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7:05 AM ET, August 22, 2012

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Craig Silverman / Poynter:
Newsweek ditched its fact-checkers in 1996, then made a major error  —  “We, like other news organisations today, rely on our writers to submit factually accurate material,” Newsweek spokesman Andrew Kirk told Politico's Dylan Byers.  —  Byers had asked whether Newsweek has fact-checkers.
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Paul Krugman:
Kinds Of Wrong  —  Looking at the comments on my Niall Ferguson takedown (see Ezra Klein, Matthew O'Brien, James Fallows, and Noah Smith for more), I found my memory jogged about a point I've been meaning to make about the nature of error in economics.  It seems to me that when readers declare …
Ta-Nehisi Coates / The Atlantic Online:
In Praise of Fact-Checkers  —  In the wake of Niall Ferguson's …
Discussion: GigaOM
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Newsweek: Niall Ferguson story ‘opinion’
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Reuters:
Exclusive: Barry Diller's IAC offers $300 million for About.com  —  (Reuters) - Barry Diller's IAC/Interactivecorp submitted an offer in excess of $300 million to buy the About.com information website from the New York Times Co, according to people with knowledge of the situation.
Rob Wong / Hulu Blog:
Launching a New Hulu: A Fresh Look for the Shows You Love  —  In 1992, the great comedian Phil Hartman threw on his Arkansas sweatshirt and walked into a McDonald's.  He was on the set of “Saturday Night Live” and doing his best Bill Clinton impression, continuing the show's grand tradition of Presidential lampoons.
Mallary Jean Tenore / Poynter:
ABC News wants to talk to Tony Scott's family before deciding about retraction  —  ABC is waiting to hear back from Tony Scott's family or a family representative before determining whether its initial report about Scott was incorrect, a network spokesperson told Poynter.
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Craig Silverman / Poynter:
After Tony Scott error, will news orgs now think twice about following ABC News scoops?
Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch:
Xbox Live Adds NBC News, Bringing Rachel Maddow, Hardball, And Meet The Press To The Game Console  —  Microsoft continues to add content partners for Xbox, pushing the game console into the center of the living room as more of a digital entertainment hub.  The latest update, which goes live today …
Discussion: Beet.TV, PC Magazine and WebProNews
Lucia Moses / Adweek:
Conde Nast Booms Overseas But Future is Unclear  —  Luca Dini, the editor in chief of Italian Vanity Fair, faces difficulties his peers in the U.S. would welcome.  The Milan-based magazine has grown so much since launching as a newsweekly nearly 10 years ago that it's hard to imagine it getting any fatter …
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Huffington Post, Newsweek use coat-hanger imagery for GOP platform  —  On Tuesday the Republican Party approved a plank to its convention platform opposing abortion in all cases.  —  Newsweek acknowledged Huffington Post's homepage — “Whoa there, Huffington Post!”  — on its Tumblr.
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Bill Carter / Media Decoder:
Jimmy Kimmel to Move to 11:30 in January, ABC Announces  —  Jimmy Kimmel will jump to the big stage in late-night television in January, moving to 11:35 p.m. where he will take on the two titans of that time slot, David Letterman and Jay Leno.  —  ABC announced the move Tuesday …
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
Web TV needs to have captions starting next month, the FCC rules  —  TV networks and web video sites will have to start providing closed captions for any TV content available online by the end of September, the FCC ruled a few days ago (PDF of the ruling).  The ruling reaffirmed the Twenty …
Discussion: SocialTimes
Alec MacGillis / The New Republic:
At Least One Media Figure Is Calling Out Romney For His Welfare Lies: Joe Scarborough  —  Nearly one week ago, I made a plea of sorts: for the political press to do its job when it comes to the basic task of calling out blatant, repeated dishonesty on the campaign trail.
Discussion: The Fix, GOP 12 and Washington Post
Hazel Sheffield / CJR:
Local news sites form new trade association  —  “We are the future” says LION chairman Dylan Smith  —  Next month, at the annual Block by Block conference for local news sites, around 100 independent publishers will celebrate the launch of a new nonprofit trade group that will offer support for the growing hyperlocal news industry.
Discussion: Street Fight
Heather Ford / MediaShift Idea Lab:
How Wikipedia Manages Sources for Breaking News  —  Almost a year ago, I was hired by Ushahidi to work as an ethnographic researcher on a project to understand how Wikipedians managed sources during breaking news events.  —  Ushahidi cares a great deal about this kind of work …
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
Michael Grunwald Compares Stimulus Coverage To Pre-Iraq War Media ‘Groupthink’  —  NEW YORK — After two years reporting on President Barack Obama's nearly $800 billion stimulus package, a piece of legislation long derided by Republicans and barely discussed now by Democrats …
Josh Halliday / Guardian:
Hugh Grant joins Hacked Off board  —  Press standards campaign group, launched in the wake of the phone-hacking scandal, to establish itself as a full-time operation  —  Hugh Grant was cast in a leading role at the Leveson inquiry into press standards.  Now the actor is becoming director …
 
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Adrienne LaFrance / Nieman Journalism Lab:
BuzzFeed with a press pass: What happens when the GIF kings try to take Washington?
Daniel D'Addario / The New York Observer:
Ghostwriting Accusation Leveled at Fareed Zakaria
Discussion: New Haven Register and GigaOM
Joe Flint / Los Angeles Times:
Univision makes key hire for news channel with ABC
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
‘Daily News’ hires fashion desk, repackages ‘Gatecrasher’ as ‘Confidential’
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Politico's skinny-dipping story: Quite a reach
Alexander Abad-Santos / The Atlantic Wire:
TMZ Finds Its Soul (Well, Sort Of)
Discussion: TMZ.com, The Wrap and Gawker
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Inside the Star Chamber: How PolitiFact tries to find truth in a world of make-believe
Amy Chozick / Media Decoder:
Head of ABC's ‘This Week’ Is Leaving to Join PepsiCo
Discussion: Broadcasting & Cable and TVNewser
Jim Romenesko:
Red and Black board reinstates top two editors
Richard Wilson / Press Gazette:
Death toll of journalists in Syria rises to 15 this year
Discussion: Agence France Presse