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8:25 AM ET, May 22, 2021


 Top News: 
Katie Robertson / New York Times:
Tribune shareholders vote to approve Alden's $633M purchase of the chain; Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong, who owns a 24% stake in Tribune, abstained from voting  —  The bid by Alden, which already owns about 200 local newspapers, had faced resistance from Tribune staff and a last-ditch rival offer.
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
The failure of local investors to block Alden from buying Tribune Publishing was a failure of civic leadership, especially by Chicago's class of plutocrats  —  It didn't have to turn out this way.  —  Local investors — especially in a prosperous town like Chicago — could have stepped forward …
Orlando Sentinel:
While a spokeswoman for Patrick Soon-Shiong said he abstained, Tribune officials said his ballots lacked a check in the “abstain” box and were tallied as “yes”  —  Shareholders of the parent company of the Orlando Sentinel, Tribune Publishing, voted Friday for the company …
Laura Wagner / Defector:
Both CNN's treatment of Chris Cuomo and the AP's treatment of Emily Wilder show media institutions siding with the powerful over the ethical  —  On Thursday, the Washington Post reported that Chris Cuomo, CNN's star anchor and brother of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, had participated …
Ray Stern / Phoenix New Times:
AP has fired reporter Emily Wilder after conservative media wrote about her prior pro-Palestinian activism; AP told Wilder she violated social media policy
Washington Post:
Sources: Chris Cuomo took part in Governor Cuomo's strategy sessions on how to respond to harassment allegations; CNN says his involvement was a mistake
The Information:
Sources: Axios is in talks to be acquired by Axel Springer, which owns Insider and is an investor in Group Nine Media  —  German media conglomerate Axel Springer is in talks to acquire Axios, according to people familiar with the matter, continuing a consolidation of the digital media sector.
Columbia Journalism Review:
A Harvard study of link rot of “deep links” in articles from 1996 to mid-2019 showed that 25% were completely inaccessible  —  Hyperlinks are a powerful tool for journalists and their readers.  Diving deep into the context of an article is just a click away.
New York Times:
Interviews with 18 people reveal details of the Discovery-WarnerMedia deal, including stock structure change and an awkward talk with WarnerMedia's Jason Kilar  —  An early-morning meeting at a Greenwich Village townhouse, under the watchful eye of Steve McQueen, was part of a monthslong campaign.
President Biden says he won't let his DOJ seize phone records or emails from reporters, calling it “simply wrong”, following a CNN report on Trump's DOJ  —  (CNN)President Joe Biden on Friday told CNN he would not let his Department of Justice seize phone records or emails from reporters.
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Glenn Greenwald and The Intercept accuse each other of endangering journalists, and Intercept staff say he's cynically creating controversy for more subscribers  —  It all ended badly last October when Glenn Greenwald, the pugnacious, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, quit the investigative news site …
Clay B. Morris / Poynter:
Nikole Hannah-Jones' tenure denial shows UNC is not committed to authentic learning, and it spits in the face of Black students, especially those in journalism  —  The decision is yet another reminder that for Black Americans, even working 20 times as hard still isn't enough
Marina Hyde / The Guardian:
Fleet Street's condemnation of the BBC over the Bashir interview is hypocritical given UK tabloids' own terrible behavior around Diana and her family  —  The BBC makes a convenient scapegoat when in reality all of us were part of the ecosystem that destroyed Diana
Ben Quinn / The Guardian:
UK justice secretary says the government has to investigate “whether the governance of the BBC does need reform” after report on Bashir interview with Diana
The Information:
Sources: Netflix is looking to hire an executive to oversee an expansion into video games, as it considers options including an Apple Arcade-like games bundle  —  Netflix is looking to hire an executive to oversee an expansion into videogames, a sign it is stepping up its efforts …
Bill Grueskin / Columbia Journalism Review:
A look at Project Veritas' defamation suit against NYT, which a NY judge denied a motion to dismiss, over how a NYT story in Sept. portrayed two Veritas videos  —  In a New York Supreme Court last November, the conservative website Project Veritas launched its defamation suit against the New York Times …
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