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2:55 PM ET, May 23, 2021


 Top News: 
Founder of Nexta Telegram channel, which covered Belarus protests, arrested in Minsk after passenger plane was forced to land, allegedly after a fake bomb scare  —  (CNN)A leading Belarusian opposition activist in exile has been arrested in Belarus after his flight from Athens to Vilnius made an emergency landing in the capital city.
Jennifer Bendery / HuffPost:
CNN has terminated its contract with senior political commentator Rick Santorum after his racist remarks about Native Americans at an event last month  —  The former GOP senator lost his contract with the network after claiming there was “nothing” in America before white colonizers arrived.
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 …
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
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”
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 …
Andy Sullivan / Reuters:
Court filings show US seized $90,000 paid to a Utah man by several news outlets for footage of a woman being fatally shot during the Capitol attack  —  U.S. authorities have confiscated roughly $90,000 from a Utah man who sold footage of a woman being fatally shot during the Jan. 6 attack …
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.
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.
Brian Morrissey / The Rebooting:
A look at the underbelly of subscriptions and direct-to-consumer models, which has publishers using “dark patterns” to avoid losing subscribers  —  This week, I explore the underbelly of the pivot to subscriptions: publishers using dark patterns to avoid losing “sleepers” …
Daniel Levitt / Inside The Newsroom:
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.
Hollywood Reporter:
How the relationship between Hollywood and China has deteriorated in recent years amid US-China rivalry, as US studios' market share in China has plummeted  —  Five years after an unprecedented era of frenzied East-West dealmaking, cash flow has stopped, Donald Trump's trade war lingers …
Sadiq Shaban / Gulf News:
Prominent Israeli journalist Asaf Ronel says he has resigned from Haaretz after 15 years over its coverage of violence against Palestinian citizens in Jaffa  —  Ronel's reportage widely known for its extraordinarily well researched quality and style  —  A top reporter with the influential …
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Juan A. Lozano / Associated Press:
Texas carried out an execution on Wed. with no media present for the first time since 1982, raising concerns; officials said it was a mistake, are investigating
Bill Grueskin / Columbia Journalism Review:
A look at Project Veritas' defamation suit against NYT over how a story in September portrayed two of its videos; a NY judge denied a motion to dismiss the case
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
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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
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