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4:00 PM ET, May 27, 2021

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Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Liberal media's lab-leak hypothesis coverage, which treated it as a conspiracy theory and conflated it with Trump's claims, shows dangers of Twitter groupthink  —  Yesterday, the Biden administration promised to redouble its efforts to investigate the origin of COVID-19 …
Jeremy Barr / Washington Post:
In a meeting with staff, AP execs said they made mistakes in Emily Wilder's firing and tried to reassure staffers that AP will protect them from threats online  —  The news service is facing criticism and internal dissent for terminating a junior staffer based on her social media activity.
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Janine Zacharia / Politico:
The most urgent issue in Emily Wilder's firing is that a reporter was targeted in order to create the perception that AP is biased against Israel, and AP caved  —  When one young journalist was fired, the incident revealed a problem deeper than bad social media policies.
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Emily Wilder was wronged by AP editors, who were less concerned with work product than about “appearances”, defined by groups like Stanford College Republicans
Joe Flint / Wall Street Journal:
Source: in companywide address, Jason Kilar said he had no plans to step down this year as head of WarnerMedia and that he will reassess his options next year  —  AT&T Inc. is spinning off WarnerMedia into a venture with Discovery Inc.  —  WarnerMedia Chief Executive Jason Kilar …
Paul Vieira / Wall Street Journal:
Canada weighs a measure that would require Netflix, Spotify, YouTube, TikTok, and others to use part of their revenue to fund Canadian shows, movies, and music  —  Bill would force video-sharing platforms to feature more Canadian artists; critics call it an attack on free speech
The Guardian:
Naomi Osaka says she won't speak to French Open press as it's a burden on players' mental health; many tournaments require players to speak to media or be fined  —  - Osaka says news conferences put unfair burden on players  — 'I'm not going to subject myself to people that doubt me'
Anne Steele / Wall Street Journal:
Founder of Outkick Media Clay Travis and radio host Buck Sexton will take over Rush Limbaugh's time slot for distributor Premiere Networks starting June 21  —  Duo's show to begin airing in the coveted weekday time slot on June 21 in hundreds of markets  —  The Rush Limbaugh replacements are in …
Jay Peters / The Verge:
Twitter says users can now join Spaces via desktop and mobile web browsers, but can't host rooms on the web just yet  —  You can't host rooms yourself on the web just yet, though  —  You'll be able to join Twitter's Clubhouse-like Spaces from desktop and mobile web browsers starting Wednesday …
Christopher Mathias / HuffPost:
A writer whose posts about detective novels appeared in Vice and The Atlantic used pen names to post white nationalist screeds online and at sites like VDare  —  Benjamin Welton uses pen names to write racist articles.  He's also a teacher, PhD student, and freelance writer for major media outlets.
Annie Palmer / CNBC:
Amazon says it will acquire MGM Studios for $8.45B  —  - Amazon is buying MGM Studios, the companies announced, marking Amazon's most ambitious move yet into the entertainment business.  — The acquisition is Amazon's second-largest acquisition since it paid $13.7 billion for Whole Foods in 2017.
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New York Times:
Amazon paid a premium over other potential MGM buyers, including Apple and Comcast, to bolster Prime when old-line studios are less willing to license libraries
 
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David Folkenflik / NPR:
NPR names A Martinez as co-host of Morning Edition and Up Next, replacing David Greene, as the network tries to attract more Latino listeners
Brett Molina / USA Today:
Philo announces plans to increase its monthly price from $20 a month to $25 a month for new subscribers, starting June 8
Brian Armstrong / The Coinbase Blog:
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