Today's Press playbook

Politico's Dylan Byers offers an informative dispatch on MSNBC's plight and inevitable, pending shakeup as ratings plunge (1,200+ shares as of this morn). Speaking of Politico, at the Columbia Journalism Review Corey Hutchins wonders if they're nabbing your state’s sharpest reporter? Hutchins later tweeted this gem of a quote: "'I didn’t want to go cover snowstorms and s**t anymore.'— said every local TV reporter everywhere." Meanwhile, the New York Times quietly builds an army of 20 online opinion writers (1,300+).

Fresh off the outrage beat, Verge's Russell Brandom tells the NY Times that their smartwatch cancer article is bad and they should feel bad (1,100+). "Worst thing about a Times piece asserting smartwatches could cause cancer is it will be cited by cranks forever," predicts Wall Street Journal's Christopher Mims. In his first interview since his court defeat, Pharrell Williams warns of a copycat litigation wave (200+). Plus, a Dallas broadcaster eviscerates the Cowboys for signing Greg Hardy, who was once accused of strangling and threatening to kill his girlfriend (900+).

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