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4:50 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 …
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Niall Ferguson ducks, nitpicks, vilifies
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Newsweek: Niall Ferguson story ‘opinion’
Brooks Barnes / Media Decoder:
ABC News Stumbles in Report on Tony Scott's Suicide  —  ABC News appears to have stumbled on flawed reporting for the second time in a month.  —  Late Monday, ABC backed off an earlier report saying that Tony Scott, the movie director who committed suicide on Sunday, had inoperable brain cancer.
Craig Silverman / Poynter:
After Tony Scott error, will news orgs now think twice about following ABC News scoops?
Mallary Jean Tenore / Poynter:
ABC News wants to talk to Tony Scott's family before deciding about retraction
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: Mediaite, Newsweek and Gawker
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.
Discussion: Rob Delaney, CNN, Mashable! and Erik Wemple
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.
Discussion: New York Times
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.
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 …
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
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.
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.
Discussion: New York Magazine
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Amazon Prime Instant Video Beefs Up Sports And Documentary Content, Adds ESPN's 30 For 30 Film Series  —  Amazon continues to ramp up the content in its Amazon Prime film catalog to draw users to the premium service, with the latest licensing acquisition expanding its back catalog of sports and documentary content.
Brian Stelter / The Caucus:
Akin's No-Show on ‘Piers Morgan’ is Boon for Program  —  When Representative Todd Akin abruptly cancelled an interview with Piers Morgan on Monday night, Mr. Morgan trotted out an empty chair instead.  —  The scene, irresistible to political insiders, played out in prime time on CNN on Monday night …
Andrew Phelps / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Inside the Star Chamber: How PolitiFact tries to find truth in a world of make-believe  —  WASHINGTON — PolitiFact's “Star Chamber” is like Air Force One: It's not an actual room, just the name of wherever Bill Adair happens to be sitting when it's time to break out the Truth-O-Meter and pass judgment on the words of politicians.
Richard Wilson / Press Gazette:
Death toll of journalists in Syria rises to 15 this year  —  Syria has been labelled “the most dangerous place in the world” for journalists after Japanese reporter Mika Yamamota was killed amid fighting in Aleppo.  —  Yamamoto, 45, was an experienced war reporter who had covered conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq for Japan Press.
Miwa Suzuki / Agence France Presse:
Japanese reporter killed in Syria: Japan govt
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