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Reporter barred from Mike Pence rally; IBT Media fails to pay employees

Stephen Elliott. Photo: Larry D. Moore

Washington Post reporter Jose A. DelReal was denied entry to a Mike Pence rally in Wisconsin, even after he had stored his cellphone and laptop in his car at the request of security. Erik Wemple has a round-up of the many troubling aspects of Trump’s adversarial relationship with the press. Observer writer Lincoln Mitchell is the latest employee to resign from the newspaper owned by Trump’s son-in-law. Trump held an AMA (ask me anything) on Reddit Wednesday night which did not actually allow anyone to ask him “anything.” The AMA was held in a pro-Trump subreddit and moderated by the candidate’s supporters. According to The Daily Beast, who attempted to ask why Trump has yet to release his tax returns, “The result was a production so tightly controlled you’d think Trump was running for president of North Korea.”

A Florida appeals court has granted a temporary stay that prevents Hulk Hogan from collecting the $140 million he was awarded earlier this year in his invasion-of-privacy lawsuit against Gawker Media.

IBT Media, which went from a clickbait website to respected news source to floundering digital publication in just under a decade, is now being called out by former employees for failure to pay freelancers or offer severance to laid-off workers. Former employees are voicing their indignation with the hashtag “#IBTWTF.” One employee pointed out that the company, which has yet to comment, had enough money to donate $1.3 million to a controversial evangelical university, but not enough to pay their workers.

LA Weekly profiles Stephen Elliott, the author of The Adderall Diaries, who has started his own film festival. The Rumpus Lo-Fi Los Angeles Film Festival, which begins on July 30, will feature Elliott’s own movie, After Adderall, a reflection on the author’s alienating experience of having his book optioned by James Franco, as well as three other films and two panel discussions: "How to Film Festival" and "Life Into Art, When Books Become Movies."

Deborah Shapiro, the author of the new novel The Sun in Your Eyes, writes about novels that describe fictional artworks—“works of art within works of art”—by authors such as Robert Stone, Rachel Kushner, and Dawn Powell.

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