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12:15 AM ET, August 27, 2012

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Dylan Byers / Politico:
NYT's Abramson rebuts Brisbane charge  —  The executive editor of the New York Times is disputing an accusation of liberal bias made by her very own public editor, Arthur Brisbane.  —  In his final column for the Times, Brisbane wrote that his fellow staffers “share a kind of political …
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Arthur S. Brisbane / New York Times:
Success and Risk as The Times Transforms  —  “WHY on earth would you want this job?”  —  Two years ago, I set out to answer this question in my inaugural public editor column — if only because so many people at The New York Times had asked it.  Now, as I complete my term and hand the baton …
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Barry Diller Shows Up Late, Gets What He Wants: IAC to Buy About.com From New York Times for $300 Million  —  The New York Times, which was set to sell its About.com unit to Answers.com, now looks ready to sell it to Barry Diller instead.  —  People familiar with the transaction say the Times …
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
Reporters: Why are you in Tampa?  —  I challenge every journalist in Tampa for the Republican convention — every one of the 15-16,000 of you — to answer this:  —  * Why are you there?  —  * What will we learn from you?  —  * What actual reporting can you possibly do that delivers anything …
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David Carr / New York Times:
Political Conventions Can Learn From Reality Shows
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Julie Moos / Poynter:
Tampa prepares for 15,000 journalists covering the RNC
Discussion: The Wrap
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
No, metered-content walls won't save journalism  —  Paywalls of all kinds have been popping up at newspapers across North America like mushrooms after a rainstorm, thanks in large part to the adoption of a metered paywall at the New York Times last year.  The latest to join the cavalcade …
The Independent:
Angry Murdoch used Harry photos to defy Leveson  —  An angry Rupert Murdoch ordered The Sun to publish pictures of a naked Prince Harry against the wishes of the Royal Family because he wanted to send a warning shot to Lord Justice Leveson, sources said yesterday.
Amy Chozick / Media Decoder:
CNN Looks for a Boost From HBO Shows  —  In a bit of corporate synergy, Time Warner is planning to dip into one of its strongest cable channels, HBO, to help revive the fortunes of one of its weakest, CNN.  —  As part of Time Warner's attempt to reinvigorate its 24-hour cable news channel …
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Two moves that tell you everything you need to know about Twitter's future  —  We've been writing a lot lately about the transformation that Twitter is going through — one that has seen it shift from being a kind of real-time information utility to being a global media entity …
David Streitfeld / New York Times:
Book Reviewers for Hire Meet a Demand for Online Raves  —  TODD RUTHERFORD was 7 years old when he first understood the nature of supply and demand.  He was with a bunch of other boys, one of whom showed off a copy of Playboy to giggles and intense interest.
Discussion: The Big Picture
Adrienne LaFrance / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Coming in the side door: The value of homepages is shifting from traffic-driver to brand  —  Moving on from newspapers, journalism industry soothsayers are now predicting the decline of something much younger: the homepage.  —  As with newspapers — which haven't so much disappeared …
Mike Hoyt / CJR:
Backstory: the reporter who interviewed Akin  —  As transitions go, it was pretty jagged, a classic of the “moving right along” category.  Answering a question about abortion in the case of rape, Todd Akin, the 65-year Missouri congressman and current candidate for the US Senate, says:
Discussion: New Yorker
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
Photo Alert: Instagram Goes Mainstream as the AP Plans Convention Coverage via iPhones  —  The AP's staff photographers covering the upcoming political conventions in Tampa and Charlotte will not just be shooting for the wire service with their high-end DSLR cameras, they will shoot separate …
 
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