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10:05 AM ET, November 21, 2023


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Adi Robertson / The Verge:
Texas' AG, “troubled” by Elon Musk's claims, probes Media Matters, which calls X's suit “frivolous”; X avoids anti-SLAPP statutes by filing in the 5th Circuit  —  X, formerly Twitter, has followed through with owner Elon Musk's threat to sue the left-leaning nonprofit Media Matters.
Sharon Knolle / The Wrap:
X files a defamation lawsuit against Media Matters, claiming the outlet “knowingly and maliciously” misrepresented the amount of antisemitic content on X  —  Musk says the watchdog org “would not let truth get in the way of a story”  —  Elon Musk has followed through on his threat …
Kylie Robison / Fortune:
At a hastily assembled all-hands, Linda Yaccarino said Media Matters is known “to force a narrative” and asked staff to “be as fiscally responsible as possible”
Devin Coldewey / TechCrunch:
Media Matters' claims that some companies' ads appeared next to antisemitic content do not seem to be “manufactured”, contrary to what X alleges in its suit
Max Tani / Semafor:
Sources: Linda Yaccarino asked her son and X executive Matt Madrazo to reach out to GOP ad spenders; X aims for $100M in political ads during the 2024 elections
Matt Binder / Mashable:
After big advertisers flee X, right-wing media outlets and influencers pledge to buy ads or donate, like Benny Johnson, Andrew Tate, Gavin McInnes, Babylon Bee
Caitlin Huston / The Hollywood Reporter:
In a note to employees, Linda Yaccarino says the Media Matters report about ads on X is “misleading” and that X is in the midst of battling “deceptive attacks”
Press Gazette:
Jeff Zucker's RedBird IMI plans to take control of the Telegraph and Spectator after agreeing to a loan of £600M to repay debts owed by the Barclay family  —  Abu Dhabi-backed investment fund RedBird IMI has said it is set to take control of the Telegraph and Spectator publications …
Vicky Ge Huang / Wall Street Journal:
Crypto exchange Bullish, run by a former NYSE president, acquires CoinDesk for an undisclosed sum in an all-cash deal; DCG acquired CoinDesk for $500K in 2016  —  CoinDesk says former Wall Street Journal Editor in Chief Matt Murray will chair an independent editorial committee
Lebanese TV channel Al Mayadeen says an Israeli strike killed two of its journalists and a third person in south Lebanon, near the border with Israel  —  An Israeli strike killed two journalists working for a Lebanese TV channel and a third person near the border with Israel on Tuesday …
Belal Jadallah, who led the board of the Press House-Palestine, and two freelance journalists were killed in Gaza over the weekend, per relatives
John Ourand / Sports Business Journal:
Sources: NASCAR expanded its proposed midseason package to media companies from six to 10 races; front-runners Amazon and Turner could split the package  —  Jay Marine, the head of Amazon's sports group, is “The Big Get” on this week's Sports Media Podcast.  —  NASCAR shops 10-race package to media companies
Lachlan Cartwright / The Daily Beast:
Sources: Jezebel has four potential buyers; two of them submitted seven-figure offers, and the front-runner would rehire former Jezebel EIC Laura Bassett  —  Weeks after its shock shuttering, Jezebel is poised to be resurrected, Confider has learned—thanks to several bidders who've come out of the woodwork.
Discussion: @ethangach
Washington Post:
Investigation: as Amazon and Netflix back down on daring films, self-censorship pervades the Indian streaming industry due to pressure from Modi's ruling BJP  —  MUMBAI — Over a three-decade career, the filmmaker Anurag Kashyap often trained a critical eye on his native India as he wove tales …
Emmanuel Morgan / New York Times:
A look at the surge of NFL players who have begun hosting podcasts during the season, a surprising development in a league that tends to suppress individuality  —  The N.F.L. tends to suppress individuality, but podcasts from stars like the Kelce brothers, Micah Parsons and Tyreek Hill are popping up as valuable portals to fans.
Aamir Siddiqui / Android Authority:
YouTube confirms that “users who have ad blockers installed may experience suboptimal viewing”, after users reported five-second delays on non-Chrome browsers  —  - Users are reportedly seeing a five-second delay when loading YouTube videos in non-Chrome browsers …
Nicolas Parasie / Bloomberg:
Middle East-based streamers OSN+ and Anghami plan to merge; OSN Group plans to inject $50M into Anghami and become a majority shareholder in the company  —  - Entity to have over 120 million users, $100 million in revenue  — OSN Group to continue to run its pay TV business separately
Yana Lyushnevskaya / Nieman Reports:
How Ukrainian media is balancing war coverage, with national TV speaking in a highly patriotic, pro-government voice and critical reporting thriving online  —  Yana Lyushnevskaya, NF '24, on the difficult dilemma Ukrainian journalists face when covering war in their own country
Discussion: New York Post
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