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11:40 AM ET, June 24, 2010


 Top News: 
Jack Shafer / Slate:
What Gen. McChrystal should have known about Rolling Stone's reporter going in.  —  I have two answers for people who ask whether they should cooperate with a reporter assigned to write a feature story about them.  —  The short answer is “no.”  —  If that advice proves unsatisfactory, I give this longer answer:
Jay Rosen / PressThink:
The Politico Opens the Kimono.  And then Pretends it Never Happened.  —  “Think about what the Politico is saying: an experienced beat reporter would probably not want to ‘burn bridges’ with key sources by telling the world what happens when those sources let their guard down.”
Laura McGann / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Rolling Stone's late start on McChrystal costs it comments  —  Rolling Stone has been widely criticized, and even made fun of outright, for sitting on Michael Hastings' blockbuster profile of Stanley McChrystal, “The Runaway General.”  The magazine's logic: Create buzz (they sent promotional copies …
Andrea Pitzer / Nieman Storyboard:
Michael Hastings' “The Runaway General” and the power of narrative
Aaron / YouTube Blog:
YouTube wins case against Viacom  —  Today, the court granted our motion for summary judgment in Viacom's lawsuit with YouTube.  This means that the court has decided that YouTube is protected by the safe harbor of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) against claims of copyright infringement.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Judge Throws Out Viacom Case Against YouTube (Court Document)
Discussion: NewTeeVee and DailyFinance
Chris Rovzar / New York Magazine:
Why Would CNN's ‘Spirited, Nightly Roundtable’ Work This Time?  —  Five years ago, CNN president Jonathan Klein gave an interview to the Times that he's probably hoping nobody looked back at today.  The chat came on the heels of conservative commentator Tucker Carlson's departure from the network …
Big Think:
Michael Wolff on Rupert Murdoch and the Future of the New York Times  —  When we asked author and Vanity Fair columnist Michael Wolff what's he thought the future held for Rupert Murdoch, he came right out with it: “The future for Rupert himself is death.”  It was a response you'd expect …
Discussion: Runnin' Scared, The Wire and Romenesko
Matthew Lynch / WWD Media Headlines:
Rupert Murdoch Talks Media Predictions and the iPad
Discussion: Mediaite, MediaFile, Business Week and Noted
Abbey Klaassen / AdAge:
Diesel Wins Outdoor Grand Prix for ‘Be Stupid’  —  Jury Also Awards Andes Beer Grand Prix for ‘Teletransporter’ for Its ‘Ambient’ Execution  —  CANNES, France ( — The trophies for outdoor at the 57th annual Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival today went to two different executions …
Delia Cabe / Creative Type:
All the clichés fit to print  —  BP CEO Tony Hayward is embattled.  If you haven't heard his name and that adjective together, you have managed somehow to avoid more than 200 newspapers and numerous radio and TV reports.  By now, Hayward's parents might wonder whether their son has legally changed his first name to “Embattled.”
Joseph Plambeck / New York Times:
NPR Music Keeps Growing With iPhone App  —  Music has long been part of NPR's identity, but perhaps never more than in recent years, as its NPR Music Web site has become an increasingly popular outlet for artists and music fans.  —  The site, at, features many artists …
Discussion: Poynter Online and Fast Company
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
MSNBC Readies a Cautious Move Onto the iPad  —  MSNBC is preparing its own entry into the iPad app derby.  But the cable network is moving cautiously into the race: Its upcoming free app will feature programming from just one of its shows.  —  Mark Marvel, who runs video sales for …
Kevin Roderick / LA Observed:
More turnover in the NYT bureau here  —  Randal C. Archibold, a reporter in the New York Times bureau in Los Angeles, is moving to Mexico City as bureau chief this summer.  He will be joined by Damien Cave, currently the bureau chief in Miami.  It represents a return to two reporters in Mexico City for the NYT.
