Slow Boring
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Military Veterans in Journalism receives a $250K Knight Foundation grant to fund six-month fellowships, workshops, mentorship for journalists who are veterans
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
NBC News/MSNBC have had to part ways with four contributors due to ties to the Biden team, highlighting again the cozy relationship between politics and pundits