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Monday, October 12 2020


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I reached the conclusion that you can venerate a contest of ideas, if you will, and we all do and that’s important. But it shouldn’t be in a way that hides agendas. A contest of ideas shouldn’t be used to legitimize disinformation. And I think it’s often taken advantage of. And I think at great news organizations, the mission really should be to introduce fact to disperse doubt—not to sow doubt, to obscure fact, if you will.

That’s James Murdoch making his first public statement explaining why he “pulled the rip cord”—i.e. walked away from the family business. In an unprecedented interview with the New York Times, Rupert’s younger son took an open stance against the toxic news peddled by Murdoch’s global news empire. FYI: He is super-excited about investing in startups that fight disinformation. No, he’s never watched ‘Succession’. There’s plenty of juicy goss for ‘Succession’ fans here.

Big Story

A catastrophic pandemic for India’s children

The TLDR: A flurry of data shows that the pandemic is putting children at risk in every conceivable way. They are being sold into bonded labour by desperate parents, or in the case of girls, pulled out of school and married off in a hurry. Online child sex abuse is rising to alarming levels. According to UN estimates, 300,000 may die over the coming year due to hunger, poverty and disease. And the World Bank warns that school closures may permanently damage their futures.

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In today’s edition

Headlines that Matter

  • Rafa roars at the French Open
  • Trump’s not-so-glorious return
  • The TV TRP drama: An update
  • Russia’s mysterious environmental tragedy
  • Lady with the longest legs

 

A list of good reads

  • The rise of ‘revenge travel’
  • Is emotional intelligence more important than your IQ? 
  • The bizarre story of Vanilla Ice, the man who cursed us with ‘Ice, Ice Baby!’
  • Violent gang wars between monkeys in India—and why they are killing people
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