Digital Content Today: Digital Influence Underplayed  —  A new analysis of consumer digital behavior and influence finds that the Internet is by far the most influential media channel — but marketers have yet to capitalize on that influence.  The conclusion comes from the 2010 Digital Influence Index …
Joshua Benton / Nieman Journalism Lab:
The battle lines are being drawn over fair use: Two POVs on the Barclays v. case  —  We mentioned yesterday that Google and Twitter had filed an amicus brief in the Barclays v. case.  That's the case involving a website's reporting on stock recommendations from Wall Street firms.
Christopher Heine / ClickZ:
Break Media Gets in Touch With Its Feminine Side  —  Break Media isn't just about marketing to dudes anymore, now that the ad network has added verticals for advertisers looking to reel in women viewers.  The Los Angeles-based company said it has added 23 new categories …
Mark Milian / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
In war of words, blogging platform Posterous takes preposterous swipe at Tumblr  —  Direct attacks and unprovoked hostility are usually reserved for gossip blogs, not the people who make the platforms that power them.  —  But Posterous, the blog service that lets users post using e-mail …
Leon Neyfakh / New York Observer:
The Pitchfork Frankenstein Effect: Indie Powerhouse Now Spawns Bands in its Own Image  —  Ryan Schreiber, the founder of Pitchfork, thinks indie rock is getting younger.  The 34-year-old, who launched his highly influential Web site from his parents' basement 15 years ago …
Jim O'Neill / Online Video News:
RGB acquires RipCode with an eye on TV Everywhere and three-screen delivery  —  Network video processing company RGB Networks has acquired privately held mobile video transcoding specialist RipCode in an all-stock deal that helps RGB position itself as a leader—and an intriguing target itself …
Renata Acioli / Sparksheet:
Brazilian Brands Love the Web  —  What if you could design your own pizza, tweet the recipe, and then order it in from your local Pizza Hut?  Or close the deal on a new condo through an iPhone application?  These are just two clever ways that brands in Brazil are using social media to engage customers …
Carole Wurzelbacher / Editors Weblog:
Poll shows Americans trust Facebook and Twitter more than traditional media  —  A recent poll has revealed the news sources that Americans most trust, reports Reuters.  And surprisingly, traditional media ended up on the bottom of the list, under social media sites like Facebook and Twitter.
Claire Cain Miller / Bits:
A Site for the Videos You Don't Want Everyone to See  —  Some people post videos to YouTube and Facebook with the hope that they will go viral.  But for many others, the idea of the whole world viewing a personal video is a nightmare.  —  VidMe, a new video site going live on Wednesday, is for the latter group.
Joseph Plambeck / Media Decoder:
Clear Channel Chief Executive Stepping Down  —  Clear Channel Communications said on Wednesday that Mark P. Mays, its chief executive since 2004, would leave that post as soon as a replacement was found.  —  Mr. Mays's decision comes two years after two private equity firms …
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Robert Andrews / paidContent:UK:
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comScore to “Delink” Video Ads and Content in New Tabulation
Discussion: NewTeeVee
Felix Salmon:
When the SEC subpoenas journalists' sources
Discussion: CJR
Jeff Bercovici / DailyFinance:
Do New York Times Writers Live in a Bubble? Siegel vs. Solomon
Discussion: Romenesko and Gawker
Tri-City Herald:
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Joe Pompeo / The Wire:
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 Earlier Picks: 
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Ron Fournier joins National Journal
Discussion: The Snitch
Wall Street Journal:
Creditors Threaten to Stymie Tribune Settlement
David Folkenflik / NPR:
‘Time’ Magazine: The Last Of The Big Newsweeklies
Discussion: Romenesko
Abby Brownback / American Journalism Review:
Tracking the Junkets  —  A new Web site will keep a close watch on government travel.
Discussion: Romenesko
Jim / Gannett Blog:
Urgent: Tallahassee Democrat adds paywall July 1; Web-only access …
Robert Quigley / Geekosystem:
How Reddit Controls the Internet News Cycle
Ben Elowitz / paidContent:
How Paypal Can Help Save Media—And Itself
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
Ben Stiller to create Yahoo web show
Discussion: Hollywood Rewired