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* “Oddly, the best years for me as an editor were when Rupert Murdoch owned the Sun-Times,” says retired Sun-Times books editor Henry Kisor. “He threw money at the paper and some of it washed up in the book section. I was able to travel far and wide to interview authors.” (chicagomag.com)
* A preview of the former Sun-Times photographers exhibit, “See What You Missed.” (chicagomag.com)
tang* I’d like a Mustang, please: “Ford is working with writers, trendsetters and tastemakers in a whole new way. …You read, watch and participate, and with each action you earn points toward new experiences, swag and shout-outs.” (connectford.com)
* Maxim, which was sold in 2007 for over $200 million, is now getting bids of about $20 million. (bloomberg.com)
* U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops cracks down on bloggers trying to spread the word of the Holy Father. (lifeisaprayer.com)
* Gannett deal means millions for Belo’s top execs. (footnoted.com)
* Study: 90% of newsroom supervisors are white. (theatlantic.com)
* Village Voice “is healthier than it has been in more than a decade,” says the weekly’s new editor. (nytimes.com)
* Yes, Wigwag was great. (“Quite successful”? I don’t know about that.) (theawl.com) | It was mentioned last year as a magazine that’s missed.
* What’s going on here with @HuffingtonPost? (The tweets have been deleted.) (@ylichterman)huffpo
* The number of magazine launches – and failures – is on the decline. (foliomag.com)
* A review of decades of Playgirl covers. (NSFW-ish.) (thehairpin.com)
* Mark Leibovich’s book “is Washington’s current obsession.” (bloomberg.com) | “It’s all very depressing … when Leibovich turns to the media.” (slate.com)
* Rush Limbaugh denies telling his fans to stop watching Fox News. (washingtonpost.com)
* “Citizen Koch” filmmakers turn to Kickstarter to finish their documentary. (sltrib.com)

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In the New York Post, New York Times and other publications, Eliot Spitzer is running for comptroller.

In the New York Daily News, he’s running for controller.

Why is that? I asked.

“Our spelling of ‘controller’ is one of that last bits of original Daily News style as dictated by our founder Joseph Medill Patterson in 1919 when he launched the paper,” writes digital editorial director Lauren Johnston. “When Patterson founded and launched the News on June 26, 1919, he wanted to simplify the language and save some space in the typeface.

“Some examples of other altered spellings that have since been retired include: ‘cigaret’ for cigarette and ’employe’ for employee. ‘Controller’ for comptroller (one character shorter) has lingered on – a spelling that reflects the way the word is generally pronounced.”

Johnston had to “dig around in the brains of longtime folks here” to get me that information, so I’ll allow her this plug:

Coincidentally, we are hosting a live chat tomorrow at 2p.m. with Controller/Comptroller John Liu – part of an ongoing series of chats with all of the mayoral contenders. Readers could zap him some questions on his thoughts on the pronunciation. The chat will be moderated by our politics reporter Adam Edelman. Here is the link.

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The top piece appeared on the Elmhurst Patch; the second, on the Hatboro-Horsham Patch, and the last piece, on the Affton-Shrewbury Patch.

This is the earliest citing I can find of this identical content, from 2011, though I am not certain this is the actual original source,” writes my tipster. “I get 216 Patch results on Google.”

I’ve asked the Patch editors about this.

UPDATE — From a former Patch editor:

Please don’t include my name, but I can answer this for you:

Patch always had the habit of posting the same “story” on many different Patch sites. Sometimes just to increase UVs (especially if it was a big and/or sensational story that had nothing to do with the town) or other times to help overworked and stressed editors. It is one less thing for them to do and can post.

But to give a cross-posted story some type of local feel to it, we were told to place our bylines on them, to make it appear that it was originally written by that town’s Patch editor. Sadly I’ve done this a few times at Patch because the boss said so, but after awhile it bothered me and I just refused to post a byline.

Just asking: What did WCTV (Tallahassee, FL) charge Chick-fil-A for this promotion? Nothing, says news director Stan Sanders. “We thought it would be fun to have them on the show,” he tells Romenesko readers. “It’s not a free advertisement, it’s just a fun moment.” (By the way, Friday is Chick-fil-A “Cow Appreciation Day.”) The news boss is aware that Chick-Fil-A has been a target of gay rights groups, but says “we’re not supporting Chick-Fil-A — we’re not saying they’re good, bad or indifferent.”
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* [Video] Chick-fil-A cows take over WCTV’s news set (wctv.tv) (Link now dead)
* “If they really didn’t get paid for that, they should be fired” (facebook.com/jimromenesko)

* “NEW DEVELOPMENTS ARE UNFOLDING!” (Note the urgency) WCTV took the image and video link down minutes after I posted this, but they’re cached here.

* AP: “Coup now seems to be an accurate term for what transpired” in Egypt. (huffingtonpost.com)
* Jay Rosen stops critiquing CNN’s journalism. “The immediate cause of action is an amusing but also telling column by Jack Shafer” about tabloid TV. (pressthink.org)
dead* Prediction: Twitter will soon be as behind the curve as Facebook, and someday completely forgotten like Friendster. (lefsetz.com)
* Glenn Greenwald accuses Walter Pincus of “making up facts along the way.” (ggsidedocs.blogspot.com.br)
* “Journalism is indeed an activity, not a profession,” says Glenn Harlan Reynolds. (nypost.com)
* Paramedic is fired for sending an email to a St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter. (stltoday.com)
* There aren’t many independent reporters covering Nascar these days. (viv-bernstein.blogspot.com)
* The Daily Beast is running a gun series that was spiked by Ms. magazine. (mediamatters.org)
* What happens when you get on Michael Wolff’s bad side: (gq-magazine.co.uk)
* L.V. Anderson blasts BuzzFeed for its “The Story of Egypt’s Revolution in ‘Jurassic Park’ Gifs” post. (slate.com)
* The future doesn’t look good for TV broadcasters. (newsosaur.blogspot.com)
* A mea culpa from NPR’s Nina Totenberg. (npr.org)
* Evan Ratliff: It took five years to write my 52-page e-book. (thinreads.com)