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10:25 AM ET, May 31, 2021


 Top News: 
David Goldman / CNN:
AP explains its reasoning for firing Emily Wilder, claiming she had a pro-Palestinian bias in her tweets, and denies that AP was pressured by a Republican group  —  New York (CNN Business)The Associated Press' managing editor is speaking out after a firestorm that followed the ousting of former AP journalist Emily Wilder.
John Drescher / The Assembly:
UNC top donor Walter Hussman Jr. warned against hiring Nikole Hannah-Jones in emails to its top leadership, arguing that “she is trying to push an agenda”  —  Emails obtained by The Assembly show that UNC-Chapel Hill's largest journalism-school donor warned against Nikole Hannah-Jones' hiring.
Tumaini Carayol / The Guardian:
Tennis grand slam organizers fine Naomi Osaka $15,000 for refusing to “honour her contractual media obligations” and threaten her with French Open expulsion  —  - No 2 seed fined $15,000 by the four grand slam organisers  — Osaka defeats Patricia Maria Tig to reach second round
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
A look at the labor concerns, like timely renewals and cancellations of shows, that Hollywood unions will take on at future negotiations with streaming services  —  Writers and agents have made peace and the pandemic helped avert a potential strike, but there could be rough waters ahead …
Discussion: @eriqgardner
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:
Profile of James Bond film producers Michael Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, whose control over the franchise isn't expected to change after Amazon's MGM purchase  —  To make the most of the Bond franchise, Amazon will need permission from the powerful family that owns the rights
Richard J. Tofel / Second Rough Draft:
National funding for local news has grown, but the Tribune deal showed few local funders stepping up, which are needed to save or revive local news  —  There has been an explosion in funding for local news, but most of it is national.  —  14 hr ago  —  Welcome to Second Rough Draft …
Zachary Petrizzo / Salon:
Pollster Frank Luntz concealed his work for Republican Rep. Kevin McCarthy's PAC at a time when he was also producing focus group videos hosted by the LA Times  —  Luntz embarrasses another media outlet by not revealing who's paying him.  Why do they keep falling for his act?
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 …
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Sarah McCammon / NPR:
Survey finds that close to half of Americans who say they consume far-right news sources, such as Newsmax and OANN, believe in the tenets of QAnon
Chance Miller / 9to5Mac:
In an email to podcasters, Apple says it is delaying the launch of its Podcasts Subscriptions and channels until June and plans improvements to its Podcasts app
Discussion: ScreenRant, Gizmodo and Engadget
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
 Earlier Picks: 
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
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
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
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%+