New Matilda editor released after Gaza blockade arrest, Buzzfeed Australia gets a shiny new executive, CNN weathers more MAGA flak, and other media tidbits of the day.

New Matilda editor deported. New Matilda editor Chris Graham has been released from an Israeli prison and deported back to Australia, his lawyers say. Graham was on board a boat breaking Israel’s blockade on Gaza when it was stopped by Israeli authorities. He was arrested with other activists and crew on board a boat stocked with medical supplies for Gaza.

BuzzFeed’s new business exec. BuzzFeed Australia has appointed a vice president of business partnerships, a new role for the website’s Australian offices. Spotify’s Australian and New Zealand head of sales Andrea Ingham will take up the role from October, overseeing brand partnerships and “advertising solutions”. Ingham has also previously worked at Southern Cross Austereo, Nine and Nova.

CNN sucks. Supporters at a rally for US President Donald Trump have heckled CNN reporter Jim Acosta by chanting “CNN sucks” as he reported from the Tampa event. Trump’s son Eric tweeted about the chanting saying it was “truth”, and was retweeted by his father.

Acosta later tweeted he was worried about the hostility towards the press.

Trump regularly attacks CNN, calling it “fake news”, and the White House banned CNN pool reporter Kaitlan Collins last week from an event because she’d asked the president questions at an earlier event.

Snopes editor fired. The managing editor of troubled fact-checking website Snopes, Brooke Binkowski has been let go. She told Poynter she doesn’t know why — she’d been told there had been complaints, then she was told her role had been made redundant:

‘To me, this is symptomatic of a much larger problem of transparency within the company. Nobody is forthcoming with information that dramatically affects editorial. One of those things was me not knowing if I was in trouble,’ she said.

The website asked readers for money to fund a legal battle against the site’s owners, saying they were refusing to relinquish revenue.

Glenn Dyer’s TV Ratings. Australian Survivor returned to Ten last night. Ten says its audience was up 17% on a year ago — 923,000, 716,000 in the metros and 207,000 in the regions, which is hardly anything to boast about. That was 12th nationally. The most popular non-news program last night was the second ep of Seven’s Highway Patrol with 1.04 million. The first ep was watched by 952,000 people nationally, so the average was 998,000 for the hour from 7.30pm. Seven also started airing a new reality program (in the same genre of Highway Patrol/Motorway Patrol etc) called 9-1-1 at 8.30 pm — 893,000 nationally. Read the rest on the Crikey website

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