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5:55 PM ET, April 26, 2015


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Jay Rosen / Pressthink:
WHCD is a celebration of a system of access journalism that failed to detect a phony war  —  On the deep grammar of the White House Correspondents Association Dinner  —  “The Washington press corps is like that big extended family with a terrible secret that cannot be confronted …
Reena Flores / CBS News:
At White House Correspondents dinner, Obama slings jabs mostly at presidential contenders and some at TV news  —  Obama slings jabs at the White House Correspondents dinner  —  Shares -  —  WASHINGTON — At the White House Correspondents' Dinner, President Obama weighed in Saturday …
Patrick Gavin / Politico:
The WHCA dinner represents everything people hate about the Beltway and shouldn't be taken so seriously  —  Nerd Prom Is a Mess  —  How to fix Washington's worst week.  —  Lead image by AP Photo.  —  Everyone knows the White House Correspondents Association dinner is broken.
Wall Street Journal:
AT&T deal for DirecTV presents fewer problems for regulators than Comcast's Time Warner Cable deal  —  AT&T deal for DirecTV presents fewer problems for regulators than Comcast's Time Warner Cable deal  —  Two big media deals were announced in the first half of 2014.  Only one is likely to survive.
Eric Lipton / New York Times:
How Comcast failed to get merger support in Congress despite $25M spent on lobbying in 2014  —  Intense Lobbying Failed to Assure Comcast's Deal  —  WASHINGTON — David L. Cohen, the master salesman who runs the Comcast Corporation's lobbying efforts, stood before a room full …
Shalini Ramachandran / Wall Street Journal:
Charter Looks at Possible Time Warner Cable Bid
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
So far, NBC News finds Brian Williams embellished at least 11 times  —  A months-long internal investigation of Brian Williams by NBC News has turned up 11 instances in which the anchorman publicly embellished details of his reporting exploits, according to a person familiar with details of the probe.
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
NBC's decision on Brian Williams' fate still weeks away, won't come before scheduled May 11 upfronts presentation for advertisers  —  NBC's decision on Brian Williams' fate still weeks away  —  Questions about NBC's internal investigation into Brian Williams are mounting …
Discussion: Los Angeles Times, Mediaite and all
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
NBC's D.C. bureau strongly opposed Brian Williams's return in February
Discussion: TVNewser and @jayrosen_nyu
Evan Serpick / Baltimore City Paper:
City Paper photo editor J.M. Giordano beaten by police at Freddie Gray protest  —  City Paper Photo Editor J.M. Giordano was tackled and beaten by Baltimore City police outside of Western District headquarters last night while covering protests over the death of Freddie Gray in police custody.
Joan E. Solsman / CNET:
Generation YouTube: Today's fastest-rising stars aren't coming out of Hollywood  —  Thanks to the popularity of online media sites like YouTube, mainstream entertainment soon may look more like that kid clowning around in front of a laptop camera.
Lizzie Plaugic / The Verge:
Jay Z takes to Twitter to defend Tidal, says it's “doing just fine”, declares “we are here for the long haul”, notes competitors are even richer  —  Jay Z defends Tidal in a Sunday afternoon tweetstorm  —  Jay Z officially relaunched his streaming service Tidal …
James Warren / Poynter:
Despite downturn, journalists still prefer to not use press releases  —  As American newsrooms have shrunk, reporters are increasingly shills for the dubious declarations of public officials.  —  Or, ah, is it all rather more complicated?  —  Research by a Georgia Southern University political scientist …
Discussion: @dtunkelang
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Rick Edmonds / Poynter:
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Discussion: PR Newswire and @mtdukes
Jeremy Barr / Capital New York:
Fusion names Alexis Madrigal editor-in-chief, gives new roles to Jane Spencer, Hillary Frey, and Anna Holmes