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4:15 PM ET, May 28, 2021


 Top News: 
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
VOA management took months to address the fact that an executive producer and a freelancer regularly plagiarized others' work, despite being alerted by staff  —  Last summer, a Voice of America staffer noticed something odd in the radio scripts that a Paris-based freelancer was submitting …
Discussion: @blmohr
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Fox News has regained its dominance of Nielsen ratings by elevating pro-Trump pundits like Dan Bongino while sidelining liberal voices and Trump critics  —  Donna Brazile, a Democratic analyst, has left the Murdoch-owned network as some hosts and journalists who questioned Donald Trump have exited or been sidelined.
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Google is nearing a settlement of an antitrust case in France alleging it abused its power in online ads, and is likely pay a fine and make changes  —  French investigation alleged Google's ad server favored its own ad exchange  —  Alphabet Inc.'s Google is nearing a settlement …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Clubhouse has hired Kelly Stoetzel, head of conferences and speaker curation at TED, to lead efforts to attract “thoughtful people” like authors and scientists  —  Clubhouse has hired Kelly Stoetzel, a 17-year veteran of TED and the executive responsible for lining up the company's famous TED Talks.
Carrie DeCell / Knight First Amendment Institute:
In a court filing, the Biden administration indicates it will defend a Trump-era rule that requires US visa applicants to register their social media handles  —  Indicates that it may retain Trump-era requirement  —  In a terse court filing today, the Biden administration indicated …
Kenneth Li / Reuters:
Reuters has postponed the launch of its paywall after a dispute with data provider Refinitiv over whether the move would breach a deal between the companies  —  (Reuters) - Reuters News postponed the launch of its website paywall following a dispute with financial data provider Refinitiv …
Brent Lang / Variety:
Lionsgate beat estimates with Q4 revenue of $876.4M, down 7.2% YoY; Starz streaming subscribers grew 69% YoY to 16.7M globally; motion picture revenue fell 25%+  —  The better-than-expected results come as Lionsgate is seen as a potential acquisition target for tech giants and media conglomerates looking to get bigger.
Sources: Apple tried to buy rap battle livestreaming service Verzuz before it was acquired in March by Triller  —  - Tech giant floated a lower price for Timbaland's platform  — Talks show Apple's continued interest in social music offering  —  Apple Inc. aimed to purchase …
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.
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
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Chris Roush / Talking Biz News:
Fortune's editor-in-chief Clifton Leaf is leaving the publication; deputy editor Brian O'Keefe will be acting editor
Brian Welk / The Wrap:
HFPA has hired a team of experts in diversity, ethics, and workplace legal issues to help reform the organization
Discussion: Variety
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
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
 Earlier Picks: 
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
UK government to restart the recruitment process for an Ofcom chair after panel rejected frontrunner Paul Dacre, ex-Daily Mail editor, giving him another chance
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
Karan Deep Singh / New York Times:
Twitter criticizes the Indian government's “intimidation tactics” and says it will push for changes to regulations that give it more authority over online media
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
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