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    Media, take solace: Survey shows Trump Hotels even more hated

    There is finally some good news for the media amid cascades of repetitive, even now monotonous studies on declining respect and the rise of fake news: Donald Trump's hotels are even more the source of aggravation. We might want to end the week by running to the nearest Courtyard Marriott to toast the comparative good news! Maybe we stay overnight for a complimentary breakfast.

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    Goodbye, Contributor Network. And thanks for nothing

    When HuffPost announced on Jan. 18 that it was shutting down its unpaid contributor network, my freelancer’s heart grew three sizes.

    The contributor network, which was launched in 2005, was one of the most, if not the most, detrimental thing to happen to freelance journalism in the 13 years I’ve been at this full time. They were part of what, at the time, felt like an avalanche pushing the value of content to $0.

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    What would David Halberstam do?

    Nearly 60 years ago, a young reporter in the Saigon bureau of The New York Times became the target of President Kennedy, who sought to silence his reporting of the United States' escalating involvement in Vietnam.

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    A great newspaper war results in more Times, Post dueling exclusives

    It happened again Tuesday evening as it does most nights for David Cohen, former deputy director of the Central Intelligence Agency and onetime undersecretary of the Treasury for terrorism and financial intelligence in the Obama administration.

    "Every night before I go to sleep — every single night — I check the Post and Times websites for the latest bombshell, and I am frequently then unable to sleep."

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    Why the media descended on a South Carolina strip joint

    Who needs Lindsey Graham when you can interview Stormy Daniels?

    As moderate U.S. senators sought unsuccessfully Sunday to "race to strike a deal to end government shutdown" (Washington Post), "break shutdown logjam" (Politico) or serve as "shutdown fixers" (Fox), Stormy Daniels provided the only bipartisan, if bare-breasted, satisfaction. 

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    Pundits are predicting shutdown armageddon, but reality is not quite so stark

    After ending the previous week convulsed by one S-word, the media seamlessly segues to another. No, not Stormy, but shutdown.

    "House approves bill to keep government open as Senate Democrats take heat for threatening to block it" is how The Washington Post sets the table today, with the press, if not their readers and viewers, consumed by countdown clocks and whatever calculus they might use to assess potential ramifications.

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    The New York Times morphs into a welcome wagon for Trump supporters

    The New York Times is in bed with Donald Trump! Or in the guest house out back. And just like when a neighbor's car alarm goes off at 2 a.m., you can hear the squeals of outrage from down the block. For some diehard subscribers, an editorial nuclear winter will have now arrived and initially incinerated their Tesla or Honda CRV.

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