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5:45 PM ET, December 4, 2021


 Top News: 
New York Times:
CNN says it has fired Chris Cuomo after “additional information has come to light” about the help he gave his brother Andrew Cuomo  —  The cable news network said it had “terminated him, effective immediately,” a move that came four months after Andrew Cuomo resigned as governor of New York.
Drew Harwell / Washington Post:
White supremacists urge supporters to use Twitter's updated Private Information Policy against journalists and activists who identify them in photos of rallies  —  Researchers fear the new ban on posts sharing people's private information will be ‘emboldening to the fascists’ eager to keep their identities concealed.
Drew Harwell / Washington Post:
Twitter says it mistakenly suspended 12 accounts after “coordinated and malicious reports” targeted researchers and journalists, and will review its new policy  —  Far-right activists had urged their followers to use a new company rule to target anti-extremism researchers and journalists
Katie Robertson / New York Times:
Interview with Anna Wintour and Condé Nast CEO Roger Lynch as they transform its biggest publications into global brands while streamlining content sharing  —  Anna Wintour is the embodiment of the glory days of the magazine dynasty.  Now she is pitching its global, digital future.
New York Times:
BuzzFeed will go public via a merger with 890 5th Avenue Partners, raising $16M from the SPAC and $150M via debt and acquiring Complex Networks for $300M
Shawn McCreesh / New York Magazine:
BuzzFeed News' union holds a walkout after two years of contract negotiations, as shareholders approve a plan to take the company public via a SPAC
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Analysis of 200K+ articles from 65 news sites: coverage of Biden for the past four months has been as bad as, or worse than, Trump in the same period of 2020  —  A sampling of headlines atop the influential Politico Playbook newsletter over the past month:  —  “Let the Democratic freakout begin.”
Jack Shafer / Politico:
With a tiny audience, the cable news industry has devolved from a useful headline service to a 24/7 eldercare operation; few would notice if it disappeared  —  How did the cable news networks become our main stage?  —  Nary a day goes by without somebody saying something stupid somewhere …
Heather Landy / @heatherlandy:
[Thread] Crediting a move by The Verge, Quartz updates its “off the record” and “on background” rules to specify everything is on the record until Quartz agrees  —  Quartz updated its guidance today on the conditions under which our journalists will talk to people off the record or on background. H/t to @TheVerge for recognizing/publicizing some of the confounding new practices of tech sector PR people, which necessitate a fresh look at this
Tarpley Hitt / Gawker:
G/O Media “invites” seven Chicago staffers of The A.V. Club to move to Los Angeles, where EIC Scott Robson is establishing an office, or else lose their jobs  —  The staff of the A.V. Club — the music, film, and entertainment website owned by G/O Media — was informed yesterday …
Isaac McIntyre / Dexerto:
YouTube briefly suspended Ludwig Ahgren's livestream on Thursday, days after his publicized move from Twitch; Ahgren blames DMCA notices for playing Baby Shark  —  The 26-year-old has been the talk of the streaming world these past few days, after he signed an exclusive streaming deal with Twitch arch-rivals YouTube.
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Shraddha Chakradhar / Nieman Lab:
Inaugural diversity survey of 209 Canadian newsrooms finds nearly 80% have no Black or Indigenous staff; 52.7% of staff identify as women and 74.9% as white
Lachlan Cartwright / The Daily Beast:
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Sui-Lee Wee / New York Times:
A Philippine court lets Maria Ressa travel to Oslo to receive the Nobel Peace Prize after the government blocked her; she still needs two more courts to approve
Jack Suntrup / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Emails: Missouri officials planned to thank the St. Louis Post-Dispatch for finding a data vulnerability before they threatened a reporter, calling him a hacker