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9:05 AM ET, December 30, 2011

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Mark Guarino / Christian Science Monitor:
After deaths in Detroit, Backpage.com advertising comes under scrutiny  —  Several women found dead in Detroit over the weekend had profiles on Backpage.com, a website offering escort services.  The website has received attention before for a potential connection to illegal activity.
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
An Election Year Dawns Without Keith Olbermann  —  Keith Olbermann, who came to Current TV this year to remake the channel and compete against his old home, MSNBC, is sitting out the biggest political nights of the season.  —  Despite being the biggest star on the fledging channel …
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Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
Cable Channels Set to Begin Election Year Coverage  —  America's trifecta of cable news channels, Fox News, MSNBC and CNN, are just about ready to show off their election year staffs.  —  Each channel plans to cover the one-night Iowa caucus for a stretch of several days …
Frances Martel / Mediaite:   It Begins...NY Times Report Suggests Tension Between Olbermann And Current TV
Ahmed Al Omran / NPR:
Basil Al-Sayed, Who Chronicled The Syrian Uprising, Is Dead  —  This was the last thing Basil al-Sayed, a citizen journalist in Syria, filmed before he was shot in the head by security forces:  —  According to activist Rami Jarrah, yesterday, al-Sayed succumbed to his injuries at a hospital in the restive city of Homs.
Discussion: The FJP and New York Magazine
Dylan Byers / The Politico:
MSNBC now disclosing Bain Capital connection  —  Starting on last night's Ed Show with Ed Schultz, MSNBC anchors are now disclosing their parent company's ties to Bain Capital, the buyout firm co-founded by Mitt Romney.  —  In July 2008, NBC Universal, Bain Capital and Blackstone Group bought …
The Huffington Post:
CNN's New Morning Show Gets Name And Debut Date  —  Update: CNN announced the names of its new morning shows.  The 5-7 a.m. show will be called “Early Start.”  Soledad O'Brien's 7-9 a.m. program will be titled “Starting Point.”  —  CNN will debut its new morning show led by host Soledad O'Brien on January 2, 2012.
Discussion: New York Magazine
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Andrea Morabito / Broadcasting & Cable:
New CNN Morning Show to Launch Jan. 2
Discussion: Inside Cable News and TVNewser
Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
News Corp investors face risk of patriarch ‘not being in charge’  —  The Financial Times's Lex column argues that the cost to News Corp of the phone hacking scandal is its “most overlooked consequence.”  —  It scuppered the company's £7.5bn bid to buy the 61% of BSkyB it doesn't already own …
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The Independent:   Murdoch's £100m plan to settle hacking cases before they get to court
Alexandra Topping / Guardian:   Leveson inquiry should address media sexism, women's groups demand
Chicago Tribune:
Tribune Co. bankruptcy case on hold until May  —  Tribune Co.'s long-running sojourn in bankruptcy shows no sign of ending soon.  —  A federal judge said in a ruling Thursday that he won't hold a confirmation hearing on plans to end the three-year bankruptcy until May at the earliest.
Paul Hitlin / PEJ:
Bloggers Argue Over The 2011 “Lie of the Year”  —  When a Pulitzer Prize winning fact-checking site announced its “Lie of the Year” for 2011, it set off a partisan firestorm in the blogosphere triggered by liberal critics of that choice.  —  According to PolitiFact.com …
Discussion: Poynter
Eric Deggans / St. Petersburg Times:
Columnist Ernest Hooper to become Brandon Bureau Chief for Tampa Bay Times  —  It's a season of change at the soon-to-be Tampa Bay Times, as longtime columnist Ernest Hooper becomes chief of the newspaper's Brandon bureau full-time.  Hooper will still write columns, only not as often …
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Peter Schorsch / Saint Peters Blog:   The last vestiges of the St. Petersburg Times
Alex Weprin / TVNewser:
ID's ‘On the Case’ Hires Letterman Extortionist, Former CBS News Producer Joe Halderman  —  TVNewser has learned that Investigation Discovery's “On the Case with Paula Zahn” has hired Joe Halderman, the CBS News producer who attempted to blackmail David Letterman in 2009.
Economist:
Blogs are blamed for cheapening debate in some fields.  Yet they have enriched economics  —  Blogs are blamed for cheapening debate in some fields.  Yet they have enriched economics  —  from the print edition  —  “LET Truth and Falsehood grapple; who ever knew Truth put to the worse …
Lens:
From North Korea, an Altered Procession  —  The funeral of Kim Jong-il on Wednesday called to mind the best stage-managed Communist state productions: the falling snow, the wailing mourners, the perfectly spaced limousines and rows of chest-beating men.  —  So perhaps it was because the scene …
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Arthur Bright / Christian Science Monitor:   North Korea not the only offender: 6 official photo fudgings
Jim Romenesko:
He's finally a best-seller!  —  Blum suggested how the author might add to his story, about a husband “driven to extremes” by his wife repeating the same anecdotal story endlessly.  —  Dick Babcock  —  Blum tells me: “Dick ended up re-shaping the story significantly, and the revised version was just right.”
 
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Jim Romenesko:
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Nate Hoffelder / eBookNewser:
HarperCollins Saw 100 Thousand eBook Downloads on Christmas Day
Discussion: GalleyCat
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Lamar Smith, Against Regulating The Internet... Until Hollywood Became His Biggest Campaign Funder
Discussion: GigaOM
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Storify Story Of The Year: A detailed inventory of reporter arrests at Occupy protests
Discussion: Capital New York
M Ilyas Khan / BBC:
Pakistan journalists ‘threatened by security’ personnel
Adam Clark Estes / The Atlantic Wire:
At Least a Few Local Journalists Just Experienced an End of Year Miracle
Discussion: Poynter and FishbowlNY
Jim Romenesko:
Rossi: Kinsley review cut ‘Page One’ box office in half
Ingrid Lunden / paidContent:
Linear TV Consumption Is Growing, But Is Ad Spend?
Discussion: Future of Journalism
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Amazon: We Sold Over 4 Million Kindle Devices This Month; Gifting Of E-Books Up 175 Percent
 

 
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