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7:10 AM ET, July 31, 2021

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Wall Street Journal:
MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell says he is pulling ads from Fox News after Fox rejected an ad for a symposium that would “prove” the 2020 election was stolen  —  Mike Lindell, CEO of MyPillow, says Fox News refused to run ad promoting an event linked to claims of widespread election fraud
Katie Robertson / New York Times:
NYT indefinitely postpones its return to office, planned for Sept. 7, and will require proof of vaccination from those who want to go in voluntarily  —  The New York Times on Friday indefinitely postponed its planned return to the office as the contagious Delta variant causes a surge in coronavirus cases across the country.
Angela Fu / Poynter:
In email to members, WGAE says it “put a pause” on organizing new digital newsrooms, as debate grows over its membership and whether to accept more journalists  —  At issue is whether the union, which has primarily represented screenwriters in the past, should take on more journalists
Abram Brown / Forbes:
Analysis: The Gateway Pundit, known for publishing 2020 US election and COVID-19 misinformation, earned up to $1.1M in Google ads revenue from Nov. 2020 to June  —  All of these things are true, at least according to the Gateway Pundit: Election officials lost or tampered with millions of Trump votes on election night last November.
Celine Castronuovo / The Hill:
NYT sports reporter Karen Crouse resigns after being suspended earlier this month for failing to disclose a book deal with swimmer Michael Phelps  —  A New York Times sports reporter who was suspended earlier this month for failing to disclose a book deal with Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps …
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The Guardian:
News Corp Australia's Daily Telegraph ended a regular column from broadcaster Alan Jones, amid controversy over his COVID-19 and anti-lockdown comments
Freddie deBoer:
The original Gawker was born to mock an elite New York publishing world of money and privilege, and that world doesn't exist anymore for New Gawker to mock  —  Frequently readers want me to skewer somebody or something, and while I occasionally oblige they usually come away disappointed.
Ted Johnson / Deadline:
Disney mandates vaccinations for all salaried and non-union hourly employees working at any of its US sites and is talking with unions about vaccinations  —  The Walt Disney Co. has added its name to the growing list of major corporations mandating that employees to be fully vaccinated.
Gavin Bridge / Variety:
Analysis: so far in 2021, streaming services have released 512 new shows, up 86% on 2019, led by Netflix, as cable networks released 453, down 28%  —  One of the most bandied about industry phrases of the last decade was “peak TV,” the phenomenon of the seemingly limitless growth of original content on television.
Discussion: @pkedrosky
Sarah Bahr / New York Times:
Study: films and TV shows with disability themes rose from 41 in 2000 to 150 in 2020, but 95% of disabled characters are played by actors without disabilities  —  The study published Wednesday also showed that television is far behind film when it comes to representation of characters with disabilities.
 
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Joshua Benton / Nieman Lab:
The Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma shares a guide to help journalists with trauma-related stories, including using phrases like “triggered” and “PTSD”
Marc Tracy / New York Times:
The Bowie Blade-News, a 41-year-old weekly paper near Washington, DC, closed Thursday, 2 months after Alden Global Capital bought its parent, Tribune Publishing
Michael King / The Streamable:
Dish and WarnerMedia end a two-and-a-half-year TV carriage dispute, bringing HBO and Cinemax back to Dish TV; Dish customers can also get a discount for HBO Max
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Dan Kennedy / WGBH.org:
By giving tax credits to support local news outlets, the Local Journalism Sustainability Act avoids direct federal aid that could hurt journalistic independence
Wall Street Journal:
Scarlett Johansson sues Disney for breach of contract over concurrent release of Black Widow to Disney+ and theaters; source: release could cost Johansson $50M+
Jacob Borg / Times of Malta:
Public inquiry into the murder of Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia finds the state should be held responsible as it fostered a culture of impunity
Kelly McBride / NPR:
New NPR ethics policy ends a blanket ban on journalists participating in marches or rallies, but in practice requires them to discuss specific cases with bosses