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3:15 PM ET, September 19, 2021


 Top News: 
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Andrew Taylor, who quit as a longtime AP Capitol Hill reporter this spring, says he doubts traditional journalism can now properly cover dysfunction in Congress  —  Andrew Taylor began his journalism career in the late 1980s, clipping newspaper articles for the politics reporters at Congressional Quarterly.
Timothy Bella / Washington Post:
Filmmakers of HBO's The Jinx feel “very gratified” after Robert Durst's murder conviction, as lawyers on both sides acknowledge the documentary's key role  —  Filmmaker Andrew Jarecki was in the middle of an interview Friday when he got a text message years in the making …
Elahe Izadi / Washington Post:
The 2016 Indianapolis Star investigation of Larry Nassar, which led to the recent Senate hearings with Olympic gymnasts, shows local newspapers' enduring impact  —  Local newspapers may be struggling, but they are still publishing journalism that makes a difference
Steven Perlberg / Insider:
Axios names Sara Kehaulani Goo as EIC, as it readies niche paid newsletters product Axios Pro; source: Axios is on track to make ~$85M in revenue this year  —  - Axios named Sara Kehaulani Goo and Aja Whitaker-Moore editor-in-chief and executive editor, respectively.
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
Behind Andrew Neil's departure from GB News as sources say he was in a legal battle with the channel from mid-July over his contract believed to be £700K/year  —  Sources say presenter was in legal battle with rightwing channel's bosses over his £700,000-a-year contract
Lacey Rose / Hollywood Reporter:
A wide-ranging interview with Jon Stewart, ahead of the launch of his biweekly current affairs series, The Problem With Jon Stewart, on Sept. 30 on Apple TV+  —  He understands if you are delighted by his return to TV.  But like the subjects he'll cover on Apple's 'The Problem With Jon Stewart …
Alex Weprin / Hollywood Reporter:
Fox's Rupert and Lachlan Murdoch saw lower pay in 2021; Rupert's package was valued at $31.1M, down from $34M in 2020, and Lachlan's at $27.7M, down from $29.1M  —  Rupert and Lachlan, along with other top Fox executives, agreed to cut their base Fox Corp. salaries during the pandemic.
Osita Nwanevu / Columbia Journalism Review:
As the reach of online national political writing has grown, recent elections plus Pew polling raise questions about who and what punditry is meant for  —  Not long ago, the prevailing opinion among political writers was that Joe Biden would probably never be president.
Steven Perlberg / Insider:
NYT's daily newsletter The Morning has 5M+ readers on average, will launch Saturday and Sunday editions, and add two more staff for a total of eight  —  - Written by David Leonhardt, The Morning newsletter has more than 5 million daily readers on average.  — The newsletter's team is set …
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Janko Roettgers / Protocol:
Sources: Google plans to add free, ad-supported streaming TV channels to Google TV and has held talks with media companies that provide the channels
Brian X. Chen / New York Times:
The dismantling of digital advertising based on personal data and cookies is reshaping revenue plans for ad and tech industries, publishers, and small companies
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Todd Spangler / Variety:
WarnerMedia is offering a 50% discount for six months on the HBO Max ad-free monthly plan until September 26 as HBO subscriptions via Amazon shut down Wednesday
Casey Newton / Platformer:
One year in, Casey Newton has doubled his Substack subscribers to ~50K, of which <10% convert to paid; Discord and Twitter are effective for attracting readers
French court upholds a ruling by markets watchdog AMF against Bloomberg for publishing a hoax press release, but lowers fine from €5M to €3M
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
The 8th Circuit's bizarre decision greenlighting a lawsuit over a Ryan Lizza tweet about Devin Nunes sets a dangerous precedent for defamation claims