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10:05 PM ET, June 25, 2010

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Ezra Klein:
On Journolist, and Dave Weigel  —  I began Journolist in February of 2007.  It was an idea born from disagreement.  Weeks, or maybe months, earlier, I had criticized Time's Joe Klein over some comments he made about the Iraq War.  He e-mailed a long and searching reply, and the subsequent conversation was educational for us both.
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Matt Dornic / FishbowlDC:
BREAKING: Weigel Resigns  —  FIRST ON FBDC: FishbowlDC has confirmed that WaPo conservative-beat blogger Dave Weigel has resigned after a slew of his anti-conservative comments and emails surfaced on FishbowlDC and Daily Caller over the past two days.  —  A spokesperson for the Post …
Alex Pareene / Salon:
David Weigel resigns because old media can't have nice things  —  Conservative movement journalist and blogger David Weigel just resigned from the Washington Post, following an apparently coordinated campaign to humiliate and discredit him by forwarding and posting his private messages to a listserv to unfriendly media outlets.
Michael Triplett / Mediaite:
WaPo's Dave Weigel Resigns After More Journolist E-Mails Surface  —  Under fire for leaked emails from Journolist critical of conservative publications and activists, The Washington Post's Dave Weigel has resigned as a blogger.  The paper confirmed to Mediaite that he offered his resignation this morning and they accepted.
Karen DeYoung / Washington Post:
Rolling Stone broke interview ground rules with McChrystal, military officials say  —  Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal has made no public comment since President Obama relieved him of his Afghan war command Wednesday, silently taking his lumps for disparaging remarks he and his aides …
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David Brooks / New York Times:
The Culture of Exposure  —  The most interesting part of my job is that I get to observe powerful people at close quarters.  Most people in government, I find, are there because they sincerely want to do good.  But they're also exhausted and frustrated much of the time.
Michael Calderone / Yahoo! News:
Rolling Stone writer blasts back at Brooks' column on McChrystal story
Discussion: Romenesko and The Nation
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Al Gore and the Enquirer's non-checkbook journalism  —  The executive editor of the National Enquirer says the Oregon masseuse who made a sexual allegation against Al Gore asked the tabloid for $1 million but that the Enquirer did not pay her or anyone else in reporting the story.
Joy Victory / WordPress.com News:
Overcome Writer's Block With Plinky Prompts  —  Do you ever think “Ugh, I'd totally write a new blog post, if I just had something to say?”  Or maybe, “I'm sick and tired of writer's block but I don't know what to do about it!”  —  We've all been there — those days when the light bulb seems dim, if not burned out.
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Jay Yarow / Silicon Alley Insider:
The Wall Street Journal's iPad App Revenues So Far: $2.4 Million (NWS, AAPL)  —  The Wall Street Journal charged 6 advertisers $400,000 to get in on its iPad app launch, according to an internal memo sent to Dow Jones employees.  —  Quick math: The WSJ's iPad revenues so far are $2.4 million.
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Hulu's Subscription Service Could Come Next Week-For Some of You  —  Some of you may finally get a chance to pay for Hulu.  The video Web site is finalizing plans to launch its subscription service, and people familiar with the company say a beta test of “Hulu Plus” could launch as early as next week.
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Why ABC's iPad App Is Free, but ABC Shows on Hulu's App-to-Be Won't Be
Discussion: Gizmodo
Joe Pompeo / The Wire:
Traditional Media Is Having A Field Day On Tumblr  —  Tumblr, the innovative blogging platform created by young web entrepreneur David Karp in 2007, had a bit of a media moment on the afternoon of Thursday, June 24.  —  Around 1 p.m., we reported that The New York Times had recently created a Tumblr …
Discussion: Romenesko and ReadWriteWeb
Michael Miner / Chicago Reader:
Alison True Fired as Reader Editor  —  Alison True was fired Friday morning by acting publisher Alison Draper as editor of the Reader, the paper which True joined as an editorial assistant in the early 1980s.  True's dismissal was announced by Draper at a staff meeting later in the morning attended …
Discussion: Romenesko and Tower Ticker
John Eggerton / Broadcasting & Cable:
FCC Stops Comcast-NBCU Shot Clock Again  —  Commission seeks do-over, says companies did not follow directions in data request  —  The FCC is stopping the shot clock on the Comcast-NBC Universal merger for a second time.  Thursday, June 24, had been day 50 on what is an informal 180-day deadline for vetting the deal.
Dominic Ponsford / Press Gazette:
Economist reports success of mobile phone mag sales  —  The Economist has claimed success with a new mobile-phone-based magazine sales ploy this week, as it reported its overall operating profit had climbed three per cent to £57.5m for the 12 months to April.
Discussion: Poynter Online
Kelly McBride / Poynter Online:
Newseum Event Brings Together Fourth and Fifth Estates  —  Sometimes, you have two groups of friends you deliberately keep separate, because you know they would disagree on many of life's principles.  My workout pals and my drinking buddies rarely get together.  Same goes for my neighbors and my journalism friends.
Discussion: NPR
Robert Niles / Online Journalism Review:
How to optimize your news website for better Google AdSense revenue  —  By Robert Niles: A hot topic of discussion during last month's KDMC News Entrepreneur Boot Camp was online advertising networks, specifically Google's AdSense program for publishers.  More than one speaker cautioned the participants to not expect much from AdSense.
Betsy Morais / Capital New York:
The Epoch Times doesn't like to brag  —  The woman behind the counter of the Hudson News stand at the World Trade Center Path Station said she doesn't carry The Epoch Times, and said she hadn't heard of it.  ("The 'Poch Times?" she asked.  “I don't know.")  —  The funny thing is that The Epoch Times is actually a big publication.
Jose Antonio Vargas / The Huffington Post:
What's the Future of the Journalist in Our Digital Era?  (VIDEOS)  —  Exactly how has technology changed the journalist's role?  —  The question has nagged me since the latest Future of News and Civic Media conference in Cambridge, hosted by MIT and the Knight Foundation.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Sports Illustrated's iPad App: Think Print, Not Web  —  Sports Illustrated's iPad app, which the company first started showing off in concept form last winter, is now in the iTunes store.  —  No point in going into detail about it when you can see it for yourself.
Kim-Mai Cutler / VentureBeat:
How Skimlinks can write a publisher a monthly $300,000 check  —  Skimlinks, a U.K.-based startup that tries to make it dead-simple for publishers to earn a cut of every product sale they drive, launched a product that automatically turns all product references in stories into affiliate links.
Discussion: MediaPost and CenterNetworks
 
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