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8:30 PM ET, February 27, 2021

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CNBC:
Newly released CIA-led intelligence report concludes Mohammed bin Salman approved the 2018 slaying of journalist Jamal Khashoggi  —  - Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman approved an operation to capture or kill journalist Jamal Khashoggi in 2018 in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, a U.S. intelligence report says.
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Los Angeles Times:
US State Dept. announces “Khashoggi Ban”, limiting visas for state-sponsored foreign actors who threaten or harm journalists, activists; 76 Saudis on first list  —  The Biden administration Friday sanctioned Saudi officials, but not the kingdom's crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman …
BuzzFeed News:
NYT columnist David Brooks wrote a 900-word ode to Facebook Groups on Facebook's corporate website and appeared in a company video; NYT says it was not aware  —  On Tuesday, New York Times columnist David Brooks published a 900-word ode to Facebook Groups and how they foster online communities around the world.
Marc Tracy / New York Times:
How Marty Baron and Jeff Bezos remade The Washington Post from a paper “for Washingtonians” into a global publication with almost 3M digital subscribers  —  The celebrated editor is ending his tenure at the helm of a very different newspaper than the one he originally signed on to run.
Discussion: Media Nation and Quartz
Joseph Choi / The Hill:
WaPo national editor denounces “racist, sexist, and ill-informed attacks” on reporter Seung Min Kim after she showed a Neera Tanden tweet to Sen. Lisa Murkowski  —  The Washington Post on Thursday denounced online abuse that targeted one of its reporters after a photo of her speaking …
Janko Roettgers / Protocol:
How PBS is adapting to streaming, including one-click donations on Amazon's Fire TV and plans to distribute programming via ad-supported video services  —  If there were a playbook for the streaming wars, it might read something like this: Take your most valuable assets …
Discussion: @jank0
John Ourand / Sports Business Journal:
Sources: Disney and the NFL reach a broad media rights agreement, with ESPN renewing Monday Night Football; the NFL already reached deals with CBS, Fox, and NBC  —  Disney and the NFL have reached a broad agreement on a new media rights deal that will see ESPN renew “MNF” …
Marlow Stern / The Daily Beast:
Shockingly real deepfakes of Tom Cruise are going viral on TikTok, with the account @deeptomcruise amassing 200K+ followers in a few days  —  FOR THE LOVE OF XENU  —  Be afraid.  Be very afraid.  —  Three days ago, a TikTok account going by @deeptomcruise began posting video clips …
Ryan Faughnder / Los Angeles Times:
Netflix shares USC report on its onscreen and offscreen representation and commits to spending $100M over five years on underrepresented groups in film and TV  —  Netflix received broadly high marks for diversity and inclusion in its movies and TV shows when it came to gender and people of color …
Dan Kennedy / Media Nation:
As Fox News is immune to ad boycotts due to cable carriage fees, mandating a la carte cable where people only pay for channels they want may be more effective  —  Two Democratic members of Congress are asking giant cable providers like Verizon and Comcast some uncomfortable questions …
 
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Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Sources: the White House Correspondents' Association has objected to a proposal to charge $170 per coronavirus test for journalists entering WH grounds
Tiffany Hsu / New York Times:
The use of “+” to name on-demand services was fine when streaming was new but has become a cliché and a minus
Casey Newton / Platformer:
Twitter's Super Follows could lead to chaos in newsrooms around the world as they change the economics of journalism, already brittle due to Substack, for good
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Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
Twitter announces Super Follow feature to let users charge for tweets, and a Communities feature to let users create and join groups based on specific interests