Afternoon report

* A reporter writes of his experience covering today’s Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day hoopla:

I have never felt so alien in my own country as I did today while covering the restaurant’s supporters. The level of hatred, unfounded fear and misinformed people was astoundingly sad. I can’t even print some of the things people said. …

It was like broken records of Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh and a recitation of half-truths and outright lies.

(Mark Krzos on Facebook) || UPDATE: Krzos has removed the post.

* UPDATE: Krzos’s paper, the News-Press in Fort Myers, Fla., covers Wednesday’s Chick-fil-A-palooza

* Shepard Smith mentions “National Day of Intolerance” – an apparent slam of the Chick-Fil-A festivities. (Mediaite)
* No surprise that Jonah Lehrer’s Aug. 22 Earlham College speech — co-sponsored by an “Ethics Endowed Fund” — is canceled. (
* Jonah Lehrer “is one of the most talented, hard-working, meticulous, and careful writers I’ve edited.” (
* CQ Roll Call lays off Richard E. Cohen, “dean of the congressional press corps.” (DC Fishbowl)
* Vulture writer Gavin Polone conducts an experiment to see if Nikki Finke really does have any power. (
* Boston Phoenix and Stuff Magazine become one glossy magazine; five people lose jobs. (
* Spokespeople help Aurora theater victims’ families deal with the media. (
* Guy Adams suspension shows the tremendous power Twitter potentially has over users in social media. (