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7:00 PM ET, May 18, 2012

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Dan Conover / Xark!:
What if we give it away? (w/apologies to REM)  —  Today's news about the Media General/Berkshire Hathaway deal reveals just how dire things have become for our newspaper princes.  Unable to turn their newspapers around, Media General has traded its print properties and a big chunk …
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Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Survey: 52% of media professionals abandon websites when they hit a paywall  —  A new survey found that more than half of media professionals polled immediately leave a website after encountering a paywall.  One-quarter said they were unlikely to return to the site, and 63 percent …
Mariah Blake / Salon:
Coverup at Washington Times  —  Editors knew there was an apparent plagiarist on staff but let him keep writing.  An exclusive look inside the paper  —  During his long career, Arnaud de Borchgrave, a one-time Newsweek correspondent and editor, has earned his share of laurels.
Discussion: Erik Wemple and DC Porcupine
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Erik Wemple:
CSIS to investigate Arnaud de Borchgrave's writings  —  The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) said this afternoon that it will investigate the work of Arnaud de Borchgrave, one of the think tank's program directors and a columnist for the Washington Times and United Press International.
Discussion: DC Porcupine
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Facebook IPO may force journalists to consider their role in the social network's growth  —  Facebook's IPO just created a lot of billionaires.  Probably not that many of them work in journalism.  But journalists, Kristie Lu Stout argues, create part of Facebook's value.
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Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Facebook's biggest problem is that it's a media company  —  There's been a lot of attention paid to Facebook's business model recently, especially with the news that General Motors has killed a $10-million advertising campaign devoted to the giant social network — not exactly a great sign …
Jason Del Rey / AdAge:
Amazon to Sell Ads on Kindle Fire Welcome Screen — If You Have $600K  —  Amazon Seeks Big Money as It Brings Advertising to Its Hottest Tablet  —  The Kindle Fire is Amazon.com's best-selling product, the company said in its first-quarter-earnings release.  And it's being treated that way by the Amazon ad sales team.
Michael Hastings / BuzzFeed:
Congressmen Seek To Lift Propaganda Ban  —  Propaganda that was supposed to target foreigners could now be aimed at us.  “Disconcerting and dangerous,” says Shank.  —  An amendment that would legalize the use of propaganda on American audiences is being inserted into the latest defense authorization bill, BuzzFeed has learned.
Discussion: @adrianchen
The Huffington Post:
'Reporter's Privilege' Under Fire From Obama Administration Amid Broader War On Leaks  —  RICHMOND, Va. — The Obama administration Friday morning continued its headlong attack on the right of reporters to protect their confidential sources in leak investigations.
Discussion: Capital New York and @mikeriggs
Tom McGeveran / Capital New York:
In a memo, Ricketts tells his news staff his politics have ‘absolutely no impact’ on their work  —  The ‘Ricketts’ playbook obtained by the ‘Times.’  —  Late this afternoon, Joe Ricketts, the founder of AmeriTrade who was the subject of a front-page article in today's New York Times …
Mark Hosenball / Reuters:
Exclusive: Did White House “spin” tip a covert op?  —  (Reuters) - White House efforts to soft-pedal the danger from a new “underwear bomb” plot emanating from Yemen may have inadvertently broken the news they needed most to contain.  —  At about 5:45 p.m. EDT on Monday, May 7 …
Tracie Powell / Poynter:
Amid diversity improvements at NPR, fear and challenges remain  —  As NPR struggles with declining revenue, the public radio organization will have to consider staff changes, but no programs have been targeted.  —  “The [Washington Post] article inaccurately singled out 'Tell …
Discussion: Mediaite
 
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