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9:55 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.
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Bill Carter / Media Decoder:
CNN to Promote Nonfiction TV, not Reality TV, Network Says  —  CNN says it is not getting into the reality television business, though it is considering adding weekend programs that are similar to a documentary-style travel show hosted by Anthony Bourdain that it will begin showing next year.
Craig Silverman / Poynter:
Newsroom responses to Zakaria plagiarism reveal lack of consistency, transparency  —  The Fareed Zakaria plagiarism scandal has an interesting unintended consequence: it highlights how media outlets respond differently to plagiarism and fabrication cases.  —  My Poynter colleague Mallary …
Discussion: The Huffington Post and MinOnline
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Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Yale reviewing relationship with Fareed Zakaria after plagiarism  —  Yale may review its relationship with university trustee and alumnus Fareed Zakaria, the Yale Daily News reports, after Zakaria was suspended from Time and CNN Friday for plagiarism.
Mark Leccese / Gatekeeper:
Fareed Zakaria: Another plagiarism scandal, another wrist slap
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?”
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Rafat Ali / Skift:
Post-Google acquisition, Frommer's keeping book editors and laying off online staff
Bill Carter / Media Decoder:
NBC Says Nearly 220 Million Watched the Olympics  —  The Spice Girls were part of the closing ceremony of the London Games on Sunday night.  —  NBC announced on Monday that its coverage of the London Olympics was the most watched entertainment or sporting event ever on American television.
Discussion: MediaFile, The Wrap and Forbes
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Erik Wemple:
Paul Ryan bio: New Yorker piece underscores pol's openness  —  Now that Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) has been selected as Mitt Romney's running mate, news outlets across the land will be putting together long-form profiles of the budget cutter.  Preferably ones that draw on extensive interviews with Ryan.
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Matt Viser / Boston Globe:   Fox News gets first solo interview with Paul Ryan
Albany Times Union:
Legendary editor Helen Gurley Brown dies  —  Helen Gurley Brown, editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan magazines' 64 international editions and one of the world's most popular and influential editors, died today at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center.  She was 90.
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 …
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.
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Candy Crowley will be the first woman to moderate a presidential debate in 20 years  —  CNN's Candy Crowley will moderate one of this fall's presidential debates.  The three New Jersey teens who've been campaigning for the Commission on Presidential Debates to name a woman moderator …
Emily Bell / Guardian:
Google v Oracle: judge's order creates ethical dilemma for tech bloggers  —  Court tells companies to reveal names of journalists and bloggers they might have a financial relationship with  —  In the dog days of a hot American summer, the tech journalism and blogging community are being made to sweat a little more than usual.
Discussion: Kirk LaPointe's …
John Plunkett / Guardian:
BBC Olympics coverage watched by 90% of UK  —  A total of 51.9 million people watched at least 15 minutes of the London games on BBC TV  —  The BBC's Olympics coverage was watched by 90% of the UK population, delivering what BBC1 controller Danny Cohen described as the “largest TV audiences since the pre-digital age”.
Discussion: The Next Web
 
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