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4:00 AM ET, August 22, 2012

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Craig Silverman / Poynter:
Newsweek ditched its fact-checkers in 1996, then made a major error  —  “We, like other news organisations today, rely on our writers to submit factually accurate material,” Newsweek spokesman Andrew Kirk told Politico's Dylan Byers.  —  Byers had asked whether Newsweek has fact-checkers.
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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 …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: GigaOM and Politico
Reuters:
Exclusive: Barry Diller's IAC offers $300 million for About.com  —  (Reuters) - Barry Diller's IAC/Interactivecorp submitted an offer in excess of $300 million to buy the About.com information website from the New York Times Co, according to people with knowledge of the situation.
Mallary Jean Tenore / Poynter:
ABC News wants to talk to Tony Scott's family before deciding about retraction  —  ABC is waiting to hear back from Tony Scott's family or a family representative before determining whether its initial report about Scott was incorrect, a network spokesperson told Poynter.
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Craig Silverman / Poynter:
After Tony Scott error, will news orgs now think twice about following ABC News scoops?
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.
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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 …
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 …
Rob Wong / Hulu Blog:
Launching a New Hulu: A Fresh Look for the Shows You Love  —  In 1992, the great comedian Phil Hartman threw on his Arkansas sweatshirt and walked into a McDonald's.  He was on the set of “Saturday Night Live” and doing his best Bill Clinton impression, continuing the show's grand tradition of Presidential lampoons.
Discussion: CNET, GigaOM, The Verge and The Next Web
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
Daniel D'Addario / The New York Observer:
Ghostwriting Accusation Leveled at Fareed Zakaria  —  Time editor-at-large Fareed Zakaria has lately been the subject of much chatter among colleagues past and present—some of it rather unpleasant for the marquee pundit.  And while Time and CNN have done a review of his work and are satisfied …
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Ann DeMatteo / New Haven Register:
Journalist Fareed Zakaria resigns from Yale Corporation (document)
Discussion: JIMROMENESKO.COM and GigaOM
Josh Halliday / Guardian:
Hugh Grant joins Hacked Off board  —  Press standards campaign group, launched in the wake of the phone-hacking scandal, to establish itself as a full-time operation  —  Hugh Grant was cast in a leading role at the Leveson inquiry into press standards.  Now the actor is becoming director …
Alec MacGillis / The New Republic:
At Least One Media Figure Is Calling Out Romney For His Welfare Lies: Joe Scarborough  —  Nearly one week ago, I made a plea of sorts: for the political press to do its job when it comes to the basic task of calling out blatant, repeated dishonesty on the campaign trail.
Discussion: The Fix and Washington Post
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
‘Daily News’ hires fashion desk, repackages ‘Gatecrasher’ as ‘Confidential’  —  Fashion coverage is coming back to the Daily News, Capital has learned.  Starting this week, the News will run regular fashion features in its Thursday and Sunday editions, mirroring the popular style formula …
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
Michael Grunwald Compares Stimulus Coverage To Pre-Iraq War Media ‘Groupthink’  —  NEW YORK — After two years reporting on President Barack Obama's nearly $800 billion stimulus package, a piece of legislation long derided by Republicans and barely discussed now by Democrats …
Adrienne LaFrance / Nieman Journalism Lab:
BuzzFeed with a press pass: What happens when the GIF kings try to take Washington?  —  WASHINGTON — You should know going in that this is a story about BuzzFeed that BuzzFeed would never run.  This story is longer than the last 10 articles out of the new BuzzFeed Washington, D.C. bureau combined.
 
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Joe Flint / Los Angeles Times:
Univision makes key hire for news channel with ABC
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
Web TV needs to have captions starting next month, the FCC rules
Discussion: SocialTimes
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Politico's skinny-dipping story: Quite a reach
Alexander Abad-Santos / The Atlantic Wire:
TMZ Finds Its Soul (Well, Sort Of)
Discussion: TMZ.com, The Wrap and Gawker
Andrew Phelps / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Inside the Star Chamber: How PolitiFact tries to find truth in a world of make-believe
 Earlier Picks: 
Amy Chozick / Media Decoder:
Head of ABC's ‘This Week’ Is Leaving to Join PepsiCo
Discussion: Broadcasting & Cable and TVNewser
Jim Romenesko:
Red and Black board reinstates top two editors
Richard Wilson / Press Gazette:
Death toll of journalists in Syria rises to 15 this year
Discussion: Agence France Presse
Kiran Randhawa / London Evening Standard:
Friend of Julian Assange names ‘sexual assault victim’ on live television
Discussion: Telegraph and BBC
Sarah Kendzior / The Atlantic Online:
Manic Pixie Dream Dissidents: How the World Misunderstands Pussy Riot
Discussion: The FJP and Guardian