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8:05 AM ET, August 21, 2012


 Top News: 
Brian Stelter / The Caucus:
Akin's No-Show on ‘Piers Morgan’ is Boon for Program  —  When Representative Todd Akin abruptly cancelled an interview with Piers Morgan on Monday night, Mr. Morgan trotted out an empty chair instead.  —  The scene, irresistible to political insiders, played out in prime time on CNN on Monday night …
Kiran Randhawa / London Evening Standard:
Friend of Julian Assange names ‘sexual assault victim’ on live television  —  One of Julian Assange's key supporters came under fire today after naming on live television a woman who has accused the WikiLeaks founder of sexual assault.  Craig Murray, former British ambassador to Uzbekistan …
Julian Assange row: Embassy entry ‘would be suicide for UK’  —  President Rafael Correa said he thought there was still a threat of the UK entering the embassy  —  The UK would be committing diplomatic suicide if it tried to enter his country's embassy in London, Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa has said.
David Allen Green / New Statesman:
Legal myths about the Assange extradition
Discussion: Guardian
Nicholas Watt / Guardian:
Julian Assange row: Britain seeking diplomatic solution in Ecuador standoff
Discussion: Crikey
Jonathan Stray / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Metrics, metrics everywhere: How do we measure the impact of journalism?  —  If democracy would be poorer without journalism, then journalism must have some effect.  Can we measure those effects in some way?  While most news organizations already watch the numbers that translate into money …
Discussion: What People Know
Ryan Chittum / CJR:
Misleading and incomplete coverage of Apple's ‘record’ value (CORRECTED)  —  Microsoft's 1999 market cap still, by far, bigger  —  The big market news today is about Apple's gargantuan market capitalization reaching a new, stunning high: … CNNMoney: … The Wall Street Journal's lede:
Sarah Lacy / PandoDaily:
NFW: Adam Penenberg Joins PandoDaily as Editor  —  Everyone in the startup ecosystem will tell you that the most successful entrepreneurs surround themselves with people who are better than them.  So I know I'm on the right track, when I hire someone who makes me wonder how on earth I have managed to get him.
Discussion: @penenberg and @moorehn
David Carr / Media Decoder:
Are Alternative Weeklies Toast?  —  Over the weekend, Rosie Gray, a former staffer at The Village Voice now at BuzzFeed, wrote that the men in charge of Village Voice Media had more or less the run the place into the ground.  She pointed to staff layoffs on Friday at the newspaper …
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:   The Village Voice is not dead yet, contrary to reports
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Plagiarism, defamation and the power of hyperlinks  —  What do Fareed Zakaria, Jonah Lehrer and Gawker Media have in common?  In different ways, the incidents that have thrust all three into the news recently help to show the power of the simple hyperlink, which Sir Tim Berners-Lee developed along …
Brooks Barnes / Media Decoder:
ABC News Stumbles in Report on Tony Scott's Suicide  —  ABC News appears to have stumbled on flawed reporting for the second time in a month.  —  Late Monday, ABC backed off an earlier report saying that Tony Scott, the movie director who committed suicide on Sunday, had inoperable brain cancer.
Ann DeMatteo / New Haven Register:
Journalist Fareed Zakaria resigns from Yale Corporation (document)  —  NEW HAVEN — The plagiarism scandal connected to a nationally known journalist has hit home.  Fareed Zakaria, an editor-at-large at Time magazine and CNN host, on Monday resigned from the Yale Corporation.
Discussion: New York Times
Joe Coscarelli / New York Magazine:
Niall Ferguson Smacked Down Over Another Questionable Newsweek Cover  —  Historian and former John McCain adviser Niall Ferguson is taking his turn today as the Newsweek cover story punching bag for his latest, “Why We Need a New President.”  In the article, Ferguson attempts a full survey …
Sarah Kendzior / The Atlantic Online:
Manic Pixie Dream Dissidents: How the World Misunderstands Pussy Riot  —  Western coverage has reduced these Russian dissidents to more familiar narratives of youthful rebellion or damsels in distress, missing their entire point and adopting Moscow's own language.
Discussion: Eastern approaches
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Posnanski's ‘Paterno’ bio has worse problems than bad timing, say those who've read it  —  Joe Posnanski writes that while he was working on his biography of Joe Paterno, he decided he “could not allow myself to get caught up in the shifting winds of this story.”
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
The one big thing that newspaper visionaries didn't foresee  —  It's easy to forget sometimes that the world wide web has been around for more than two decades now, or that it has caused massive and ongoing disruption of almost every form of content from books and newspapers to music and movies.
Campbell Brown / Slate:
Confessions of a Romney Wife  —  I never thought I was harboring a dark secret.  But if you live in the overlapping world of politics and media, as I am learning, anything less than full transparency can potentially do you in.  There are quite a number of us who inhabit this world …
Discussion: Forbes, Mediaite and TVNewser
Hamilton Nolan / Gawker:
Campbell Brown Is Incapable of Understanding the Concept of ‘Disclosure’
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Discussion: The Huffington Post and TVNewser