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Mic becomes latest media company to lay off staffers amid 'pivot to video'

Mic is the latest media company to lay off staffers amid a shift of emphasis and resources to video content. On Thursday, the news company laid off 25 employees in order to, it said, focus more on “visual journalism.” “We made these tough decisions because we believe deeply in our vision to make Mic the leader in visual journalism and we need to focus the company to deliver on our mission,” Chris Altchek, Mic co-founder and CEO, said in an internal email obtained by CNN. Roughly half the layoffs hit ...

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Media show range of emotions after Trump presser

The CEOs who quit Trump’s business councils Reporters waited in the lobby of Trump Tower on Tuesday for vague remarks from President Trump about infrastructure. White House aides tamped down expectations ahead of time: they said the president was not expected to take questions. The reporters and aides were both surprised by what came next. Trump said “both sides” were responsible for the violence in Charlottesville that left three people dead on Saturday, seemingly equating neo-Nazis with anti-racism activists. After the Q&A session, members of the media freely expressed shock, ...

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Learning from the right-wing media, Elizabeth Spiers is starting an 'Insurrection'

Media entrepreneur and journalist Elizabeth Spiers thinks the Trump presidency is offering America “the most expensive civics lesson” the country has “ever had to learn.” Catching up with Brian Stelter in this week’s “Reliable Sources” podcast, Spiers said she thinks Donald Trump is running his presidency in ways that are “completely unprecedented,” ways that are exposing “the limits of what the norms are for the executive office very quickly.” Spiers, an early member of the Gawker team and formerly the editor in chief of the New York Observer, which was ...

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Trump says the media isn't covering North Korea sanctions. It is

Haley: Sanctions are a gut punch to N. Korea President Trump says the media is ignoring the U.N.’s sanctions against North Korea. He’s wrong. In a tweet sent out at 4:15 PM EST on Monday, the president wrote that “The Fake News Media will not talk about the importance of the United Nations Security Council’s 15-0 vote in favor of sanctions on N. Korea!” CNN and other news outlets have offered robust coverage of the resolution, which passed on Saturday. It was a lead story on Saturday afternoon and evening ...

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Anthony Scaramucci sacked as Trump media chief

White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci has been fired after less than 10 days in the post. The former Wall Street financier had drawn criticism after calling a reporter to give a profanity-laced tirade against his colleagues. Mr Trump’s chief of staff Reince Priebus and spokesman Sean Spicer both left their posts over his appointment. The decision was made by Mr Trump’s new chief of staff, John Kelly, who was sworn in on Monday. A three-sentence statement from the White House reads: “Anthony Scaramucci will be leaving his role as ...

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AT&T names John Stankey to run Time Warner media businesses

John Stankey, one of the top lieutenants to AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson, will oversee Time Warner’s media businesses after AT&T’s acquisition of the company is complete, AT&T announced Friday. Stankey knows AT&T inside and out, having worked there for three decades in a number of leadership positions, including chief strategy officer, CEO of business solutions, and CEO of operations. Soon he will have oversight of some of the best-known media brands in the world, including HBO, Warner Bros., and CNN. AT&T’s acquisition of Time Warner’s media brands was announced in ...

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UAE eases restrictions on Qatari media group

Qatar’s diplomatic row could hit foreign investments The United Arab Emirates is lifting restrictions on some Qatari media. Channels owned by Qatar-based BeIN Media were back on the air in the UAE this weekend after being unblocked by local telecoms service providers. That’s good news for sports fans and cartoon lovers. BeIN holds the regional TV rights to top flight soccer leagues and tournaments, and broadcasts popular kids channels, such as Baraem and Jeem. The channels were suspended on June 5 after the UAE and other Arab states cut diplomatic ...

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Pro-Trump media celebrates Spicer's departure, Scaramucci's appointment

Scaramucci once called Trump a ‘hack politician’ President Donald Trump’s most fervent online supporters don’t seem to care about some of the liberal views held by new White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci. They want a fighter loyal to the president and his cause, and they believe they got that with Scaramucci’s appointment and Sean Spicer’s resignation. Scaramucci has previously tweeted in favor of gun control and said he thinks it’s “disheartening” some people view climate change as a hoax — views which would normally earn one scorn from the ...

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The dangers of blaming social media for America's problems

It’s dangerous to pin all of our country’s problems on social media. From both ends of the polarized political spectrum, “there’s a tendency to blame social media” for a degradation of the public discourse, “when social media really is just reflecting larger trends in society,” author Emily Parker told Brian Stelter in this week’s “Reliable Sources” podcast. “We are providing the content.” Parker, a fellow at New America and the author of “Now I Know Who My Comrades Are,” wrote a column for Slate published on Wednesday titled “Social Media ...

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