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6:05 PM ET, August 22, 2021


 Top News: 
Elizabeth Dwoskin / Washington Post:
Facebook releases a previously shelved Q1 content transparency report, acknowledging the widespread reach of content casting doubt on COVID vaccines  —  The social-media platform's Saturday evening acknowledgment comes after a lengthy internal debate over whether to share data.
New York Times:
Internal emails: Facebook shelved content transparency report in Q1 fearing outcry, as most-viewed link was news article implying doctor died from COVID vaccine  —  The company praised itself this week for being “the most transparent platform on the internet.”
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Anguished reactions by some in elite US media about Afghanistan come from people who deeply bought into the war and are suddenly forced to confront its reality  —  I wrote at the beginning of the week that the lightning collapse of the Afghan Army and the Afghan state, far from making …
Alice Speri / The Intercept:
A look at the bureaucratic obstacles facing Afghans who worked with US media outlets, including changing US admissions eligibility requirements  —  On Wednesday night, the New York Times announced that it had evacuated a group of Afghan colleagues and their immediate families …
Two female journalists at Radio Television Afghanistan say they've been barred from working and that there are no more female presenters or reporters at RTA  —  Afghan women journalists on Thursday asked the Taliban to respect their right to work.  —  Shabnam Khan Dawran, an anchor at RTA …
New York Times:
Behind the work to get journalists, relatives, and others tied to NYT, WSJ, and WaPo out of Afghanistan, with aid from diplomatic contacts, military, and Qatar
Dow Jones:
WSJ says 80 employees and their families have safely left Afghanistan
Kayla Benjamin / Current:
Public radio reporters and editors discuss climate change coverage takeaways: listeners want more stories, newsroom collaboration is key, and more  —  Public radio newsrooms that have ramped up reporting on climate change are finding new ways to help their audiences understand the local impact …
Mark Stenberg / Medialyte:
This year's media startups are better funded than last year's, yet are similar in their emphasis on subscriptions, newsletters, and relatively small staff  —  Puck, Off the Record, Confidential and Charter: What they kept and what they tweaked.  —  A song to read by: “It's My House,” by Diana Ross
Kate Storey / Esquire:
Interview with CNN's Clarissa Ward on reporting from Kabul as the chaos unfolded: “I appear calm, but that doesn't mean I am calm”  —  When CNN's Clarissa Ward approached a Taliban fighter on the streets of Kabul on Wednesday, a gunshot rang out behind her.
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Memo: DC-based The Hill has been sold to Nexstar Media Group for $130M  —  The Hill, a Beltway-based print publication that receives significant national traffic to its digital website, has sold to Nextstar for $130 million, Axios has learned.  —  Why it matters: The Hill's owner …
Tim Schwab / Columbia Journalism Review:
Individual journalists bear the onus for not disclosing conflicts of interest when sometimes it is newsrooms that fail to enforce their own ethics rules  —  Recently, the New York Times published a story profiling a welter of financial conflicts of interest in the work of former Times …
Awful Announcing:
Disney and National Cable Television Cooperative, representing 700+ cable operators, renew their carriage deal; all NCTC operators will offer the ACC Network  —  August is when a lot of carriage deals tend to expire and either get renewed or not (ahead of the college football and NFL seasons) …
Richard Lawler / The Verge:
OnlyFans shares new TOS for “sexually explicit conduct”: no intercourse, masturbation, exhibition of genitals; any such content must be removed before Dec. 1  —  Sex and masturbation, whether simulated or real, aren't allowed  —  On Thursday the video and image sharing site …
Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
OnlyFans says it will prohibit users from posting any “sexually explicit conduct” starting in October, but will allow nude photos and videos
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Associated Press:
AP's incoming CEO wrote to FL Gov. Ron DeSantis protesting tweets by his press secretary targeting an AP reporter, saying “bullying of journalists” is dangerous
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
BBC inquiry dismisses News UK's complaint alleging that a BBC Two documentary implied Rupert Murdoch “posed a threat to liberal democracy”
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David Hellier / Bloomberg:
Amazon bought rights to most of France's Ligue 1 soccer games and is charging French customers €13 extra rather than bundling sports into Prime Video
Discussion: The Atlantic, @lucas_shaw and The Drum
Pew Research Center:
Survey of 11,178 US adults: 48% say the government should restrict false info online, up from 39% in 2018; 59% think tech companies should, up from 56% in 2018