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6:15 AM ET, July 21, 2011


 Top News: 
The New York Observer:
Murdoch and His Critics  —  Regarding the scandal that has roiled Rupert Murdoch's global media empire, a few things seem clear.  The phone-hacking scandal in London is deplorable.  Journalists have violated the privacy of ordinary citizens and, it is alleged, the law of the land in the United Kingdom.
Katy Bachman / Adweek:
Senate Dems Ask News Corp. to Investigate Itself  —  Members of Congress are still making noise here and there about News Corp.'s phone hacking scandal, but they keep on asking others to take on the tough task of actually investigating the hacking, and whether it happened here, rather than moving to do it themselves.
The Wall Street Journal under Rupert Murdoch  —  Although the scandal enveloping Rupert Murdoch's media empire has focused on his British properties, it has also put News Corp's.  U.S. outlets under a brighter spotlight—particularly the prestigious Wall Street Journal he acquired by purchasing Dow Jones for $5 billion in 2007.
Discussion: Mixed Media, Poynter, TVNewser and Guardian
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Guardian, N.Y. Times worked to break News Corp. hacking case
Discussion: News Desk
Murdoch's Refusal to Take Responsibility May Undermine Credibility as CEO
Discussion: Telegraph, ThinkProgress and Guardian, Thanks:beet_tv
Glenn Mulcaire legal payments terminated by News International
Discussion: New York Times
Farrah Bostic / Mediaite:   An American Watches The NewsCorp Hearings In London
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Sharpton Appears to Win Anchor Spot on MSNBC  —  After giving a nearly six-month tryout for the Internet talk show host Cenk Uygur, the cable news channel MSNBC is preparing to instead hand its 6 p.m. time slot to the Rev. Al Sharpton.  —  Mr. Sharpton's imminent hiring …
Alex Alvarez / Mediaite:
Cenk Uygur Is Out At MSNBC, Refused Alternate Time Slot  —  It's official: MSNBC has decided to “make a change,” dropping Cenk Uygur's 6 p.m. show from its lineup.  —  The network shares that “it is unfortunate that Cenk has declined our offer to have him develop and host a program for another time slot.”
New York Times:
In Court, Suggestions of Hacking Beyond The News of the World  —  LONDON — Front pages across Britain featured pictures of Rupert Murdoch apologizing for phone hacking at The News of the World.  But further suggestions that the practice spread beyond his newspaper emerged in a small …
Andrew Phelps / Nieman Journalism Lab:
AP will link back to newspapers who get scoops  —  News organizations that break big stories will soon get a little more credit — and maybe even a little traffic — from The Associated Press.  Beginning Aug. 1, whenever the AP picks up a local story from a member for rewriting and distribution …
Discussion: Poynter and paidContent
Steve Myers / Poynter:
Huffington Post writer who ‘over-aggregated’ Dumenco's AdAge post is returning  —  Amy Lee, the Huffington Post writer who was suspended for “over-aggregating” a post, is back, Huffington spokesman Mario Ruiz told me today via email: … He wouldn't elaborate on the internal review or policies but said she'd return on Monday.
Megan Garber / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Webs and whirligigs: Marshall McLuhan in his time and ours  —  Thursday, July 21 would have been the 100th birthday of Marshall McLuhan, the Canadian media theorist who was one of the most influential — or at least one of the most quoted — media thinkers of the 20th century.
Discussion: ZDNet and New York Magazine
Google Book Search Blog:
Pottermore and Google team up to enable Harry Potter ebooks push to Google Books libraries  —  Posted by Larissa Fontaine, New Business Development, Google Books  —  (Cross-posted on the Google Commerce blog)  —  When JK Rowling's new website Pottermore opens its doors this Fall …
Arianna Huffington / The Huffington Post:
From DSK to BSkyB: Media Takeaways From the Latest Round of Scandals  —  First, there was the frenzied coverage of the arrest of Dominique Strauss-Kahn.  Then came the media-gasm brought on by the Casey Anthony trial.  And now we have the phone-hacking scandal currently hacking its way through …
Discussion: Salon
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Jon Stewart on Rupert Murdoch, Wendi Deng, and The Pie. And, of Course, Fox News (Video).
Douglas Coupland / Guardian:
Why McLuhan's chilling vision still matters today  —  100 years after the birth of the media visionary, ‘the medium is the message’ explains what Google and YouTube do to our souls  —  Over the years I've been asking people in my life who are old enough to remember which technological change felt …
Patrick Wintour / Guardian:
David Cameron widens inquiry on media regulation to include the BBC  —  PM also wants takeover rulings taken out of politicians' hands and Ofcom given power to act at earlier stage  —  David Cameron has broadened the terms of the inquiry into the conduct of the media to include the BBC and social media.
Discussion: Future of Journalism
Nat Ives / AdAge:
Vogue's September Issue Leads Fashion Pack With 584 Ad Pages  —  Glamour's Issue Will Include 2-D Bar Codes That Trigger Facebook ‘Likes’  —  Most fashion magazines' crucial September issues are showing gains, although some are more substantial than others.
Discussion: WWD Media Headlines
Josh Halliday / Guardian:
Future to sell or close eight magazines  —  Publisher admits there will be up to 100 redundancies as it battles against a fall in profits  —  Future Publishing is to sell or close eight of its magazines, including Hi-Fi Choice and What Satellite & Digital TV, as it battles against a fall in profits.
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