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12:15 PM ET, April 26, 2015


 Top News: 
Jay Rosen / Pressthink:
WHCD is a celebration of a system of access journalism that failed to detect a phony war  —  On the deep grammar of the White House Correspondents Association Dinner  —  “The Washington press corps is like that big extended family with a terrible secret that cannot be confronted …
Reena Flores / CBS News:
At White House Correspondents dinner, Obama slings jabs mostly at presidential contenders and some at TV news  —  Obama slings jabs at the White House Correspondents dinner  —  Shares -  —  WASHINGTON — At the White House Correspondents' Dinner, President Obama weighed in Saturday …
Patrick Gavin / Politico:
The WHCA dinner represents everything people hate about the Beltway and shouldn't be taken so seriously  —  Nerd Prom Is a Mess  —  How to fix Washington's worst week.  —  Lead image by AP Photo.  —  Everyone knows the White House Correspondents Association dinner is broken.
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
So far, NBC News finds Brian Williams embellished at least 11 times  —  A months-long internal investigation of Brian Williams by NBC News has turned up 11 instances in which the anchorman publicly embellished details of his reporting exploits, according to a person familiar with details of the probe.
Ravi Somaiya / New York Times:
Sources: internal NBC probe of Brian Williams' war accounts has examined six instances, including Tahrir Square statements; investigation continues  —  Brian Williams Inquiry Is Said to Expand  —  An NBC News internal investigation into Brian Williams has examined a half-dozen instances …
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
NBC's D.C. bureau strongly opposed Brian Williams's return in February
Discussion: @jayrosen_nyu and TVNewser
Wall Street Journal:
AT&T deal for DirecTV presents fewer problems for regulators than Comcast's Time Warner Cable deal  —  AT&T deal for DirecTV presents fewer problems for regulators than Comcast's Time Warner Cable deal  —  Two big media deals were announced in the first half of 2014.  Only one is likely to survive.
Bloomberg Business:
FCC Chief Tom Wheeler confounds former allies and wins praise from public interest groups with net neutrality rules and Comcast/TWC merger rejection  —  Comcast Trips Over Wheeler's Nixon-to-China Moment as FCC Chief  —  Tom Wheeler came to the Federal Communications Commission in 2013 …
Discussion: @haroldfeld and bizjournals
Joan E. Solsman / CNET:
Generation YouTube: Today's fastest-rising stars aren't coming out of Hollywood  —  Thanks to the popularity of online media sites like YouTube, mainstream entertainment soon may look more like that kid clowning around in front of a laptop camera.
James Warren / Poynter:
Despite downturn, journalists still prefer to not use press releases  —  As American newsrooms have shrunk, reporters are increasingly shills for the dubious declarations of public officials.  —  Or, ah, is it all rather more complicated?  —  Research by a Georgia Southern University political scientist …
Brooks Jackson /
Three new studies show most readers value fact-checking, practice is increasing, and rating systems are popular  —  Fact-Checking Is More Popular than Politicians  —  New research shows that the public views political fact-checking journalism — the sort of thing we do here — far more favorably than it does most politicians.
Capital New York:
Business Insider President Julie Hansen talks about expansion plans in video, tech news, international markets, and subscription service  —  The 60-second interview: Julie Hansen, president and C.O.O., Business Insider  —  CAPITAL: Business Insider recently raised a $25 million funding round.
Discussion: Capital New York and @ajs
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Discussion: PR Newswire and @mtdukes