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2:00 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:
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 …
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 …
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.
Tim Peterson / Digiday:
Discussion: @lisamurphyto and @kerrymflynn
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.”
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
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
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Ashley Carman / The Verge:
Facebook now lets any page admin submit images and videos for rights protection, which helps creators monetize their content and may lead to more takedowns
Discussion: Facebook and Neil Patel
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
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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
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”