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12:55 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: Poynter
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  —  According to Deadspin, “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.
Dan McQuade / @dhm:   KYW 1060 just reported Inquirer story about the Conlin allegations involve molestation of girls 40 years ago.
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
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
Piers Morgan Attacks Critics, Calls Accuser Insane at Ethics Hearing  —  Piers Morgan is tired of people trying to tie him to the phone-hacking scandal consuming the U.K. journalism industry.  On Tuesday, during live video testimony to the British government's Leveson Inquiry on press ethics …
Richard Adams / Guardian:
What does CNN do with Piers Morgan now? | Richard Adams
Discussion: Telegraph
The Sydney Morning Herald:   Piers Morgan quiet on McCartney voicemail
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
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 …
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
Discussion: Washington Monthly, Forbes and Forbes
Alec MacGillis / The New Republic:
The Hard Truth About Fact-Checking
Discussion: Slate, and Mother Jones
Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
Leveson inquiry: Rupert Murdoch could be called  —  News Corporation chairman and chief executive could give evidence before the inquiry early next year  —  Rupert Murdoch, the chairman and chief executive of News Corporation, may be called to give evidence before the Leveson inquiry into ethics and standards in press.
Eric Boehlert / Media Matters for America:   U.S. Attorney Recuses Himself From News Corp. Investigation
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:   Upcoming Conference to Focus on News Corp. Hacking Scandal
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: The Huffington 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: Adweek
Joe Flint / Company Town:   Bloomberg TV says Tennis Channel win over Comcast boosts its case
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
Ben Sisario / Media Decoder:
Vevo, a Music Video Web Site, Wants to Get Into Television  —  In yet another example of the muddying of media categories, Vevo, the music video Web site set up by the two largest record companies is in talks with cable carriers to become a TV channel.  —  The company, which operates independently …
Discussion: MediaPost and Rolling Stone
Financial Times:   Vevo sounds upbeat note on cable channel
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
Ex-Cablevision COO Rutledge Turns Up As Charter CEO  —  It's trite but in this case quite true: Cablevision's loss is Charter's gain.  Tom Rutledge, the deft cable operator who abruptly left Cablevision (NYSE: CVC) late last week, will head St. Louis-based Charter (NSDQ: CHTR) …
Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
Google Removes Author: Search From Google News  —  You can no longer search for articles from specific authors in Google News.  —  As Barry Schwartz reported this morning on Search Engine Roundtable, using the author: firstname lastname command at Google News brings up no results now, and Google has disabled it on purpose.
Ira Stoll / The Future of Capitalism:
The Times Shell Game  —  The New York Observer's Foster Kamer has a dispatch about how the New York Times has “bought out” several of its veteran employees, while retaining them as “contractors” to do the same jobs they were doing before.  It quotes an email from Times staffer-turned-contractor Diana B. Henriques:
Discussion: FishbowlNY
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
Katy Roberts, Jody Alesandro to leave ‘Times’ in buyout scheme
Rachel McAthy /
Record number of journalists killed on ‘dangerous assignments’  —  A report by the Committee to Protect Journalists finds that at least 43 journalists were killed this year ‘ in direct relation to their work’, with 16 of those on ‘dangerous assignments’  —  British-born photographer Tim Hetherington …
Discussion: Guardian and Erik Wemple
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