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Unknown* Washington D.C. police are investigating whether David Gregory violated gun laws on “Meet the Press.” (nytimes.com) | (washingtonpost.com) | (washingtonpost.com/erik-wemple)
* “A @rogerebert tweet is worth as much traffic as a small Digg or Y Combinator hit.” (nytimes.com)
* Former Washingtonian editor recalls the days when he only used freelancers. (jacklimpert.com)
* Fired Austin meteorologist fails to disclose knowledge of viewer’s mental illness in hair debate. (digitaltexan.com)
* The Ballston Journal, New York’s oldest weekly, publishes its final print edition. (bizjournals.com)
* Predictions for 2013: Google News will start to fade; the “Super Blog” will take over; and more. (forbes.com)
* Two Springsteen profiles make David Brooks’ list of best magazine pieces of 2012. (nytimes.com)
* Andrew Tarantola: I’m a tech writer because of a “Calvin and Hobbes” strip. (gizmodo.com)
* Counterculture favorite Arthur magazine is back in print. (washingtonpost.com)
* Daily Telegraph is criticized for naming a horse its “sportswoman of the year.” (mediaspy.org)

“A number of journos believed that a fake Philip Roth account was real, expressed admiration, and didn’t bother to check if it was real or not,” Reluctant Habits managing editor Edward Champion writes in an email. “Didn’t express any skepticism. The minute I heard about it, I emailed Blake Bailey, the author of a forthcoming Roth bio. He emailed me back telling me that it was bogus and issued a clarification on Twitter.” | Update from @PhilipRothOffic: “This account is an hoax created by Italian journalist Tommasso Debenedetti.” (He’s set up fake accounts before.)

This morning, New York Times public editor Margaret Sullivan thanked “those who (ever so gently) pointed out that I mistook a fake Philip Roth account for the real thing.”

* Sorry, Philip Roth is not on Twitter (observer.com) | The four tweets from @PhilipRothOffic (allmytweets.net)

A lot of people are unhappy with Gannett’s Journal News and its website, lohud.com, for publishing names and addresses of local gun permit holders. “We knew publication of the database would be controversial but we felt sharing as much information as we could about gun ownership in our area was important in the aftermath of the Newtown shootings,” says editor CynDee Royle.map (There are about 7,500 comments on the CNN.com story about the database controversy. “CNN did not immediately see any in support of the newspaper’s decision to publish the interactive map,” the network reports.)

Jim Hopkins writes on Gannett Blog:

Readers have now retaliated by making public what they claim is Gannett CEO Gracia Martore’s home address in Virginia as well as her photograph.

“House is loaded with highly valuable easily transprtable items,” a poster identified only as “vintovka” wrote in a typo-riddled comment on a website for assault rife enthusiasts. “As a promonent liberal from suburban D.C. she probably goes to a lot of well publisised funerals, during which her house would be empty.

“While she does have and alarm system a simple smash and grab robbery would be highley profitable.”

A blogger/real estate agent has posted the publisher’s home address and contact information for other Journal News staffers. His readers also have done records searches and found out, for example, that Royle drives a red convertible. “Nice house,” one commenter says of the editor’s residence. “Wooded lot, too. Lots of places to hide.” The next comment: “Lol. That was the 1st thing I thought of when viewing those pics of her palace!”

* Journal News assailed for publishing map of gun permit holders (lohud.com)
* Newspaper sparks outrage for publishing information about gun owners (CNN.com)
* Purported home address of Gannett CEO is posted online (gannettblog.com)
* Where are the gun permits in your neighborhood? (lohud.com)
* New York lawmaker nows wants to keep gun records private (politicker.com)