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6:00 AM ET, December 21, 2011


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Nancy Phillips /
Four say Philly Daily News writer Bill Conlin sexually abused them as children  —  Three women and a man say they were molested as children by Bill Conlin, a Hall of Fame baseball writer and Philadelphia Daily News columnist.  —  In vivid accounts, the four say Conlin groped and fondled them …
Discussion: Associated Press
A.J. Daulerio / Deadspin:
Legendary Columnist Bill Conlin Resigns Over Forthcoming Philly Inquirer Bombshell [UPDATE]  —  The Philadelphia Inquirer's top investigative reporter, Nancy Phillips, has written a story containing what we're told are allegations of child molestation against sportswriter Bill Conlin, a longtime columnist at the rival Daily News.
The 20 | NBC Philadelphia:   Bill Conlin Retires, Doesn't Resign
Dan McQuade / @dhm:   KYW 1060 just reported Inquirer story about the Conlin allegations involve molestation of girls 40 years ago.
Leveson inquiry: James Hipwell gives evidence - live  —  Former Daily Mirror reporter jailed over ‘City Slickers’ scandal, Nick Fagge, Padraic Flanagan and David Pilditch appear  —  10.45am: Hipwell is now talking about the City Slickers column.  —  He explains that the in-house lawyer …
Discussion: Digital Spy
The Independent:
Piers Morgan ‘unaware of phone hacking’  —  Former tabloid newspaper editor Piers Morgan today told an inquiry into press standards that he was unaware of any phone hacking when in charge at the Daily Mirror.  And Mr Morgan said he had not been “directly involved” in the use of private investigators at the Daily Mirror.
Discussion: TVNewser
Richard Adams / Guardian:
What does CNN do with Piers Morgan now?  |  Richard Adams  —  The host's bumbling testimony about his part in the phone hacking scandal surely has CNN wondering what it got itself into  —  If CNN wants an incisive big-name interviewer, it should consider hiring Robert Jay QC …
Discussion: Telegraph
The Sydney Morning Herald:   Piers Morgan quiet on McCartney voicemail
David Dishneau / Associated Press:
US close to resting case against Manning  —  FORT MEADE, Maryland (AP) — The U.S. government neared the end of its case Tuesday against the Army intelligence analyst blamed for the biggest leak of national secrets in American history.  —  The prosecution was expected to call its final six witnesses …
Bradley Manning hearing - Tuesday 20 December 2011 as it happened live updates  —  • Read a summary of the day's main events  —  • Fifth day of pre-trial military hearing in Maryland  —  • Blogger Adrian Lamo called by prosecution  —  • Prosecutors say evidence links Manning to Julian Assange
Pauline Jelinek / Associated Press:
Alleged leaker case more tech than military
Discussion: CNN
Brian Beutler / TPM:
Ryan's Plan Still Ends Medicare Even If Politifact Rates That As A Lie  —  Ryan's Plan Still Ends Medicare Even If PolitiFact Rates That As A Lie  —  Here's a long, sad story about how Democrats' basically true claim that House Republicans voted to end Medicare ended up “winning” …
Adam Serwer / Mother Jones:
Defeating the Point of Fact-Checking  —  Fact-checking, as a genre, probably shouldn't exist.  It does largely because of one of the weirder conventions of mainstream journalism, which is to give equal weight to competing claims regardless of whether or not they actually deserve it.
Alec MacGillis / The New Republic:
The Hard Truth About Fact-Checking
Discussion: Slate, Mother Jones and
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
Washington Post Looks Back To Improve Future  —  NEW YORK — The Washington Post newsroom has changed dramatically in recent years, with hundreds of staffers leaving in a series of buyouts and numerous star reporters and editors decamping to established competitors, such as the New York Times, or starting their own, like Politico.
Discussion: Washington Post
John Eggerton / Multichannel:
Tennis Channel Wins Program Carriage Complaint Against Comcast  —  First Time a Network Has Prevailed in a Program Carriage Complaint Against Cable Operator  —  An FCC Administrative Law Judge has ruled in favor of the Tennis Channel in its program carriage complaint against Comcast.
Discussion: Company Town and Adweek
Joe Flint / Company Town:   Bloomberg TV says Tennis Channel win over Comcast boosts its case
Lauren Indvik / Mashable:
Inside The Atlantic: How One Magazine Got Profitable by Going ‘Digital First’  —  The Atlantic's James Bennet, Scott Havens, Bob Cohn and Justin Smith.  Photo courtesy of Richard A. Bloom.  —  With consecutive quarterly growth in both print and digital advertising sales …
Discussion: The Buttry Diary
Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
How reporters should do their job by the Great Teacher of Journalists  —  I have been defamed!  Blogger Fleet Street Blues has compared me to North Korea's departed leader, Kim Jong-il.  —  “One less-explored aspect of Kim's legacy,” he writes, “is his role as a journalism academic …
Discussion: CJR and Future of Journalism
Tim Carmody / Epicenter:
Livestream the Super Bowl, Kick Off Disruption of Broadcast TV  —  Screenshot of the NFL 2011 iPad app.  Courtesy iTunes  —  In February, Super Bowl XLVI will be the first instance of the biggest game of the year to stream live over the web, via and
Eric Boehlert / Media Matters for America:
U.S. Attorney Recuses Himself From News Corp. Investigation  —  The United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Preet Bharara, has recused himself from the office's ongoing investigation into News Corp. because of a longstanding friendship with a News Corp. board member.
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:   Upcoming Conference to Focus on News Corp. Hacking Scandal
Wendy Davis / MediaPost:
Veoh Not Liable For Users' Copyright Infringement  —  In a closely watched case, a federal appellate court has ruled in favor of video-sharing site Veoh in a copyright infringement case brought by Universal Music Group.  —  The 9th Circuit ruled on Tuesday that Veoh qualified …
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Chicago Tribune:
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