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9:15 AM ET, December 21, 2011


 Top News: 
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: @kevinoncfb and Associated Press
Larry Platt /
How do we report about our own?  —  I have been a journalist for more than a quarter century, and I have never had a professional experience that was sadder - or more shocking - than reading the allegations leveled against Bill Conlin today.  —  As detailed by the Inquirer's Nancy Phillips …
The 20 | NBC Philadelphia:
Bill Conlin Retires, Doesn't Resign
Discussion: Poynter
Leveson inquiry: James Hipwell gives evidence - live  —  • Ex-Mirror journalist witnessed Morgan's phone being hacked  —  • Hipwell says hacking ‘was bog standard journalistic tool’  —  • He says voicemails were deleted to stop Sun getting stories
Richard Adams / Guardian:
What does CNN do with Piers Morgan now? | Richard Adams
Discussion: Telegraph and Press Gazette
Josh Halliday / Guardian:   Glenn Mulcaire wins legal fees battle with News of the World publisher
Guardian:   First police officer arrested over alleged payments for journalists
Kevin Roderick / LA Observed:
Times ‘terminates’ blogging pressman Ed Padgett  —  Ed Padgett, a Los Angeles Times employee for 39 years, has been in trouble with the bosses before for his blog posts.  This time, he says today, Human Resources called from out of nowhere to tell him he had been fired.
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 …
Guardian:   Bradley Manning hearing - Tuesday 20 December 2011 as it happened live updates
Pauline Jelinek / Associated Press:
Alleged leaker case more tech than military
Discussion: CNN
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:
Marcus Brauchli, Washington Post Editor, Gathers Veteran Staffers To Steady Uneasy Newsroom  —  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 …
Discussion: Washington Post
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Five things I would do as CEO of the New York Times  —  Janet Robinson recently stepped down from her position as chief executive officer of the New York Times, and while there haven't been any official announcements about why she left, the Wall Street Journal says that Robinson's lack …
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
Seth Godin / Seth Godin's Blog:
The new lazy journalism  —  When journalism was local, the math of reporting was pretty simple: you found a trend, an event or an issue that was important and you wrote about it.  After all, you were the voice to your readers.  Being in sync with a hundred or a thousand print journalists around …
Discussion: Future of Journalism
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
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
The Sydney Morning Herald:   Piers Morgan quiet on McCartney voicemail
Marc Chacksfield /
Lovefilm signs Sony up for on-demand content  —  Another big name on board before Netflix arrives  —  Lovefilm has announced it has added another big name to its on-demand catalogue, with Sony Pictures signing up to offer premium content through the service.
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 …
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
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Discussion: SlashGear, MediaPost and Rolling Stone
John Plunkett / Guardian:
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Chicago Tribune:
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Steven Church / Bloomberg:
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Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
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Discussion: Future of Journalism
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