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10:40 PM ET, May 26, 2024


 Top News: 
Washington Post:
The Washington Post says it knew about the upside-down US flag at Justice Alito's house in 2021 but did not report it as it didn't seem related to politics  —  In January 2021, Martha-Ann Alito said the flag, a symbol embraced by election deniers, was raised outside her home in response to a neighborhood dispute.
Chris Geidner / Law Dork:
The Washington Post's decision not to report on the Alito flag story multiple times since 2021, even as SCOTUS ethics stories came out, raises many questions  —  Last week, many of us learned from The New York Times that an upside-down American flag had been temporarily raised over the Alito household in the days after January 6, 2021.
Hanaa' Tameez / Nieman Lab:
Q&A with Radio Ambulante's cofounders on the launch of Radio Ambulante Records, the podcast company's label, which they see as a community building exercise  —  “So much of podcast music is background, feels like filler sometimes, but with our composers, it never is.”
Washington Post:
National Geographic pulled the documentary Retrograde from all its platforms after the Taliban killed an Afghan mine-clearer the 2022 film prominently featured  —  National Geographic has pulled the Emmy-winning film “Retrograde” from its streaming platforms after criticism from veterans and inquiries from The Washington Post.
Jacky Wong / Wall Street Journal:
A look at Sony's entertainment unit, which accounted for ~60% of Sony revenue in FY 2023, up from 30% a decade ago, ahead of a potential Paramount deal  —  Company aims to make better use of intellectual property across gaming, films and more  —  Sony is well known for gadgets …
Vivian Lee / Northwest Asian Weekly:
The publisher of Seattle's Northwest Asian Weekly sells the outlet to four local partners, seven months after donating the Seattle Chinese Post to a nonprofit  —  After decades of nurturing one of the most influential Asian American community media publications in the Pacific Northwest …
Chattanooga Times Free Press:
Carpenter Media acquires 10 newspapers in Alabama and Georgia and a Georgia printing facility from Community Newspaper Holdings  —  The Carpenter Media Group announced Thursday it has acquired the Dalton Daily Citizen in North Georgia as part of an acquisition of 10 newspapers and a Valdosta …
Doja Daoud / Committee to Protect Journalists:
Q&A with Gaza journalist Shrouq Al Aila, on the difficulty of her outlet Ain Media's work given a dearth of equipment and the cost of internet, and more  —  Gaza journalists Shrouq Al Aila and Roshdi Sarraj were on a work trip in Saudi Arabia last fall when their home became a war zone.
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Hanaa' Tameez / Nieman Lab:
Documented, which covers immigration in New York City, experiments with posts on Nextdoor to reach Caribbean immigrants and uses WeChat and WhatsApp for others
Sony India head NP Singh plans to step down, after a merger with Zee collapsed in January, citing age and personal reasons; Singh has been at SPNI for 25 years
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Todd Spangler / Variety:
Leave the World Behind was the most-watched title on Netflix globally in H2 2023, with 121M views, while One Piece was the most-watched series, with 71.6M views
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Ted Johnson / Deadline:
Media Matters lays off over a dozen staffers, citing its defense against legal action and the shifting media landscape
The Hollywood Reporter:
Paramount and Charter reach a new multiyear carriage deal, adding the ad-supported versions of Paramount+ and BET+ for free to Charter subscribers later in 2024
Wall Street Journal:
Trump says that if he's elected, Russia would release WSJ reporter Evan Gershkovich; the Kremlin denies any contact between Putin and Trump on the matter