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10:15 AM ET, July 12, 2021


 Top News: 
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.”
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 …
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Laura McGann and Mark Bauman raise $10M Series A for a new DC-based media company focusing on policy, politics, tech, and more; McGann will be editorial lead  —  Laura McGann, former politics editor of and Politico, and Mark Bauman, previously with the Smithsonian …
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 …
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 …
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”  —  - Famed New York Magazine art critic Jerry Saltz says he has turned down a $250,000 deal from Substack.
Agence France-Presse:
TV Pirveli, an independent station in Georgia, says a cameraman has died after being badly beaten by far-right assailants during an anti-Pride protest  —  Government accused of ‘culpable passivity’ after dozens of journalists were attacked covering Pride protest
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”  —  During Donald Trump's CPAC speech on Sunday, Fox News added a disclaimer that “voting system companies have denied …
Julia Sommerfeld / Axel Springer SE:
Politico Europe names Financial Times' Asia editor Jamil Anderlini as editor-in-chief, following the sudden death of Stephen Brown in March  —  Newsroom Innovator and Leader to Assume Role this Autumn  —  POLITICO Europe, a joint venture between POLITICO and Axel Springer …
Discussion: Politico and @pressgazette
Josh Sisco / The Information:
Sources: the FTC has opened an in-depth investigation into Amazon's purchase of MGM  —  Any hopes that Amazon had of completing its $8.5 billion purchase of movie and TV studio MGM anytime soon may have just gone out the window.  —  The Federal Trade Commission on Friday opened …
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
Netflix will benefit from Biden's EO as net neutrality resurfaces and competitors' mergers face scrutiny, such as the Amazon-MGM and WarnerMedia-Discovery deals
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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
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
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
TV news crews are increasingly threatened with violence on the job: in industry survey, 86% of station managers said they made security changes in the past year
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Financial Times:
Sources: a BBC board member with close government ties stalled the hiring of ex-HuffPost UK EIC Jess Brammar to oversee news channels, on political grounds
Maxwell Tani / The Daily Beast:
G/O Media's editorial head Jim Rich has left the company, sources say after clashes with other executives at the company
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Sources: NYT international picture editor David Furst was sometimes a “cruel bully” who required personal loyalty, often with bad consequences for freelancers
Sahil Patel / The Information:
Sources: Apple has had discussions with NFL execs to buy streaming rights for Sunday Ticket games, which currently air on DirecTV
Lindsey Ellefson / The Wrap:
News Corp has shut down its news aggregation service Knewz after just 18 months, citing a lack of profits