Jul 11, 2017

Newspaper wars erupt

Rebecca Zisser / Axios

The Local Media Consortium is firing back at the National Media Alliance for its op-ed calling for collective government action against the Google and Facebook duopoly, saying it views the tech industry "as partners, not adversaries."

  • The consortium represents dozens of local papers and media companies, like The Seattle Times, The McClatchy Company and Cox Media Group,
  • The leader of the group, Rusty Coats, argues in a letter to their membership that News Media Alliance, which represents bigger papers like The New York Times and Wall Street Journal, ignores their work forging essential partnerships with tech companies and demonstrates "a lack of knowledge" for the tens of millions of dollars that they've netted in partnering with Google.
  • Google's response to both sides has remained the same: "We want to help news publishers succeed as they transition to digital."

Go deeper

Hospitals are starting to get their coronavirus cash infusion

Illustration: Rebecca Zisser/Axios

The federal government is sending $64 billion to hospitals, post-acute facilities and other medical providers to help cope with the coronavirus fallout.

Yes, but: Even though more funding is coming, safety net and rural hospitals fear they are getting a raw deal from the way some of the money is being distributed.

Go deeperArrow2 hours ago - Health

Biden, Sanders work toward truce on big issues

Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images

Joe Biden isn’t about to become Bernie Sanders, but he’s signaling that there’s potential for more common ground on issues such as health care, student debt, climate change and more in the weeks ahead.

What to watch: As Biden courts Sanders' endorsement, their teams will hold policy discussions in the next few weeks with the expectation that Biden will incorporate some elements of Sanders' agenda, a person familiar with those plans tells Axios.

Some Trump aides eye May 1 start to coronavirus reopening

President Trump was flanked at yesterday's briefing by HHS Secretary Alex Azar (far left), Vice President Pence and Dr. Deborah Birx. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

President Trump's aides, encouraged by virus data showing fewer deaths than once projected, are working behind the scenes to deliver on his vow to reopen America "sooner rather than later."

What to watch for: A senior White House official said there’s a lot of internal energy pushing for May 1, because that's the end of the White House's "30 Days to Slow the Spread."