Afternoon report

IAmA blogger for FiveThirtyEight at the New York Times. Ask me anything.
Q: Nate, do you think most of the popular news sources (cable, network, newspapers) intentionally overlooked the data analysis from you and those like you in order to hype up the 2012 election?
nateA: News organizations tend to have incentives to “root for the story”. Part of what were were saying for much of the campaign — both at different stages of the general election and perhaps even more emphatically in the end-stage of the primary when Romney pretty much had things wrapped up — is that the outcome had become fairly certain. So that creates a bit of a culture clash. (reddit.com) | Edited transcript: (nytimes.com)

* LocalLeaks prepares to release “huge revelations” ahead of next month’s Steubenville rape trial. (theatlanticwire.com)
* Rupert Murdoch with BuzzFeed founder Jonah Peretti at CES. (@rupertmurdoch)
* New York Times got the gun-permit list that’s on Gawker, and sued. (capitalnewyork.com) | “Gawker link-baits.” (legalinsurrection.com)
* Hollywood sours on Facebook as a marketing tool. (latimes.com)
* A look at Alabama newspapers’ BCS title game special editions. (copydesk.org)
* Apple is working on a cheaper iPhone. (wsj.com)
* ESPN apologizes for Brent Musburger’s comments about Alabama QB’s girlfriend. (shermanreport.com)
* Glenn Beck is expanding The Blaze and hiring investigative reporters. (buzzfeed.com)
* The AP is selling ads in its tweets, but Twitter doesn’t mind. (niemanlab.org)
* “Tribune staff” comments on “Downton Abbey” season premiere mention of Chicago. (chicagoreader.com)
* Huffington Post loses producer Robert Green to Conde Nast. (observer.com)

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