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8:05 PM ET, January 18, 2021

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Ben Smith / New York Times:
Fox stipulated that its settlement for hyping rumors about Seth Rich be kept secret until Nov. 3, showing how Fox is entwined with Trump-camp disinfo efforts  —  Why did the network insist an agreement with the family of a murdered young man remain undisclosed until after the election?
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Stephen Battaglio / Los Angeles Times:
Fox News launches a new 7PM opinion show tonight with six hosts in rotation: Bartiromo, Kilmeade, Trey Gowdy, Katie Pavlich, Rachel Campos-Duffy, and Mark Steyn  —  Fox News has lined up six rotating hosts for its new 7 p.m. opinion program aimed at feeding the appetite of conservative viewers in the hour.
New York Times:
A look at the incentives, like guaranteed auction win percentages, that Facebook got from Google in the ad partnership that is now a focus of an antitrust suit  —  Facebook was going to compete with Google for some advertising sales but backed away from the plan after the companies cut a preferential deal, according to court documents.
Elle:
An oral history of covering Trump from 2016 onwards by 23 women journalists, some of whom unwillingly became the story themselves  —  The country's best female political reporters go on the record about what it was really like covering Trump's America.  —  Savannah Guthrie was in downward dog when it hit her: QAnon.
Paul Hammel / Omaha World-Herald:
Joe Ricketts says he will launch an online national news outlet based in Omaha, called Straight Arrow News, to provide news without a political slant  —  LINCOLN — Billionaire businessman and philanthropist Joe Ricketts is preparing another venture into the news business, and he's chosen Omaha as his launching pad.
Eric Boodman / STAT:
Sharon Begley, an award winning science journalist who worked at Newsweek, WSJ, and STAT over 43 years, died at 64 due to cancer complications  —  Trying to write a lede about the loss of Sharon Begley feels a little like being asked to sing a song at Aretha Franklin's grave.  Sharon would have hated that sentence.
Lionel Barber / Persuasion:
Journalists' desire for moral clarity in the face of Trump's dishonesty is understandable, but abandoning “bothsidesism” risks further polarizing people  —  Facing a dishonest president, journalists sought “moral clarity.”  But the press must now resurrect a much-maligned principle: hearing both sides.
Calla Wahlquist / The Guardian:
US, in a submission to an Australian parliamentary inquiry, urges the country to ditch its “extraordinary” plans to make Google and Facebook pay for news  —  The US in a submission to a Senate inquiry favours a voluntary code rather than government regulation
Discussion: Reuters and @deniseshrivell
Natalie Jarvey / Hollywood Reporter:
Crooked Media, which will no longer be the voice of “the resistance” after Jan. 20, plans to push more into film and TV and mulls taking on financial partners  —  Former Obama officials built a 21-show portfolio explaining — and organizing against — Trump-era chaos.
Elle Hunt / The Guardian:
Less than a year after Bauer Media's abrupt closure, New Zealand's magazine industry is being reborn under new ownership and new titles sparked by the pandemic  —  After the withdrawal of Bauer Media last year, the industry appeared to be on its death bed - but not for long
 
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Kerry Flynn / CNN:
Newsrooms are distributing protective equipment, like body armor and gas masks, and holding safety trainings to prepare reporters for Inauguration Day
Jenny Gross / New York Times:
Conservative publisher Regnery picks up a book by Sen. Josh Hawley after Simon & Schuster ended its contract to publish it in the wake of the Capitol attack
Andrew Pulver / The Guardian:
UK reimposes 10-day COVID-19 quarantine for film and TV crews but those working for the BBC are exempt
Discussion: /Film, GOV.UK and The Wrap
Katie Robertson / New York Times:
Profile of the Queens Daily Eagle, a small outlet in the borough that has gone viral for giving local-angle treatment to major Trump news like the impeachment
Jane Zhang / South China Morning Post:
A look at the rise and fall of Xiami, Alibaba's discontinued music streaming service, which only had 22.4M MAUs by Oct. vs. 450M+ for Tencent's three music apps
Discussion: @scmpnews
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Hollywood Reporter:
Sources: proposed deals tied to the HBO Max day-and-date release plan will be costly for WB, with talent making below $4M getting 25% bonus, $4M+ receiving 40%
David Folkenflik / NPR:
Radio Free Asia veterans say its new president Stephen Yates' links to a company owned by Taiwan threaten the broadcaster's credibility
Kali Hays / WWD:
In a tweet, Michael Barbaro apologized for actions around Caliphate, saying he shouldn't have DMed and blocked critics; he didn't address Andy Mills concerns
Washington Post:
Analytics firm Zignal Labs: online misinformation about election fraud dropped 73% in the week after several social media sites suspended Trump and key allies
BuzzFeed News:
Facebook says it is temporarily banning ads for gun accessories and military gear through next week's inauguration “out of an abundance of caution”