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David Catanese, Politico Reporter, Removed from Todd Akin Coverage (HuffPost / The Backstory)
Politico editors have removed David Catanese from coverage of Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.) following the reporter's defense of the congressman's comments about victims of "legitimate rape" not getting pregnant because their bodies will "shut that whole thing down." The Washington Post / Erik Wemple For the sake of "argument," Catanese tried to see the controversy from Akin's side, writing, "We all know what he was trying to say." A genuine Twitter beatdown then materialized. NYT / Media Decoder John F. Harris, editor-in-chief of Politico, declined to comment about Catanese. But a memo sent out Sunday and signed by Harris and Jim VandeHei, Politico's executive editor, said, "David Catanese crossed a line a reporter shouldn't cross on Twitter when he seemed to weigh in on the merits of Todd Akin's comments -- especially in a way many people, including many Politico colleagues, understandably found offensive." Slate / Weigel Did he ask the question in a fairly stupid way? Sure. Did he get too defensive? Yes: He accused "the Left" of overreacting to his questions.

CBS News Unveils Plans for Political Conventions (TVNewser)
Coverage will be led by CBS Evening News anchor Scott Pelley, Face the Nation anchor Bob Schieffer and CBS This Morning co-hosts Charlie Rose and Norah O'Donnell. TVNewser NBC News and Telemundo have also announced their coverage plans for the 2012 Democratic and Republican national conventions. The Associated Press Long gone are the passionate debates. Long gone is the suspense about who will emerge as the party's presidential nominee. Political conventions now are carefully scripted pep rallies aimed at a national TV audience. LA Times Given the lack of suspense, the major TV networks, which once competed with blanket coverage, have cut back in recent years to a scant one hour of prime-time programming each night.

Jay Leno's Pay Cut Reflects Diminished State of Late Night (Forbes / Mixed Media)
Being the king of late night isn't what it used to be. The Week Why has Leno fallen under the budget ax? Here, a brief guide. New York Daily News "Welcome to the Tonight Show or, as Comcast calls us, The Expendables," Leno said at the opening of his monologue Monday night. Ad Age / Media News Leno still rules late night, but that time slot has been so sliced and diced over the years by everyone ranging from Chelsea Handler to Jon Stewart to Jimmy Kimmel to Adult Swim that his margin of victory is slimmer, and his demographic older, than it might have been in decades past.

After an Olympic Bounce for Today, GMA Bounces Right Back (NYT / Media Decoder)
For one day after the Summer Olympics ended, NBC's Today show was the No. 1 morning show on television. HuffPost / AP The Nielsen Co. said that Good Morning America beat Today in the ratings last week, the week after the Olympics concluded, by an average margin of 162,000 viewers. Daily Mail The figures represent a return to normalcy in the morning show wars. GMA had beaten Today each of the five weeks prior to the Olympics' start.

EatingWell to Increase Rate Base (FishbowlNY)
Meredith has only owned EatingWell since last summer, but things are already going great for the magazine. Starting with the July/August 2013 issue, EatingWell will boost its rate base from 600,000 to 750,000.

Local News Sites Form New Trade Association (CJR / Behind the News)
Next month, at the annual Block by Block conference for local news sites, around 100 independent publishers will celebrate the launch of a new nonprofit trade group that will offer support for the growing hyperlocal news industry.

LinkedIn Confirms Profile Redesign, Says More Changes to Come (LA Times / Tech Now)
"We are focused on making it easier for LinkedIn members to get more value out of the services we offer by creating simpler, more relevant, more social experiences," a company spokeswoman said in an email. "This new look and feel to the profile is the first step of many more exciting changes to come to the LinkedIn profile later this year." SocialTimes Related: Facebook and Twitter might be more obvious choices for sharing links, but a recent study by HubSpot social media scientist Dan Zarrella shows that LinkedIn is the best social network for boosting search engine results.

Barnes & Noble to Launch Nook in the UK (AppNewser)
The book retailer will begin selling its e-readers through the storefront in mid-October. Wired / Gadget Lab Why is it taking so long to bring the Nook to the UK?

Fareed Zakaria Resigns from Yale University's Governing Board (HuffPost / AP)
A journalist recently accused of plagiarism has resigned from his position on Yale University's governing board to better focus on his work. New Haven Register The plagiarism scandal connected to a nationally known journalist has hit home.

'Social Olympics' Over, Brands on Twitter Shift Focus to Back to School, Black Friday (Ad Age / Digital)
Twitter is still sorting through the results of the London Olympics to gauge how individual advertisers fared in their campaigns, but a bird's eye view of all the activity on the platform backs up the feeling that a lot has changed since the prior games.

Ryan Seacrest Productions Eyes Big Expansion with Executive Hires (THR)
Ryan Seacrest Productions is beefing up its executive ranks, adding a small army of programming executives including Nina Wass as executive vice president of scripted programming, Joseph Ferraro as vice president of development working primarily on unscripted projects and Heather Schuster as senior vice president of development. Deadline Hollywood Branching out into scripted has been a major priority for Seacrest, whose company established itself as a reality powerhouse off the success of the Keeping Up with the Kardashians franchise.

Bookstore Sales Up in First Half of 2012 (Publishers Weekly)
Bookstore sales rose 3.8 percent in June, to $1.04 billion, according to estimates released by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Apple Now Biggest-Ever U.S. Company (WSJ)
Apple Inc. surpassed Microsoft Corp. Monday as the largest U.S. company ever, measured by stock-market value. Reuters Apple's climb came at the same time fellow technology heavyweight Facebook Inc. plumbed new depths. LA Times The technology behemoth achieved that distinction with the latest jump in its seemingly irrepressible stock price. Apple shares have been on a steady uptick for years, and investors now value the company at $623.5 billion.

Former Fox 21 News Director Finds New Job (Duluth News-Tribune)
Let's call it Jason's Journey. For former Fox 21 KQDS-TV news director Jason Vincent, 32, it's a continuum of everything he'd learned, or hadn't learned, about cultural respect and identity, including his own. For those who only first heard of him two weeks ago, when a Facebook comment he'd posted disparaging of Native Americans went viral, it's a story about contrition, and maybe learning and growing a little. TVSpy Vincent was the news director at KQDS, the Fox-affiliate in Duluth. In early August, he posted a status update to his Facebook page that read: "Add drunk, homeless, Native American man to the list of animals that have wandered into my yard."

How Does One 'Rebrand the Apocalypse?' A Barkley Designer Fills Us In (AgencySpy)
Describing this as his "anti-love letter to the ad business," Chris Riebschlager, a designer/developer at Kansas City shop Barkley, recently performed a little stand-up of sorts during a recent local ad club event. The theme? Well, as mentioned in the hed, it's how to rebrand the apocalypse, which according to the Mayans, is set to get underway on Dec. 21 of this year.

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