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AP Twitter Account Hacked, Makes False Claim of Explosions at White House (The Verge)
Anyone that followed The Associated Press on Twitter Tuesday heard "news" of an unprecedented national crisis. "Two Explosions in the White House and Barack Obama is injured," the AP's account tweeted. Thankfully onlookers were quick to call the tweet fake, no doubt aided by the fact that no other news agencies reported a dire situation at the White House. CNBC / Market Insider On the floor at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, traders quickly traded on the tweet, selling S&P futures and buying Treasury 10-year futures. For several minutes, the floor was a flurry of activity, as it was in trading rooms across Wall Street, until the AP tweeted that its account had been hacked. The Dow plunged more than 140 points and bond yields fell. Within six minutes, the Dow recovered its losses and was trading with triple-digit gains. Reuters With the S&P 500 valued at about $14.6 trillion at the time of the false tweet, the plunge briefly wiped out $136.5 billion of the index's value. The Associated Press AP spokesman Paul Colford said the news cooperative is working with Twitter to investigate the issue. The AP has disabled its other Twitter accounts following the attack, Colford added. The Syrian Electronic Army claimed responsibility for the hack. This couldn't be corroborated. AllTwitter This whole thing just goes to show you shouldn't take everything you see on Twitter as 100 percent true the first instant you read it (though we all still will).

Turbulence at The Times (Politico)
In recent months, Jill Abramson has become a source of widespread frustration and anxiety within the New York Times newsroom. More than a dozen current and former members of the editorial staff, all of whom spoke to Politico on the condition of anonymity, described her as stubborn and condescending, saying they found her difficult to work with. The Atlantic Wire This is surprising. After all, Abramson was supposed to be a savior of sorts for the editorial side of things at the Times. She's got some digital savvy, a fierce ambition to chase tough stories and get them right and a generally alluring demeanor. Gawker Whether or not her leadership skills leave something to be desired, Abramson is certainly doing something right: The Times was awarded an impressive four Pulitzers just last week.

CNN in Talks With Newt Gingrich, Stephanie Cutter For New Crossfire Show (Politico / Dylan Byers on Media)
Earlier this month, news broke that CNN was looking to relaunch Crossfire, the famous debate show that pitted two pundits -- one liberal, one conservative -- against one another on the political issues of the day. Sources now tell Politico that the network is in discussions with former Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich and former Obama deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter about roles on the show.

Alex Jones Downplays Connection to 'Boston Bomber' (BuzzFeed)
Radio host Alex Jones is not surprised that the media is reporting that Boston bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev was a fan of his Infowars website, he told BuzzFeed on Tuesday. "It's just standard," Jones said. "Anyone you talk to is familiar with my show. When I go out in public, half the people I meet in this country and in other countries too say they listen to my show. The show is bigger than the mainstream media admits."

68 Percent of Boston Households Watch Local Coverage of Bombing Suspect's Capture (TVSpy)
Ratings for Boston stations were through the roof Friday night as they all had wall-to-wall coverage of the manhunt for Boston marathon bombing suspect in Watertown. During the 8 p.m. hour, when Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was taken into custody, 68 percent of Boston households were watching the four local network affiliates as well as local cable outlet NECN. Hearst-owned WCVB drew the most viewership.

CNN's John King: Boston Reporting Errors Were 'Embarrassing,' A 'Shot to My Credibility' (Mediaite)
Reporter John King appears to be taking all of the criticism being hurled at CNN after a trying week covering the Boston Marathon bombings personally. King told Washington, D.C. radio station WTOP Tuesday that the whole situation is "embarrassing" and as a Boston native, it's "a double kick in the head." FishbowlDC Despite the professional hit that John King took by botching the network's coverage of the Boston bombings last week, consumers seem unfazed -- tuning in and turning out in droves to CNN's coverage both on air and online.

Ed Bark: I Didn't 'Eviscerate' Brian Stelter's Book in The New York Times (
Ed Bark received much flak for his critical New York Times review of Brian Stelter's new book. He's "an envious, petulant man" who "sounds like an old, jealous crank" determined to do a "drive-by shooting," said some on Twitter. "I don't think it was a trashing of the book," the 65-year-old Bark tells me. "It wasn't a favorable review, but I didn't eviscerate the book" as some people have claimed. TVNewser As Bark rightly pointed out in his review of Top of the Morning, Brian Stelter got the most access from Good Morning America, spending countless days and one overnight shift embedded with the program.

What's Next For Reuters's Indicted Former Deputy Social Media Editor? (CJR / Behind The News)
It's been a rough month and a half for Matthew Keys. In March, Reuters' now-former deputy social media editor was indicted by the US Justice Department, accused of sharing a past employer's network information with hackers. Reuters suspended him (with pay) shortly thereafter, and Keys, 26, spent the last month tweeting news much like he did before the suspension, with his Reuters title still on his Twitter profile.

Churnalism: Discover When News Copies From Other Sources (Sunlight Foundation Blog)
Churnalism US is a new Web tool and browser extension that allows anyone to compare the news you read against existing content to uncover possible instances of plagiarism. It is a joint project with the Media Standards Trust. 10,000 Words If you think a particular article looks, well, suspicious, simply paste the link's URL or the text directly into Churnalism's free scanner and the tool will match phrases to press releases within its database.

NYT Shifts on 'Illegal Immigrant' But Doesn't Ban The Use (NYT)
On Tuesday, The New York Times updated its policies on how it uses the phrase "illegal immigrant" in its coverage. The newspaper did not go as far as The Associated Press, and it will continue to allow the phrase to be used for "someone who enters, lives in or works in the United States without proper legal authorization." But it encourages reporters and editors to "consider alternatives when appropriate to explain the specific circumstances of the person in question, or to focus on actions."

New York Times Lifts Paywall For Video, Plans 'Franchises' (paidContent)
The New York Times is no longer restricting non-subscribers' access to its video content. The move, which comes as the Times tightens other parts of its paywall, is part of the paper's plans to expand its brand in the video space. FishbowlNY The Times' live and on-demand videos are separated into several categories: Latest News, Style, Arts, Business, Opinion, Sports, Science, News/Times Cast, World, U.S. and Editor's Choice.

Gannett Reports Higher Revenue, Profit (Reuters)
Gannett reported higher first-quarter revenue and profit on Tuesday on the strength of its TV stations and digital revenue from subscriptions to its newspapers.

More Anticipation For A Much-Anticipated Biography of Roger Ailes (Capital New York)
Gabe Sherman's highly anticipated biography of Fox News chief Roger Ailes has been given a release date. Random House announced Tuesday that the book, The Loudest Voice in the Room: The Inside Story of How Roger Ailes and Fox News Remade American Politics, will hit shelves Jan. 14, 2014.

Piers Morgan's Chat With The Cleared Ricin Suspect Was His 'Weirdest Ever' (NY Mag / Daily Intelligencer)
Piers Morgan tweeted that his Tuesday chat with former Ricin letter suspect Paul Kevin Curtis "may just be the weirdest of my life," which is saying a lot for a guy who got into it with Alex Jones.

Fired Bismarck Anchor to Appear on Today (TVNewser)
As we predicted, A.J. Clemente -- the local Bismarck anchor fired for saying "f****** s***" on the air during his debut newscast on NBC affiliate KFYR -- has caught the interest of the morning shows.

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