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8:05 PM ET, May 26, 2023


 Top News: 
Dan Sullivan / Tampa Bay Times:
Source: the FBI searched a media consultant's home in its investigation into whether Fox News video outtakes, leaked to Vice and MMFA, came from hacked material  —  The search at City Council member Lynn Hurtak and Tim Burke's home was part of a probe into computer hacks at Fox News.
Sources: as part of its layoffs, Meta cut a project that would have let third-party fact-checkers like Reuters add comments at the top of articles on Facebook  —  - Meta, Amazon, Alphabet and Twitter have all drastically reduced the size of their teams focused on internet trust and safety …
Joe Pompeo / Vanity Fair:
An interview with Jimmy Finkelstein, the former owner of The Hill and founder of The Messenger, on the site's business model, expansion plans, critics, and more  —  In a wide-ranging sit-down, the former Hill owner opens up to Vanity Fair about what's to come for his week-plus-old news site …
Ashley Carman / Bloomberg:
Discussion: Talking Biz News
Trevor Timm / Freedom of the Press Foundation:
Freedom of the Press Foundation announces the Daniel Ellsberg Chair on Government Secrecy, a position dedicated to the reform of the US' secrecy infrastructure  —  In one of his last public talks, to a room full of more than 200 journalists, Daniel Ellsberg was asked what the media could do to better support whistleblowers.
Isaac Chotiner / New Yorker:
An interview about free speech with Masha Gessen, who quit PEN America's board after the group disinvited Russian writers from an event when Ukrainians objected  —  A conversation about balancing free-speech commitments in an era of war.  —  Last week, my colleague Masha Gessen announced …
Chris Pash / AdNews News:
News Corp CEO Robert Thomson criticizes the Global Disinformation Index, saying such organizations that rank news outlets have “undue influence on ad spend”  —  Robert Thomson, CEO of global media group News Corp, says he's discovered advertising agency staff letting personal …
An interview with Pitchfork EIC Puja Patel on how AI is infiltrating every single aspect of music, AI-generated music's ownership and money concerns, and more  —  We talk to Puja Patel, editor in chief of Pitchfork and cohost of The Pitchfork Review, about how AI is taking over our feeds and where it goes from here.
Emma Hurt / Axios:
How CNN helped and benefited from Atlanta, as the company prepares to move out from downtown's CNN Center into its original, smaller Techwood campus in Midtown  —  Cable News Network — CNN — was founded in Atlanta in 1980 by media mogul Ted Turner as the world's first 24-hour television news network.
Alex Sherman / CNBC:
DirecTV strikes a nonexclusive multiyear deal with EverPass Media, formed to distribute NFL games to commercial spots, to keep broadcasting NFL Sunday Ticket  —  - DirecTV has struck a multiyear deal with EverPass Media to commercially provide the NFL's “Sunday Ticket” package.
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Dade Hayes / Deadline:
Mansa, a free, ad-supported streaming service centered on Black culture, partners with AMC Theatres to exhibit its original features and series in US theaters
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Brian Heater / TechCrunch:
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Chris Roush / Talking Biz News:
Email: Wall Street Journal EIC Emma Tucker says Deputy EICs Neal Lipschutz and Jason Anders are leaving the newspaper; Lipschutz is retiring after 41 years
Access Now:
Pegasus was used in the Azerbaijan-Armenia conflict to target at least five journalists, among others, in 2021 and 2022, the first documented use in a war