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11:15 AM ET, April 26, 2012


 Top News: 
Paul McNally /
Murdoch: There was a ‘cover-up’ at News of the World  —  ‘There is no question in my mind that someone took charge of a cover-up’, News Corporation chairman tells the Leveson inquiry  —  Management at News International and News Corporation were “misinformed” about the true extent …
Discussion: Guardian
Paul McNally /
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
Jeevan Vasagar / Guardian:
News International offered to sponsor academy school  —  News International offered £2m in sponsorship to create an academy school but the plans fell through because the Department for Education could not afford to pay for a new building, according to email exchanges (pdf) published by the Leveson inquiry.
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Murdoch belittles the Huffington Post  —  Chalk it up to his undying love of print newspapers, but Rupert Murdoch has a very dismissive view of the Huffington Post.  —  During today's Leveson inquiry in Britain, where Murdoch is being questioned about the News of the World phone-hacking scandal …
Jack Shafer / Reuters:
Who cares if Murdoch lobbied?
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 …
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
Meet Liz McDougall, the unlikely-seeming lawyer defending Village Voice Media in Backpage controversy  —  Somehow, Liz McDougall doesn't seem the type who defends big corporations from attacks by law enforcement agencies, clergy groups, and celebrity do-gooders who say they want to end the trafficking of minors and immigrants for sex.
Discussion: Politicker
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 …
Discussion: Company Town
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.
Katherine Fung / The Huffington Post:
Angry New York Times Staffers Protest Outside Shareholders Meeting  —  Angry New York Times staffers took to the company's annual shareholders meeting in a flagrant display of discontent with the paper's handling of contract negotiations on Wednesday.  Nearly seventy New York Times staffers formed …
Andrew Phelps / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Gawker: We want to elevate the discourse about frogs who sit like humans  —  Most news organizations would kill for Gawker's commenters, but Nick Denton is messing with them again.  —  Denton describes the failure of comments like an economist.  It's a tragedy of the commons …
Discussion: Gawker, @fishbowlny and Lifehacker
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 …
Associated Press:
Bradley Manning awaits military judge's ruling on possible dismissal of some WikiLeaks charges  —  WikiLeaks  —  (AP) FORT MEADE, Md. - A military judge in Maryland is poised to rule on whether some of the 22 charges against a soldier accused of giving government secrets to WikiLeaks should be dismissed.
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.
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