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4:40 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.
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
Wall Street Journal:
Hulu Could Begin Testing Subscription Service This Month  —  Online video site Hulu is working to finalize agreements with content owners for a service in which consumers would pay to watch television shows, and a test could begin as early as later this month, according to people briefed on the plans.
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: Romenesko and The Huffington Post
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.
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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John Timpane / Philly.com:
New media too speedy to outflank
Discussion: MarketingVOX and Danger Room
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.
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.
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,” …
Discussion: blogs.tampabay.com
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 …
Gillian Reagan / Capital New York:
Going public  —  Early this morning, a little more than a week after we launched an invite-only test site, we took down our password-protection wall.  Some of you have been calling for us to do so since Day 1, but there were a few things we needed to do before we went public.
Discussion: Romenesko
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
Josh Halliday / Guardian:
Times confident of success in ‘leap in the dark’ paywall plan  —  Tom Whitwell, assistant editor and head of online at the Times, upbeat but says paper ‘not underestimating scale of challenge’  —  Tom Whitwell, assistant editor and head of online at the Times, today said he was confident …
Discussion: news:rewired …
Richard Huff / NY Daily News:
Huff: Reporters face ‘age-old’ problem  —  Want to see TV news people scatter faster than cockroaches at an exterminators convention?  —  Ask them about their ages.  —  In an interview here in late 2003, Kaity Tong dodged age questions.  She later called back to whisper the number - then 52.
Chris Roush / Talking Biz News:
WSJ launches “The Big Interview” series  —  The Wall Street Journal announced the debut of “The Big Interview,” a weekly online video series showcasing influential executives, policy makers, news makers and opinion leaders in one-on-one interviews hosted by senior reporters and editors from The Wall Street Journal and MarketWatch.
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
Stuart Elliott / New York Times:
Advertising: MDC's ‘Million-Dollar Challenge’ to Foster Start-Up Agencies  —  THE TV quiz show “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” is about to get a Madison Avenue version, “Who Wants a Million Dollars to Start an Agency.”  —  MDC Partners, the holding company based in Toronto that owns agencies …
Discussion: the Econsultancy blog
the nytpicker:
Trifecta!  Publicist Successfully Plants Three NYT Puff Pieces On New Local Bar, In Span Of Less Than 48 Hours.  —  Just thirty-six hours ago, a new Lower East Side bar, the Blind Barber, hosted its opening night party — and yesterday the establishment opened its doors to the public for the first time.
Discussion: New York Times and City Room
 
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