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2:55 PM ET, August 20, 2012


 Top News: 
Erik Wemple:
Politico reporter ventures defense of Todd Akin  —  Missouri Rep. Todd Akin, who's seeking a Senate seat in this year's elections, sat down with a St. Louis Fox affiliate and said the following when asked whether abortion should be legal in instances of rape:
Mallary Jean Tenore / Poynter:
Politico's Catanese says it was a ‘bad idea’ to defend Akin's ‘legitimate rape’ comment
Discussion: New York Times, Politico and The Caucus
Andrew Wallenstein / Variety:
Hulu CEO faces big changes  —  Jason Kilar set for mega payday; owners to alter content deals  —  “Outline transition plan for new CEO.  Discuss potential candidates and process.”  —  These sentences are the topmost bullet points of a confidential internal memo regarding the business of Hulu obtained by Variety.
Mark Potts / Recovering Journalist:
A Vision for the Future of Newspapers—20 Years Ago  —  It's becoming hard to remember life before digital news.  We now take for granted instantaneous availability of news and information on devices ranging from desktop PCs to tablets to smartphones, We now break news …
David Carr / New York Times:
Journalists Dancing on the Edge of Truth  —  Before writing this column on recent incidents of plagiarism and fabrication, I spent time on the Web reading all known thought on the subject, making notes as I went.  When I wrote it up, I used those notes to help create something I am now claiming as my own.
Jeff Sonderman / Poynter:   Another source claims Lehrer misconduct: 'I know I didn't say' half of that
Tanzina Vega / Media Decoder:
Condé Nast Invests in Digital Advertising Company Flite  —  Condé Nast, the high-end magazine publisher, will announce on Monday that it is joining the cloud.  —  The company will go from being a client of the digital advertising company Flite to owning about 11 percent of it.
Christine Haughney / New York Times:
A Media Personality, Suffering a Blow to His Image, Ponders a Lesson  —  When Lynda and Stewart Resnick, the Beverly Hills entrepreneurs who founded POM Wonderful, wanted to host a dinner at their Aspen home in 2006 to talk about the Iraq war, they assembled a list of 22 A-list guests …
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
B&N's Nook will finally launch in the UK (but who's going to sell it?)  —  Barnes & Noble is finally launching its Nook e-readers in the United Kingdom.  Starting this October, the Nook Touch and Nook Touch with Glow Light will be available through  (No Nook Tablets or Nook Color for now.)
Matt Brian / The Next Web:   Barnes & Noble to launch NOOK e-readers and digital bookstore in the UK this autumn
Campbell Brown / Slate:
Confessions of a Romney Wife  —  I never thought I was harboring a dark secret.  But if you live in the overlapping world of politics and media, as I am learning, anything less than full transparency can potentially do you in.  There are quite a number of us who inhabit this world …
Discussion: TVNewser and Mediaite
Hamilton Nolan / Gawker:
Campbell Brown Is Incapable of Understanding the Concept of ‘Disclosure’
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
The Village Voice is not dead yet, contrary to reports  —  In a BuzzFeed piece about how The Village Voice's management killed the paper, Rosie Gray says The Voice's staff, once an overstuffed sofa of attitude and snark, is down to “one news blogger, two features writers, a music editor …
Discussion: Media Decoder and Vouchification
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Yahoo Sales Exec Wayne Powers Heads to Advance's Parade  —  Another executive departure at Yahoo in the wake of Marissa Mayer's arrival.  This time it's Wayne Powers, who had been running U.S. sales since 2010.  —  Powers will run Parade Publications, the people behind the magazine many people still find in their Sunday newspapers.
David Allen Green / New Statesman:
Legal myths about the Assange extradition  —  A brief critical and source-based guide to some common misconceptions.  —  Whenever the Julian Assange extradition comes up in the news, many of his supporters make various confident assertions about legal aspects of the case.
Discussion: Guardian
Nicholas Watt / Guardian:
Julian Assange row: Britain seeking diplomatic solution in Ecuador standoff
Discussion: CNET
Steve O'Hear / TechCrunch:
PR Win: Netflix Announces 1M Streaming Subscribers In UK And Ireland  —  Good job Netflix PR: Today the company announced that, just seven months after launch in the UK and Ireland, it has hit 1 million subscribers for its video streaming service.  That's pretty impressive, by any measure, but it's also somewhat old news.
Howard Altman / Tampa Tribune:
Military satire news site manages to fool some people  —  If you're surfing the Internet and happen to land on The Duffel Blog — it's at — don't do what the folks at Gizmodo and Yell! did and believe anything you read.  That's because The Duffel Blog, the 5-month-old creation …
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Keach Hagey / Wall Street Journal:
Online Media Will Star at the Conventions
Discussion: TVNewser and The Huffington Post
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