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"I want to get away from here and think about it, I mean this is an every-day-in-the-hallway question, right? I want to get away from here and think about that." — Tennessee Senator Bob Corker to MSNBC on whether or not President Donald Trump should face a primary challenger.

"I think it's important to remind people that we're going through an anomaly right now as it relates to much of the standard Republican focus that's been around for a long time," he continued, almost as if he'd failed to notice he was being replaced by outgoing U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn.

On The WREG

2018 has been suspenseful year for media watchers.

Would conservative media powerhouse Sinclair become more powerful through the acquisition of Tribune Media, including Memphis' WREG? That controversial merger didn't happen.

But now with the similarly gigantic Nextar poised to acquire Tribune, is the whole process starting over again? And has ownership uncertainty had an impact on local stations?

"Given the circumstances of the year, when I think it would have been easy for our stations to be distracted, they weren't," Tribune senior VP of news Bart Feder told trade magazine Broadcasting & Cable, in a column titled, "Owners Come and Go, But Tribune Stations Stay Local."

MLK Next

ProPublica, the Pulitzer-winning digital newsroom focused on investigative journalism in the public interest, has selected Wendi Thomas and her MLK50 Justice Through Journalism project to join its Local Reporting Network. Thomas describes the announcement as a "vote of confidence in the importance of this work."

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