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9:55 PM ET, February 15, 2021


 Top News: 
Ben Smith / New York Times:
NYT says it will not restart its reporter-led trips after the McNeil controversy, as its personnel dramas attract broad attention, like public morality plays  —  Other news organizations have their own personnel dramas.  But none attract the spotlight like The Times.
Jill Abramson / New York Post:
Jill Abramson responds to unrest at NYT, saying “the constant harping and carping of media reporters” has made the “environment more poisonous”  —  I have been called by many reporters about the controversial departure of reporter Donald McNeil from The New York Times.
Scott Alexander / Astral Codex Ten:
New York Times's recent article on Slate Star Codex was flawed and dishonest, and an attempt to punish the blog's author for embarrassing them last summer  —  There was recently a negative article about me and my blog in the New York Times.  Most of you already know the history behind this …
Daniel D'Addario / Variety:
Claudia Conway's American Idol appearance, the worst sort of exploitation of a minor, should prompt deep reflection among ABC executives  —  Claudia Conway faces challenges that evoke real and powerful sympathy, and not just because of her tender age.  First, this 16-year-old emerged onto …
Sarah Rumpf / Mediaite:
T.J. Ducklo announces his resignation on his personal Twitter account, saying he “embarrassed and disappointed” his White House colleagues and President Biden  —  White House Deputy Press Secretary TJ Ducklo has resigned after his controversial harassment of a Politico reporter came to light.
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
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
Ben Thompson / Stratechery:
Clubhouse, which centralizes creation and consumption into a feedback loop, will do for audio what Twitter, Stories, and TikTok did for text, images, and video  —  To what extent are new companies, particularly those in new spaces, pushed versus pulled into existence?  Last week I wrote about how Tesla is a Meme Company:
Shriya Ramakrishnan / Reuters:
Seven West Media says it has struck a licensing deal to supply content to Google's News Showcase, the first major Australian news outlet to do so  —  (Reuters) - Seven West Media Ltd on Monday entered into an initial deal with Alphabet Inc's Google to form a long-term partnership …
Ashley Carman / The Verge:
A look at the challenges of podcast moderation: the difficulty of finding infringing content, the plethora of players, and philosophical objections to the idea  —  When former White House adviser-turned-podcaster Steve Bannon called for the beheading of Dr. Anthony Fauci and FBI director Christopher Wray, the tech platforms reacted.
Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
ViacomCBS aims to prioritize streaming with Paramount+, but its launch has been hampered after the company sold off top movies and TV shows to competitors  —  The new Paramount+ has some holes after ViacomCBS pursued an ‘arms dealer’ strategy, hampering its effort to play catch-up with Netflix and Disney
Meredith Shiner / New Republic:
The Capitol riot should end “both sides” reporting by Beltway journalists, which was devised as a way to avoid specious accusations of bias by Republicans  —  On January 6, terrorists—encouraged by former President Donald Trump and enabled by his Republican supporters in Congress—attacked the United States Capitol.
Nikkei Asia:
Netflix will financially support young Japanese animators, with tuition for an anime academy and a monthly stipend, to counterbalance a shortage of animators  —  US streaming company to pay tuition and living costs to expand original content  —  TOKYO — Netflix will financially support young animators …
Georgina McKay / Bloomberg:
Australia says Google and Facebook are nearing agreements to pay domestic media companies for news  —  - Treasurer cites ‘great progress’ after talks with tech giants  — Google, Facebook oppose planned law forcing payments for news  —  Australia's government said Google and Facebook Inc …
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