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1:55 PM ET, August 13, 2012

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Michael Shain / New York Post:
Saving CNN  —  Suffering its worst ratings in 20 years, CNN is going Hollywood.  In the past few weeks, the No. 3 cable news channel has started seeking out reality-show ideas and big-name stars not afraid to talk politics.  They have even begun working on a late-night talk show, The Post has learned.
David Carr / New York Times:
Wondering How Far Magazines Must Fall  —  Making a weekly newsmagazine has always been a tough racket.  It takes a big staff working on punishing deadlines to aggregate the flurry of news, put some learned topspin on it and package it for readers.  But that job now belongs to the Web and takes place in real time, not a week later.
John Clarke / Forbes:
Despite Criticism, NBC Scores Big Ratings With London Olympics Closing Ceremonies  —  Despite criticism for cutting acts and interrupting the London Olympics Closing Ceremonies with a comedy series preview, NBC scored high ratings Sunday night.  —  NBC's prime-time games coverage drew …
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Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
AOL Bets Big on Web Video News With HuffPost Live (and on Tape)  —  After a very long drum roll, the Huffington Post launches HuffPost Live, its streaming Web video news operation, this morning.  —  If you've watched the streaming video that other newspapers and Web sites have put out …
Robert D. McFadden / New York Times:
James M. Naughton, Reporter and Editor, Dies at 73  —  James M. Naughton, a prank-loving White House and national correspondent for The New York Times during the Nixon, Ford and Carter administrations and later a senior editor at The Philadelphia Inquirer for almost two decades …
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Not All Yahoos Headed Out Door: Mayer Makes Filo a Direct Report and Bell Permanent GC  —  While new Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer has ushered some longtime employees out the door of late — most recently, HR head David Windley last week, with more to come — that does not mean she is not keeping some longtime Yahoos around.
Steve Myers / Poynter:
Science writers: Jonah Lehrer's scientific errors worse than fabricated quotes  —  Jonah Lehrer's fake Bob Dylan quotations detract from a more serious problem flagged by scientists while he was a rising star: his habit of misstating and mischaracterizing scientific facts.
Jim Romenesko:
Times-Picayune reporter jumps off the ‘sinking ship’  —  The Times-Picayune reporter who shared with Romenesko readers the letter she wrote to her bosses in early July ("I can't just keep my mouth shut and pretend everything is okay or that it doesn't matter") has left the paper.
Josh Sternberg / Digiday:
Why New York Magazine Sees Responsive Design as the Future  —  New York Magazine launched a fashion site this week called The Cut.  What's interesting is that the publication is using the site as a pilot of sorts to join the now-trendy responsive design movement.
Jeff Bercovici / Forbes:
Google Buys Frommer's.  Can We All Just Agree It's A Media Company Now?  —  Every few months, some Google watcher pens a chin-stroker asking whether it's fair to call the Mountain View, Calif.-based internet giant a media company.  See, for instance:  —  GigaOm, 2007: “Is Google A Media Company?”
Discussion: TechCrunch and Wall Street Journal
Tanzina Vega / New York Times:
MundoFox to Enter the Latino TV Market  —  LOS ANGELES — The correspondents were on camera and on location in Mexico City, Washington and Los Angeles.  Rolando Nichols, the lead anchor, listened intently to the microphone in his ear as he stood in front of the bright red walls of the news studio.
Josh Stearns / Talking To Strangers:
Your Phone is a First Amendment Device: Police, Citizens and the Right to Record  —  The New York Times reports that in the wake of the Times Square shooting the NYPD confiscated one bystander's phone and video footage, and told him not to talk to the media.
 
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Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Candy Crowley will be the first woman to moderate a presidential debate in 20 years
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Charlie Warzel / Adweek:
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Steve Myers / Poynter:
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