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8:50 AM ET, February 16, 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 …
Post and Courier:
South Carolina's Post and Courier launches Uncovered, a collaboration with community newspapers to expose corruption by local officials as news deserts expand  —  1. LIGHT  —  Corruption festers when people aren't looking, when the spotlight doesn't shine.
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.
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.
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
David Meyer / Fortune:
TikTok has been hit with a volley of complaints from Europe's consumer protection watchdogs over “misleading” privacy practices and “ambiguous” terms  —  Our mission to make business better is fueled by readers like you.  To enjoy unlimited access to our journalism, subscribe today.
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 …
Amy Qin / New York Times:
Travel restrictions in China are powering a blowout box office resurgence as Detective Chinatown 3 sets a new world record for largest opening weekend at $397M  —  “Detective Chinatown 3” received tepid reviews, but Covid-19 travel restrictions drove many to the movies when they might have been journeying to their hometowns instead.
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