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12:30 PM ET, June 6, 2012


 Top News: 
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
How things went bad at GOOD magazine, what's next for fired staff and the company they left  —  Max Schorr isn't interested in engaging in what he calls “he said/she said back and forth” with the former staffers of GOOD, the magazine he cofounded that laid off most of its editorial staff last Friday.
Hello Tomorrow  —  “What is best in life?”  This is our colleague Cord Jefferson's refrain.  This brilliant little rhetorical question has a way of stopping everyone in the moment—usually a drunken moment, always a really great moment—to make sure we all recognize and remember it.
Ann Friedman:
About GOOD and on to TOMORROW  —  On March 8, 2011, the day after I accepted the job as executive editor of GOOD, I sent a 5:15 a.m. Gchat message to my core lady: “woke up at 5am in a sweat about how hard it's gonna be to actually run a magazine.”  —  While it certainly wasn't the easiest year …
Barbara Walters: the key emails  —  Following her exclusive interview with Bashar al-Assad, Barbara Walters tried to use her influence to help one of the Syrian dictator's former aides.  Here are the key emails.  December 8, 2011 - Sheherazad Jaafari to Barbara Walters …
Bill Carter / Media Decoder:
Barbara Walters Apologizes for Helping Aide to Assad of Syria  —  In the months after her exclusive interview last year with President Bashar al-Assad of Syria, Barbara Walters tried to intercede to get a job for a former aide of his, who Ms. Walters acknowledged helped arrange the interview.
Jim Romenesko:
Warren Buffett buys 3.2% stake in Lee Enterprises  —  Warren Buffett hoped Berkshire Hathaway could keep quiet about its investment in struggling Lee Enterprises, but the SEC wouldn't allow it.  On Tuesday, the billionaire investor disclosed that Berkshire purchased 1.66 million shares of Lee …
Jack Shafer:
The great newspaper liquidation
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Wattpad raises $17 million to become the YouTube of writing  —  Wattpad, which describes itself as the world's largest online community of readers and writers, has raised a Series B funding round of $17.3 million from a group of venture funds led by Khosla Ventures and including Yahoo co-founder Jerry Yang.
Salvador Rodriguez / Los Angeles Times:
Pandora is lobbying Congress to keep online radio royalties low  —  Pandora has reportedly spent more than $50,000 during the first quarter alone on two lobbying firms to keep royalties for online radio low.  —  Pandora has reportedly spent more than $50,000 this year lobbying Congress …
Howard Owens / CJR:
How David Simon is wrong about paywalls  —  Let me count the ways.  Ten, in fact.  —  David Simon is a talented writer and storyteller, but is he qualified to give advice to publishers about how to save their dying industry?  —  As qualified as anybody else, I suppose.
Kat Stoeffel / The New York Observer:
Shake Up Shack: New York Times Has New Police Bureau Chief  —  After more than a half a decade as police headquarters bureau chief for The New York Times, Al Baker has vacated the mouse-infested reporters' “shack” at One Police Plaza, making way for some rare new blood at the Times.
Discussion: FishbowlNY
Ben Popper / The Verge:
RebelMouse turns your social streams into a dynamic personal homepage  —  Paul Berry is famous in tech and media circles as the brains behind The Huffington Post's incredible success with social media and search engine optimization.  Today he is taking the wraps off RebelMouse …
Dylan Byers / Politico:
WashPost's Watergate anniversary party  —  The Washington Post is holding a celebration for the 40th anniversary of the Watergate scandal next week, POLITICO has learned.  —  Bob Woodward, Carl Bernstein, and editor Ben Bradlee will all take turns delivering speeches at the party, which takes place June 11 at the Watergate Building.
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
What happens when a newspaper is just another digital voice?  —  The fact that print is declining as a medium for journalism, and that newspapers are going to have to deal with that in a variety of ways, was brought home with a thud recently when Advance Publications and Postmedia announced …
Dylan Byers / Politico:
The American Prospect doesn't need angels  —  GQ's Marin Cogan reports today on the fate of The American Prospect, which recently told readers that if it couldn't raise $200,000, it was going to die.  —  It's not a terribly pretty picture: “On a recent Monday afternoon …
Marin Cogan / GQ:
“I'm sort of fatalistic ... It's in rich peoples' hands now”: The Last Days of The American Prospect?
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John Biggs / TechCrunch:
E-Publishing May Be Doing Everything Right, But We Can't Ignore The Spectre Of Piracy
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
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Discussion: Wired, GalleyCat, FishbowlNY and WWD
Dylan Byers / Politico:
CNN taps The New Yorker's Ryan Lizza
Julie Moos / Poynter:
Donald Trump is done with USA Today
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Steve Kroft on Romney and Obama as TV guests, and the amazing challenge of filling job openings at ‘60 Minutes’
Discussion: New York Magazine
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