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1:40 PM ET, August 23, 2021


 Top News: 
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 …
Katherine Huggins / Mediaite:
CNN, Fox News, WSJ, NYT, WaPo, and others have successfully evacuated journalists from Afghanistan, including freelancers and interpreters  —  Multiple media companies have successfully evacuated journalists from Afghanistan, including Afghan freelancers and interpreters.
Michael Savage / The Guardian:
UK agrees to visa waivers for more than 200 Afghan journalists who worked with the British media and their immediate family  —  Foreign secretary agrees to visa waivers for group of 200 but British Council staff still in limbo  —  More than 200 Afghan journalists who worked with the British media …
Discussion: @jpmarthoz, The Jackal and @humayusuf
Alice Speri / The Intercept:
A look at the bureaucratic obstacles facing Afghans who worked with US media outlets, including changing US admissions eligibility requirements
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
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Sources: Rachel Maddow has agreed to a new multi-year deal with MSNBC, which will include developing new projects with the network and NBCUniversal  —  Rachel Maddow will stay at MSNBC, according to two people familiar with the matter, after negotiating a new pact that will keep her at the cable-news outlet beyond 2022.
Jim Friedlich / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
How the bipartisan Local Journalism Sustainability Act in US Congress would publicly fund local media orgs while letting them keep their editorial independence  —  The Philadelphia Inquirer is unique.  The newspaper you are reading is the largest American news publication under nonprofit ownership …
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
NBCUniversal says it is “assembling a full suite of interoperable measurement solutions”, as Nielsen's national TV ratings come under intense scrutiny  —  The TV industry has for decades relied on a single yardstick: Nielsen ratings.  Now NBCUniversal has suggested it may have to accept multiple measurement benchmarks.
Zeynep Tufekci / @zeynep:
[Thread] Zeynep Tufekci says her substack will soon turn into a free newsletter for a future book as she joins NYT as an opinion columnist  —  So the news is out. I'm going to be a regular columnist with the New York Times. I started blogging about a decade ago simply because I had things to say, and thought it would be good to have more academic voices in the public sphere. It's been a journey, for sure.
Ben Smith / New York Times:
How Russia's crackdown has changed outlets like Meduza, which has an audience of 10M+/month and lost 95% of advertisers after being marked a “foreign agent”  —  Meduza, a leading independent news site, fights back with jokes and a stunning donation campaign.  But can it stand up to the Russian state?
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
Gene Maddaus / Variety:
California Film Commission awards a record $138.8M in film tax credits, up from $109M awarded in 2016, with Netflix alone getting $43.3M  —  Netflix was the big winner as the California Film Commission awarded a record-setting $138.8 million in film tax credits on Monday.
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