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7:35 PM ET, August 31, 2012


 Top News: 
Nat Ives / AdAge:
Newsweek's Anti-Obama Cover Set to Be a Newsstand Hit  —  Newsweek received withering and widespread criticism over its “Hit the Road, Barack” cover story by Niall Ferguson.  The magazine had become “an august publication letting itself be used to misinform readers,” critics said …
Discussion: Forbes and New York Magazine
Chris O'Shea / FishbowlNY:   Newsweek/The Daily Beast Hires and Promotes
Chris O'Shea / FishbowlNY:   Newsweek/The Daily Beast Sets Traffic Record
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Why can't we just admit that journalists are human?  —  Should journalists be allowed to have opinions?  If so, when and where — and how — should they be allowed to express them?  Such questions have been a thorn in the side of the traditional media industry almost since the web was invented …
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
ABC News Veteran Sam Donaldson: David Chalian Is ‘Not Damaged Goods’
Discussion: Erik Wemple and
Jack Shafer / Reuters:   Column: Why the Yahoos at Yahoo were wrong to fire David Chalian
US grants asylum to Ecuadorean journalist  —  Columnist who fled to Miami after being ordered to pay millions in libel case pushed by President Correa can stay in US  —  A newspaper columnist who fled Ecuador after he was sentenced to jail and ordered to pay millions of dollars …
Julian Assange: I'm going to be in the Ecuadorean embassy for a year
Discussion: BBC
Adrian Chen / Gawker:
Anonymous Leaks Secret New York Times Correspondences That Reveal Reporters' Shocking Competence  —  Anonymous declared war on the New York Times this week, launching “OpNYT” on Wednesday.  Unlike most actions by the crippled hacktivist collective these days, their attack on the Times …
Nat Ives / AdAge:
Former Dow Jones President Expected To Join Time Inc. Overseeing News and Sports  —  Company Still Settling on New Publisher for Time Magazine  —  Time Inc. is expected to name former Dow Jones executive Todd Larsen to lead its news and sports brands, according to people familiar with the company's plans.
Discussion: The Wrap
Justin Elliott / ProPublica:
Watergate Journalist Carl Bernstein Spoke at Event Supporting Iranian ‘Terrorist’ Group  —  On a Saturday afternoon last February, journalist Carl Bernstein got up on stage at the grand ballroom of the Waldorf Astoria in Manhattan and delivered a speech questioning the listing …
Ben Smith / BuzzFeed:
Why News Organizations Spent Millions At The RNC  —  The CNN Grill cost about $2 million, a source says.  Marketing for media, as well as the party.  —  Piers Morgan interviews the Romney sons at the CNN Grill.  Source:  —  Political conventions represent …
Foo Yun Chee / Reuters:
Apple, publishers offer antitrust concessions: source  —  (Reuters) - Apple and four major publishers have offered to allow retailers such as Amazon to sell e-books at a discount for two years in a bid to end an EU antitrust investigation and stave off possible fines, a person familiar with the matter said on Friday.
Discussion: CNET, The Verge, Engadget, MacRumors and 9to5Mac
John Hudson / The Atlantic Wire:
Navy SEAL Author Rejects the Pentagon's Legal Threat  —  Former Navy SEAL author Matt Bissonnette is going to tell his version of events surrounding the death of Osama bin Laden, even if the Pentagon sues him for every last penny.  —  Last night, the Defense Department's top attorney wrote …
Phil Stewart / Reuters:
Exclusive: Pentagon threatens legal action over bin Laden book
Jim Romenesko:
Patch loses communications director Janine Iamunno  —  Janine Iamunno was one of Patch's biggest supporters/defenders (a Patch logo tattoo, Janine?), and she knew what she was up against: “We're used to intense media scrutiny and speculation, more often inaccurate than not,” she told me in February.
Erik Wemple:
Fact-checking renegade: Los Angeles Times  —  A few years back, the Los Angeles Times considered joining a runaway industry trend.  Everywhere you clicked on the political web, it seemed, someone was putting the drywall and paint on a stand-alone, cleverly branded fact-checking machine …
Discussion: Jack Shafer, CBS New York and The FJP
Borys Kit / Hollywood Reporter:
Charlize Theron, Thunder Road to Produce Film About Slain War Reporter (Exclusive)  —  The actress is in talks with Basil Iwanyk's company to produce a project on Marie Colvin, who died in Syria this year.  Charlize Theron and producer Basil Iwanyk are teaming up for a film about the life …
Discussion: Press Association and Guardian
Craig Silverman / Poynter:
Boston Globe won't identify author of plagiarized editorial  —  The Boston Globe is unwilling to identify the author of a recent unsigned editorial that plagiarized from a story by NPR affiliate WBUR.  —  The paper recently placed an editor's note on the editorial that said it …
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Josh Stearns / MediaShift:
The Rise of Ad-Hoc Journalist Support Networks
John Glenday / The Drum:
Cameron pre-empts Leveson with press self-regulation plans
Discussion: Guardian
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
How the Times-Picayune and covered Hurricane Isaac
Robin Roberts' mother dies, ABC News says
Neil Wallis / Huffington Post:
Hidden Victims of Phone Hacking - The Families of the Hacks Arrested
Discussion: Press Gazette
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Bill Mickey / Folio:
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Discussion: Radio & Television … and Forbes
Todd Shields / Bloomberg:
Comcast Said Near U.S. Approval To Encrypt Basic-Cable Signals
Discussion: Radio & Television … and ZDNet
Charlie Warzel / Adweek:
Adweek's Digital Guide to Election Apps and Sites
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