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12:25 PM ET, October 1, 2022


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Radley Balko / @radleybalko:
[Thread] Radley Balko is leaving The Washington Post, where he worked for the Opinion section, on December 1 and is launching a Substack on civil liberties  —  So after nine years, I'm being let go by the Washington Post. This is disappointing but not surprising. In recent years, the Opinion leadership has made it increasingly difficult to do the reporting & in-depth analysis I was hired to do — in favor of short, hot takes.
Charlotte Klein / Vanity Fair:
A profile of Noah Shachtman, a year in as Rolling Stone's EIC, as some staff doubt if his tabloid instincts and scoop obsession are best suited for the magazine  —  The scoop-hungry, Twitter-happy editor has turbocharged the magazine's digital metabolism—"back in the game," says Gus Wenner …
Thom Geier / The Wrap:
Disney pulls 20 TV channels, including ABC, ESPN, and FX, from the Dish Network and Sling TV after failing to reach a new carriage deal with Dish  —  Disney on Saturday pulled its 20 television stations — including ABC, ESPN and FX — from the Dish Network and Sling TV services …
Asawin Suebsaeng / Rolling Stone:
Haberman's book: Tucker Carlson met Jared Kushner in February 2020 at the White House to demand clemency for Roger Stone; Trump pardoned Stone in December 2020  —  Maggie Haberman writes in Confidence Man that the Fox News host went to great lengths to get former President Trump to let his former campaign adviser off the hook
Alex Zalben / Decider:
Trevor Noah is leaving Paramount's The Daily Show after hosting for seven years; the news was announced to his audience on September 29 and surprised the staff  —  Trevor Noah, who began on The Daily Show as a recurring contributor in 2014 and was elevated to host, taking over from Jon Stewart in 2015 …
Emily Baker-White / Forbes:
Web novel apps backed by ByteDance and Tencent are running hundreds of Facebook and Instagram ads showing sexual assault, violent erotica, and acts of self-harm  —  Some of the ads include descriptions of sexual violence, paired with images of battered women and photos of male fitness influencers, which were used without permission.
Angela Fu / Poynter:
A look at post-hurricane reporting challenges in Naples, FL, including the difficulty communicating with co-workers without cell towers and a physical newsroom  —  ‘Part of your job, even as a journalist, is becoming something of a first responder.’  —  As Hurricane Ian approached southwest Florida …
Benj Edwards / Ars Technica:
Morgan Meaker / Wired:
A look at the fake online traffic business, as some ad exchanges look the other way and advertisers are embarrassed to admit they purchased fraudulent inventory  —  Botmasters have created a Kafkaesque system where companies are paying huge sums to show their ads to bots.  And everyone is fine with this.
Samuel Breslow / Slate:
Wikipedia debated whether to cite Fox News, deeming it a “marginally reliable” source for politics and science; CNN and MSNBC are deemed generally reliable  —  Kevin Li recently faced a daunting task.  Wikipedia contributors had just spent nearly two months locked in a heated debate …
Discussion: @slate and @sdkb42, more at Techmeme »
Alex Weprin / The Hollywood Reporter:
Disney adds former Facebook and Instacart executive Carolyn Everson to its board as part of a deal with activist investor Dan Loeb's hedge fund, Third Point  —  Third Point had been pushing for Disney to add new voices to the company's board of directors.  —  The Walt Disney Co. and Dan Loeb's Third Point LLC have a deal.
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