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1:30 PM ET, May 16, 2012


 Top News: 
President Obama and Mitt Romney's common enemy  —  Barack Obama and Mitt Romney spend a lot of time trumpeting their differences, but they do share at least one common conviction: disdain for a political news media they see as eager to vaporize them for the sheer sport of it.
Discussion: Capital New York
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
Romney Campaign Admits ‘Error’ After Reporters Blocked At Event  —  Several reporters covering Mitt Romney described being blocked from a rope line on Wednesday and prevented from asking the candidate questions at a St. Petersburg, Fla., event.  “Romney campaign and Secret Service attempted …
Emily Schultheis / Politico:
Romney camp says volunteers blocking reporters was an ‘error’  —  The Romney campaign, responding to campaign volunteers' efforts to block reporters from asking the candidate a question in Florida today, said the volunteers' actions were an “error.”  —  “This was an error on the part …
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Matthew Fleischer / FishbowlLA:
Exclusive: LA Times Magazine is Shutting Down  —  Nearly three years after the LA Times Magazine was removed from control of the business end of the paper and put back under the LA Times' editorial umbrella, the monthly pub is being shut down.  FishbowlLA spoke with the mag's editor …
Matthew Fleischer / FishbowlLA:
LA Times Developing Quarterly Fashion Pub  —  Just got a hold of the internal LA Times memo from COO Kathy Thompson announcing the end of the Los Angeles Times Magazine.  As we already reported, the mag's June issue will be its last.  There are no plans to tinker and relaunch.
John O'Brien / Syracuse Post-Standard:
Laurie Fine to sue ESPN for libel, says the network “spitefully destroyed” her reputation  —  Geneva, N.Y. — Laurie Fine will announce this morning that she's filing a federal libel lawsuit against ESPN over its reporting of child-molesting accusations against her husband …
Barry Petchesky / Deadspin:
Laurie Fine To Sue ESPN For Libel  —  That “major announcement” that Laurie Fine promised for us later this morning, at a castle for some reason?  It's exactly what you thought.  Fine is bringing a libel lawsuit against ESPN, reporter Mark Schwarz, and producer Arty Berko for their reporting …
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Larry Kramer's vision for USA Today  —  Larry Kramer, media consultant and MarketWatch founder, was named president and publisher of USA Today yesterday, putting him at the helm of the most widely circulated print newspaper in the country.  In an interview this morning …
Discussion: @romenesko
Ned Simons / Huffington Post UK:
Jack Straw Tells Leveson Rupert Murdoch Likes To ‘Play’ With Political Leaders  —  Rupert Murdoch liked to “play with political leaders” by tempting them with the possibility that his newspapers would support them, Jack Straw has said.  Giving evidence to the Leveson inquiry into press ethics …
Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:   Leveson inquiry: Adam Boulton says Brown's pyjama party was ‘bonkers’
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Flipboard Expands: Adds Audio From NPR, Public Radio & SoundCloud; Introduces Japanese Version  —  “Social magazine” Flipboard may have to think up a new tagline for itself, as tonight the company is rolling out an update which greatly expands its focus beyond text-based content to also include audio.
Jonathan Stray:
The hard part of solution journalism is agreeing on the problems  —  The only editorial mantra that ever made any sense to me comes from the Voice of San Diego new reporter guidelines: “Our bent: Reform.  Things can always be better.”  It's been said that the role of journalism is to inform …
Discussion: Groundswell
Joe Flint / Los Angeles Times:
CBS' Leslie Moonves blasts Dish's Auto Hop ad-skipping feature  —  CBS Chief Executive Leslie Moonves blasted satellite broadcaster Dish Network's new Auto Hop feature that allows consumers to more easily block commercials from recorded programming.  “They can't just take our signal and change …
Discussion: The Next Web
Daniel Frankel / paidContent:
How broadcasters could have stopped Dish's Hopper
Daniel Frankel / paidContent:
ESPN: No talks yet about Apple TV authentication  —  As the most powerful programming brand on cable television, you'd expect that ESPN would spend the day of its upfront presentation bolstering its still-very-lucrative linear television business.  —  But the Disney-owned sports channel spent …
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Adrienne LaFrance / Nieman Journalism Lab:
For its 2012 elections coverage, MTV swaps out citizen journalism for gamification
Press Association:
Leading figures pay tribute to journalist Marie Colvin at memorial service
Nancy Messieh / The Next Web:
Storify working with Middle Eastern initiative Taghreedat to translate the site into Arabic
Rembert Browne / Grantland:
JaVale McGee's Crusade for Investigative Journalism and Non-Speculative, Facts-Based Reporting
Discussion: The Big Lead and
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
Video reveal: BBC super-sizing “the first truly digital Olympics”
Discussion: and Guardian
Stuart Elliott / New York Times:
In Evolving Media Landscape, Television Holds Sway
 Earlier Picks: 
Richard Sandomir / Media Decoder:
ESPN Doubles Up on ‘30 for 30’ Documentary Series
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
How not to retract a falsehood  —  MSNBC last week did the world …
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
‘Businessweek’ editor won't say whether they're making money, describes the ‘luxury’ of doing long pieces