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11:40 AM ET, May 11, 2012


 Top News: 
New York Times:
Rebekah Brooks Faces Hacking Inquiry in Britain  —  LONDON — Offering a rare glimpse into the personal relationship between political power and the press in Britain, Rebekah Brooks, the former chief executive of Rupert Murdoch's British newspaper subsidiary, testified on Friday …
Dan Sabbagh / Guardian:
Rebekah Brooks tells the Leveson inquiry of more meetings with David Cameron  —  After a morning of Leveson inquiry testimony from Rebekah Brooks, No 10's worst fears over what the former News International boss might reveal about their relationship have not been realised.
Tim Karr / Save the News:
Who's Afraid of Rupert Murdoch?
Discussion: Erik Wemple
Ryan Chittum / CJR:
The Washington Post Co.'s Self-Destructive Course  —  Dividends, share buybacks, and an anti-paywall stance help bleed the paper dry  —  The Washington Post Company's dismal quarterly earnings release last week was received with something of a shrug—more of the same.
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
Did the News Media Drive the Gay Marriage Debate?  —  On the Fox News Channel on Wednesday afternoon, the anchor Shepard Smith played a clip of President Obama expressing his support for gay marriage, then delivered this stinging assessment: “The President of the United States, now in the 21st century.”
Alex Weprin / TVNewser:
NBC Yanks ‘Rock Center’ From May Sweeps, Presence on Fall Lineup Unclear  —  NBC has pulled its primetime newsmagazine series “Rock Center with Brian Williams” from its lineup for the remainder of May Sweeps.  In its place, the network will broadcast reruns of “Law & Order: SVU.”
Alan Duke / CNN:
Reporter, fired for stripping, charges gender discrimination  —  Los Angeles (CNN) — A part-time stripper fired from her full-time newspaper job covering Texas high society claims she's a victim of gender discrimination.  —  Sarah Tressler, 30, filed a complaint this week asking …
Gregory Korte / USA Today:
Amendment puts spotlight on Pentagon propaganda  —  WASHINGTON - A member of the House Armed Services Committee threatened an amendment to block funding for Pentagon propaganda efforts Wednesday, citing USA TODAY reports questioning their efficacy and management.
Steve Ladurantaye / Globe and Mail:
Globe to charge readers for online content  —  The Globe and Mail is moving to charge readers for its online content, following a trend established by the New York Times and other major publications.  —  Publisher and chief executive officer Phillip Crawley told an all-staff meeting Thursday …
Jeff John Roberts / paidContent:
Search engines have same speech rights as the New York Times, says Google report  —  Just as the New York Times can decide “All the News That's Fit to Print,” search engines have a free speech right to choose who or what to put in their search rankings.  —  That's the conclusion of a prominent …
Discussion: AllThingsD and Poynter
Betsy Rothstein / FishbowlDC:
Pub Backs Blogger in Emails Before Canning Her  —  In the latest backlash over the firing of Naomi Schaefer Riley from the Chronicle of Higher Education, internal emails show that management supported Riley before abruptly canning her.  —  To recap, Riley, a former WSJ editor and Harvard grad …
Jessica Roy / Betabeat:
Daily Foodie Newsletter Tasting Table is Gobbling Up Revenue  —  Tasting Table, the daily epicurean email publication in the same vein as Thrillist, doesn't fancy itself just another “To the trash bin with you!” newsletter.  With stringent editorial standards ("no pay for play") …
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Laura Hazard Owen / GigaOM:
OMG, is Amazon going to kill tech blogs too?
Discussion: eMedia Vitals and The Daily
Daniel Frankel / paidContent:
Investment bank Evercore readies Variety for sale
Richard Pyle / Associated Press:
Horst Faas, AP Combat Photographer, Dies at 79
Josh Stearns / Save the News:
New Attack Launched on Public Media
Discussion: Hillicon Valley and Adweek
Jeff Bercovici / Forbes:
Will Time's Breastfeeding Cover Be Bad For Business?
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Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
DNAinfo cleans up in New York Press Club Awards
Discussion: FishbowlNY and Street Fight
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
Washington Post Held Mitt Romney Bullying Story In Print Due To Obama Gay Marriage News
Fabiana Repaci / WWD:
Huffington Post to Launch in Italy
Jim Romenesko:
Will the Sun-Times buy the Chicago Tribune?
Discussion: Chicago Reader, AAN and Poynter
Lucia Moses / Adweek:
Zuckerman Aims at Flyover Country
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Obama courts new foreign policy crowd