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9:10 AM ET, April 26, 2012


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Murdoch: I should have closed News of the World earlier  —  Newspaper boss says he ‘panicked’ when the Milly Dowler revelations came out - but says: 'I'm glad I did'  —  News International: ‘We are now a new company’  —  Copyright: Roger Jones on Geograph.  Some rights reserved
Jack Shafer / Reuters:
Who cares if Murdoch lobbied?  —  Pummel Rupert Murdoch and his minions all you want for News Corp.'s phone-hacking of celebrities and crime victims, its computer-hacking, its blagging, its bribing of police, its payments of hush money, its obstruction of justice, and its operation …
Murdoch admits NoW hacking cover-up  —  Murdoch says he was ‘misinformed and shielded’ from events at paper and points finger at ‘one or two strong characters’  —  Rupert Murdoch has admitted to the Leveson inquiry there was a “cover-up” at News International over the phone-hacking scandal.
Discussion: The Independent
Dan Sabbagh / Guardian:
Gordon Brown: Rupert Murdoch wrong to claim I declared war on News Corp
Discussion: Crikey, The Independent and Guardian
Shiv Malik / Guardian:
FSA considers News Corp emails  —  Financial Services Authority looking into whether emails from culture department to News Corp broke insider trading rules  —  The stock market watchdog, the Financial Services Authority, is looking at whether a series of emails from the office of the culture …
Iain Martin / The Telegraph:
The night I saw Jeremy Hunt hide behind a tree before dinner with James Murdoch
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Vogue's flattering article on Syria's first lady is scrubbed from Web  —  It may have been the worst-timed, and most tin-eared, magazine article in decades.  —  “Asma al-Assad is glamorous, young, and very chic — the freshest and most magnetic of first ladies,” writer Joan Juliet Buck began …
Alexis Gutter / American Journalism Review:
Telling the Story Through Her Own Words  —  When Eli Sanders sat in court listening to the testimony of a rape victim, he didn't know if the material would result in anything beyond a blog post.  He certainly did not expect it would lead to a Pulitzer Prize for feature writing.
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
NBC Miami reporter fired for edited Zimmerman tape  —  WTVJ reporter Jeff Burnside was fired Friday after being involved in editing a tape of George Zimmerman's 911 call before he shot Trayvon Martin.  Burnside, who has been with the NBC owned and operated Miami station for 13 years, still has a bio page on its website.
Tara Murtha / Philadelphia Weekly:
How Two Photojournalists Are Taking on the City's Gun Crisis  —  A new-media project,, uses old-school journalism tactics to study Philly's homicides.  —  Midnight comes and goes.  For the first time in 11 nights, the city of Philadelphia has gone a full day and night without a homicide.
Felix Salmon:
When is a scoop non-public information?  —  Many thanks to everybody who responded to my provocation yesterday, where I suggested that the NYT could sell advance access to its stories.  John Gapper summed it up well, in a tweet: “If scoops don't matter to most readers, as the digerati claim …
Hunter Walker / Politicker:
Village Voice Attorney Defends Her Company's Sex Site At Contentious Council Hearing  —  This afternoon, the Women's Issues Committee of the City Council held a hearing on a resolution proposed by Council members Brad Lander and Melissa Mark-Viverito that would call for Village Voice Media to shut down the …
Discussion: New York Post
Steve Myers / Poynter:
Shield law could protect Fox News mole, Gawker blogger Joe Muto  —  Roger Ailes may view “Fox Mole” Joe Muto as a disloyal, dishonest ex-employee, but Muto may be entitled to the same legal protections that prevent the government from raiding the newsroom at Fox News.
Joe Flint / Los Angeles Times:
FCC wants to put political ad data online; broadcasters balk  —  Even though such information is already technically public, broadcasters fear that putting that level of detail on the Internet will undermine their own businesses.  —  This month, just before the Pennsylvania primary …
My Next Endeavor - Circa  —  Recently I left Spot.Us.  My original plan was to take some time and collect myself before hopping onto the next thing.  —  But the fates had a different plan for me.  And when fate calls, you gotta answer.  —  Today I'm announcing the next project I'm going to dive head first into.
Discussion: eMedia Vitals
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