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10:41 PM ET, January 14, 2021

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Maxwell Tani / The Daily Beast:
Some Politico staffers raised concerns internally about the decision to allow Ben Shapiro to guest-write Playbook; editor Matt Kaminski defended the move  —  Several staffers expressed dismay over handing the keys to the outlet's influential newsletter product to a pundit with a “long history of bigoted and incendiary commentary.”
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Leia Idliby / Mediaite:
Politico draws criticism for having Ben Shapiro serve as a guest writer of Playbook; he wrote about “the real reasons” most Republicans opposed impeachment  —  Politico has drawn heat for handing over the most recent edition of their Playbook newsletter to conservative radio host Ben Shapiro.
Laura Poitras / Praxis Films:
Laura Poitras says she was fired from First Look Media in November 2020 after speaking to the press about The Intercept's failure to protect Reality Winner  —  I was fired from First Look Media, an organization I co-founded.  My termination came two months after I spoke to the press …
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
VOA staffers circulate a petition seeking resignations of execs Robert Reilly and Elizabeth Robbins, saying they failed to be independent of political influence  —  Simmering tensions between journalists and managers at Voice of America grew into open rebellion Thursday …
Benjamin Mullin / Wall Street Journal:
Gerry Smith / Bloomberg:
A look at Judd Legum's Popular Information newsletter, which helped push companies to suspend donations to politicians who objected to election results  —  - Companies stop contributions after Popular Information article  — Judd Legum's newsletter has amassed 138,000 subscribers
Kerry Flynn / CNN:
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Group Nine, owner of Thrillist, NowThis, the Dodo and more, goes public via a SPAC to raise $200M to fund acquisitions  —  The special purpose acquisition company set up by Group Nine Media announced that it priced its initial public offering of 20 million shares at $10 per unit, for total gross proceeds of $200 million.
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Paul J. Boyle / News Media Alliance:
News Media Alliance and National Newspaper Association join a legal challenge to an order that would eliminate the cap on postal rate increases for periodicals
Ray Sanchez / CNN:
Bryan Monroe, a journalism professor, former president of NABJ, and a former editor at Knight Ridder and CNNPolitics.com, has died of a heart attack at 55
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Katie Robertson / New York Times:
Sources: NY Post editors tell staff not to use reporting from CNN, MSNBC, NYT, and WaPo as the sole basis for any Post article without independent confirmation
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
While media fell dismayingly short in myriad ways in the last four years, it has managed to do its job despite Trump's branding it as “the enemy of the people”
David Folkenflik / NPR:
One week later, Fox News is yet to acknowledge how the incendiary rhetoric from its shows and stars may have helped inspire the pro-Trump attack on the Capitol
Politico:
Biden team is planning a 90-minute celebrity TV special for inauguration night, to be broadcast on CNN, MSNBC, ABC, CBS, and NBC but not Fox