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8:45 PM ET, March 1, 2011

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John Cook / New York Observer:
Was a Vanity Fair Editor Secretly Working for the Church of Scientology?  —  Gawker.com, where the author is employed a staff writer, declined to publish this story.  —  Did the Church of Scientology use a Vanity Fair contributing editor to infiltrate and gather intelligence on the cult's enemies in the media?
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Joe Coscarelli / Runnin' Scared:   Why Did Gawker Refuse to Run John Cook's New York Observer Article on Scientology?
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
Exploiting Charlie  —  When I arrived in Detroit to intern at the Free Press many years ago, I saw a local character dressed in a bright yellow rain slicker, no matter the weather, theatrically directing traffic in front of the Cadillac hotel.  He was there every day.
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Julie Moos / Poynter:
Media acting as enablers with excessive coverage of “Two and a Half Men” star Charlie Sheen  —  Whether or not you watch “Two and a Half Men,” by now you've certainly heard about its troubled star, Charlie Sheen, who has been talking about the uncertain future of his hit show to anyone who will listen.
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Sheen Brings Piers Morgan Best Ratings Yet  —  Charlie Sheen's surprise appearance on “Piers Morgan Tonight” delivered that six-week-old talk show its highest rating in the 25- to 54-year-old demographic that advertisers and cable news executives covet.  —  The hourlong interview garnered …
New York Magazine:
Frank Rich Joins New York Magazine  —  Frank Rich is joining New York Magazine, beginning in June.  Rich will be an essayist for the magazine, writing monthly on politics and culture, and will serve as an editor-at-large, editing a special monthly section anchored by his essay.
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Michael Calderone / Yahoo! News:
Sneak peek: What's new in the New York Times Magazine  —  Hugo Lindgren knows that New York Times Magazine readers can be wary of change.  The magazine's editor got some unhappy emails after several popular writers penned their farewell pieces on Sunday and the “On Language” column made what could be its last appearance after 32 years.
Michael Barbaro / New York Times:
Bloomberg Testing the World of Opinion  —  Over the last year, representatives of Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg quietly reached out to a handful of the country's top journalists with an intriguing job offer: Divine and distill his unique brand of political philosophy and disseminate it around …
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Jodi Enda / American Journalism Review:
The Bloomberg Juggernaut  —  While many news organizations are struggling and retreating, Bloomberg News keeps adding talented journalists, expanding its empire and elevating its ambitions.  Posted: Wed, March 1, 2011  —  Jodi Enda (jaenda@gmail.com) writes about politics and government from Washington …
Discussion: Poynter
Jack Shafer / Slate:
Darrell Issa e-mail leaks: Why John F. Harris is massively overreacting. … Like This Story  —  Follow Slate's Press Box … - How Warren Buffett Is Making Millions Off His Smart Bet on Trains- Why Do Workers Need a Law Allowing Collective Bargaining?  Can't They Just Do It?
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The Politico:
Darrell Issa probes staff; spokesman Kurt Bardella at center of controversy
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Recommendation Is Still the Holy Grail For News  —  If you count all the different media-related apps for the iPhone and iPad, there are almost an infinite number of ways to consume the news — some are specific to a particular newspaper or magazine, while others try to aggregate different sources of news for you.
Discussion: PC World
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Apple Lines Up Random House, Its Last iBook Holdout  —  Apple's iBookstore, launched in conjunction with the iPad last year, has a big problem: It doesn't carry titles from Random House, one of the world's biggest publishers.  —  But that may be set to change very soon.
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David Sarno / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Random House switches to e-book agency model; little bookseller chagrined
Hamilton Nolan / Gawker:
Source: Politics Daily, Daily Finance Being Folded Into Huffpo  —  In your trampled Tuesday media column: rumors of blog consolidation at AOL, Darell Issa's spokesman canned for leaking to the NYT, Dan Abrams is a proud television journalist, the new NYT Magazine considered, and fairness is dead.
Chris Atkins / Media Standards Trust:
Fuel to the fire  —  Chris Atkins, the independent film maker who played a number of news hoaxes to help raise awareness about churnalism, writes a guest post describing what he did and how he did it  —  It was just under a month ago when the Media Standards Trust challenged me to raise awareness …
Scott Morrison / Wall Street Journal:
Google Expects Ad Market to Bloom  —  The online display-advertising market could top $100 billion over the next several years and represents “a pretty enormous opportunity” for Google Inc., an executive at the Internet search giant said Monday.  —  Neal Mohan, Google's vice president …
Howard Kurtz / The Daily Beast:
Salon's New Market Strategy  —  As a possible deal with Newser falls apart, the online news pioneer ramps up its cultural coverage.  The result: an ailing stock price, but traffic's on the rise.  By Howard Kurtz  —  Kerry Lauerman remembers the time, a decade ago, when he was Salon's …
 
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Nick Summers / The Daily Beast:
Eliot Spitzer's Nasty CNN Parting Shot to Kathleen Parker
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Emma Barnett / Telegraph:
Watchdog clamps down on web adverts
Gregory Ferensteinmon / Fast Company:
Google's Journalism Prize and the 5 Groups Who Should Win It
Discussion: CyberJournalist.net
Newsosaur / Reflections of a Newsosaur:
Get the gray out of America's newspapers
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
Yahoo's Anna Robertson: Streaming Videos on Facebook is a “Huge Opportunity for Us”
Discussion: Future of Journalism
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Howard Kurtz / The Daily Beast:
Rachel Maddow Seizes Her Moment at Post-Keith Olbermann MSNBC
John Hendel / The Atlantic Online:
Kachingle and the Limits of Tip-Jar Journalism
Discussion: MediaPost, Poynter and eMedia Vitals, Thanks:jaredbkeller
Benny Evangelista / San Francisco Chronicle:
Bloomberg TV goes live from West Coast Feb. 28
James Rainey / Los Angeles Times:
On the Media: Your words, your real name
Discussion: Mediaite and Future of Journalism
The Atlantic Online:
James L. Brooks on Journalism, the Oscars, and ‘Broadcast News’
Discussion: The Awl