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11:45 AM 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:
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
Katherine Rosman / New York Times:
A look at Abby Phillip's career in journalism, from Politico to CNN, as her star rises following her anchoring of CNN's election week coverage
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.”
Vox cofounder Matthew Yglesias is leaving the outlet after more than six years and launching a Substack newsletter, Slow Boring  —  Hey folks, some personal news. Co-founding @voxdotcom with @ezraklein & @MelissaBell has been one of the great adventures of my life but after 6+ years on the job I've decided it's time for me to move on to something new that I'm really excited about.
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
Tim Peterson / Digiday:
Discussion: @lisamurphyto and @kerrymflynn
Hanaa' Tameez / Nieman Lab:
The Shade Room, a media company focused on Black culture that has 21M+ Instagram and 5.1M Facebook followers, helped register 162K+ voters for the 2020 election  —  Despite President Trump's baseless efforts to challenge the 2020 United States election results, former Vice President Joe Biden …
Discussion: @niemanlab
Josh Terry / VICE:
As part of the Justice at Spotify initiative, 18,000+ musicians demand at least a penny per stream, more financial transparency, and an end to royalty lawsuits  —  Damon Krukowski of Galaxie 500 and the Union of Musicians and Allied Workers explains the ‘Justice at Spotify’ campaign.  —  JT
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Kristen Hare / Poynter:
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
Ryan Faughnder / Los Angeles Times:
Sony acquires faith-based subscription video service Pure Flix, which charges viewers $13 a month to stream evangelical-friendly movies and TV shows
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Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
UK's Daily Mail pays a professor £25,000 for falsely accusing her of inciting a race war, citing tweets “we subsequently learnt were fake”
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”