Morning Report for May 30, 2014

* Dean Baquet says one of his first jobs as executive editor “is to make sure that the turmoil which was inevitable [after Jill Abramson‘s dismissal] doesn’t get in the way of what The New York Times does best.” (npr.org)
buzz2* There was also a lot of turmoil at Automobile magazine yesterday. (jalopnik.com) | (jalopnik.com)
* Howard Kurtz wishes Brian Williams had asked Edward Snowden: “Why do you deserve to be let off scot-free?” (foxnews.com)
* Another day, another Daily Mail plagiarism accusation. (planetary.org)
* The spelling bee fan favorite – not the winners – gets the cover of the News-Press. (Jacob Williamson is a local boy.) (newseum.org) | “The most colorful participant.” (news-press.com) | Daniel Williamson calls his son “a free-range chicken.” (washingtonpost.com)
* Scrips National Spelling Bee? Scripts? No, it’s spelled Scripps. | Meet the spelling bee racists. (vox.com) | (washingtonpost.com) | Earlier: Scripps says it’s committed to the bee. (jimromenesko.com)
* Vice Media doesn’t pay much. (“His employees are pissed that they can hardly afford rent in Brooklyn.”) (gawker.com)
* “Can you all please click the shit out of this story so I can make a few bucks on it?” requests newfangled media algorithm-hater Erin Biba. (medium.com)
* How to interview nudists: Just maintain eye contact. (globalpost.com)
* What the heck’s going on at The Wire? Staffers at The Atlantic property “were told that the editor-in-chief search had been halted and that departed staffers would not be replaced in the immediate future,” reports CJR. (cjr.org)
* Google buys Nest, then removes a big competitor from search results. (pando.com)
* People’s front-of-book “Picks and Pans” is being bumped for “a new franchise that better reflects the ways people are consuming culture online.” (capitalnewyork.com)
cavett* Dick Cavett recalls his worst show. (His three guests were drunk.) (newyorker.com)
* Buffalo News’ TV critic can’t interview a local news anchor for his “flattering goodbye piece” because the woman’s bosses won’t allow it. “Foolishness,” says Alan Pergament. (buffalonews.com)

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