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Mass. Pair Sues New York Post Over Marathon Bombing Portrayal
(Boston Globe)
A Massachusetts teenager and his 24-year-old friend filed a defamation lawsuit against the New York Post Wednesday in Boston, accusing the tabloid of falsely portraying them as suspects in the deadly Marathon bombings by plastering their photograph on the front page under the headline, “Bag Men.” The lawsuit filed in Suffolk Superior Court said the photographs and articles published three days after the bombings made it appear that FBI agents were pursuing Salaheddin Barhoum and Yassine Zaimi, avid runners watching the Marathon. Poynter / MediaWire Barhoum is a 16-year-old high school student in Revere, Mass., the Globe reports, and Zaimi “works at a financial services firm while studying business part time.” Both men enjoy running. NY Mag / Daily Intelligencer The Post, well practiced in strongly suggesting things without coming right out and saying them, was deliberate in its wording, which could make the case hard to win: The story read, “Investigators probing the deadly Boston Marathon bombings are circulating photos of two men spotted chatting near the packed finish line… Meanwhile, officials have identified two potential suspects who were captured on surveillance videos taken shortly before the deadly blasts… It was not immediately clear if the men in the law-enforcement photos are the same men in the surveillance videos.” FishbowlNY The pair are accusing the Post of libel, but also “negligent infliction of emotional distress,” and invasion of privacy. Barhoum and Zaimi seek damages and an unknown monetary compensation. We hope they’re asking for a lot and they get every penny.

Blogger, With Focus on Surveillance, Is at Center of A Debate (NYT)
Late Wednesday, Glenn Greenwald, a lawyer and longtime blogger, published an article in the British newspaper The Guardian about the existence of a top-secret court order allowing the National Security Agency (NSA) to monitor millions of telephone logs. The article, which included a link to the order, is expected to attract an investigation from the Justice Department, which has aggressively pursued leakers. On Thursday night, he followed up with an article written with a Guardian reporter, Ewen MacAskill, that exposed an NSA program, PRISM, that has gathered information from the nation’s largest Internet companies going back nearly six years. The Washington Post / Investigations The program, code-named PRISM, has not been made public until now. It may be the first of its kind. The NSA prides itself on stealing secrets and breaking codes, and it is accustomed to corporate partnerships that help it divert data traffic or sidestep barriers. But there has never been a Google or Facebook before, and it is unlikely that there are richer troves of valuable intelligence than the ones in Silicon Valley. The Verge The list of companies involved are the who’s who of Silicon Valley: Microsoft, Yahoo!, Google, Facebook, PalTalk, AOL, Skype, YouTube, and Apple. Dropbox, though not yet an official part of the program, is said to be joining it soon. These companies have all willingly participated in the program, says the Post. Gawker When The New York Times published a blistering editorial on President Obama’s overbearing national security precautions Thursday, one line stood out from the dozens of others as being the most vicious: “The administration has now lost all credibility.” Naturally, a declaration as grave and resolute as that, and from “liberal media” stronghold The New York Times, became quite the talking point for people throughout the political spectrum. The sentence now reads, “The administration has now lost all credibility on this issue,” which is quite a different statement altogether. HuffPost / The Backstory The U.S. Department of Justice may try seeking out the source of a bombshell article that revealed NSA surveillance of millions of Americans, according to NBC News justice correspondent Pete Williams.

Man Attempts to Slit Wrists Outside Today Studio, Forcing Anchors Inside (TVNewser)
A man apparently attempted to slit his wrists outside the Today studio Thursday morning, forcing an evacuation of the plaza area around the studio, and sending the Today anchors inside. The incident, which took place right behind the window where the anchors normally sit, happened off-air. New York Daily News “I had to do something desperate to fight the corruption, fight the IRS,” Pak Chong Mar told a Daily News reporter as he lay on a hospital gurney at Bellevue Hospital. “They are so powerful.” Bandages on his right hand and left wrist, blood spattered on his dark jeans, the Queens man gave a rambling statement about how he was done wrong just a couple of hours after the midtown mayhem.

A Fallen New Yorker Writer Signs With Simon & Schuster (NYT)
Jonah Lehrer, the disgraced writer who resigned from The New Yorker after he was discovered plagiarizing and fabricating material, has sold a book to Simon & Schuster that uses his journalistic misconduct as a case study of the mysterious and redeeming power of love. GalleyCat The New York Times has obtained a copy of his proposal: “On the cover page of the proposal, the book is described as 80,000 words long. The manuscript will be delivered in November 2014, the proposal says.”

CBS Anchor Scott Pelley on The Surprising Renaissance of The Evening News (Forbes / Mixed Media)
That the evening news is a dinosaur headed for extinction has been a truism since long before people started getting their headlines from Twitter or the Huffington Post. But lately, in their steady march toward the tar pits, the big three newscasts seem to have lost their sense of direction. TVNewser “When it comes to covering the news, and not wasting the audience’s time,” says Pelley about the nightly network newscasts, “I think there’s one place you can come to… the CBS Evening News. Brian Williams does a terrific news broadcast [on NBC]. It has only one problem, and that is that ours is better.”

