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7:15 PM ET, September 12, 2012


 Top News: 
Miriam Arghandiwal / Reuters:
Afghanistan bans YouTube to block anti-Muslim film  —  (Reuters) - Afghanistan banned the YouTube website on Wednesday to stop Afghans watching a U.S.-made film insulting the Prophet Mohammad that sparked protests in North Africa and the killing of the U.S. ambassador to Libya.
Margaret Sullivan / The Public Editor's Journal:
The Times Denies State Department Request to Remove Photo from Web Site  —  The State Department asked The New York Times on Wednesday afternoon to remove a photograph of the dying ambassador to Libya from a gallery on the newspaper's Web site.  The ambassador, J. Christopher Stevens …
Margaret Sullivan / The Public Editor's Journal:
Was Photo of Dead Ambassador Acceptable?  —  Where is the line between good taste and important journalism?  And did The Times cross it when it used, in a Wednesday afternoon online photo gallery, an image of an unconscious J. Christopher Stevens, the ambassador, who was killed in an attack on the United States Embassy in Libya?
Tom McGeveran / Capital New York:
The ‘facts’ from Benghazi  —  Almost from the moment some 3,000 Salafist protesters and football fans started gathering outside the U.S. embassy compound in Cairo yesterday, the press was spitting all over itself trying to get a handle on the story as it developed.
Discussion: This Just In, Gawker and CNN
Brian Womack / Bloomberg:
Google's YouTube Blocks Film Behind Protests in Libya  —  Google Inc. (GOOG)'s YouTube video-sharing service is blocking access in Egypt and Libya to a film about the Prophet Muhammad that is viewed as blasphemous by Muslims, that sparked protests and an attack responsible for the deaths of four Americans.
Discussion: BuzzFeed, Wired, The Lede, @mathewi and Reuters
Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic Online:
Muhammad Film Consultant: ‘Sam Bacile’ is Not Israeli, and Not a Real Name  —  Revelations about the alleged producer of the now-infamous trailer for “The Innocence of Muslims.”  —  As part of my search for more information about Sam Bacile, the alleged producer of the now-infamous anti-Muhammad film trailer …
Adrian Chen / Gawker:
‘It Makes Me Sick’: Actress in Muhammed Movie Says She Was Deceived, Had No Idea It Was About Islam  —  The story of the Muhammed movie which sparked deadly protests in Libya and Egypt gets weirder.  The actors who appeared in it had no idea they were starring in anti-Islam propaganda …
Charles Arthur / Guardian:
The Kernel sued by former contributors  —  The London-based blog about the tech startup scene, the Kernel, is being sued through an employment tribunal for non-payment of thousands of pounds by two of its former contributors, and is said to owe thousands more to other former staff.
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Patriot-News staffers will learn next month if they've lost their jobs  —  Two hundred and thirty employees of the (Harrisburg, Pa.) Patriot-News will be notified by the first week of October whether they'll keep their jobs, the Associated Press reports.  —  In late August the Pulitzer Prize …
Discussion: @sganim and The Newspaper Guild
Associated Press:   Harrisburg's daily Patriot-News to publish on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays starting Jan. 2
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Glenn Beck's Show Heads to Dish Network  —  Glenn Beck is bringing his brand of conservative commentary back to the television set.  —  One year after embracing an Internet-only distribution model, Mr. Beck is repositioning his streaming network, TheBlaze TV, as an offering for cable …
Ryan Chittum / CJR:
Journal Register opens the kimono a bit  —  CEO John Paton gives us some hard numbers  —  One of my biggest criticisms of Journal Register Company and Digital First Media has been how it has cherry picked financial figures to show its transformation is succeeding, and how the press covered those incomplete numbers.
Discussion: Media Decoder
Mackenzie Weinger / Politico:
Roll Call editor leaving for NPR  —  Roll Call editor Scott Montgomery is leaving the company and heading to NPR Digital, CQ Roll Call announced on Wednesday.  —  CQ Roll Call Executive vice president and managing director Keith White told staffers in an email that Montgomery will leave the publication on Sept. 27.
Betsy Rothstein / FishbowlDC:   A Sneak Peek at Roll Call's New Name Plate
Rachel McAthy /
NRS: Guardian has highest combined print and online monthly readership for quality titles  —  A new study, which combines print and online readership figures for the first time, shows that more people in the UK read the Guardian online than in print, with the newspaper securing …
Discussion: Guardian and @jayrosen_nyu
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
Web adds a fifth to UK newspaper readership, print still dominates
Discussion: Guardian and NetNewsCheck Latest
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Exclusive: Mayer Set to Get Yahoo's Alibaba Billions in One Week (But Will Investors Get Some Back, Too?)  —  According to sources close to the situation, Yahoo will officially close the multi-billion-dollar sale of half its assets in China's Alibaba Group in one week.
Joshua Benton / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Not too much for news orgs in Apple's new announcements  —  When Apple has one of its semiannual stage shows to show off new gear, we sometimes do a quick roundup of the implications for news organizations.  But today's announcement of the iPhone 5 (and assorted other tidbits) was pretty light on angles.
Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
Hillsborough report: why the Mirror refused to accept police spin  —  In October last year I wrote a blog item headlined The Sun's Hillsborough source has never been a secret - it was the police.  So today's confirmation came as little surprise.  —  A couple of months later …
Dina Rickman / Huffington Post UK:
Hillsborough Tragedy: Kelvin MacKenzie, Former Sun Editor, Apologises To Liverpool For ‘That Headline’
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Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
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Discussion: Talking Biz News
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
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Josh Halliday / Guardian:
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Alan Cowell / New York Times:
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Foster Kamer / The New York Observer:
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J.K. Trotter / IvyGate:
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