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10:50 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: 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  —  In its early days in the 1960s and '70s, Rolling Stone was a chronicle of the counterculture where a generation of young people came to find political coverage that spoke to their disaffection.  —  Then those baby boomers grew up …
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
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
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
In Step Back for Journalist, Two Steps Backward for Journalism  —  It's a bit tricky for me to write about David Weigel, whom the Washington Post parted ways with on Friday for disparaging comments he had made about some prominent Republican figures on Journolist, a self-avowedly off-the-record listserv.
Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic Online:
The Binary World of The Washington Post
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.
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 …
Joseph Plambeck / New York Times:
Rumblefish to Offer Music for YouTube Users  —  You've shot the video and edited it down.  It's ready for YouTube.  But what about the soundtrack?  —  Publishing a video with copyrighted music requires a license for the song.  And securing that can be a cumbersome task …
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 …
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: Inside Cable News
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