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12:55 PM ET, May 12, 2021


 Top News: 
Lacey Rose / The Hollywood Reporter:
Ellen DeGeneres says she is ending her show in 2022, insisting it has been “the plan all along” and is not because of bullying allegations  —  DeGeneres gets candid about her decision to wrap up the show in 2022, the allegations that nearly sent her packing and the parts that she'll miss most …
Detroit News:
Michigan GOP lawmaker introduces a bill that requires fact checkers to register with the state using a $1M fidelity bond, and levies $1K/day fine for violations  —  Lansing — A Michigan lawmaker who's been at the center of efforts to question the 2020 election introduced a bill Tuesday that would require …
Jeremy Barr / Washington Post:
How CNN changed under Jeff Zucker, as journalists and anchors, traditionally restricted by impartiality standards, show more emotions and air their opinions  —  As the first presidential debate of the 2020 general election came to a close last fall, CNN's top anchors and political correspondents stepped …
Sarah Scire / Nieman Lab:
Bloomberg launches a suite of subscriber-only content, including a daily blog, aimed at the 76% of Odd Lots podcast listeners who are non-subscribers  —  In February, roughly two and a half years after launching its paywall, Bloomberg Media met a major milestone: 300,000 paying subscribers.
Ko Bragg / Columbia Journalism Review:
Advocates at nonprofits that aid the poor say media too often seeks help finding people with specific profiles of suffering, rather than building relationships  —  In the summer of 2020, Tara Raghuveer found herself dealing with a barrage of inquiries from national media outlets.
Sara Guaglione / Digiday:
Bloomberg launches Equality, a vertical to expand its coverage of race, gender, diversity, and fairness within governments, companies, and societies  —  Bloomberg is expanding its business coverage of race, gender, diversity, and fairness within governments, companies, and societies …
Discussion: @kerrymflynn
Rick Porter / Hollywood Reporter:
Former DNC finance chair Henry R. Muñoz III acquires Funny or Die from a group that includes AMC Networks, Turner Entertainment, and Sequoia Capital  —  The philanthropist and former Democratic finance chair worked with the comedy studio on a CBS special last year.  —  Funny or Die has a new owner.
Discussion: Variety and The Wrap
Emanuel Maiberg / VICE:
Twitter temporarily restricted the account of Palestinian-American writer reporting on Palestinian protests; the company said the move was an error  —  The impacted account belongs to Mariam Barghouti, who was on the ground reporting on protests against the expulsion of Palestinians from their homes in East Jerusalem.
Research: Rumble, a video-sharing site popular with conservatives, is more likely than not to recommend videos with misinfo for “vaccine”, “election” searches  —  Research shows the emergent video platform can recommend conspiracy theories and other harmful content more often than not.
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New York Times:
The Golden Globes, first seen as meaningless at best and corrupt at worst, gained power via strong production and support from people including Harvey Weinstein
[Thread] The Appeal Union says The Appeal is formally recognizing the union and “pausing layoffs”
Mark Sweney / The Guardian:
UK TV executives expect Q2 ad spend to reach pre-COVID-19 levels of over £1B, thanks to European Championship football, Love Island, and other big shows
 Earlier Picks: 
Jessica Toonkel / The Information:
Sources: BuzzFeed is in talks to acquire Complex Networks after BuzzFeed goes public via a SPAC, 890 Fifth Avenue Partners, even as the SPAC market slows down
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
YouTube plans to pay $100M to top creators on YouTube Shorts, its TikTok competitor, through 2022, starting in the next few months in the US and India
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Washington Post names Sally Buzbee as its executive editor; Buzbee, who is executive editor of the AP, will be the first woman to lead the news organization