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11:30 AM ET, June 28, 2010


 Top News: 
David Carr / New York Times:
Heedlessly Hijacking Content  —  Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal was not the only one who had a tough week at the office.  —  Last Monday, the word got out that Rolling Stone had a stunning piece about General McChrystal, in which he and his aides were critical of the White House.
Discussion: CJR, Romenesko and TeleRead
David Carr / Media Decoder:
McChrystal's Quality Time With Rolling Stone: Impertinent?  Check.  Insubordinate?  Maybe Not.  —  You could say General Stanley A. McChrystal was a victim of his own hubris - the archetypal field commander who got too intemperate with the suits back at headquarters.  —  Then again, you might not.
Discussion: Guardian and tag me with a spoon
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Rolling Stone Back on a Roll With Investigative Articles
David Kaplan / paidContent:
Touting Redesign, MSNBC Declares Pageviews ‘Dead’  —  The big idea behind just about every website redesign these days generally revolves around “less is more” minimalism.  But it looks like's redo actually means it: the new site, which just went fully live, promises to do an end with clicking on stories and on ads.
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
After six months as anchor, Diane Sawyer is bringing a sharper edge to ABC's ‘World News’  —  It is not yet 9 a.m. and Diane Sawyer is shaking her head in amazement.  —  “Unbelievable,” she says, having woken up to the news that Gen. Stanley McChrystal had denigrated President Obama's team in a Rolling Stone piece.
Discussion: Romenesko and TVNewser
Nat Ives / AdAge:
Mounting Web Woes Pummel Newspapers  —  Slipping Digital Ad Revenue, Emerging Content Farms Present More Challenges for Struggling Industry  —  NEW YORK ( — Look at newspapers' share of digital advertising, the crowds checking out other kinds of news sites, or the prices that advertisers will pay for the competition.
Discussion: Romenesko and Gawker
Edmund Lee / AdAge:
The ‘Craigslist Effect’ Spreads to Content as Free Work Fills Supply  —  Pro-bono Writing Trumps Pro-am, Helping Websites Such as Huffington Post, Bleacher Report Turn a Profit  —  NEW YORK ( — After Andrew Brining took the bar exam two years ago, he had plenty of time on his hands …
Discussion: Romenesko
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
A Business Journalist Turned Anti-Banker  —  On most cable newscasts, the people who are writing new financial regulations are called congressmen.  But on “The Dylan Ratigan Show” on MSNBC, some are called “banksters.”  —  That term, a twist on gangsters, tells viewers a lot about Mr. Ratigan …
Discussion: and Inside Cable News
Amazon Announces New Functionality for Kindle Apps for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch  —  Readers can now enjoy embedded video and audio clips in Kindle books on their iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch  —, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) today announced a new update to Kindle for iPad and Kindle …
Todd Wasserman / Brandweek:
Yahoo Site Takes Page From Print  —  It's not uncommon for a publisher of a print magazine to give advertisers a heads up about upcoming themed editorial sections, but that's still an unusual practice for an online-only site.  —  But Yahoo's Shine, an online hub aimed at women between 25 and 55 …
Discussion: eMedia Vitals
Michael Field /
Tough media laws hit Fiji; Murdoch ordered out  —  Fiji's military regime has cracked down on the already heavily censored media and ordered the top circulated Fiji Times to remove Rupert Murdoch as its major owner.  —  Under the Media Industry Development Decree, announced today …
Michael Shain / New York Post:
Couric turned down Larry King's job  —  Katie Couric is in serious talks to stay at CBS — though not necessarily as anchor for the evening news — when her $15-million-a-year contract expires next year, according to well-placed sources.  —  The talks have heated up since she quietly informed CNN …
Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
Pursuit of Newsweek a real page-turner  —  They are heading into the homestretch.  Bids for Newsweek are due in at Allen & Co. by 5 p.m. on Thursday.  —  So far, five bidders have been identified, although the rumor mill continues to hum with the expectation that one or two potential bidders …
Discussion: The Wire
Victoria Coren / Guardian:
Libel law: I said sorry, so why the lawyers?  |  Victoria Coren  —  People resort to the courts too quickly, making libel law a real danger to free speech  —  The death of Michael Jackson was the only piece of news I heard in the whole of June last year.
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