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Digiday Sahil Patel

Complex Media increases its push into a TV-like video strategy

"'If you want to win in video, don’t dip your toe in the pool and say, ‘Here’s 14 people dedicated to this,’ said the Complex Media CEO. 'Go all in.'"

PressThink Jay Rosen

Jay Rosen on the "playground press"

"More than 35 White House correspondents spoke to Politico about what it's like for them. They want you to know they're having a blast."

Politico Media BEN SCHRECKINGER and HADAS GOLD

Trump’s fake war on 'fake news'

"The president puts on a big show of assaulting his 'opposition' in the news media. But inside the White House, it’s a different story."

Newsonomics Ken Doctor

Univision's big bet on e-commerce, built on Gawker's ashes

"'This year, almost a third of my total revenue comes from e-commerce,' said Raju Narisetti, CEO of Univision’s Gizmodo Media Group. 'And we are expecting revenue to be up in the 30% or so range.'"

Politico HADAS GOLD

Trump to host conservative media at reception

"They were neglected the last eight years, and they’re an important medium to communicate to a massively growing number of Americans who, frankly, have grown tired of mainstream media’s coverage."

The New York Times LIAM STACK

Alisyn Camerota accuses Roger Ailes of sexual harassment

"...He said: ‘Well, I would have to work with you — I would have to work with you really closely — and it may require us getting to know each other better, and that might have to happen away from here. And it might have to happen at a hotel. Do you know what I am saying?’”

The New York Times Jim Rutenberg

Floyd Abrams sees Trump’s anti-media tweets as double-edged swords

...If a reporter is swept up in a leak investigation over an article the administration doesn’t like, his or her lawyers would just have to log on to Twitter and search @RealDonaldTrump to find support for an argument that the government was misusing the legal system to punish journalists."

The Washington Post Ashley Parker and Robert Costa

Trump said he refused to fire Sean Spicer

"'I’m not firing Sean Spicer,' he said, according to someone familiar with the encounter. 'That guy gets great ratings. Everyone tunes in.'"

The New York Times JOHN KOBLIN

With Bill O’Reilly out, Fox rivals see a chance to move in

"Mr. O’Reilly’s dismissal amounts to an enormous shift in cable news, and the TV industry was ablaze with talk late last week whether the move has the potential to open up a cable news war that for more than a decade has been dominated by Fox News."

BuzzFeed Darren Sands

DeRay Mckesson is going to host a Crooked Media podcast

"It's likely going to be called 'A Word With DeRay' on the world of activism, culture, and social justice."

The New York Times MAGGIE HABERMAN and GLENN THRUSH

Rupert Murdoch consoled Sean Spicer after his Hitler flub

"Mr. Murdoch even called the White House press secretary, Sean Spicer, to buck him up after Mr. Spicer was savaged for a remark about Adolf Hitler."

Recode KURT WAGNER

Facebook is offering publishers money to create produced video

"The new deals include a mix of both live and produced video commitments."

Mediaite Matthew Balan

‘You’re doing a disservice’: Bill Nye rips CNN for having climate change skeptic on

"'I will say, much as I love CNN, you’re doing a disservice by having one climate change skeptic, and not 97 or 98 scientists or engineers concerned about climate change.'"

The New York Times NOAM SCHEIBER

Anonymous harassment hotlines are hard to find and harder to trust

"But employment law experts say that a company’s hotline often exists in obscurity, and that even when it is well-known among employees, it can be a tool for suppressing harassment allegations rather than dealing with them."

The New York Times BROOKS BARNES and SYDNEY EMBER

In house of Murdoch, sons set about an elaborate overhaul

"Their father remains very involved, but his sons seem determined to rid the company of its roguish, old-guard internal culture and tilt operations toward the digital future."

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Digiday Sahil Patel

Complex Media increases its push into a TV-like video strategy

"'If you want to win in video, don’t dip your toe in the pool and say, ‘Here’s 14 people dedicated to this,’ said the Complex Media CEO. 'Go all in.'"

PressThink Jay Rosen

Jay Rosen on the "playground press"

"More than 35 White House correspondents spoke to Politico about what it's like for them. They want you to know they're having a blast."

Politico Media BEN SCHRECKINGER and HADAS GOLD

Trump’s fake war on 'fake news'

"The president puts on a big show of assaulting his 'opposition' in the news media. But inside the White House, it’s a different story."

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