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7:55 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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
Frédéric Filloux / Monday Note:
Le Monde's escape velocity  —  In rocket scientist parlance, escape velocity is the speed needed to break free from Earth's gravitational field.  Last Friday, by an overwhelming majority, Le Monde's staff voted to escape the black hole of French politics — or, at least, to give their paper the best chance to do so.
Discussion: Guardian
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.
Simon Dumenco / AdAge:
Playing Dodgeball With Gawker — and Other Cheap Thrills in the Big Blog Era  —  Why Major Brand Marketers Back Bloggy Mischief-Makers and Playground Bullies  —  Remember when all you had to worry about from blogs was excessive snark?  If you overdosed on the acid commentary …
Claire Atkinson / New York Post:
Barry Diller's in a spin  —  Barry Diller has to “Ask,” What do I do next?  —  The mercurial owner of IAC/InterActiveCorp — whose extravagant spending is the stuff of legend — can't seem to get a deal done.  —  The top man at search firm was reimbursed more than $1.6 million …
Ken Auletta / New Yorker:
Afghanistan's first media mogul.  —  Saad Mohseni's shows entertain and liberalize.  “One of the reasons Afghanistan has not exploded is that the media give people an outlet,” he says.  Photograph by Kate Brooks. … KEYWORDS … Every day in Kabul, politicians and journalists in search …
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