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Manning Is Acquitted of Aiding the Enemy (NYT)
A military judge on Tuesday found Pfc. Bradley Manning not guilty of “aiding the enemy” for his release of hundreds of thousands of military and diplomatic documents to WikiLeaks for publication on the Internet, rejecting the government’s unprecedented effort to bring such a charge in a leak case. HuffPost The verdict in the Manning trial did not receive the kind of rolling network coverage afforded to other recent court cases. Whereas trials like George Zimmerman’s or even Jodi Arias’ were treated to hours of analysis, dissection and attention, the news that the man responsible for the biggest leak of classified material in American history had been hit with charges that could keep him in prison for more than 100 years was deemed worthy of one, or at most two, segments during the hour following the verdict. Mediaite Jeremy Scahill, reporter for The Nation and author of the book Dirty Wars, joined Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman on Tuesday where he reacted to the verdict of a military court which found Manning guilty of a number of charges relating to the release of classified national security documents. Scahill lambasted the news media for largely ignoring what he called one of the most important cases in national history. National Journal Depending on your point of view, Manning is either a tragic hero or a traitor, or maybe something in between. The now 25-year-old’s personal problems were numerous, coming from an unstable, abusive home, dealing with being a gay member of the military under Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, also questioning his gender identity. The military assessed him as having an anxiety disorder. Three years ago, he was arrested after sending what is regarded as the largest leak of classified information in U.S. history to WikiLeaks, including a video showing U.S. military personnel shooting down two Reuters employees and 250,000 diplomatic cables. The Guardian / Comment Is Free Had the judge found Manning guilty of aiding the enemy, she would have set a terrible precedent. For the first time, an American court — albeit a military court — would have said it was a potentially capital crime simply to give information to a news organization, because in the Internet era an enemy would ultimately have been able to read what was leaked. However, if journalism dodged one figurative bullet, it faces many more in this era. TVNewser The three general cable news channels previewed the impending verdict at the top of the hour, with Fox News reporting the verdict at 1:05, followed by MSNBC at 1:08 and CNN at 1:09. No cameras were allowed in the courtroom, and journalists were unable to report the verdict until they were released from the room.

Cleveland Plain Dealer Layoffs Coming Wednesday (JimRomenesko.com)
“Well, that’s it,” a Cleveland Plain Dealer staffer wrote on Facebook. “The ax will fall on editorial at the Plain Dealer between 8 and 10 a.m. [Wednesday]. We’ve been told to stay home and await a phone call about our fate.” Crain’s Cleveland Business A handful of Cleveland Plain Dealer reporters and their supporters gathered in front of the newspaper at noon on Tuesday carrying signs stating that the newspaper had lied to them. Harlan Spector, chairman of the Plain Dealer‘s unit of the Newspaper Guild, the union that represents reporters, told Crain’s Cleveland Business that the paper was reneging on an agreement about the number of jobs that would be retained by the newspaper company.

Facebook Said to Plan to Sell TV-Style Ads for $2.5 Million Each (Bloomberg)
Facebook Inc., seeking to break the long-held dominance of television over advertising budgets, plans to sell TV-style commercials on its site for as much as $2.5 million a day, two people familiar with the matter said. The world’s largest social networking site, which has 1.15 billion members, expects to start offering 15-second spots to advertisers later this year, according to the people, who asked not to be named because the plans aren’t public. LostRemote Combine these announcements with Facebook’s foray into hashtags and the recently-redesigned news feed, and it’s starting to add up to a strategy to capture a slice of TV’s massive advertising budgets.

ABC News Dethrones NBC in Crucial Ratings Race (NYT)
One year after a significant reordering of television’s morning shows swept ABC into first place in the ratings race, the same thing might be happening in the evening. ABC’s 6:30 p.m. newscast, World News With Diane Sawyer, bested NBC Nightly News With Brian Williams among 25-to-54-year-old viewers last week, ending a winning streak of almost five years by NBC and rekindling interest in the once-predictable ratings competition. TVNewser Compared to the same week last year, which included coverage of the Aurora, Colo. theater massacre and the London Olympics Opening Ceremony, Nightly was down 11 percent in viewers and down 22 percent in the demo. World News was up 2 percent in viewers and up less than 1 percent in the demo, and CBS Evening News With Scott Pelley was flat in viewers and down 11 percent in the demo.


OWN Turns A Profit
(Ad Age / Media News)
After very public early troubles, the Oprah Winfrey Network turned a profit in the most recent quarter, earlier than recent expectations, part owner Discovery Communications said Tuesday as it reported second-quarter earnings. Discovery CEO David Zaslav said ratings success combined with significant advertising growth to move OWN into the black earlier than anticipated.

