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Esquire Article Wrongly Claims SEAL Who Killed bin Laden is Denied Health Care (Stars and Stripes / The Ruptured Duck)
Esquire magazine claims "The Man Who Killed Osama bin Laden... Is Screwed." The story details the life of the Navy SEAL after the successful raid to take out the No. 1 terrorist, and it asserts that once the SEAL got out of the military he was left to fend for himself. "...Here is what he gets from his employer and a grateful nation: Nothing. No pension, no health care, and no protection for himself or his family." Except the claim about health care is wrong. And no servicemember who does less than 20 years gets a pension, unless he has to medically retire. The writer, Phil Bronstein, who heads up the Center for Investigative Reporting, stands by the story. He said the assertion that the government gave the SEAL "nothing" in terms of health care is both fair and accurate, because the SEAL didn't know the VA benefits existed. HuffPost Earlier in the day, Bronstein appeared on NBC's Today show, referencing the SEAL's loss of military health care coverage. "In this guy's case, his health care that he got, called Tricare from the military, ended the night he left," Bronstein said. "He gets no pension, none, zero." "So the guy in the Navy choir gets the exact same pension [as] the guy we're asking to be the new face of warfare around the world," host Matt Lauer remarked. "Yes, exactly," Bronstein replied. FishbowlNY Another SEAL bluntly told Bronstein of their situation, "If I get killed on this next deployment, I know my family will be taken care of. But if I come back and retire, I won't have a pot to piss in or a window to throw it out of for the rest of my life. Sad to say, it's better if I get killed."

Giovanna Chirri, Vatican Reporter, First to Break News of Pope Benedict's Resignation (HuffPost)
Giovanna Chirri, who covers the Vatican for Italy's ANSA news agency and is the editor of a lay people's newspaper, immediately understood what was happening. When Pope Benedict XVI started whispering his farewell speech in Latin, "my brain short-circuited: I thought it was absurd," Chirri said. "I knew, just like everybody else, what he'd written in his book. But I was convinced he would never quit." ABCNews / Technology Review When the Italian media began to report that Pope Benedict XVI would be resigning on Feb. 28, many of @Pontifex's 1.5 million Twitter followers turned to his account for confirmation. They were greeted with crickets. Former New York Times editor Jim Roberts, a popular Twitter presence, was stumped by the silence. "What's a Twitter account for if you can't drop bombshell news on it? @Pontifex is silent on Pope's resignation." PRNewser Why is everyone freaking out? Well, he's the first Pope to step down on his own accord in six centuries, citing his "advanced age" and the limitations of this mortal coil. He has also effectively declared Justin Bieber the once and future king of Twitter after giving him a serious run for his money.

Major Garrett Was Supposedly Just Kidding When He Tweeted 'I'm Not F*cking Kidding' (NY Mag / Daily Intelligencer)
CBS White House correspondent Major Garrett seemed legitimately angry Monday morning when he wrote, to more than 80,000 followers, "The f*ck I am. That is shirty business what you did. Fix it. I'm not f*cking kidding." Like many fallen Twitter soldiers before him, Garrett probably meant the tweet as a direct message, because it was promptly deleted, but his attempt to play it off as an inside joke with a colleague makes no sense. The Wrap / Media Alley Jim O'Sullivan, the White House correspondent for the National Journal, had cracked a joke about Garrett earlier: "Someone, @MajorCBS, left a thing of Cover Girl on the WH press men's room sink." He then tweeted: "Confirmed: makeup contraband in WH men's room does NOT belong to @MajorCBS. Will investigate further." After his message, Garrett seemed to confirm that Sullivan had drawn his apparent ire. "Monday before SOTU [the State of the Union Address] is always slow. Pity," he tweeted. "I was speaking to @JOSreports. He knows why. I hear S#%* is REALLY hitting the fan in Damascus."

Reality Show Cast Member Who Died in Crash Was Special Forces Veteran (NYT / Media Decoder)
The reality television show cast member who died in a helicopter crash in Southern California on Sunday was an Army Special Forces veteran who had served four tours of duty in Iraq, family members said Monday.

Jonah Lehrer is Discussing His Plagiarism Scandal on Tuesday (
"I saw that Jonah Lehrer is going to be speaking at [Knight Foundation's] #infoneeds," Dan Pacheco tweeted Monday evening. "Is this to be an Oprah-esque confessional like Lance Armstrong?" It might be. Wired / Neuron Culture Monday I learned that the Knight Foundation, which does so much to support good journalism, will give him a podium as a keynote speaker at a conference Tuesday. I tweeted the head of the event, one @ibarguen that I hope he has some tough questions for Jonah. I have some myself I'd like to see answered.

