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8:15 PM ET, August 21, 2012


 Top News: 
Ta-Nehisi Coates / The Atlantic Online:
In Praise of Fact-Checkers  —  In the wake of Niall Ferguson's dishonesty, Dylan Byers decided to contact Newsweek to see what controls the magazine had in place to prevent authors from lying to them.  As it turns out, none: “We, like other news organisations today, rely on our writers …
Paul Krugman:
Kinds Of Wrong  —  Looking at the comments on my Niall Ferguson takedown (see Ezra Klein, Matthew O'Brien, James Fallows, and Noah Smith for more), I found my memory jogged about a point I've been meaning to make about the nature of error in economics.  It seems to me that when readers declare …
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Niall Ferguson: ‘Credibility’ not undermined  —  Niall Ferguson went on Bloomberg TV this morning to defend himself against the tropical depression of criticism that met his recent Newsweek cover story about President Obama.  —  Accusing the “liberal blogosphere” of “nit-picking,” …
Tom McGeveran / Capital New York:
Is Tina Brown serious about Newsweek anymore?  —  Yesterday, my colleague Joe Pompeo called up Newsweek to ask whether the company was planning to issue any corrections or clarifications of Niall Ferguson's cover story, “Hit the Road Barack,” in which countless manipulations and outright misrepresentations …
Discussion: The Daily Beast and Politico
Exclusive: Barry Diller's IAC offers $300 million for  —  (Reuters) - Barry Diller's IAC/Interactivecorp submitted an offer in excess of $300 million to buy the information website from the New York Times Co, according to people with knowledge of the situation.
Ann DeMatteo / New Haven Register:
Journalist Fareed Zakaria resigns from Yale Corporation (document)  —  NEW HAVEN — The plagiarism scandal connected to a nationally known journalist has hit home.  Fareed Zakaria, an editor-at-large at Time magazine and CNN host, on Monday resigned from the Yale Corporation.
Daniel D'Addario / The New York Observer:   Ghostwriting Accusation Leveled at Fareed Zakaria
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Plagiarism, defamation and the power of hyperlinks
Discussion: Reuters, Gatekeeper and Media Decoder, Thanks:@mikeyavo
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Huffington Post, Newsweek use coat-hanger imagery for GOP platform  —  On Tuesday the Republican Party approved a plank to its convention platform opposing abortion in all cases.  —  Newsweek acknowledged Huffington Post's homepage — “Whoa there, Huffington Post!”  — on its Tumblr.
Charlie Warzel / Adweek:
‘Newsweek’ Tumblr Adds to Publication's Woes  —  As if Newsweek needed another headache this week.  —  Already mired in a controversy over this week's Niall Ferguson cover story, Newsweek is receiving even more backlash this afternoon over a decision on the magazine's Tumblr account.
Discussion: Newsweek, Daily Dot and Mediaite
Craig Silverman / Poynter:
After Tony Scott error, will news orgs now think twice about following ABC News scoops?  —  Earlier today ABC News reported that Diana Nyad was pulled from the water during her attempt to swim from Cuba to Florida.  After a Poynter colleague tweeted the story, she received a DM from another journalist.
Mallary Jean Tenore / Poynter:
ABC News wants to talk to Tony Scott's family before deciding about retraction
Bill Carter / Media Decoder:
Jimmy Kimmel to Move to 11:30 in January, ABC Announces  —  Jimmy Kimmel will jump to the big stage in late-night television in January, moving to 11:35 p.m. where he will take on the two titans of that time slot, David Letterman and Jay Leno.  —  ABC announced the move Tuesday …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Confirmed: Gannett Has Bought Social Media Ad Company BLiNQ  —  As we first reported the other day, the social media advertising company BLiNQ is getting bought by Gannett, owner of USA Today, a number of local newspapers, and broadcasters.  The news was formally announced today.
Lucia Moses / Adweek:
Conde Nast Booms Overseas But Future is Unclear  —  Luca Dini, the editor in chief of Italian Vanity Fair, faces difficulties his peers in the U.S. would welcome.  The Milan-based magazine has grown so much since launching as a newsweekly nearly 10 years ago that it's hard to imagine it getting any fatter …
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
Barnes & Noble Q1 revenues up slightly, but Nook device sales fall  —  Barnes & Noble reported first quarter earnings for fiscal year 2013 on Tuesday morning.  The bookstore chain's revenues were up slightly, to $1.45 billion, and in line with analyst estimates of $1.48 billion.
Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch:
Xbox Live Adds NBC News, Bringing Rachel Maddow, Hardball, And Meet The Press To The Game Console  —  Microsoft continues to add content partners for Xbox, pushing the game console into the center of the living room as more of a digital entertainment hub.  The latest update, which goes live today …
Discussion: PC Magazine and WebProNews
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
Web TV needs to have captions starting next month, the FCC rules  —  TV networks and web video sites will have to start providing closed captions for any TV content available online by the end of September, the FCC ruled a few days ago (PDF of the ruling).  The ruling reaffirmed the Twenty …
Discussion: SocialTimes
Amy Chozick / Media Decoder:
Head of ABC's ‘This Week’ Is Leaving to Join PepsiCo  —  ABC News will cover this presidential campaign without one of its veteran journalists.  Jon Banner, executive producer of George Stephanopoulos's Sunday morning public affairs show “This Week,” will leave ABC News for a job at PepsiCo.
Discussion: TVNewser and Broadcasting & Cable
Julian Assange row: Embassy entry ‘would be suicide for UK’  —  President Rafael Correa said he thought there was still a threat of the UK entering the embassy  —  The UK would be committing diplomatic suicide if it tried to enter his country's embassy in London, Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa has said.
Discussion: Gawker, The Week and New York Times
Kiran Randhawa / London Evening Standard:
Friend of Julian Assange names ‘sexual assault victim’ on live television
Discussion: Telegraph
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Joe Flint / Los Angeles Times:
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Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
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Alec MacGillis / The New Republic:
At Least One Media Figure Is Calling Out Romney For His Welfare Lies: Joe Scarborough
Discussion: The Fix and Washington Post
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Politico's skinny-dipping story: Quite a reach
Alexander Abad-Santos / The Atlantic Wire:
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Andrew Phelps / Nieman Journalism Lab:
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Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
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