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Actually, the Denver Post complaint line was quiet, reports Linda Shapley, director of newsroom operations. Editor Greg Moore got one email about Sunday’s page one not mentioning Easter, Shapley says, and one person left a phone message and said they’d be emailing, too. (The phone call and email from the same person? Possibly.)
* Kent State journalism faculty criticize the university for the way it’s handled its presidential search. (crainscleveland.com)
* Of course, a Florida newspaper that runs covers like this and this isn’t going to run NYT’s tough Jameis Winston/FSU investigation. (cjr.org)
* Former Seattle Post-Intelligencer editor Ken Bunting collapsed and died while playing tennis on Sunday. He was 65. (mije.org)
* The Kindle Single interview with Nikki Finke was a best-seller. (thinreads.com)
* NBC says it brought in a brand – not psychological – consultant to talk to David Gregory‘s friends and wife. (hollywoodreporter.com)
* How Washington City Paper is designed. (altweeklies.com)
* Sharyl Attkisson “seems a little bitter,” says Media Matters’ president. (washingtonpost.com)
* “All God’s Danger,” a 1974 National Book Award winner, gets a boost from the New York Times. (observer.com)
* JOBS: Want to write in Boulder, Colorado? Check out this job opening.
* Felix Salmon is leaving Reuters and staying quiet about his new job. (@jyarow) | (nytimes.com)

Jimmy Kimmel has video clips showing news anchors across the U.S. reporting the death of actor “Andy” Rooney.

Fox 11 Los Angeles: “Andy Rooney, the pint-sized anchor who was giant on stage and screen, has died.”

Mickey Rooney (left) and Andy Rooney

Mickey Rooney (left) and Andy Rooney

From other stations’ reports:

* “We’re going to look back at actor Andy Rooney’s career.”

* “Andy Rooney received an Academy award.”

* “You know, I grew up with Andy Rooney.”

* “Andy Rooney dies at 93”

Kimmel wraps up his segment with a clip of Andy Rooney saying, “I hate it when that happens!”

Andy Rooney died on November 11, 2011. He was 92. Mickey died on April 6. He was 93.

* Reporters confused about Mickey Rooney’s death (youtube.com)

Retired Washingtonian editor Jack Limpert’s piece last week about firing a film critic for praising Oliver Stone’s “JFK” brought in this comment from former Washington Post critic Tom Shales: “Jack, as a critic who once worked for you, I am shocked!tender Plus whatever fault you could find in Stone’s politics, his mastery of cinematic technique in JFK, and later on Nixon, was impressive.”

Shales continues:

Gary Arnold, the great film critic of The Washington Post, was forced out because a couple of editors, one named Ben, were upset that he didn’t like Tender Mercies, which had made them cry — boo hoo. Posterity has not been kind to that corny film; Gary was right.

Ben Bradlee fired Arnold over his April 1983 “Tender Mercies” review? (Headline: “Miserable ‘Mercies’: Duvall: Movin’ slow on the lone prairie.”) I called the retired critic to check that out.

“I asked Ben about it” at the time, says Arnold, “and he said there was nothing to it. …I thought there was something silly and trifling about [the rumor]. I thought it was pretty ridiculous. Why predicate anything on a single review? An accumulation of discontent would make more sense.”

Besides, no editor ever complained to him about the “Mercies” review, he says.

Arnold was removed as film critic in August of 1984, after 16 years, but stayed at the Post for 13 more months to do book reviews and other assignments.

The departure, he says, was “amicable.”

“You can’t have the notion that you have a job for life,” says 72-year-old Arnold. “They wanted to make a change” and eventually hired Paul Attanasio.

The retired critic seemed surprised that the “Tender Mercies” rumor was still circulating. “It’s had a longer life than it certainly deserves, and it’s one that’s never bothered me.”

* You’re fired – and I wish you nothing but the best (jacklimpert.com)
* Tom Shales: “Editors should stick to what they know” (jacklimpert.com)

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* Daily Mail hed: No questions asked; the story: questions were asked. (dailymail.co.uk)
* NBC had a psychological consultant interview David Gregory‘s friends and wife “to get perspective and insight from people who know him best.” (washingtonpost.com)
* Toronto Star ombud: Are dashes in swear words “a coy and quaint standard of the past or an ongoing mark of respect for readers?” (thestar.com)
* Justice Antonin Scalia says the court’s New York Times vs. Sullivan ruling “was wrong … It was revising the Constitution.” (latimes.com)
* A good news/bad news week at the Philadelphia Inquirer. (artsjournal.com)
* Vox, FiveThirtyEight and The Intercept explained. (adweek.com)
* Religion News Service announces the closings of Faith & Values sites in Hartford, Spokane, and Toledo.
* CNN wonders if the Klan can rebrand itself. (digiday.com)
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* A labor reporter laid off from In These Times asks for donations to keep him on the Volkswagen beat. (@MikeElk)
* Slate Plus – a $5/month or $50/year membership program – “enables our most committed readers and listeners to get an enhanced Slate experience, while supporting the work we do,” says editor David Plotz. (slate.com)
* Because of light-rail tracks near Minnesota Public Radio’s building, “the floor is vibrating, the ceiling is shaking, the structure is making noise, and that affects the recordings.” (startribune.com)
* Hartford Courant editorial cartoonist Bob Englehart writes about his “unique childhood” and love for NASCAR in a new book. (cagle.com)
* ICYMI: A reporter live-tweeted the resurrection of Jesus on Sunday. (@philtvnews)