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3:30 AM ET, January 10, 2011


 Top News: 
Steve Safran / Lost Remote:
How incorrect reports of Giffords' death spread on Twitter  —  Update: NPR Senior Strategist Andy Carvin, who worked on the NPR online effort Saturday, has left a great explanation in our comments section about some of the decisions he faced.  We have incorporated a small piece of it into the story …
Craig Silverman / Regret the Error:
NPR, Reuters, CNN and other major news orgs incorrectly declare death of Rep. Giffords  —  The shooting of Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and others at a public event earlier today resulted in an onslaught of breaking news reporting.  Major news organizations raced to gather reporting, and information began to spread quickly.
Chad Catacchio / The Next Web:
Twitter isn't the new Cronkite - it needs the new Cronkite(s)  —  Twitter needs an anchor - or perhaps hundreds, thousands or millions of them.  —  I thought a lot about that post during todays events, and I now feel that while the point that Twitter is the place to go for breaking news is beyond question …
Discussion: The Huffington Post and TVNewser, Thanks:bradtnw
Chris Ariens /
Cablers Cover Shooting of Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, Others …
Keach Hagey / On Media's Blog:
Media chaos over Giffords's status
Sam Schechner / Wall Street Journal:
CNN Mulls Show Shake-Up  —  Amid Ratings Struggle, Network May Replace Kathleen Parker on ‘Parker Spitzer’  —  CNN is considering replacing Kathleen Parker, co-host of its new evening program “Parker Spitzer,” according to people familiar with the matter, as the network struggles to reverse a steep slide in its evening audience.
Frédéric Filloux / Monday Note:
Le Monde: a blueprint of a turnaround  —  The iconic French newspaper Le Monde is about to begin a new chapter of its complicated history.  Last September, what remains France's most influential paper changed hands (see previous Monday Note Le Monde's escape velocity and story in NY Times' DealBook).
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
The TV-Internet Nuptials  —  LAS VEGAS — The blending of television and the Internet is inevitable.  But will it happen in concert with the major cable and satellite distributors, or in spite of them?  —  That question loomed large at the Consumer Electronics Show last week …
Arthur S. Brisbane / New York Times:
Hanging On as the Boundaries Shift  —  FOUR months as public editor has given me a working list, perhaps only that, of the challenges The Times faces and the faults readers find in this most important of American newspapers.  As a representative of the reader, I'd like to post that list today …
Jerry Lazar / KobreChannel:
Clueless in Columbus  —  Here are five lessons the media should learn from the Columbus Dispatch's video story about Ted Williams.  (That golden-throated homeless guy does have a name.)  —  * 1. Don't look a gift horse in the mouth.  The gift horse we're talking about is not Williams.
Matthew Belloni / Hollywood Reporter:
EXCLUSIVE: History Channel Pulls ‘The Kennedys’; Says Controversial Miniseries ‘Not a Fit’ … In a surprise move, A&E Television Networks has canceled plans to broadcast The Kennedys, the ambitious and much-anticipated miniseries about the American political family that was set to air this spring on the History Channel.
Nancy A. Youssef / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
In WikiLeaks fight, U.S. journalists take the Fifth  —  WASHINGTON — Not so long ago, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange could count on American journalists to support his campaign to publish secret documents that banks and governments didn't want the world to see.
The Independent:
Brave new world: Writers will have to change their attitude if they're to catch up with the videogames industry  —  Digital media offer unbounded opportunities for writers to experiment with form and conventions.  So why do so many still allow themselves to be imprisoned by the traditional codex format of the book, asks Joy Lo Dico
Discussion: Personanondata
Dan Saltzstein / New York Times:
The Comic Who Explores Comedy's Darkest Side  —  HERE'S a riposte you're not likely to hear in an interview by Jay Leno or Charlie Rose: “You've got to have rage, man.  Because I see the posture — your posture is built for rage.”  That's Marc Maron talking to Dane Cook, the popular but bland comedian …
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