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8:10 AM ET, May 28, 2021


 Top News: 
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 …
Ayushman Kaul / DFRLab:
A Toronto PR firm created news and fact-checking sites pretending to originate from India, which were amplified on social media by dozens of Indian embassies  —  Site published spurious fact-checks & other content that were amplified by over 50 Indian diplomatic accounts on Twitter & Facebook
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 …
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 …
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.
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
Sara Guaglione / Digiday:
CNN says the 5 Things podcast accounts for 43% of its total podcast downloads, as it plans to expand the 5 Things newsletter and turn it into a franchise  —  CNN Digital is stretching its 5 Things email newsletter from a daily article roundup into its own franchise.
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'
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
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
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Brian Welk / The Wrap:
HFPA has hired a team of experts in diversity, ethics, and workplace legal issues to help reform the organization
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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
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
 Earlier Picks: 
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
Brian Armstrong / The Coinbase Blog:
Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong announces Fact Check, a section of the Coinbase blog to combat misinformation and mischaracterizations about Coinbase or crypto
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
David Folkenflik / @davidfolkenflik:
[Thread] Union members at multiple Tribune newspapers say they have been told that Alden Global Capital intends to seek voluntary buyouts company-wide