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4:20 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
Benjamin Mullin / New York Times:
A politics editor quits The Messenger; sources detail organizational confusion and tensions over demands to mass-produce articles based on competitors' stories  —  The company's high-volume approach to digital publishing has led to duplicated stories and alienated some of its journalists.
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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
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: @pressgazette
Max Tani / Semafor:
Sources: Politico, The New York Times, and other outlets plan to sit out the GOP presidential primary debates due to the cost and the potential for brand damage  —  The Scoop  —  Some major media outlets have decided to sit out the Republican presidential primary debates.
Discussion: @dangainor and @pdiddie
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 …
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  —  Forty years ago, 190,000 British coal miners went on strike.  The U.K. government, which owned the mines, met none of the strikers' demands.
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