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9:10 AM ET, May 23, 2023


 Top News: 
Chloe Xiang / VICE:
Some blue-check Twitter accounts, one pretending to be Bloomberg, spread an AI-generated image of an explosion at the Pentagon; the stock market briefly dipped  —  An AI-generated image of a fake explosion near the Pentagon went viral thanks to blue-check Twitter accounts.  —  Chloe Xiang
Bill Donahue / Billboard:
A US judge rules that a case claiming YouTube enables piracy by restricting access to copyright tools to record labels may not proceed as a class action  —  The case claimed that YouTube offers tools like Content ID to record labels but refuses to allow “ordinary” copyright owners to use them.
Dahlia Lithwick / Slate:
A critique of the Supreme Court press corps, which covers justices as untouchable and ignores issues like ethical lapses, and suggestions for improving the beat  —  This is a part of Disorder in the Court, a weeklong series on the legal press and the most explosive Supreme Court in generations …
Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:
Nielsen: from May 15 to May 19, CNN averaged 429K daily viewers, its lowest week since June 2015; Fox News had its worst key demo ratings since September 2001  —  This reporting is featured in this week's edition of Confider, The Daily Beast's media newsletter.  Subscribe here and send your questions, tips, and complaints here.
Discussion: UPROXX
Max Tani / Semafor:
Sources: the Never Back Down super PAC is working to give reporters covering Ron DeSantis more access, despite the governor's pride in his combative operation  —  The News  —  The presidential campaign-in-waiting and super PAC supporting Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis are trying to warm …
Benjamin Mullin / New York Times:
A profile of Comcast president Mike Cavanagh, who took over NBCU after Jeff Shell was fired, as he deals with Linda Yaccarino's exit, writers' strike, and more  —  Mike Cavanagh, a veteran of the financial crisis, has just been given a leading part in the unending drama of Hollywood.
Yuvraj Malik / Reuters:
Shutterstock plans to acquire Giphy from Meta for $53M in cash, after the UK CMA blocked Meta's acquisition in 2022; Meta can still access Giphy content  —  Stock photos repository Shutterstock Inc (SSTK.N) said on Tuesday it would buy animated-images platform Giphy Inc from Meta Platforms Inc (META.O) for $53 million in cash.
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
The UK's Reach is beta testing My News Assistant, an AI-powered website that aggregates the thousands of articles published daily across its 80+ online brands  —  My News Assistant is currently in beta testing.  —  Reach is testing an AI-powered website that brings together stories …
Discussion: HoldtheFrontPage and @pressgazette
Anne Branigin / Washington Post:
A look at The Wall Street Journal's decision to drop courtesy titles like Mr., Ms., and Mx., leaving The New York Times as the most notable holdout remaining  —  The Wall Street Journal is the latest newspaper to drop titles such as “Mr.,” “Ms.” and “Mx.”  —  The Wall Street Journal has gone …
Discussion: @austinramzy and @thesarahkelly
Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
As music revenue slows, record labels may force Spotify, which has never changed its US base plan's price, to follow Apple, Amazon, and others in raising prices  —  Good evening from Cannes, where I saw a three-hour Argentine heist movie, a Pedro Almodovar short starring Ethan Hawke and Pedro Pascal, and Martin Scorsese's latest.
Andrew Marchand / New York Post:
Sources: ESPN's DTC streaming service will be a standalone product like ESPN+ but will include all of ESPN's programming and is likely to launch in 2025 or 2026  —  Get plugged in on the latest in sports media  —  In Sept. 2021, we debuted this newsletter with a deep dive about how ESPN …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Max introduces a higher-priced tier: Ultimate Ad-Free for $20/month, offering four concurrent streams, 100 offline downloads, and 1,000+ 4K UHD films and shows  —  With HBO Max turning into Max, Warner Bros. Discovery is introducing a higher-priced plan — $19.99 per month …
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Benjamin Weiser / New York Times:
Filing: E. Jean Carroll asks to amend her 2019 defamation lawsuit against Donald Trump, seeking a “very substantial” amount for his comments at CNN's town hall
Peter White / Deadline:
Paramount plans to launch its Paramount+ with Showtime service in the US on June 27 for $11.99 per month; Paramount+ without Showtime will cost $5.99 per month
Bobby Allyn / NPR:
TikTok sues Montana over its new law intending to ban the app, citing the First Amendment, the state's lack of authority on national security issues, and more
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Scott Galloway / No Mercy / No Malice:
The WGA incorrectly assessed the situation and will exit the strike impaired, similar to the British coal miners' 1980s strike that ended with a weakened union
David Folkenflik / NPR:
In a report, US investigators detail the abuses of power by Michael Pack, the Donald Trump appointee who led the USAGM, and how he put its “missions at risk”