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The public editor for the Toronto-based Globe and Mail writes: “In light of the shooting in Colorado, editors have removed Friday’s editorial cartoon, which contained references to the new Batman movie.”

A Romenesko reader sends it:

(Credit: Brian Gable, Globe and Mail)

* Editor’s Note: Batman cartoon (Globe and Mail)
* Americans know exactly how shooting’s aftermath will play out (The Onion)
* Howard Stern regular pranks TV station covering shooting (Breitbart.com)

Michael Oneal

Michael Oneal, who has covered Tribune’s bankruptcy from the start (2008), is leaving Chicago before his employer wraps up the case. Robert Feder reports Oneal’s wife, Anne Fiorito, an Adobe Systems marketing manager, has been promoted to the San Francisco office and Oneal is moving with her. The newsman, who has been asked to cover the case from California, says of his years covering his employer’s bankruptcy:

The editors clearly paid close attention to what I was writing, but to their credit, I’ve never been interfered with. That says a lot about the ethical standards of the organization. …

I feel like I ought to be given an honorary degree in bankruptcy law. I had no idea about any of this until I started. Had I understood then what I know now, I would have known that once a case gets to a certain point of litigiousness, it’s down the rabbit hole.

Feder reports Oneal’s future with the Tribune “is unknown” once the bankruptcy story ends. I’ve asked Oneal if he can tell us more about that.

* Tribune bankruptcy outlasts reporter’s time in Chicago (Timeoutchicago.com)


Eighteen-year-old Morgan Jones was playing a video game when he first heard the news about the Aurora theater shooting. “I get updates from 9News on Facebook, and I get a comment that says ‘we’re investigating shootings at a movie theater,'” he says.

His minute-by-minute account of the story “has inarguably contributed more to the early understanding of this tragedy than any other single person,” writes John Herrman. Jones, who starts college this fall, tells the BuzzFeed writer that “this whole thing has been a rollercoaster of emotions for me, but it’s liberating to be able to inform so many people so rapidly.”

* How Morgan Jones told the world about the theater shooting (BuzzFeed.com)
* 9News was first on the scene; Denver Post beat AP by nearly 2 hours (WWD.com)
* In light of “Dark Knight” tragedy, movie marketers face questions (AdAge.com)

TALK ABOUT TASTELESS:

@WillMcAvoyACN avatar

Will McAvoy, the fictional anchor on Aaron Sorkin’s “The Newsroom,” is commenting on today’s events in Colorado. (“What a topsy-turvy inside-out media world,” says the Romenesko reader who pointed out McAvoy’s feed.) The fake anchor tweets: “Today has served as a shining example of the best and the worst of the news media, all at once.” He also tweets to CNN’s Don Lemon about ABC News’ incorrect report about the shooter having Tea Party connections: “Someone got a little overzealous with google over on ABC, Don. This is the exact thing I’m trying to fight.” (UPDATE: “Important to note,” writes Dan Mitchell, “that apparently that Twitter account is run by some random person, not the show or HBO.”)

* ABC News apologizes for “incorrect” report about theater shooter James Holmes having Tea Party ties. (Politico)
* Theater shooting victim Jessica Redfield was a passionate journalist. (Sporting News)
* Walter Kirn says the response to his “Confessions of an Ex-Mormon” essay has been “overwhelming.” (WWD.com) | (Read the piece)
* Andrew Goldman to Terry Gross: “I gather that people frequently assume you’re a lesbian.” (She’s not.) (New York Times)
* Why is Arianna Huffington in a Toyota ad on TechCrunch? (AdAge.com)
* More campaign ads are including shots from TV news programs, a trend that bothers journalists more than those in politics. (New York Times)
* Wall Street Journal is launching a 16-page Friday residential real estate section this fall. (Wall Street Journal)

Watch the video.

Photos and more coverage of the Aurora theater shooting from the Denver Post. || The paper is tweeting the latest news. || Watch The Denver Channel’s livestream of the shooting coverage.

* 1:27 a.m.: “Bring as much crime scene tape as you can”: A comprehensive timeline. (Reddit)

Aspiring sportscaster (and self-described “grammar snob”) Jessica Ghawi was killed at the theater. @JessicaRedfield — her Twitter handle — sent her last tweet from the theater. Incredibly, she was in Toronto’s Eaton Center seconds before the June 2 shooting there, but “an odd feeling … led me to go outside and unknowingly out of harm‘s way. It’s hard for me to wrap my mind around how a weird feeling saved me from being in the middle of a deadly shooting,” she wrote on June 5.

A Denver Post tweet mentions a “badly placed ad on our site” that has been disabled. Here’s what they were referring to: