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2:05 PM ET, September 15, 2012


 Top News: 
Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
Google Has No Plans to Rethink Video Status  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Google said on Friday that it would not comply with a White House request to reconsider the anti-Islam video that has set off violent protests in the Arab world in light of its rules banning hate speech on YouTube, which it owns.
Adrian Chen / Gawker:
Confirmed: The Director of ‘Innocence of Muslims’ Is a Schlocky Softcore Porn Director Named Alan Roberts  —  The anti-Islam film that's set off a firestorm in the Middle East was directed by a 65-year-old schlock director named Alan Roberts, we've confirmed.
Discussion: The Informer, The Snitch, Slate and BostInno
Craig Silverman / Poynter:
AP issues correction for misidentifying director of ‘Innocence of Muslims’ film
Dan Kennedy / Nieman Journalism Lab:
How a 19-year-old student became one of the hottest political photographers in the country  —  If you've spent much time scouring the Internet for news about the Republican presidential campaign, you've probably run across the work of Gage Skidmore.  —  Skidmore's high-quality photographs of Mitt Romney …
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
David Carr on newspapers, Twitter and citizen journalism  —  New York Times writer David Carr may not want to admit that he is a kind of rock star in media circles, but judging by the sold-out crowd of media types who showed up to watch him be interviewed by CBC radio host Michael Enright …
Nitasha Tiku / Betabeat:
Paul Carr's NSFW Corp Picks Up 3,000 Subscribers and Hires 'The War Nerd'-All to Help Save Journalism  —  In case you haven't been keeping up with the antics of rapscallion writer Paul Carr since he dropped that resignation bomb on TechCrunch last year, here's a little refresher …
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Coming to Yahoo: Fantasy Football + Robot Writers  —  Siri can help you order tomato soup.  But what if you want to read a story about your fantasy football team's exploits, immediately after the week's games finish up?  —  For that you need a different artificial intelligence engine — the kind Automated Insights wants to show off.
Media Decoder:
Village Voice Is Losing Its Editor in Chief and Music Editor  —  After five-and-half-years as editor of The Village Voice, Tony Ortega announced in a by-the-way blog post that he will be leaving to work on a book about Scientology while music editor Maura Johnston took to Twitter to say she was leaving the paper as well.
Tom McGeveran / Capital New York:
‘Village Voice’ editor Tony Ortega quits the paper; it's Maura Johnston's last day, too
Ruth Samuelson / CJR:
No habla Español  —  Lalo Alcaraz has always embraced the word pocho.  It refers to Mexican-Americans who have lost their Mexican culture and speak English, and it's what relatives occasionally called Alcaraz when he was growing up in San Diego.  He has leveraged it ever since.
Charles Apple:
My epic search for a new-and-improved USA Today  —  Oh, I'm so crushed today...  My plan for Friday: 1) Get up early.  2) Just as Adam quoted me there on Facebook last night...  ...rush down to my local 7-Eleven to buy a copy of the new-and-improved USA Today 3) Take a few pictures with my camera …
Discussion: Garcia Media and Poynter
Edward Schumacher-Matos / NPR:
When A Popular List Of 100 ‘Best-Ever’ Teen Books Is The ‘Whitest Ever’  —  When NPR Books invited audience members to nominate and vote for their favorite Young Adult novels, more than 75,000 responded.  The extraordinary outpouring speaks of the passion connecting the books section and its followers.
Betsy Rothstein / FishbowlDC:
WaPo's Wemple Has Eye For Male Journos  —  You may have noticed that WaPo's Erik Wemple has been playing closer attention to the males that appear on Cable TV.  He took time the other day to comment on their shirts, ties, facial and head hair.  Is he aiming for a gig at Metro Weekly?
Julie Moos / Poynter:, other Advance websites down for 90 minutes Friday  —  Websites for Advance newspapers in New Orleans, New Jersey, Michigan, Cleveland and across the U.S. were inaccessible for about an hour and a half Friday.  Visitors to those websites received an error message (see below).
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Keach Hagey / Wall Street Journal:
New Orleans Group Backs Away From News Site Plans
Jeff John Roberts / GigaOM:
Warner Bros targets hundreds of Amazon sellers over DVD piracy
Joe Bavier / Reuters:
Washington, U.N. criticizes Ivory Coast on newspaper bans
Erik Wemple:
All Lehrer content must be Ghostbustered
Discussion: Poynter and Wall Street Journal
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Patrick Lannin / Reuters:
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Tim Carman / Washington Post:
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