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9:15 AM ET, September 20, 2021


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Ben Smith / New York Times:
A look at the US government's work to help Afghan journalists escape the Taliban, hampered by bureaucratic snags and often eclipsed by Qatari-led efforts  —  The secretary of state cites a “massive effort” by the government, but people involved in the evacuation instead describe bureaucratic snags.
Sudarsan Raghavan / Washington Post:
Afghan daily Etilaatroz struggles with less income and a dwindling staff who work under fear, after two of its journalists were brutally beaten by the Taliban  —  KABUL — When the senior Taliban official, dressed in black, entered the struggling newsroom, some journalists froze, their faces etched in fear.
Steve Dent / Engadget:
Netflix took a total of 44 Emmys, tying the record for a single year, as Apple TV+ took home 10, its best year yet, and HBO and HBO Max took 19  —  nabbed the most Emmys ever for a single platform with 44 including 11 for  —  The Crown, more than double its nearest rival, HBO/HBO Max.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Roku announces $50 Streaming Stick 4K and $70 Streaming Stick 4K+, which adds a Voice Remote Pro, and Roku OS 10.5 with improved voice support  —  Weeks after Amazon introduced an updated Fire TV lineup that included, for the first time, its own TVs, Roku today is announcing its own competitive products …
Tanner Stening / Northeastern:
Survey of 1,400 Americans: 92.1% of liberals, 60.1% of conservatives, and 78.4% of moderates strongly or somewhat support labeling misinfo in social media posts  —  There is broad bipartisan support among self-identified liberals and conservatives that social media companies should add warning labels …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Hearst TV launches Very Local, offering OTT streaming channels in 26 US media markets with local and national programming, available on major streaming devices  —  Hearst Television is officially launching its bouquet of “Very Local” over-the-top streaming TV channels, spanning …
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 …
Kim Masters / Hollywood Reporter:
New leadership at Paramount Pictures signals ViacomCBS's hard pivot to streaming, potentially setting it up to face the same fights with talent as Disney  —  As the ViacomCBS mogul ousts film chief Jim Gianopulos, insiders expect the legacy studio to start churning out low-cost, often mediocre features for streamer Paramount+.
Issie Lapowsky / Protocol:
Twitch's “hate raid” lawsuit raises questions about when tech platforms should unmask their own anonymous users and sue them for violating their speech policies  —  It isn't hard to figure out who the bad guys are in Twitch's latest lawsuit against two of its users.
Discussion: @issielapowsky
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 …
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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
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
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
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
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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
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
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
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