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12:25 PM ET, July 18, 2011


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Wall Street Journal:
News and Its Critics  —  A tabloid's excesses don't tarnish thousands of other journalists.  —  When News Corp. and CEO Rupert Murdoch secured enough shares to buy Dow Jones & Co. four years ago, these columns welcomed our new owner and promised to stand by the same standards and principles we always had.
David Carr / New York Times:
Troubles That Money Can't Dispel  —  “Bury your mistakes,” Rupert Murdoch is fond of saying.  But some mistakes don't stay buried, no matter how much money you throw at them.  —  Time and again in the United States and elsewhere, Mr. Murdoch's News Corporation has used blunt force spending …
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
What's next for News Corp. and its worlds  —  There's no telling how the News Corp. saga will turn out, but I'll try.  Here's a scenario that leads to the breakup of News Corp., the Murdochs out of power, the deflation of institutional journalism, a break in the too-cozy media-government complex …
Johnnie L. Roberts / The Wrap:
A Rupert Murdoch Peer: He's ‘Dead Money’  —  Now more engulfed than ever in a virulent phone-hacking scandal, it appears that Rupert Murdoch's days amid the upper echelons of media moguldom are numbered.  —  With resignations and arrests occurring daily among News Corp.'s top newspaper executives …
Discussion: Bloomberg, The Wire and The Independent
How We Broke the Murdoch Scandal  —  Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger on his dogged reporter, a U.S. ally—and a gamble that finally paid off.  —  Alan Rusbridger, editor of The Guardian.  Inset: Cover of The Guardian after the scandal.  —  Every so often—perhaps once every 18 months …
Channel 4:
Bernstein: phone-hacking culture created by Murdoch  —  Veteran Watergate journalist Carl Bernstein tells Channel 4 News that Rupert Murdoch “intimidated journalism” and created a culture of manufactured controversy and sensationalism in his newsrooms.  —  Carl Bernstein is one of the world's …
Discussion: Future of Journalism
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
WSJ To News Corp. Critics: STFU  —  How did the Wall Street Journal, led by Rupert Murdoch's hand-picked Managing Editor Robert Thomson, follow up on the resignation of its publisher and the arrest of former top News Corp (NSDQ: NWS). exec Rebekah Brooks?  With some standard news stories …
Discussion: Newsonomics, Editors Weblog and BBC
Sam Schechner / Wall Street Journal:
CNN, HLN to Stream on Web  —  Time Warner Networks Make Internet Simulcasts Available to Pay-TV Subscribers  —  Time Warner Inc. is increasing the number of TV channels and programs it pipes over the Internet to people who have conventional pay-TV subscriptions, as the television business …
Wall Street Journal:
Reader's Digest Seeks Buyer  —  Reader's Digest Association Inc., the magazine and Web site publisher that emerged from bankruptcy protection in early 2010, has put itself up for sale and hopes to fetch around $1 billion, according to people familiar with the matter.
Discussion: Adweek, Folio, Poynter and Deal Journal
Virginia Heffernan / Opinionator:
The Price of Typos  —  Some readers like to see portraits of authors they admire, study their personal histories or hear them read aloud.  I like to know whether an author can spell.  Nabokov spelled beautifully.  Fitzgerald was crummy at spelling, bedeviled by entry-level traps like “definate.”
Discussion: TeleRead
Newsosaur / Reflections of a Newsosaur:
Murdoch scandal staining rest of media  —  Like an unchecked oil spill, the toxic and oozing News Corp. scandal is staining the already less than stellar image of the rest of the press, too.  —  On my semi-annual visit to friends and family in the Midwest, I was asked time and again …
Emily Witt / The New York Observer:
Julia Cheiffetz Named Editorial Director at Amazon Publishing  —  Larry Kirshbaum, publisher at Amazon's new New York-based imprint, has named his first hire: Julia Cheiffetz, currently a senior editor at HarperCollins, has been named editorial director.  Kirshbaum announced the hire in an e-mail to agents:
Discussion: GalleyCat
Vikram Dodd / Guardian:
How Sir Paul Stephenson's £12,000 spa break triggered downfall  —  Former Metropolitan police chief says he had no reason to suspect adviser of involvement in phone hacking  —  Sir Paul Stephenson was brought in as a safe pair of hands in December 2009 with the remit of placing …
Discussion: New York Magazine
Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
Hearst-Owned Magazines Launching Daily Deals With Group Commerce  —  Hearst-owned magazines are treading on Groupon's territory with the launch of group-buying discounts, starting off with Road & Track and Car and Driver.  —  Hearst will be using a platform built for big media publishers by Group Commerce …
Discussion: Street Fight
Kevin Baron / Stars & Stripes:
Rumsfeld “snowflake” memos reveal struggle to control Iraq publicity  —  WASHINGTON - Did former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld order the military into greater danger just to spin journalists into writing more positive coverage of the Iraq War?  —  Judge for yourself.
David Kaplan / paidContent:UK:
Yahoo Helps Boost Digital At Local Gannett Papers; USAT Digital Revs Jump  —  The growth rate for Gannett's local newspaper websites' ad revenues in Q2 have held steady with last year's results, thanks in part to the sales alliance that brought publisher into the Yahoo (NSDQ: YHOO) Newspaper Consortium a year ago.
The Independent:
BBC boss Sir Michael Lyons ran up £11,500 in expenses  —  PA  —  The former chairman of the BBC Trust ran up expenses totalling more than £11,500 in six months, according to figures released today.  —  Sir Michael Lyons, who left the job on April 30 when he was replaced …
Carole Cadwalladr / Guardian:
The man who made YouTube clever  —  With his TED Talks series, the former magazine mogul Chris Anderson has racked up 500 million web video views for speeches by academics and technological experts.  But that, he says, is only the start of an educational revolution
Discussion: Future of Journalism
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