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2:00 PM ET, November 7, 2010


 Top News: 
New York Times:
Pleading Sanity  —  At his Rally to Restore Sanity, Jon Stewart complained about the shrieking tone of cable news.  Were you watching when a montage juxtaposed footage from your news show with that of Glenn Beck's?  —  I saw that.  I was sitting at home, with my notebooks for the election …
Glynnis MacNicol / Mediaite:
Report: Olbermann Was Suspended For Refusing To Apologize On Camera  —  Politico's Mike Allen added another layer of speculation to Keith Olbermann's sudden and indefinite suspension on Friday: Olbermann was suspended for refusing to apologize on air.  From Playbook:
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
Maddow Says Olbermann's Suspension Shows Difference Between MSNBC and Fox News  —  By suspending Keith Olbermann for contributing money to Democratic candidates, MSNBC appears to be trying to differentiate itself from the Fox News Channel, which does not discourage employees from making personal donations …
John Cook / Gawker:
Olbermann 'Doesn't Answer' to NBC News Standards
Peter Preston / Guardian:
Politico isn't a newspaper.  But it might be the future of print  —  The political news specialist employs 175 people to broadcast in print, on video and over the internet.  In other words, it focuses on subject, not medium - and makes a profit doing so  —  Early on Wednesday morning …
4TH UPDATE: New COMCAST-NBCU Organizational Structure Coming Nov. 15  —  EXCLUSIVE... SATURDAY 3PM... 4TH UPDATE: More intel from our insiders, with no official confirmations.  And everyone keeps emphasizing that this situation is still very fluid with a lot still undecided.
Ellen Barry / New York Times:
Russian Journalist Beaten in Moscow  —  MOSCOW — A journalist for the popular daily newspaper Kommersant was seriously injured Saturday morning in an attack that his editor said was probably connected to his work.  —  The journalist, Oleg Kashin, 30, is in a medically induced coma …
Andrew Wallenstein / paidContent:
Did Techcrunch Take Down Its Unconfirmed Google Sexual-Assault Story?  —  Whether it's publishing stolen business plans or breaking publicist embargoes, Techcrunch is notorious for its take-no-prisoners approach to online journalism.  —  But the audacious blog may have lost its nerve amid …
Megan Garber / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Election week wrap-up: Tuesday night traffic trends from some prominent politics websites  —  Among the victors emerging from Tuesday's midterm elections was digital news.  On sites' homepages and politics sections across the web, interactive features, data-rich graphics …
James Rainey / Los Angeles Times:
On the Media: 'Old media's' dilemma of charging for online content  —  Some experts agree that pay-to-read is an economic necessity, but the key is finding a price and billing plan that won't scare off readers.  —  Fred from high school e-mailed this week out of the blue, wondering why the …
Andrew Wallenstein / paidContent:
Dish CEO: My Kids Think I'm Crazy For Being In Pay-TV Biz  —  A startling admission from Charlie Ergen, CEO of Dish Network (NSDQ: DISH), on his company's Q3-earnings call capped a week of high anxiety and low expectations in the media business.  —  Asked to assess the pressures …
Discussion: Broadcasting & Cable and Engadget
Emma Barnett / Telegraph:
Andrew Ross Sorkin: The man behind Dealbook  —  Andrew Ross Sorkin, bestselling author and acclaimed New York Times business reporter, is part of a new breed of entrepreneurial journalists.  He tells Emma Barnett how technology helped him ‘own’ his beat.
Discussion: Talking Biz News
Jeremy W. Peters / Media Decoder:
U.S. News & World Report to Become Online Only  —  U.S. News & World Report, the magazine that in recent years has gone from a weekly, to a semimonthly to a monthly, will no longer exist as a regularly printed publication.  —  The magazine's editors announced on Friday that U.S. News would become an online-only source of news.
Discussion: New York Times
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