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5:25 PM ET, July 12, 2021

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Jeremy Fuster / The Wrap:
Disney says Marvel's Black Widow has earned $60M+ on opening weekend via its Premier Access program, which lets Disney+ subscribers rent the movie for $30  —  Opening weekend estimates for Marvel Studios' “Black Widow” took a hit after Saturday grosses were lower than expected …
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Ben Smith / New York Times:
Five bright spots for US journalism: from strong nonprofit reporting on the NRA to ventures like climate-focused Bloomberg Green and texting-based Outlier Media  —  A look at some of the ventures that have sprung up, fueled by a new sense of mission in American journalism and by the sheer quantities of money available.
Tiffany Hsu / New York Times:
How Tucker Carlson, Laura Ingraham, and other Fox News hosts helped elevate vaccine skepticism, once relegated to the fringes, to the conservative mainstream  —  Months after Rupert Murdoch got a Covid-19 dose, one of his network's stars, Tucker Carlson, called a Biden vaccination proposal “the greatest scandal in my lifetime.”
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Disney to raise the subscription fees for ESPN+ in the US to $7/mo. and $70/year, from $6/mo. and $60/year; price for a Disney bundle is unchanged at $14/mo.  —  Disney will raise the monthly and annual fees for ESPN Plus, one of three different subscription-based streaming services it operates in the U.S. …
CNN:
Sources: Tucker Carlson is furious with Fox News executives and its PR team for not defending his evidence-free claims that NSA spied on him  —  (CNN Business)Tucker Carlson is furious with Fox News executives for not vigorously defending him amid his evidence-free claims …
Kate Kaye / Digiday:
Facebook confirms it is delaying a brand safety audit by industry body MRC, after publicly committing to the audit a year ago during an ad boycott  —  Facebook's brand safety audit is postponed.  —  The company promised the Media Rating Council, the industry's decades-old measurement verification body …
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Associated Press:
News Media Alliance again criticizes Louis DeJoy's plans to raise periodical postal rates by 8%+ on Aug. 29, saying the move will hurt newspapers and the public  —  The U.S. Postal Service's plan to raise mailing rates could present one more damaging blow to community newspapers already reeling …
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
Stream Publishing will launch a dedicated UK edition of Rolling Stone, over 50 years after an attempt by Mick Jagger dissolved in just a few months  —  Rolling Stone is getting a dedicated UK edition more than 50 years after the first attempt sponsored by Mick Jagger dissolved in just a few months.
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Katherine Huggins / Mediaite:
During Trump's CPAC Speech on Sunday, Fox News added a disclaimer that “voting system companies have denied the various allegations made by President Trump”
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Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
Public Interest News Foundation survey finds 56 of UK's independent publishers earned a combined revenue of less than £5.4m in 2020 despite a reach of 10.1M/mo
Julia Ioffe / Tomorrow Will Be Worse:
White House reporters reflect on changes between covering Trump's White House and Biden's: fewer leaks, less drama, but lower ratings and web traffic
Sarah Jackson / Insider:
New York Magazine art critic Jerry Saltz says he refused a $250K deal from Substack, over 2x his current salary, says he doesn't want to write for “subscribers”