Penske Could Be in The Race for Newsweek (NY Post / Media Ink)
Jay Penske is kicking the tires and checking under the hood as a potential suitor to buy Newsweek from Barry Diller’s IAC/InterActive Corp., sources said. Penske — of the auto-racing family — already owns HollywoodLife and Deadline Hollywood and last year bought Variety from Reed Elsevier.

Closing Time at The Fix as Editors Struggle to Pay Writers, Founder Maer Roshan Denies He’s to Blame (New York Daily News / Confidential)
There was no fixing The Fix. An editor from the online magazine started — and allegedly killed — by idea-man Maer Roshan emailed staffers Monday thanking them for their hard work, and promising to try and pay writers for already published pieces. “The priority in our last couple days was finding the money in our reserves to pay every invoice submitted by writers,” the email from deputy editor Walter Armstrong said. This comes three months after Confidential reported that Roshan, a one-time editor at New York and Talk magazines, was suing drug recovery publication The Fix, which he left in early 2012 amidst addiction problems of his own.

Good Jill, Bad Jill: The Queen of The New York Times (Daily Beast)
April was an unusual, if not the cruelest, month for New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson, who in September will mark two years on the job. On Monday afternoon, April 15, Abramson — who, at 59, is the first woman to serve as top editor in the Times’ 160-year history — had barely begun savoring the four Pulitzer Prizes that her staff had just won (this year’s biggest haul, by far, for any journalistic outlet) when the Boston Marathon bombings occurred. Pulling an all-nighter at one point in the third-floor newsroom of the Times’ Renzo Piano-designed Manhattan skyscraper, she presided over a breathless week of “flooding the zone” (as one of her predecessors, Howell Raines, liked to say), while her reporters and editors managed to avoid the sort of embarrassing errors committed by the Associated Press, CNN, and even the Times Co.-owned Boston Globe.

Gawker Versus Black Twitter (The Root / The Grapevine)
Lots of black folks on Twitter have a problem with sites like Gawker, Jezebel and BuzzFeed. Many feel that the wildly popular news entertainment sites mine what has come to be known as “black Twitter” for content, sometimes without citing or crediting the source of their ideas. In the midst of Twitter parties, someone always tweets something along the lines of “Now watch all of this end up on Gawker tomorrow.” There was a mild riot on Twitter Tuesday after someone accused Gawker of stealing content.

Fired WAAY Reporter to NBC News: ‘I Certainly Didn’t Think It Would Come to This’ (TVSpy)
Shea Allen, a reporter fired from WAAY after posting a list of confessions about her job — including “my best sources are the ones who secretly have a crush on me” and “I’ve taken naps in the news car” — is speaking out about her termination from the Huntsville ABC affiliate. In an interview with NBC News’ Janet Shamlian that aired on Today, Allen said she thought she was being “snarky and funny.”

Retailers Are The New Publishers (Digiday)
Much has changed since Sears published its first catalog in 1888. One thing that hasn’t is retail’s love affair with content. Now more than ever — with the ascent of social media and mobile shopping — retailers have moved beyond peddling their wares through pamphlets and become full-fledged media players.

Lauren Green, The Woman Behind Fox News’ Reza Aslan Interview Debacle (Daily Beast)
Lauren Green’s recent Fox News career has been something of a study in downward mobility. She began as an arts reporter and then moved on to news reader on Fox & Friends, occasionally filling in as host. She was moved to religion correspondent and is an occasional panelist on the late-night show Red Eye but does not often appear on air. The interview with Aslan, for example, ran online. She has kept the same plum office, however, even after being bumped from the news-reader job and cheerfully telling colleagues that she would have to get a new apartment after her salary was cut. The relentlessness of her questioning of Aslan led some longtime Fox News watchers to wonder if she wasn’t just following orders from a higher-up.

How Vice‘s Tim Pool Used Google Glass to Cover Istanbul Protests (The Guardian)
What is Google Glass good for, beyond showing off at technology conferences? Google’s augmented eyewear has plenty of sceptics, but here’s one scenario: “When there’s a wall of police firing plastic bullets at you, and you’re running through a wall of tear-gas, having your hands free to cover your face, while saying ‘OK Glass, record a video’, makes that recording process a lot… easier,” says Tim Pool.

People Hits Newsstand Gold With Royal Baby Cover (Adweek)
Last week, Time Inc.’s People scored a major victory (in the world of celebrity weeklies, at least) by publishing a full-page photo of Kate Middleton and her just-born Royal Baby on its cover — and was the only magazine in the category to do so. Judging by early estimates, the issue will rank as one of People’s best sellers in a long time.

Q&A With The Chicago Tribune Editors Who Put a Cat on Their Homepage (Gizmodo)
On Tuesday, visitors to the Chicago Tribune‘s homepage were greeted not with a traditional lead story or splash image. Instead, there was an adorable kitty, a placeholder headline, and the word “test” over and over again. While it was a welcome break from the the usual gloom and doom, it was also very clearly a mistake.

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