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10:45 AM ET, August 22, 2012

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Dylan Byers / Politico:
Tina Brown stands by Niall Ferguson  —  Newsweek editor Tina Brown is standing by Niall Ferguson following his controversial cover story about President Obama's handling of the economy, even as she said that she did not agree with many of the opinions he voiced in the article.
Discussion: FishbowlNY
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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.
Ta-Nehisi Coates / The Atlantic Online:
In Praise of Fact-Checkers  —  In the wake of Niall Ferguson's …
Discussion: GigaOM
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Newsweek: Niall Ferguson story ‘opinion’
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.
Joe Flint / Los Angeles Times:
‘Nightline’ gets stay of execution, but for how long?  —  ABC “Nightline” anchor Terry Moran.  —  ABC News executives are breathing a sigh of relief that “Nightline” wasn't canceled outright even though the network is moving Jimmy Kimmel into its time slot
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Bill Carter / Media Decoder:
Jimmy Kimmel to Move to 11:30 in January, ABC Announces
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.
Guardian:
Syria: footage released of journalist Mika Yamamoto's final hours - video  —  Colleagues of Mika Yamamoto, Japan Press's war correspondent who was shot dead during a gun battle between Syrian forces and rebels in Aleppo on Monday, release footage of her final hours, including the last events she filmed.
Discussion: Reuters
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The Daily Telegraph:   Husband of Japanese journalist killed in Syria speaks of attack
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Media General President & CEO Morton to retire  —  Marshall N. Morton will step down as CEO of Media General at the end of 2012, the company announced Wednesday.  George L. Mahoney will replace him.  Mahoney, the company's release says, “has been responsible for Media General's digital media …
Discussion: Broadcasting & Cable and Reuters
Dylan Byers / Politico:
President spurns MSNBC for CNN: Obama, Romney sit for pre-convention docs  —  Later today, CNN will announce plans to air 90-minute documentaries on Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama prior to the Republican and Democratic National Conventions — and unlike MSNBC, which is airing similar …
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
David Catanese, Politico Reporter, Apologizes For Todd Akin Tweets  —  NEW YORK — Politico reporter David Catanese apologized Tuesday night for tweeting in defense of Republican Rep. Todd Akin two days earlier, following the Missouri Congressman's controversial comment about “legitimate rape.”
Hazel Sheffield / CJR:
Local news sites form new trade association  —  “We are the future” says LION chairman Dylan Smith  —  Next month, at the annual Block by Block conference for local news sites, around 100 independent publishers will celebrate the launch of a new nonprofit trade group that will offer support for the growing hyperlocal news industry.
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 …
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 …
Heather Ford / MediaShift Idea Lab:
How Wikipedia Manages Sources for Breaking News  —  Almost a year ago, I was hired by Ushahidi to work as an ethnographic researcher on a project to understand how Wikipedians managed sources during breaking news events.  —  Ushahidi cares a great deal about this kind of work …
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?
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, Mediaite and Daily Dot
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Joe Flint / Los Angeles Times:
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Alec MacGillis / The New Republic:
Say It Ain't So, Morning Joe  —  Nearly one week ago …
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Lucia Moses / Adweek:
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Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Politico's skinny-dipping story: Quite a reach
Alexander Abad-Santos / The Atlantic Wire:
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