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7:45 PM ET, September 14, 2021

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Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Philly Inquirer refuses to call GOP investigation of PA's election results an audit, an example of an outlet using language that serves the public's interests  —  There's a simple but powerful idea behind the Philadelphia Inquirer's recent decision not to use the word “audit” …
David Folkenflik / NPR:
A deep look at Salem Media, owner of Townhall, RedState, and 100+ radio stations, as well as employer and backer of California governor's candidate Larry Elder  —  Of all the candidates trying to unseat California Gov. Gavin Newsom in the recall election wrapping up Tuesday, conservative talk show host Larry Elder has the best chance.
Erin Overbey / @erinoverbey:
[Thread] New Yorker's archive editor compiles contributor and editor diversity numbers for the magazine: people of color and women are very poorly represented  —  Let's talk about racism! Most white people at prestigious magazines don't ever want to talk about race or diversity at all. Why? It's primarily because they've been allowed to exist in a world where their mastheads resemble member registries at Southern country clubs circa 1950..
Norimitsu Onishi / New York Times:
Profile of CNews, France's top news network, modeled after Fox News, with a focus on opinion that covers incendiary topics like immigration, crime, and Islam  —  CNews, the creation of the billionaire Vincent Bolloré, has become France's No. 1 news network by giving a new bullhorn …
Selome Hailu / Variety:
Survey: in the last TV season, streaming shows had more female major characters and more female creators, directors, and editors than broadcast network shows  —  As the entertainment industry looks to improve the ratio of female representation in television on screen and behind the scenes …
Discussion: Deadline and Observer
Matt Donnelly / Variety:
Stephen Curry and his Unanimous Media production label have signed a deal with Comcast NBCUniversal; sources value the deal in the high eight-figure range  —  NBA star Stephen Curry and his Unanimous Media production label have signed a sweeping, first-of-its-kind talent deal with Comcast NBCUniversal.
Janko Roettgers / Protocol:
Sources: Comcast has struck a partnership with TV manufacturer Hisense to sell two smart TV models under the brand XClass, using Comcast's X1 operating system  —  Comcast is gearing up to launch its own smart TVs: The company has struck a partnership with Chinese TV manufacturer Hisense …
Sara Guaglione / Digiday:
Thanks to remote hiring, Quartz says people of color make up 42% of employees, up from 31% last year, and Fortune has hired 22 new people, half outside NY  —  For all the headaches for publishers associated with the shift to remote work, its impact on hiring has been a bright spot.
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
GB News is looking to hire more of Nigel Farage's former Brexit party colleagues; Farage's program leads channel ratings, with 80,000 viewers of his latest show  —  Channel appears to be moving further right with liberal voices squeezed out and Brexiters reported to be set to join
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Rose Hill / Mirror:
Andrew Neil says he has resigned as chairman of GB News
Sara Fischer / Axios:
GovExec buys Market Connections, a government research and insights company, its ninth acquisition since spinning off from Atlantic Media in March 2020  —  GovExec, the media and insights company targeted to government leaders and contractors, is acquiring Market Connections …
Discussion: @timhartman
 
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