Why Book Publishers Are Still Dragging Their Heels on Selling You eBooks (Wired / Underwire)
We’ve been at Book Expo America 2013 for an hour, and the stacks of books we’re carrying are already beginning to overflow our arms. When publisher representatives spot a media badge, their response is something like a mugging in reverse: before we can protest, we’re loaded up with catalogs and volumes. “I have to carry this home,” I tell a publicist trying to thrust a hefty hardcover at me. “Are you on NetGalley? Can you give me a download code instead? If I give you my card, can you send me a PDF after the show?” She stares at me like I’ve just asked her to strip down in the middle of the Javits Center. The truth is, book publishers still aren’t sure what to make of digital publishing.


The Orange County Register Goes Back to Its Roots
(FishbowlLA)
A pair of very powerful strands of history anchor the Orange County Register‘s re-launch Thursday of the Santa Ana Register as a weekly community newspaper. One is the fact this 108-year-old publication, rolled out in the fall of 1905 as the Santa Ana Daily Register when Orange County had only about 20,000 residents, marked the beginning of the newspaper that now contains it. The other is the idea that Santa Ana city editor Theresa Cisneros’ immigrant roots date back to the same location, a few decades later.

Matt Drudge Was Right (The Washington Post / The Fix)
Say the words “Matt Drudge” to any political junkie and you will get one of two responses. The first will be strong disdain for Drudge’s eponymously-named news site and its tilt toward outrageous headlines and conservative viewpoints. The second will be sheer awe for Drudge’s continued ability to pull in massive amounts of Web traffic using a site that any teenager with an affinity for the Internet could make in under 15 minutes.

Barnes & Noble Unveils NOOK Snaps, A Selection of Exclusive Short Reads for Its Tablets And E-Readers (The Next Web)
Barnes & Noble is increasing the amount of exclusive content available on its range of NOOK tablets and e-readers through NOOK Snaps, a new bi-monthly program that offers users a batch of original, short-form literature at an inexpensive price point. The initiative will feature new fiction and non-fiction works from the “most compelling voices” already selling books, essays or textbooks through the NOOK platform. Users will receive a “selection” of between three and five works, consisting of at least 5,000 words in total, every other month for $1.99 a pop. AppNewser This month the titles include: How to be a Playgirl by Jessanne Collins; High-Status Characters by Brian Raftery and Willing to be Lucky by Mickey Rapkin, among others.

What Digg’s Google Reader Replacement Can Teach Us About The Future of Social News (GigaOM)
Nothing rocked technology-oriented news junkies this year quite like the announcement that Google Reader will be shuttering its popular but apparently too-niche-to-continue product in July.

A Rally for Laid-Off Chicago Sun-Times Photogs (CJR / Behind The News)
Pulitzer Prize winner John H. White doesn’t think too much of the iPhone as a replacement for him and 27 other photographers who lost their jobs at the Chicago Sun-Times last week. “I don’t think it’s the right tool,” White said. “You don’t go into surgery with a tool that could do a little bit of everything.” White was one of about 150 people who picketed outside of the newspaper’s downtown headquarters Thursday morning, protesting the unilateral cut of an entire department one week before.

The Newsonomics of The Kochs Rising — And Uprising (Nieman Journalism Lab)
As the controversial conservatives confirm their interest in some of America’s biggest newspapers, is their interest financial or political?

Author of Quirky Wizard of Oz Summary Is Still Looking for Full-Time Work (JimRomenesko.com)
Eight months ago, I tried to help Rick Polito get credit for his quirky Wizard of Oz summary that everyone reported was written by a Philadelphia Inquirer staffer. (That happened because of the way the image-gone-viral was trimmed.) “Use the words ‘desperate for employment’” in your piece,” he told me last October. On Wednesday, Polito sent Romenesko readers an update: “I was never able to turn the Oz synopsis viral tsunami into a job. Believe me, I tried – ew.com, Zap2It, TV Guide, etc. Every cover letter includes a reference to the ‘quip that launched a billion tweets.’”

Why Pippa Middleton Is Right for The Vanity Fair Job (The Guardian / Comment Is Free)
Anyone who is finding it tough to get published in print might not feel too pleased about Vanity Fair‘s newest contributing editor. The glossy title has hired emerging journalistic talent and the UK’s most celebrated sister-in-law, Pippa Middleton. Her talents as a writer may be arguable, but it all comes down to her commercial value. People fall over themselves to complain that what the Middletons do is dull, bland and a preserve of the privileged — but it shifts units at an alarming rate.


CNN Wins RTCA Awards, Livingston Award
(TVNewser)
CNN has won three awards over the past 24 hours. The network won two awards at the Radio/Television Correspondents’ Association Dinner Wednesday night and a Livingston Award for an online multimedia feature Thursday afternoon.

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