Tesla CEO: New York Times Article is 'Unreasonable' (CNBC)
Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk told CNBC on Monday that a recent New York Times article claiming that cold weather cuts the mileage on the company's electric car is bogus. "Essentially, we think the article is a bit of a set up and is unreasonable," Musk said. During a test drive chronicled in the New York Times article, the charge on the Tesla Model S was not enough to reach the next charging station on the author's journey up Interstate 95 to Boston. But Musk told CNBC that after downloading the vehicle logs following the test drive, "it showed in fact [the author] had not charged up to the maximum charge in the car. It's like starting off a drive with a tank that's not full." The Verge Musk has reason to be flustered: Tesla's stock price has dipped in the days since The New York Times published Broder's report.

ABC Univision Channel to be Called Fusion (TVNewser)
As they come together to launch a new network, ABC and Univision have decided on a name for their news and lifestyle channel geared toward Hispanics: Fusion. Fusion, with the same meaning and spelling, but different pronunciation, in Spanish and English, will be based in Miami. The English pronunciation is the one taking hold internally. NYT / Media Decoder "The level of growth of Hispanics in the United States is huge, and that growth is not coming from immigration," said Isaac Lee, the president of Univision News. But creating a new 24-hour cable channel for a relatively narrow audience that already has plenty of options in both English and Spanish is a risky proposition. Studies show English-speaking Latinos watch the same types of programs as non-Hispanics. "This audience identifies as Americans first," said Larry Lubin, co-founder and president of Lubin Lawrence Inc., a brand consultancy that advised both companies. He also stressed that the venture needed to broaden its appeal. "The brand will be a failure if it only appeals to Latinos."

New York Times Closes Every Cheapskate's Favorite Paywall Loophole (NY Mag / Daily Intelligencer)
When The New York Times launched its online paywall almost exactly two years ago, the free content crowd didn't whine too loudly because of the plentiful workarounds. Links from social media were not counted toward the monthly article limit and switching browsers or clearing cookies put the meter back to zero, leaving some analysts to refer to it as more of a pay fence ("climbable and purposely porous"). The easiest little hack of all, for the Internet savvy, was right there on the page: deleting the "?gwh=numbers" section of the URL removed the obtrusive "pay for this!" banner blocking the words. Not anymore. paidContent This easy trick, known to every college student, led some to deride the Times as a technological tyro. People in the news industry, however, say the Times deliberately chose to make the paywall "leaky" so as not to alienate casual visitors.

Fox News on the Hunt for Hispanic Audience (TVNewser)
In an interview with The New Republic, Fox News CEO Roger Ailes talks about the network's effort to grow its Hispanic viewership. "The fact is, we have a lot -- Republicans have a lot more opportunity for them," Ailes says. "If I'm going to risk my life to run over the fence to get into America, I want to win. I think Fox News will articulate that."

Pew Identifies Four Profitable Newspapers (CJR / The Kicker)
Contrary to prevailing trends, it's not all doom and gloom in the newspaper industry -- at least, not for the four papers listed in a new Pew report released on Monday.

Capitol Hill is Obsessed with House Of Cards (BuzzFeed)
On Sunday night, Beau Willimon, the showrunner, co-creator and executive producer of the new Netflix show House of Cards, received an email from his close friend, Mike Lynch, the chief of staff to Sen. Chuck Schumer. Lynch wanted to tell Willimon that "everywhere he goes, he's hearing people talk about the show," Willimon said. He isn't the only one.

Matt Lauer Shoots PSA About Fatherhood (HuffPost)
The Today show's Matt Lauer shot a public service announcement on a social issue near to his heart: fatherhood. The 30-second spot follows a sneaky Lauer hiding in various places in what looks like his home: beneath a blanket, behind a curtain, in the fireplace and more. As he tip-toes around the house to find new hiding places, Lauer's daughter yells, "Ready or not here I come!" A narrator says, "The smallest moments can have the biggest impact on a child's life. Take time to be a dad today."

WBND Meteorologist Arrested for DWI and Leaving the Scene of an Accident (TVSpy)
WBND chief meteorologist Jamie Martin was arrested just before 8 p.m. Saturday night for driving while intoxicated and leaving the scene of an accident. Management for the South Bend, Ind., ABC affiliate confirmed the news, but told TVSpy they would not comment further on personnel matters except to say meteorologist Tom Coomes will fill-in for Martin.

Carl Hulse Named New York Times Washington Editor (FishbowlNY)
Carl Hulse has been promoted from deputy Washington bureau chief to Washington editor. Hulse has been deputy chief since August of 2011. Prior to that he served as the Times' chief congressional correspondent. Hulse first joined the Times in 2001 as night editor.

How the Media Scene has Changed in Colorado Since the Rocky Mountain News Folded (Poynter)
The media landscape in Colorado has changed dramatically in the past five years. In 2008, Colorado's main content providers were the same traditional print and broadcast news organizations that had been providing the state with news for decades. That all began to change when the Rocky Mountain News folded in February 2009 after publisher E.W. Scripps Co. failed to find a buyer for the paper.

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