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Called Out by David Simon, HuffPo Amends, Corrects Post

DavidSimonBlogLogoFollowing a major Thursday assist from Capital New York associate media editor Jeremy Barr, The Wire co-creator David Simon has today updated his July 2 blog post. A post that began with this very eloquent recrimination:

The permanent churn of the Internet is such that if you allow a dishonesty to stand for more than a moment, it will be endlessly repeated as fact for as long as there are humans left to link to it.

In Simon’s case, the churn was a claim by Huffington Post blogger, author and UC Berkely prof Linda Williams that Simon was fired by the Baltimore Sun, where he worked as a crime reporter from 1982 through 1995 before taking a buyout. Simon’s noon-today blog addendum is titled UPDATED TWICE:

I am informed that the HuffPost piece has now removed the reference to my having been fired. Instead, apparently, my revenge was had upon editors who spiked one of my articles because my writing wasn’t “Dickensian” enough. They never said anything of the sort to me or anyone else, and that is not actually the reason that particular article was spiked.

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Christian Post Has All the Tim Howard Angles Covered

TimHowardChuckHagelWikipediaDid you hear about the petition asking that D.C.’s National airport be renamed in honor of Team USA’s goalkeeper? Did you read that funny tweet from Washington Free Beacon staff writer Lachlan Markay about 35-year-old Tim Howard‘s two-years-older Jesus-like qualities?

If not, point your browser over to New York-based Christian Post reporter Leonardo Blair‘s rousing summary of the initial stages of Tim Howard mania:

For a moment Tuesday, someone changed the Wikipedia entry for Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and replaced him with Howard and fans loved it.

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Peeved Piers | Wikipedia Lady | UN Represents

TV Newser: The umpteenth slam of Piers Morgan by Larry King led the more recent of these CNN hosts to unload on Twitter. At this stage, we agree with the “Britisher.” It”s time for Larry to deflect any such interview questions.

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PR Newser: On June 1, Lila Treitkov will graduate from Russian-born Wikipedia reader to Russian-born executive director of the Wikimedia Foundation. We can only imagine what page-holder Yakov Naumovich Pokhis might say.

Agency Spy: This joyous music video honoring same-sex rights is set to Bollywood music, features a former Miss India and was choreographed by Slumdog Millionaire‘s Longie. And… it’s straight out of the United Nations.

FemTechNet Troops Set to Storm Wikipedia

Nina Liss-Schultz, an editorial fellow at Mother Jones, has a nice clean summary of a most intriguing bit of coordinated learning taking place in the fall. FemTechNet, a self-described network of feminist scholars and educators, is planning as part of its “Dialogues on Feminism and Technology” DOCC course to massage the male-dominated world of Wikipedia editors.

The course is being offered at more than a dozen schools including The New School and The CUNY Graduate Center. FemTechNet’s description of the course reminds once again that the kind of revolution tipping the print media industry is also in full swing at the higher learning end:

Participants in the Distributed Open Collaborative Course (DOCC) — indeed, anyone with a connection to the Web — can access the video dialogues and are invited to discuss them by means of blogs, voice threads and other electronic media. As the course meets, students and teachers can plug in and join the conversation. Through the exchanges and the participants’ input, course content for the DOCC will continue to grow. From this process emerges a dynamic and self-reflective educational model.

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Carl Kassel retires from NPR after 30 years as the voice of “Morning Edition.” – TVNewser

Time Publishing unloaded Governing magazine to e.Republic., leaving Time with zero Washington holdings – FishbowlDC

• Wikipedia’s obsessive chroniclers no longer cool with being used as primary source for college kids, news organizations. – Baynewser

• How not to apply for a media job. – MediaJobsDaily

Fox News, New York Times Vandalizing Rivals’ Wikipedia Entries?

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Were staffers at Fox News and the New York Times engaged in Wikipedia vandalism on the job? It sure looks like it.

A writer for tech publishers O’Reilly Media traced changes to Al Franken‘s Wikipedia entry to a Fox News IP address. Then bloggers Geeks Are Sexy compiled a list of Fox News’ extensive Wikipedia edits—which, among other things, de-loofahed Bill O’ Reilly, posted false information about the ratings of Fox News shows, accused Keith Olbermann of making light of Peter Jennings‘ death and deleted rating info for MSNBC programs.

Now, over to the New York Times. Right-wing blog Little Green Footballs found that someone from within the New York Times edited George W. Bush‘s entry to call him a jerk. Classy. But, more interestingly, employees of the Times are apparently editing the Wall Street Journal‘s Wikipedia entry. Hmm…

After the jump, a rundown of Wikipedia changes by the Times and Fox News.

— Neal Ungerleider

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LAT in 90 Seconds

annanicole.jpgMeta-News Story: The LAT covered the Anna Nicole Smith death the way you’d expect — with a breaking news story that appeared online yesterday and a few timelines slapped up to fill space. But check out the rail on the far right of the Web-version of the story. Under “Related Articles,” the LAT lists a Wikipedia entry for the late actress/model. Is this was Stephen Colbert meant by Wikiality?

piechart.gifTiming Is Everything: Tribune Co. should have tried to auction itself into oblivion a few years ago, when the TV-buying market was hot. Now, it’s like a house in one of those “up-and-coming” neighborhoods in L.A. that never up and went anywhere.

normlear.jpgNorman Lear For President: Seriously. We love him.