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1:40 PM ET, December 7, 2020


 Top News: 
Ben Smith / New York Times:
Former colleagues share how a powerful Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reporter, Michael Fuoco, got away with sexual misconduct for years as his paper, union ignored it  —  Michael Fuoco was a bigfoot reporter with a fiery personality and a reputation for harassing young women.  No one seemed to want to rein him in.
David Smiley / Miami Herald:
Monica R. Richardson has been named the new executive editor of the Miami Herald, the first Black executive editor in its 117-year history  —  The Miami Herald's parent company named a new executive editor on Monday to lead its newsrooms in Florida — a 30-year veteran of the news business …
Ben Sisario / New York Times:
Universal Music says it has acquired Bob Dylan's entire music catalog of over 600 songs; the deal is estimated to be worth over $300M  —  Universal Music purchased his entire songwriting catalog of more than 600 songs in what may be the biggest acquisition ever of a single act's publishing rights.
Financial Times:
Inside Disney's costly online push while its lucrative legacy businesses decline, as sources say the success of Disney+ diminished Disney's interest in Hulu  —  Media empire must sustain its costly online push while its lucrative legacy businesses decline  —  The Walt Disney Company …
Jeff Jones / Knight Foundation:
Survey: 59% of Americans say media was responsible in reporting election results; 63%, including 17% of Republicans, believed media projections of Biden's win  —  The 2020 election was marked by severe political divisions, a public health crisis, unease about the voting process …
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Tom Lowell, formerly a producer of Megyn Kelly's shows, named executive VP and managing editor of news at Fox News, will oversee daytime news editorial content  —  “From creating the top-rated morning news program 'America's Newsroom' in 2007 to leading newsgathering, Tom has made a formidable impact …
Discussion: The Wrap and @bristei
Jane Lytvynenko / BuzzFeed News:
This year, disinformation about the pandemic, BLM protests, and the election divided the US, with “Plandemic” as a case study of social networks' failures  —  Disinformation and its fallout have defined 2020, the year of the infodemic.  Month after month, self-serving social media companies …
Netflix says “we have no plans, and see no need, to add a disclaimer” warning The Crown viewers that the show is a work of fiction  —  Netflix says it will not warn viewers of The Crown some scenes are fiction.  —  Responding to calls for a warning from Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden …
Manisha Krishnan / VICE:
Canada's Global News radio host Supriya Dwivedi quits, alleges colleagues' on-air racist narratives led to threats against her; Global News is “taking action”  —  An email to staff said the company is in the midst of an “internal reflection” regarding systemic racism but didn't provide many details about what that means.
Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
OnlyFans says it will generate $2B+ in sales in 2020, now has 85M users, is adding around 500K users a day, and is paying out $200M+ a month to its 1M+ creators  —  As Cardi B prepared the release for her new song “WAP,” she checked off all the usual components of her promotional plan …
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Jonathan Stempel / Reuters:
Dish Network to pay $210M to the US government and four states to settle a lawsuit claiming it made millions of illegal robocalls to sell satellite TV services
William Turvill / Press Gazette:
ProPublica's Richard Tofel discusses the Trump Bump: donors rose from ~3K in 2015 to 32K in 2019, when small donations made up 20% of $33.1M in revenue
Discussion: @dicktofel
Amaris Castillo / Poynter:
Report: in six countries, including the US, proportion of women journalists has remained flat since 2000 and women are 2x to 6x less likely to be quoted in news
 Earlier Picks: 
Mattie Kahn / Glamour:
Interview with Yamiche Alcindor, the White House correspondent for PBS NewsHour, about covering Trump, writing her memoir, and rejecting “both sides” journalism
India's Times Group says it will stop the publication of Pune Mirror and will relaunch Mumbai Mirror as a weekly, but both will have a “strong digital presence”
Alex Sherman / CNBC:
Inside WarnerMedia's transition to streaming: current and former execs say it was marred by rushed decision making, culture clashes, HBO brand confusion, more
Hamed Aleaziz / BuzzFeed News:
ICE has issued a subpoena demanding BuzzFeed News identify its sources for emails sent to ICE attorneys; EIC “emphatically rejects” requests for source info
Katie Robertson / New York Times:
Tribune Publishing, part-owned by Alden Global Capital, is closing the Hartford Courant's newsroom on Dec. 27; journalists will work remotely into 2021
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
Mitch McConnell has moved to end debate on a Trump nominee that would deadlock FCC when Biden takes office and for months after, setting up a vote next week