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2:15 PM ET, June 8, 2024


 Top News: 
New York Times:
WaPo CEO Will Lewis and top editor Matt Murray send memos trying to reassure staff, and former CEO Patty Stonesifer visits the newsroom, after a week of tumult  —  Will Lewis, the chief executive, pledged to employees to ‘improve how well I listen,’ while Matt Murray, the new editor, tried to reassure staff members.
Washington Post:
Will Lewis criticizes reports that he tried to suppress stories on his ties to a phone hacking case and calls David Folkenflik an activist, not a journalist  —  In a statement Thursday, William Lewis pushes back at media outlets' accounts of events leading up to Post editor Sally Buzbee's abrupt departure on Sunday.
Jack Shafer / Politico:
The recent crisis at The Washington Post suggests that CEO Will Lewis has no idea how the media operates, and his fast-growing credibility problem may undo him  —  The crisis at the newspaper suggests the publisher has no idea about how the media operates.  —  The oldest axiom in journalism …
David Folkenflik / NPR:
Will Lewis repeatedly offered an exclusive interview about WaPo's future, in exchange for dropping a story on claims he helped cover up UK phone hacking scandal
AI search engine Perplexity is republishing parts of stories by Forbes and others, with nearly identical words and inadequate attribution, on its Pages feature  —  The startup, hailed as an AI-focused Google challenger, is republishing parts of exclusive stories from multiple publications …
Andrew Marchand / New York Times:
Sources: WBD, home of TNT Sports, strikes a $650M deal for US rights to the French Open for 10 years, with plans to air the event on cable networks and Max  —  Warner Bros. Discovery has a 10-year, $650 million deal in place to be the new home of the French Open in the United States beginning in 2025 …
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Sources: WBD would like the NBA to consider a “fourth package”, which would carve out a small package of games rights, alongside Disney's, Amazon's, and NBCU's  —  The media company has signaled in recent days to the NBA that it would like to discuss the prospect of carving …
Matthew Barakat / Associated Press:
A judge, not a jury, will give the verdict in the antitrust trial about Google's ad business, after Google paid $2.3M to cover US government's monetary damages  —  A judge rather than a jury will decide whether Google violated federal antitrust laws by building a monopoly on the technology that powers online advertising.
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Andreas Hale / ESPN:
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Upmanyu Trivedi / Bloomberg:
A woman who claims to be the inspiration for the Martha character on Baby Reindeer files a $170M defamation lawsuit against Netflix
Brier Dudley / The Seattle Times:
Oregon's First Pamplin Media sells to a Southern newspaper chain, and EO Media, which publishes 12 titles, closes five papers and puts up the company for sale
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