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5:10 PM ET, February 12, 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.
The Philadelphia Inquirer:
An independent review links The Philadelphia Inquirer's predominantly white newsroom to its news coverage overrepresenting white people, especially white men  —  The Philadelphia Inquirer has an overwhelmingly white newsroom and fails to retain journalists of color, resulting in news coverage …
Mathieu Rosemain / Reuters:
Settlement agreements for the copyright dispute between French media and Google show Google will pay $22M annually in total to 121 publications for three years  —  PARIS (Reuters) - Alphabet Inc's Google has agreed to pay $76 million over three years to a group of French news publishers …
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 …
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
Gabby Miller / Columbia Journalism Review:
Interview with three journalists who created a nonprofit newsroom to fill a void in suburban Chicago left by the closure of 22nd Century Media's 15 newspapers  —  Since March, the Tow Center has tracked newsroom cutbacks carried out during the course of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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
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”  —  “Chappelle's Show” has returned to Netflix Feb. 12 — three months after Dave Chappelle requested the Comedy Central series …
The Daily Beast:
NYT Opinion editor says it was her decision to spike a Bret Stephens column criticizing Baquet's reasons for firing McNeil, not Sulzberger's as Stephens claims  —  A top New York Times columnist claims the paper's publisher shelved his opinion column defending Donald McNeil …
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”
Sarah Scire / Nieman Lab:
NYT Opinion editor Kathleen Kingsbury explains her digital-first focus and more: “you can be provocative, but you shouldn't be provocative by accident”
Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
Sources: ViacomCBS is working on a 60 Minutes spinoff for Paramount+  —  After short-lived Quibi foray, the concept will find new life at Paramount+ service  —  ViacomCBS Inc. is reviving a streaming version of the newsmagazine “60 Minutes,” hoping the series can draw viewers …
Discussion: @lucas_shaw and @newsynick
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Anna Kramer / Protocol:
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Lyz Lenz / Columbia Journalism Review:
Profile of Seth Abramson, who built almost 1M followers during the Trump era writing long Twitter threads, stringing together theories that often unravel
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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
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Microsoft pres. says US and other countries should consider adopting rules like Australia's proposed laws, which force tech companies to pay for news content