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1:30 PM ET, August 25, 2010


 Top News: 
Media Decoder:
National Journal Hires Major Garrett From Fox News  —  Major Garrett, the chief White House correspondent for Fox News, is quitting his job at the cable news channel after eight years.  He is joining National Journal as a Congressional correspondent.  —  Mr. Garrett's surprise departure comes …
Brian McDermott / Online Journalism Review:
What the ‘Ground Zero mosque’ flap says about the state of journalism  —  By Brian McDermott: The Ground Zero mosque does not exist.  —  There is, of course, the planned Park51 Muslim community center and mosque, which local authorities approved for construction on Park Place in lower Manhattan …
Discussion: Runnin' Scared
Kelly McBride / Poynter Online:
SEO Makes It Too Late for Truth for ‘Ground Zero Mosque’  —  It's not at ground zero and it's not just a mosque.  —  A number of news outlets have gone to great lengths recently to correct this falsehood.  —  PolitiFact has made several rulings on the issue.
Wall Street Journal:
Apple Close to Deal With Disney to Rent ABC Shows Via iTunes  —  Apple Inc. is in discussions with major TV companies to offer 99-cent rentals of television episodes, according to people familiar with the situation, as the company tries to reshape the television business around its devices …
Discussion: Reuters, Electronista and Fortune
Apple Said to Prepare 99-Cent TV Shows to Fend Off Netflix, Hulu
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
CBS Evening News Ratings Tie 20-Year Low  —  For any person who believes that the American people should be paying greater attention to the war in Afghanistan, the following statistic might disappoint.  —  On a week that included the anchor Katie Couric's trip to Afghanistan, the …
Jeff Bercovici / DailyFinance:
E5 Global Media Courting Writer Michael Wolff as Editorial Director?  —  Since taking over The Hollywood Reporter, Billboard and Mediaweek earlier this year, former Conde Nast executive Richard Beckman has been making noise by hiring, or trying to hire, the sorts of big names you don't usually find …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Jim Barnett / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Googling serendipity: How does journalism fare in a world where algorithms trump messy chance?  —  Twelve years ago, when I was reporting on the pending Microsoft antitrust case, I learned that what was really at stake wasn't immediately apparent in the legal briefs.
Peter Lauria / The Daily Beast:
Sumner's $1 Million Payoff  —  The billionaire chairman of Viacom and CBS has settled with a deputy who accused him of loutish behavior.  Peter Lauria on the latest of Sumner Redstone's costly antics.  —  CBS Corp. spared its billionaire chairman Sumner Redstone the potential embarrassment …
Marc Graser / Variety:
‘Angry Birds’ flies with Hollywood  —  IPhone game eyes TV shows, movies, toys  —  The “Angry Birds” are flocking to Hollywood.  —  Rovio, the Finnish creator of the hit iPhone and iPad game, which has sold more than 6.5 million downloads, wants to turn the property into a major franchise …
Julie Bosman / New York Times:
Random House Wins Battle for E-Book Rights  —  An e-book battle between Random House and the Wylie Agency appears to have ended.  —  After a monthlong standoff, Random House said on Tuesday that it now held the rights to publish e-book editions of 13 classic books that the literary agent Andrew Wylie …
Discussion: Poynter Online and Electronista
Joe Strupp / Strupp:
Former White House Correspondents President Chen: Fox News Seating ‘A Travesty’  —  Allowing Fox News to move up to the first row in the White House briefing room was a “travesty of a decision,” according to Ed Chen, the former White House Correspondents Association president who left that post just a few months ago.
Jeff Bercovici / DailyFinance:
Why Media Matters Should Stop Picking on Fox News (This Time)
Discussion: Mediaite and On Media's Blog
Keach Hagey / The Politico:
New life for Washington Times  —  The owner of the Washington Times entered into an agreement Tuesday to sell the paper to another entity affiliated with its parent, the Unification Church, which would return funding to the cash-strapped conservative publication, POLITICO has learned.
John Cook / Yahoo! News:
What does News Corp. want in return for that $1 million?  —  Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. raised eyebrows last week with a $1 million donation to the Republican Governors Association that the New York Times described as “bold” and “one of the biggest [contributions] ever given by a media organization.”
Daniel B. Roberts / Salon:
Tao Lin: Lit “it boy” for the Internet age  —  Tao Lin gets arrested in a bookstore.  He lets fans buy shares of his book.  Meet literature's Net-savvy new star  —  Tao Lin is the next big thing in urban hipster lit.  At least, so say the people that read his books on the subway.
Discussion: New York Observer
Media Week:
‘Paywalls are essential,’ says WPP's Martin Sorrell  —  WPP's chief executive Sir Martin Sorrell believes online paywalls are an “essential” part of the armoury for newspaper and magazine publishers in the digital age.  —  Sir Martin Sorrell: WPP chief executive
Discussion: Brand Republic
Sergio Acosta / retoNet:
Multimedia jobs are for robots  —  This post is also available in: Spanish  —  “The New York Times is looking for a technology-savvy journalist”, thus begins the job offer.  —  It is a short text, written in that style in which half of humanity is being gradually discarded.
Wall Street Journal:
The ABCs of E-Reading  —  New Devices Are Changing Habits.  People Are Reading More, Even While in a Kayak  —  People who buy e-readers tend to spend more time than ever with their nose in a book, preliminary research shows.  —  A study of 1,200 e-reader owners by Marketing …
Mel Campbell / Crikey:
What is excellence in online journalism?  —  Like many journalists, I crave external validation, so the other day I was idly browsing the Walkley Awards website and fantasising about entering.  —  Since I write largely for online media, I gravitated to the online category …
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Ryan Lawler / NewTeeVee:
Comcast: No Plans to Pull NBC Content from Hulu
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
NYT Blogger and New Author Nick Bilton Talks About the Future …
Discussion: eMedia Vitals and PSFK
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Tom Bissell / New York Observer:
From Tragedy to Trend Story: In Defense of Virginia Quarterly …
Discussion: Romenesko
Peter Morris / Prospect Magazine:
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Lauren Kirchner / CJR:
Patch's Problematic Redesign
Discussion: Editors Weblog
Ryan Singel / Epicenter:
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Jason Linkins / The Huffington Post:
News Corp. Executives Actually Recently Met With Saudi Billionaire …
Discussion: Arab News, Think Progress and Mediaite
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Philip B. Corbett / Times Topics:
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Discussion: Romenesko
John Hamer / Washington News Council:
Ira Glass on broadcasting's “failure of craft”
Discussion: Romenesko
Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
Is it time for Yahoo to Hulu?  —  Decline in paying subs is an incentive for deal
Discussion: PopWatch and Techdirt
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
Is $10 The Magic Number In Online Publishing?
Joe Pompeo / The Wire:
Conde Nast Grabs Monica Ray From Time Inc.
Joshua Benton / Nieman Journalism Lab:
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Discussion: ReadWriteWeb