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4:20 PM ET, May 24, 2023


 Top News: 
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Elon Musk's intent in buying Twitter wasn't only to dismantle a tool he perceived as empowering the media but also to turn the app into a right-wing heavyweight  —  It was only a year ago that Elon Musk, then simply the guy who was hoping to buy Twitter, insisted that his politics sat squarely at the center of the national spectrum.
NBC News:
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis plans to launch his presidential bid on Twitter Spaces on May 24, in a discussion with Elon Musk moderated by David Sacks
Todd Spangler / Variety:
After backlash, Max will change back film credit listings to break out directors and writers, blaming a technical “oversight” for grouping them under “creators”  —  Now the company says it is changing the listings back to how they were presented on HBO Max, blaming the issue on a technical “oversight.”
Benjamin Mullin / New York Times:
Semafor raised $19M from Yahoo co-founder Jerry Yang and others, replacing the $10M from Sam Bankman-Fried, and says the outlet has $10M+ in 2023 revenue so far  —  The media start-up's new backers include Henry Kravis, a founder of the private-equity giant KKR, and Jerry Yang, a Yahoo founder.
Katie Robertson / New York Times:
The New York Times reaches a tentative deal with the NewsGuild of New York that would set a salary minimum of $65K; a vote is expected in the coming week  —  The new agreement, if ratified, will give union members immediate salary increases of up to 12.5 percent.
Perry Bacon Jr / Washington Post:
How The American Prospect, Balls and Strikes, Bolts, The Guardian US, Hammer & Hope, Popular Information, and States Newsroom are changing political journalism  —  Political journalism is in crisis.  Over the past few months, BuzzFeed News, FiveThirtyEight, Vice and a number of other outlets …
Andrew Fedorov / The Fine Print:
A Forbes contributor sent two story drafts to his source “for approval and changes”; other writers are criticizing the practice as damaging to all journalists  —  A publicist's email snafu reveals the lax editorial standards — allowing sources to review copy before publication …
Georgetown University:
Georgetown and the Knight Foundation commit $30M to establish the Knight-Georgetown Institute to connect researchers, journalists, and tech leaders on policy  —  Georgetown has partnered with the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to invest $30 million in a nonpartisan institute …
Andrew Higgins / New York Times:
Belarus pardons Roman Protasevich, the journalist sentenced to eight years after he was arrested on a Ryanair flight; former allies say he has turned on them  —  Roman Protasevich became a symbol of the struggle for democracy when Belarus forced down a plane and arrested him.
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Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
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