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3:05 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 …
Discussion: Politico and Mother Jones
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
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,” …
Joe Coscarelli / New York Magazine:
Niall Ferguson Smacked Down Over Another Questionable Newsweek Cover
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: Broadcasting & Cable and TVNewser
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:
Following Tony Scott error, will news orgs now think twice about following ABC News scoops?
Discussion: ABCNEWS, Mother Jones and Inside Movies
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
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 …
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 …
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, New York Times and The Week
Kiran Randhawa / London Evening Standard:   Friend of Julian Assange names ‘sexual assault victim’ on live television
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.
Sarah Lacy / PandoDaily:
NFW: Adam Penenberg Joins PandoDaily as Editor  —  Everyone in the startup ecosystem will tell you that the most successful entrepreneurs surround themselves with people who are better than them.  So I know I'm on the right track, when I hire someone who makes me wonder how on earth I have managed to get him.
Discussion: @digiphile, @penenberg and @moorehn
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.
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
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.
Discussion: Adweek, GigaOM and Gannett Blog
Jonathan Stray / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Metrics, metrics everywhere: How do we measure the impact of journalism?  —  If democracy would be poorer without journalism, then journalism must have some effect.  Can we measure those effects in some way?  While most news organizations already watch the numbers that translate into money …
Discussion: GigaOM and What People Know
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