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11:55 AM ET, February 8, 2021

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Stephen Battaglio / Los Angeles Times:
Fox News cancels Lou Dobbs Tonight on the Fox Business network and is expected to part ways with the pro-Trump host; Dobbs is still under contract for now  —  Fox News has canceled “Lou Dobbs Tonight,” the program hosted by television's staunchest supporter of Donald Trump and of his assertions …
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Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Lawsuits from two election tech companies are now reining in right-wing media misinformation, after years of ad boycotts, public pressure campaigns, and outrage  —  Defamation cases have made waves across an uneasy right-wing media landscape, from Fox to Newsmax.
Kurt Wagner / Bloomberg:
Sources: Twitter is building subscription products to ease its dependence on ads, including “tipping” for exclusive content and charging for TweetDeck  —  - Internal groups are researching options users might pay for  — Social network says ‘revenue durability’ is now top priority
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Automattic's enterprise-focused WordPress VIP says it is acquiring content analytics service Parse.ly  —  WordPress VIP (WPVIP), the enterprise arm of WordPress.com, is acquiring Parse.ly, a content analytics platform that's used by thousands of digital publishers.
Isaac Chotiner / New Yorker:
Interview with Marty Baron on some of the controversies during his tenure at WaPo, how the paper covered Bezos, and what he wanted to achieve in Washington DC  —  The soon-to-retire executive editor defends the idea of journalistic objectivity.  “It's not neutrality, it's not both-sides-ism, it's not so-called balance,” he says.
Gordon Russell / The Advocate:
Louisiana AG Jeff Landry sues a reporter for The Advocate and The Times-Picayune over a public-records request she filed  —  Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry on Friday sued a reporter for The Advocate and The Times-Picayune over a public-records request she filed …
Ben Smith / New York Times:
Hachette Book Group last month fired Kate Hartson, one of the few mainstream editors who published Trump die-hards like Trump Jr., Lewandowski, and Pirro  —  Top editors at Hachette have told employees that they've learned the lessons of the Capitol siege of Jan. 6: no hate speech, no incitement to violence, no false narratives.
Washington Post:
WaPo says readership of its tech coverage grew 40% in 2020 and it will add eight positions, based at its HQ and SF, growing its tech team to 27  —  Added roles will be based in San Francisco and The Post's headquarters  —  The Washington Post today announced a significant expansion of its technology team …
Discussion: @kerrymflynn
Nieman Lab:
Research: journalists who see the rise in misinfo as a threat to democracy are more likely to report using practices embracing transparency than accountability  —  Adapting to the misinformation era, journalists emphasize transparency in their daily practices  —  “Fake news” is an unfortunate phrase.
Celine Castronuovo / The Hill:
Twitter permanently suspends the account of Jim Hoft, founder and EIC of far-right news website Gateway Pundit, for violations of its “civic integrity policy”  —  Twitter on Saturday issued a permanent suspension for the account run by Jim Hoft, founder and editor-in-chief …
Financial Times:
China charges Cheng Lei, an Australian journalist who worked for a Chinese state TV channel, with leaking state secrets, six months after she was first detained  —  Cheng Lei worked for Chinese state television and had been held in secret for six months  —  Beijing has charged …
 
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Robert Feder:
Nexstar confirms Bill Shine is a consultant for NewsNation; sources: NewsNation news director quit because of interference by Shine and others in news decisions
Kayleigh Barber / Digiday:
Bustle Digital Group says it has 2M total email subscribers across 14 newsletters and plans to have 10M by the end of 2021
Discussion: @thekenyeung and @bradesposito
Travis Clark / Insider:
CinemaScore, which has conducted opening-night movie surveys using poll workers in the US for studios, is hoping to expand to serving streamers like Netflix
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Edward Wasserman / Mother Jones:
NYT's new disclosures about Neil Sheehan's deception of Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg, and its framing, raise concerns about journalistic ethics
Al Jazeera:
Egypt has released Al Jazeera Arabic journalist Mahmoud Hussein from jail after more than four years in pre-trial detention
Hanaa' Tameez / Nieman Lab:
A look at Subtext, a messaging service used by BuzzFeed, NPR, and others, that helps reporters form closer bonds with readers via subscriptions to their SMS
Alex Kantrowitz / OneZero:
Interview with Glenn Greenwald on the benefits of Substack and content moderation, including whether Joe Rogan should have hosted Alex Jones
Andy Mills:
Audio producer Andy Mills, a creator and co-star of the NYT podcast Caliphate whose behavior has come under sustained scrutiny, has resigned