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The Economist Reminds Us to Worry (REALLY Worry) About North Korea

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Ad Age "Media Guy" columnist Simon Dumenco's media roundup for the morning of Friday, August 4:

It's been a long week, dear reader, so let's just get started ...

1. Were you unable to attend President Donald Trump's rally in Huntington, West Virginia last night? The Washington Post helpfully sums it up with this quick video:

+ "Krauthammer: Trump's West Virginia rally shows he has a 'formidable army' of supporters," via Fox News.

+ "Trump Mocks Investigations: 'Are There Any Russians Here Tonight?'," via NBC News.

2. Speaking of investigations, per Time magazine's Emma Talkoff in a post titled "Why Robert Mueller's Grand Jury Isn't a Big Deal -- Yet":

Legal experts warn not to read too much into a report that special counsel Robert Mueller has impaneled a grand jury as part of his probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election. The decision was likely made for practical reasons, such as making it easier to call witnesses to testify, and does not necessarily indicate that the former FBI chief is ready to issue indictments, experts say.

(The report that Talkoff is referring to is the big story on the front page of this morning's Wall Street Journal: "Mueller Impanels Grand Jury for Probe," by Del Quentin Wilber and Byron Tau -- first published online Thursday afternoon under the headline "Special Counsel Robert Mueller Impanels Washington Grand Jury in Russia Probe.")

3. Speaking of Mueller: "Senators introduce two bipartisan bills to protect Robert Mueller from Trump firing," via the Daily News.

+ "Exclusive: top FBI officials could testify against Trump," via Vox.

4. Meanwhile, The Economist is out with a rather chilling cover:

Read the story here: "How to avoid nuclear war with North Korea" (subhead: "There are no good options to curb Kim Jong Un. But blundering into war would be the worst").

5. Per Recode: "The U.S. Senate has just confirmed two new FCC commissioners" -- Brendan Carr and Jessica Rosenworcel. Tony Romm explains:

For Rosenworcel, a Democrat, the unanimous Senate voice vote in favor of her nomination sends her back to an agency where she served under former President Barack Obama. Rosenworcel only left the FCC at the end of last year because lawmakers ran out of time to grant her another term. For Carr, a Republican, his similarly easy confirmation is something of a promotion at the agency: He had previously served as general counsel to the FCC under its current GOP chairman, Ajit Pai.

+ Context from Politico: "FCC back to full five members as net neutrality vote looms."

6. Fake it 'til you make it? In a Gizmodo post headlined "Facebook's Latest Solution to Fake News? More Machines, Baby," Melanie Ehrenkranz writes:

Take a shot every time Facebook evades editorial accountability. On Thursday, Facebook announced that it is going to use "updated machine learning" algorithms in order to better spot and counter misinformation on its platform. The company says it will use its existing third-party fact checkers to review stories that the new algorithm flags, and their reports may be shown below flagged stories in a section called Related Articles.

7. And finaIly, to close out the week ... I leave you with this Peter Kuper cartoon via newyorkercartoons on Instagram:

Thanks to Ann-Christine Diaz, Garett Sloane, Laurel Wentz and Chen Wu for their roundup suggestions.

Simon Dumenco, aka Media Guy, is an Ad Age editor-at-large. You can follow him on Twitter @simondumenco.

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