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CNN's Acosta is banned from the White House; Tesla has named a new chair; the Saudi regime is staging a reputation tour.

There was a post election press conference melee at the White House yesterday with President Trump angrily confronting reporters (New York Post) and the White House suspending CNN journalist Jim Acosta’s press pass (Washington Post). White House press secretary Sarah Sanders accused Acosta of getting physical with a White House aide at the conference and said he is banned "until further notice."

Tesla chose Robyn Denholm to replace Elon Musk as the company’s chair. The move is the latest fallout from Musk’s deal with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The deal was struck after the SEC accused Musk of misleading investors in tweets about taking Tesla private at $420 a share. The SEC said Musk didn’t have the funding and that he picked that number—a pot reference—to impress a girl. Musk is still CEO. (Wall Street Journal)

In an attempt to bolster domestic support in the wake of journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s murder, Saudi Arabia's King Salman is touring his country with his son Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. The regime had roads lined with Saudi flags and images of the king and children greeted the pair with flowers. (Business Insider)

Unhappy with the politically vague election results? Then you’re not a cable or network news executive. Nielsen estimates that 36.1 million people watched prime-time midterm election coverage Tuesday on the national and cable networks, beating the last midterm viewership record of 34,911,000 set in 2010. (NBC)

In the world of new media however, the news is not so good. The Wall Street Journal reports that Vice Media is cutting staff by 15% in the wake of stagnant growth at the company. The reductions will come from attrition and the company plans to reduce its digital sites by at least half.

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