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10:05 PM ET, May 6, 2013


 Top News: 
Sharon Waxman / The Wrap:
Howard Kurtz's Mea Culpa Isn't Good Enough  —  Merely repeating an apology and stressing one's sincerity is not a ticket back to play on the journalism field.  —  I wish I could say that Howard Kurtz's mea culpa on “Reliable Sources” was convincing.  But it wasn't.
Jeff Bercovici / Forbes:
Howard Kurtz's Bad Reporting About Jason Collins Cost Him a Lot of Money  —  Contrary to appearances, Howard Kurtz didn't lose his job at the Daily Beast over his boneheaded reporting about gay basketball star Jason Collins, or over his excessive extracurricular work.  What he did lose was money — quite a lot of it.
Randy Bennett /
Newspapers: A Cautionary Tale For Local TV  —  The parallels between TV stations today and newspapers in 2005 should be heeded by local TV executives.  The trends are equally troubling and there is much they can learn from newspapers' experience and response.  Clearly, audience and advertisers are moving to digital platforms.
Joe Flint / Los Angeles Times:
Aereo doesn't want to take its legal fight on the road  —  Aereo CEO Chet Kanojia (Associated Press)  —  A lawsuit to stop lawsuits?  —  That's the latest twist in the fight between Aereo, a start-up company that streams broadcast TV signals over the Internet, and the networks trying to put it out of business.
Caroline O'Donovan / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Monday Q&A: The New York Times' new head of video production on plans for growth  —  Rebecca Howard occupies a unique position at The New York Times.  She came to the paper with experience from the AOL/Huffington Post video department and Fox Digital Studios, where she has worked on both branded and original content.
Discussion: Soup
Sharon Waxman / The Wrap:
Who Will Run Al-Jazeera America?  Who's In, Who's Out, Who Passed (Exclusive)  —  The scoop on the leading candidates of the biggest new news network to hit cable  —  One of the biggest jobs in media is a new position and a high-risk opportunity: running Al Jazeera America.
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Behind the Scenes at Fox  —  A few days before the presidential election last November, Roger Ailes, the chief executive of Fox News, ordered that Geraldo Rivera's microphone be cut off after Mr. Rivera angrily defended the Obama administration against charges levied by others on Fox.
Janko Roettgers / paidContent:
Big Bird, Caillou and Sonic could be part of YouTube's subscription slate  —  YouTube is reportedly close to launching paid channel subscriptions on its site - and we've found a number of clues that hint at kids content being part of this initiative.  —  YouTube is getting close to launching …
Paul Harris / Guardian:
Harper Lee sues agent over copyright to To Kill A Mockingbird  —  Author claims she was duped into signing over the rights on her prizewinning book  —  Harper Lee, the reclusive author of To Kill A Mockingbird, has sued a literary agent, claiming that he tricked the ageing writer into assigning him copyright on the classic book.
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Planet Money's crowdfunded T-shirt project surpasses goal by more than $200,000  —  Donors to Planet Money's crowdfunded project to report out the life of a T-shirt have contributed more than five times the amount of cash the program hoped to raise in a Kickstarter campaign.  In its pledge, the program says it will:
Gustavo Arellano / Navel Gazing:
OC Register to No Longer Accept Adult Ads—Wait, You Didn't Know They Ran 'Em?  —  Whenever people get on our case about the sexytimes ads we run in our infernal rag, I always point out that the Orange County Register run those sames ads, except smaller, coded, and in the back pages of its Sports section.
Discussion: LA Observed and Poynter
Alex Sherman / Bloomberg:
DirecTV Spurns Dish's View That Wireless Is Satellite-TV Savior  —  The two largest satellite-television companies in the U.S., after almost two decades of building their businesses with similar strategies, are now heading in almost exactly the opposite directions.
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
The New York Times And Retro Report Look Back At Old News Stories  —  NEW YORK — On CBS, Dan Rather called the Mobro barge “the most-watched load of garbage in the memory of man.”  Over on NBC, Tom Brokaw described how the “homeless garbage barge” from Islip, N.Y., was refused entry in North Carolina …
Seth Abramovitch / Hollywood Reporter:
The Onion's Twitter Feed Hijacked by Pro-Syria Hackers  —  The Syrian Electronic Army claims responsibility for a series of anti-Israel tweets.  —  The Onion has been hacked by the Syrian Electronic Army, a cabal of computer hackers sympathetic to President Bashar al-Assad.
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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
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Discussion: VentureBeat and AllThingsD
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