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1:10 AM ET, November 14, 2012


 Top News: 
Chuck Klosterman / Grantland:
I Lived a CIA Conspiracy Theory  —  I had an interesting weekend.  Maybe you did, too.  It's always a mixed bag, you know?  Some Friday nights are drunken and exhilarating; other Friday nights are empty and reserved.  And then, of course, there are those Friday nights when random people believe …
Patrick Radden Keefe / The New Yorker Blog:
The Surveillance State Takes Friendly Fire  —  Last March, in a speech he delivered at a gathering orchestrated by In-Q-Tel, the venture-capital incubator of the Central Intelligence Agency, David Petraeus, the Agency's director, had occasion to ruminate on “the utter transparency of the digital world.”
Discussion: Telegraph, The Daily Beast and Wired
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Michael Hastings on a mission  —  Last night, Michael Hastings went on CNN and accused Gen. David Petraeus of “manipulating” the White House, accused former U.S. Gen. Mark Kimmitt of lying to the American people, and accused CNN's own Barbara Starr of being “a spokesperson for the Pentagon.”
John Aravosis / AMERICAblog:
Confirmed: ABC Denver misnames Petraeus book: “All up in my snatch”  —  Oh my.  —  A reader just sent me something that I didn't believe.  Then he sent me a photo.  Then he sent me a video.  Then I found a comment on ABC Denver's Web site from another viewer who saw the same thing.
Rupal Parekh / AdAge:
Whoops: Petraeus Given Starring Role in Newest ‘Call of Duty’  —  War-Game Makers May Want to Think Twice About Using Real People  —  He may be embroiled in a dramatic and ever-growing scandal that cost him his job as CIA Director, but if it's any consolation, David Petraeus has retained …
Vernon Loeb / Washington Post:
Petraeus ghostwriter ‘clueless’ to affair
Joe Coscarelli / New York Magazine:
The Media's Five Stages of David Petraeus Grief
Discussion: Guardian and Business Insider
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Marcus Brauchli to step down as editor of The Washington Post  —  The Washington Post announced Tuesday that Martin Baron, the editor of the Boston Globe, will become its new executive editor, replacing Marcus Brauchli, who is resigning to take a new position within the company.
Christine Haughney / Media Decoder:
New Top Editor at Washington Post: Marcus Brauchli to Be Replaced by Marty Baron  —  The Washington Post, facing steep financial challenges and striving to find profitability as readers abandon print papers for digital formats, changed its newsroom leadership Tuesday.
Dylan Byers / Politico:   Baron: ‘No road map’ yet for the Post
Jeff Bercovici / Forbes:   Washington Post Hires New Top Editor; Here Are The Memos
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Brauchli leaving: Another WaPo rumor that turns out to be true
Kara Bloomgarden-Smoke / The New York Observer:
Newspaper Guild Approves New York Times Contract  —  The Newspaper Guild has approved a contract with The New York Times this afternoon, ending months bumpy negotiations between Guild members and management.  —  But the mood in the newsroom was one of resignation rather than elation.
Discussion: Media Decoder and JIMROMENESKO.COM
Newspaper Guild of New York:
Times contract: More dollars, stable pension, secure medical  —  The Guild and Times management have completed work on a memorandum of agreement that sets forth the terms of a new contract that Guild members will be asked to vote on next week.  —  The agreement, reached with the aid …
Andrew Leonard / Salon:
Gallup is very upset at Nate Silver  —  The polling firm complains operations like FiveThirtyEight could spoil polling for everyone  —  Did Gallup just blame Nate Silver for ruining the art and science of polling?  —  You don't have to read too far between the lines of a statement …
Andrew Romano / The Daily Beast:   How a nerd named Nate Silver changed political reporting forever
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
YouTube's Magic Number  —  YouTube is grading the channels it has launched in the last year.  At least six in 10 of them won't make the cut.  —  Out in videoland, there's lot of chatter about who's in and who's out.  But if you take Google executives at their word, this shouldn't be that mysterious …
Discussion: VatorNews
Austin Carr / Fast Company:
YouTube Pairs With Google TV For Second-Screen Experience. Could iOS Be Next?
Discussion: YouTube Blog, CNET, TechCrunch and GigaOM
Chris Roush / Talking Biz News:
First female editor named at Broadcasting & Cable  —  Melissa Grego, currently executive editor, has been named editor in chief of Broadcasting & Cable, replacing Ben Grossman, who stepped aside as editor-in-chief of Broadcasting & Cable and will join Twitter as head of global operations, Twitter Media.
Rani Molla / GigaOM:
Privacy to porno: What censorship means around the world [map]  —  Google released data today that shows requests for censorship and surveillance are on the rise worldwide.  Google keeps track of government requests to remove its content (requests it sometimes abides) and releases data biannually.
Discussion: The Next Web
Gordon Rayner / Telegraph:
BBC news chief pleads with staff not to Tweet about ‘our problems’  —  Fran Unsworth, the new temporary head of BBC News, has appealed to staff not to Tweet about “our problems” as she tries to sort out the mess of the Newsnight scandal.  Referring to the “tumultuous and very sad events of the past few days” …
Josh Halliday / Guardian:
Reporter on Newsnight film questioned by BIJ
Discussion: The Times
New York Times:   BBC Begins Disciplinary Action After Reporting Debacle
Roy Peter Clark / Poynter:
The 6 media distortions that magnify national disappointments  —  I made a mental list today of the institutions that have been stained by recent sexual scandals and came up with: the Catholic Church, the Boy Scouts of America, Penn State University, the BBC, the CIA, Congress …
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
Bryan Cranston, Padma Lakshmi, Newt Gingrich, Matt Lauer, Michael Nutter cast non-Obama votes for ‘Time’ Person of the Year  —  Time magazine has a track record of picking newly elected or reelected presidents for its annual “Person of the Year” cover, which is now in its 85th year.
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Tim Kenneally / The Wrap:
L.A. Times Wins $266K From Photographer David Strick
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Harrison Weber / The Next Web:
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Discussion: Gizmodo
Lewis DVorkin / Forbes:
Inside Forbes: Journalists Need to Understand the Ad Business, Not Sulk and Go Home
Discussion: CJR, AdAge and Big News
Dominic Ponsford / PressGazette:
Sun investigations chief: Bribery Act has forced us to turn away whistleblowers
Discussion: Guardian