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8:15 PM ET, December 5, 2021


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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 network said it had “terminated him, effective immediately,” a move that came days after a lawyer for a former colleague accused the host of sexual misconduct.
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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.
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.”
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
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
Analysis: at least 25 US election workers were targeted by 100+ violent threats or hostile messages citing the Gateway Pundit since the 2020 election  —  The Gateway Pundit, which started as a tiny opinion blog, saw readership surge to nearly 50 million views a month as it amplified Donald Trump's false stolen-election claims.
Discussion: @bradheath
David Streitfeld / New York Times:
Some Amazon sellers are backdating books to fool Amazon's algorithms into changing where they appear, often allowing the sellers to charge exorbitant prices  —  A 2011 thriller was supposed to cost $15.  One merchant listed it at $987, with a 17th-century publication date.
Simon Owens / Simon Owens's Media Newsletter:
Some top YouTube channels are spending millions on production; Mr. Beast says he spent $3.5M on his Squid Game video, a budget reminiscent of prestige TV  —  The top echelons of YouTubers are now spending upwards of $3.5 million per video.  —  Welcome!  I'm Simon Owens and this is my media newsletter.
Drew Harwell / Washington Post:
Profile of Twitch streamer Tyler Steinkamp, including the loneliness and rage that comes with streaming game battles and real-world moments for 50 hours a week  —  NEW LONDON, Mo. — Just before midnight, six hours into his 10-hour Twitch live stream, Tyler Steinkamp's rage begins to erupt.
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 …
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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
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
Lindsay Kornick / Fox News:
NYT is reviewing a Wirecutter editor's tweets and voicemails she allegedly sent to a gun rights group about their press release after the Oxford school shooting
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
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Lachlan Cartwright / The Daily Beast:
Martin Clarke, DMG Media publisher and CEO/EIC of MailOnline and, is leaving at the end of February 2022 after 12 years
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