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6:05 PM ET, July 23, 2012


 Top News: 
David Carr / Media Decoder:
In Aurora, a Sadly Familiar Template Kicks In for the News Media  —  When a lone assassin sets off on a rampage, there is very little sense to be made of what takes place.  But, still, the news media, responding to sincere and frightened public appetites, attempts to bring order out of the chaos.
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Reuters editor names theater-shooting ‘person of interest’ on Twitter  —  To understand why Reuters Deputy Social Media Editor Matthew Keys has earned such a wide Twitter audience, scan through the last 72 hours or so of his tweets.  He's been an invaluable process-journalism firehose …
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Holmes' mother suggests ABC News mischaracterized her statement  —  Arlene Holmes, the mother of Colorado theater shooting suspect James Holmes, says that ABC News mischaracterized her when it reported that her initial statement to the reporter, “you have the right person,” was a reference to her son.
Erik Wemple:
CNN host doesn't want bio of Aurora suspect  —  On his show “Reliable Sources,” CNN's Howard Kurtz votes for no biographical profile of alleged Aurora shooter James Holmes: … I care.  Though Kurtz's aversion to turning the Aurora shooter into a celebrity is noble, it's also shortsighted.
Michael Holden / Reuters:
Murdoch allies await hacking charges update  —  (Reuters) - Rupert Murdoch's former British newspaper boss and Prime Minister David Cameron's ex-media chief could find out on Tuesday whether they will be prosecuted in a phone-hacking inquiry that has shaken the British establishment.
Discussion: Guardian
Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
NI staff ‘appeared to have data from stolen phones’
Discussion: The Independent and Press Gazette
Ben Dowell / Guardian:   Phone hacking: mother of murder victim Clare Bernal sues NI
Josh Halliday / Guardian:   Phone hacking: former NoW journalists to learn fate on Tuesday
Sandra Laville / Guardian:   Police are using phone-hacking scandal to claw back control of information
Nick Cohen / The Observer:   Persecuting the press diminishes us all
Dominic Ponsford / Editor's Blog:   And then they came for me...the unprecedented wave of journalist arrests has become a threat to all of us
Peter Lauria / Reuters:
Exclusive: IAC takes control of Newsweek Daily Beast from Harmans  —  (Reuters) - The family of late billionaire stereo magnate Sidney Harman has stopped investing in the Newsweek Daily Beast Co joint venture that it co-owns with Barry Diller's IAC/InterActiveCorp, according to representatives of both companies.
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
National Journal Bars Quotations Tweaked by Sources  —  National Journal said it would ban the use of quotations that had been massaged or manipulated by its sources, joining a growing chorus of news organizations that are objecting to a practice that has become increasingly common in political journalism.
Erik Wemple:   National Journal boss on quote-approval: It's about control
Jeff John Roberts / paidContent:
Justice Department slams Apple, refuses to modify e-book settlement  —  The Justice Department released a document today that characterized criticism by Apple and publishers of a controversial price-fixing settlement as “self-serving” and ill-founded.  The Department also pointed to recent ventures …
Greg Sandoval / CNET:
Amazon's the villain, not Apple, e-book sellers say
Discussion: Computerworld and Bookseller news
Shira Ovide / Wall Street Journal:
For the Olympics, Twitter and NBC Form Partnership  —  As athletes parade into London's Olympic Stadium this Friday, Twitter Inc.'s Olympic hopes will play out in a spartan office in Boulder, Colo.  —  There, a handful of people will spend 20 hours a day to help corral millions of Twitter messages …
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Twitter as media: Its ambitions grow with NBC Olympic deal
Jeff Bercovici / Forbes:
How HBO Made It Look Like Critics Liked ‘The Newsroom’  —  Critical reception of “The Newsroom,” Aaron Sorkin's new HBO series set in the TV news business, has been generally cool.  On, which averages out reviews from all over, its score is a distinctly mediocre 57.
Alexander C. Kaufman / The Wrap:
News Corp. Promotes Peter Rice, David Hill  —  Peter Rice, the chairman of entertainment for Fox Networks Group since 2010, has been named chairman and CEO of the division, News Corporation announced Monday.  —  Rice will oversee all programming and operations for Fox Broadcasting Company …
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
Zite adds LA Times, Chicago Tribune, others to its publishers program  —  Personalized reading app Zite is adding more publishers to its three-month-old ZitePublisher program.  The Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, Hearst's Harper's Bazaar, the International Business Times, Entrepreneur magazine …
Discussion: MediaPost, VentureBeat and Zite - Blog
Max Fisher / The Atlantic Online:
CNN's Effusive Coverage of Kazakhstan Is Quietly Sponsored by Its Subject  —  The Republic of Kazakhstan is not the sort of country that you hear about much in American media.  Newspapers and TV networks have limited space, after all, and with so much happening in places like China and the Middle East …
Discussion: TVNewser
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