The New York Times / Robert D. McFadden
Jim Lehrer, longtime PBS News anchor, is dead at 85 →
“A low-key, courtly Texan who worked on Dallas newspapers in the 1960s and began his PBS career in the 1970s, Mr. Lehrer saw himself as ‘a print/word person at heart’ and his program as a kind of newspaper for television, with high regard for balanced and objective reporting. He was an oasis of civility in a news media that thrived on excited headlines, gotcha questions and noisy confrontations.”
Journalism.co.uk / Marcela Kunova
The Morning Context / Harveen Ahluwalia
Bloomberg TV’s Indian woes seem to have no end →
“The BQ fiasco is Bloomberg’s third—and most expensive—failed attempt to build a TV brand in the country. India also remains the only market that Bloomberg TV has entered and has not been able to make a mark.”
Variety / Brian Steinberg
The New Yorker / Isaac Chotiner
Glenn Greenwald on Brazil’s charges against him →
“I think that what a lot of people are not fully understanding about Brazil is that there are a lot of people in the government, beginning with the President himself, who explicitly want a resurrection of the military dictatorship that ruled the country until 1985. They are not joking about it.”
CNN / Eliza Mackintosh and Swati Gupta
How Twitter became so toxic for India’s women politicians →
“Trolling has become embedded in the fabric of political life globally, but perhaps nowhere more than in India, home to the world’s biggest democracy. Modi, second only to President Donald Trump as the most followed world leader on Twitter, has been slammed by members of the public and opposition politicians for following trolls from his personal account. And his party has frequently been accused of operating a ‘troll army,’ which critics say targets Modi’s opponents — especially prominent female figures — with sexual harassment and abuse.”
Local News Initiative / Mark Jacob
The Salt Lake Tribune’s editor expects a lot of newspapers to join it in nonprofit status →
“The short-term piece is to expand our reader revenue, to expand our audiences — Utah is a growing state with a booming economy. And we just need to make sure that people understand the unique role that we play in this ecosystem. But the long-term plan is to build up the endowment to throw off enough money to sustain local news, not just the Tribune but elsewhere.”
Regime Critic Says Saudis Tried to Kidnap Him on U.S. Soil
A suspected agent of the Saudi government attempted to kidnap a regime critic on American soil, according to the critic and multiple U.S. and foreign sources familiar with the episode. The young Saudi man says the FBI saved him from becoming the next Jamal Khashoggi.
Snapchat’s political ad disclosure once again shows the limits of self-regulation
Like Google, Facebook and Twitter, Snapchat now has an online political ad library. That's good news: every technology company that accept money to run issues and campaign ads should have a political ad file - particularly one that has aspirations to be a bigger hub for political news and civic activity for the biggest generation...
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