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11:50 AM ET, February 13, 2021


 Top News: 
Caleb Ecarma / Vanity Fair:
Sources: Biden deputy press sec T.J. Ducklo threatened Politico's Tara Palmeri after finding out she was reporting on his relationship with an Axios journalist  —  Deputy press secretary TJ Ducklo lashed out at journalist Tara Palmeri, spurring conversations between Politico's brass and the White House …
Oliver Darcy / @oliverdarcy:
Jen Psaki says T.J. Ducklo has been placed on a one-week suspension without pay and will no longer be assigned to work with any Politico reporters  —  TJ Ducklo has been placed on a one-week suspension without pay, @PressSec says.
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
In a staff meeting, NYT Executive Editor Dean Baquet retracts a recent statement that the news outlet does not “tolerate racist language regardless of intent”  —  New York Times Executive Editor Dean Baquet on Thursday rolled back a controversial standard regarding the use of racial epithets at the newspaper.
David Folkenflik / NPR:
Michael Pack cited security concerns for not extending J-1 visas, but a memo shows the rationale was to prioritize jobs for US citizens, which VOA does anyway  —  Nabila Ganinda was awaiting a green light from the U.S. Agency for Global Media.  —  The agency had hired Ganinda …
Taylor Lorenz / New York Times:
SAG-AFTRA's agreement to represent social media creators is the latest sign that the business of influence has become a key part of the entertainment industry  —  SAG-AFTRA has approved a new “influencer agreement.”  —  Social media creators have a new way to join Hollywood's biggest union.
Margaret Barthel / DCist:
An independent journalist is suing Washington, DC police over his arrest at a racial justice protest and their withholding of his cameras and phone for 10 weeks  —  Local independent journalist and documentarian Kian Kelley-Chung was one of more than 40 people arrested by the Metropolitan Police Department …
Josef Adalian / Vulture:
Seeking to avoid churn, new streamers like HBO Max and Paramount+ are offering attractive deals in exchange for long-term commitment  —  This story first ran in Buffering, Vulture's newsletter about the streaming industry.  Head to and subscribe today!
Discussion: CNN and @tvmojoe
Aliya S. King / LEVEL:
Roundtable interview with hip-hop journalists who wrote for Vibe, XXL, and The Source in the '90s and early '00s on their turn from journalism to movies and TV  —  Some of the genre's best and brightest come together to talk about why they made the transition from rap magazines to TV and movies—and how
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The Philadelphia Inquirer:
An independent review links The Philadelphia Inquirer's predominantly white newsroom to its news coverage overrepresenting white people, especially white men
Jennifer Maas / The Wrap:
Chappelle's Show returns to Netflix with Dave Chappelle's blessing; Chappelle says he's gotten his license back from ViacomCBS along with “millions of dollars”
Jessica Bursztynsky / CNBC:
Spotify says it is adopting a Work From Anywhere model and will provide co-working space memberships for employees who choose to work remotely
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Anna Kramer / Protocol:
In 2020, 23K schools and libraries joined Overdrive, a service for borrowing ebooks, and checkouts surpassed 430M amid tensions between libraries and publishers
Sean Burch / The Wrap:
Twitter bans Project Veritas' account for “repeated violations of Twitter's private information policy” and temporarily locks James O'Keefe's personal account
Oliver Darcy / @oliverdarcy:
Bloomberg is laying off employees as part of a “new structure to elevate editing”; sources: layoffs will affect about 90 employees