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5:45 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 …
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.
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.
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  —  One of the benefits of the upcoming Hulu subscription service: The ability of users to watch shows from NBC, Fox and ABC on the iPad.  But iPad users can already watch ABC shows on the iPad via the network's free app.
Discussion: Gizmodo
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.
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Michael Calderone / Yahoo! News:
Rolling Stone writer blasts back at Brooks' column on McChrystal story  —  David Brooks occupies a lofty perch on the op-ed page of the New York Times, one that permits the columnist to get inside the corridors of Washington power.  He's got enough pull in the White House to reference President Obama as a senior background source.
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Romenesko
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Automattic Buys Up Thing Labs' Plinky To Help Bloggers Overcome Writer's Block  —  WordPress developer Automattic has acquired Plinky from Thing Labs, the creators of social media application Brizzly.  Plinky essentially aims to inspire content creators.  Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
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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.
Discussion: The Next Web and Techie Buzz
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.
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
National Enquirer says it decided not to pay for Gore sex story interview  —  The executive editor of the National Enquirer says that the Oregon masseuse who made a sexual assault 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.
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
Walter Shapiro / Politics Daily:
Rolling Stone McChrystal Profile: The End of Fly-on-the-Wall Reporting?  —  This week the entire journalistic pundit pack embraced the control-the-message dictates of political spin and corporate public relations as they excoriated Gen. Stanley McChrystal for allowing a Rolling Stone reporter to spend a month with him and his entourage.
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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
Michael Lewittes / Gossip Cop:
How TMZ broke news of Michael Jackson's death one year ago  —  June 25, 2009 started off as an ordinary day in the L.A. offices of TMZ.  —  In fact, when TMZ got its first tip at around 1 p.m. PST that Michael Jackson was being taken to the hospital, “it was not that alarming,” …
Alex Ben Block / Hollywood Reporter:
Congress includes ban on boxoffice trading  —  Trend Exchange threatens lawsuit to overturn ban  —  Congress has driven a stake through the heart of movie boxoffice futures trading.  —  An amendment banning the trading of derivatives based on boxoffice results was approved just before 1 …
Discussion: Speakeasy, Media Money … and The Wrap
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
Newser:
This Could Be the Last Journalist—Pity the Business  —  Follow him on Twitter @MichaelWolffNYC  —  Russ Smith, who started and ran the New York Press, used to write a column for the paper that was one of the first unfiltered critiques of the obnoxiousness of media people …
Discussion: splicetoday.com
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
Canvas VOD JV Approved: BBC Must Publish Specs In 20 Days  —  The BBC has received final approval to join a joint venture with three other broadcasters that will add a range of VOD, IPTV and internet services to UK TVs.  —  In partnership with ITV (LSE: ITV), Channel 4, Five …
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
Michael Schneider / On The Air:
EXCLUSIVE: Bob Greenblatt departing Showtime; David Nevins expected to take over  —  In a case of one former Fox executive-turned-producer replacing another former Fox executive-turned-producer, David Nevins (above, right) is expected to take the top entertainment gig at Showtime — replacing Bob Greenblatt (above, left).
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The Live Feed | THR:   Showtime's entertainment president to step down
 
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Economist:
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Gillian Reagan / Capital New York:
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Stuart Elliott / New York Times:
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Jason Linkins / The Huffington Post:
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Discussion: TPM LiveWire
Mary Jo A. Pham / Fortune:
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