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5:30 PM ET, May 3, 2012


 Top News: 
Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson to face Leveson inquiry  —  Andy Coulson, David Cameron's former spin doctor, is to appear at the Leveson inquiry next week along with Rebekah Brooks, the former chief executive of News International.  Coulson is appearing on Thursday, along …
Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
Tom Watson accuses Louise Mensch of tabling pro-Murdoch amendments
Discussion: @luciawalker5
Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
News Corporation was given private select committee details, suggests Tom Watson
Discussion: @lisaocarroll
Tom Harper / London Evening Standard:
Ex-Yard officer arrested in dawn raid over News International bribery claim
Discussion: Guardian
David Carr / Media Decoder:
Deconstructing Parliament's Loquacious Condemnation of News Corporation
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
CNN Ratings Decline Stirs Worries  —  That is what a longtime CNN employee theorized last year, during one of the channel's predictable defeats in the Nielsen ratings.  When elections and explosions happen, people tune in to CNN, the same way they hurry to a hospital when they think they are having a heart attack.
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Ted Turner: ‘I wanted CNN to be like the New York Times’  —  Amid falling ratings and negative press, CNN founder Ted Turner is defending his network's attempts to offer straightforward, nonpartisan cable news while the competition — Fox News and MSNBC — drifts ever further toward the ideological fringes.
Discussion: @rafat and Mediaite
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
Romney Woos Conservative Media In Private Meeting  —  NEW YORK — In an effort to reach out to conservative media, presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney and wife Ann met for two hours Wednesday with several dozen conservative bloggers, reporters and columnists in an off-the-record gathering …
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
News Orgs Balk At Romney Campaign Deciding Press Pool Membership
Discussion: FishbowlNY
Dylan Byers / @dylanbyers:   Romney campaign backs off... BuzzFeed to stay in the Romney press pool...
John Koblin / Deadspin:
Sources: Sarah Phillips And Nilesh Prasad Picked Games Together, Scammed People Together, Got Fired From T-Mobile Together  —  What have we learned about Sarah Phillips, the woman who was apparently scamming people on the Internet when she wasn't writing a column for, in the 24 hours since our story was published?
Discussion: WebProNews
Chris Greenberg / The Huffington Post:   Sarah Phillips Scandal: Ex-ESPN Columnist's Story Could Have Wide Ramifications
John Koblin / Deadspin:   Meet Nilesh Prasad, Sarah Phillips's Scamming Partner And Supposed “Puppetmaster”
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Discovery Channel Gets a Web Video Arm, Courtesy of Revision 3  —  Web video is supposed to disrupt cable TV.  And maybe it will, one day.  In the meantime, the cable guys are doing just fine.  —  Here's a proof point: The Discovery Channel has purchased Revision3, a Web video startup …
Craig Silverman / Poynter:
How Politico can fix its mistake about Obama book  —  If an error in your reporting gives birth to a false rumor, do you have a responsibility to knock down that rumor?  —  Questions like this are being pondered more than ever before in newsrooms.  When do journalists have a responsibility …
Erik Wemple:
Politico reporter challenges ‘New York girlfriend’ backlash  —  Craig Silverman, the resident expert on journalistic error at, posted a massive item titled “How Politico can fix its mistake about Obama book.”  It noted how a blog item posted yesterday by Politico's Dylan Byers reported …
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
ProPublica's Stephen Engelberg named to Pulitzer board (after ProPublica wins two of them)  —  The Pulitzer Prize board has a new member.  Columbia University, which administers the annual journalism awards, announced today that Stephen Engelberg, managing editor of ProPublica, has joined the board.
Los Angeles Times:
Billionaire Eli Broad signals interest in buying L.A. Times  —  Five years after his partnership lost a bid to buy Tribune Co.and the Los Angeles Times, billionaire businessman Eli Broad said he remains interested in joining with others to restore local ownership to The Times.
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
Murdoch's Daily adds iPhone app: lower price, some free stories  —  The Daily, which launched in early 2011 as a tablet tabloid available only on the iPad, finally is adding an iPhone edition, with Android handsets to follow.  The new app includes some free stories but readers will have to subscribe …
Discussion: FishbowlNY
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
Nielsen Reports a Decline in Television Viewing  —  The number of American households with access to a television set and a TV signal is shrinking for the second year in a row.  —  The data, released by The Nielsen Company on Thursday morning, is sure to be pored over by television …
Alysia Santo / CJR:
The reporter who saw it coming  —  Mike Hudson thought he was merely exposing injustice, but he also was unearthing the roots of a global financial meltdown … Follow the ex-employees  —  The great thing about The Roanoke Times was that there was an emphasis on investigation …
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Discussion: New York Times
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