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11:40 PM ET, September 30, 2012


 Top News: 
David Carr / New York Times:
Challenging the Claims of Media Bias  —  In the last few days, conservatives have become agitated about Mitt Romney's drop-off in the polls.  So did they think the stumble was because of the ill-fated “47 percent” slip of the lip, or the hasty effort to gain a political edge after the death …
Discussion: Pressing Issues
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Paul Ryan breaks ‘no whining rule’  —  On Wednesday, Mitt Romney told CBS News that he doesn't worry about media bias, signalling that the campaign was abandoning a blame-the-media strategy it had courted a week earlier.  The very same day, senior Romney campaign adviser Ed Gillespie told Fox & Friends …
Discussion: Politico
Guy Lucas / Newsroom With A View:
The paywall paradox  —  In his address to the Arizona Newspapers Association, Steve Buttry summed up the argument against newspaper websites setting paywalls or pay meters (and it is just newspapers; you never hear of TV stations debating whether to charge for access to their sites).
Clyde Haberman / New York Times:
Arthur O. Sulzberger, Publisher Who Changed The Times, Dies at 86  —  Arthur Ochs Sulzberger, who guided The New York Times and its parent company through a long, sometimes turbulent period of expansion and change on a scale not seen since the newspaper's founding in 1851, died on Saturday at his home in Southampton, N.Y. He was 86.
Iran jury finds Reuters guilty over video script, pending judge's ruling -Press TV  —  (Reuters) - An Iranian jury voted on Sunday to convict the Reuters news organisation over a video script that contained an error, Iran's Press TV reported.  The final decision will be made by a judge, who is expected to issue his verdict next month.
Discussion: Associated Press
Adrienne LaFrance / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Free the Files!  ProPublica taps the crowd for a database-building sprint to election day  —  Political transparency geeks got both good news and bad news from the Federal Communications Commission last April.  —  Good news first: The FCC decided it would require television stations to put information about political ad buys online.
Nat Ives / AdAge:
Taking It One Day at a Time at The Daily  —  Why Rupert Murdoch's Audacious iPad Newspaper Can't Wait for the Future to Come  —  “After the election” became a running joke in the newsroom at The Daily this summer when rumors erupted that News Corp.'s grand iPad experiment …
Margaret Sullivan / New York Times:
Who Controls the Story?  —  JEREMY PETERS was doing a routine reporting job earlier this year when he stumbled across something that, as he put it, “smelled funny.”  —  Mr. Peters, a New York Times political reporter, had asked an Obama press representative at the campaign's Chicago headquarters …
Discussion: @sulliview
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Five reasons why media companies should pay attention to The Atlantic  —  There has been a lot of buzz around the recent launch of a new online business publication called Quartz, in part because a new global business-news provider doesn't come along that often, but also because it comes …
Discussion: Publishing Executive …, Thanks:@mathewi
The New Al Jazeera: More ESPN, Less CNN  —  Remember Al Jazeera, the network that was supposed to be an Arab CNN, offering a counterweight to Western cable news?  That plan appears to have been scaled back as the Qatari government-controlled network makes deep cuts in its English-language …
Lewis DVorkin / Forbes:
Inside Forbes: What Mobile Means for Journalism and My Restless Nights  —  As the founder and CEO of a startup, VC's would always ask me, “What keeps you up at night?”  It was a tedious question with only one honest answer: raising more money from you guys.
Discussion: Monday Note
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Poll Averages Have No History of Consistent Partisan Bias  —  Presidential elections are high-stakes affairs.  So perhaps it is no surprise that when supporters of one candidate do not like the message they are hearing from the polls they tend to blame the messenger.
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