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* McClatchy’s Raleigh News & Observer and Charlotte Observer pull out of a debate they sponsored over an empty chair on the set. (newsobserver.com)
* New York Times columnist Ross Douthat speaks at an anti-gay group’s Texas fundraiser. (towleroad.com)
* New York Times has over 300 buyout requests, according to the Guild. (nypost.com)
* Medill junior Lucas Matney blasts news outlets for “just feeding the public whatever it desires.” (dailynorthwestern.com)
* Wonder why: “More than a dozen other current [Thought Catalog] employees contacted for this story either declined to comment or didn’t respond. The site’s co-publisher, Gorrell, also didn’t respond to requests for comment.” (washingtonpost.com)
* Phillip Alder‘s bridge column in the New York Times is safe – at least for now. (observer.com)
* “The Walking Dead” star Steven Yeun‘s morning habit is lurking on Reddit. (adweek.com)
* Updating now…

bradlee“Ben Bradlee was the best American newspaper editor of his time and had the greatest impact on his newspaper of any modern editor,” says former Washington Post publisher Donald Graham.

Leonard Downie Jr., who succeeded Bradlee as executive editor, adds: “Ben’s influence remained very much alive at The Washington Post long after he retired, distinguishing the newspaper and our newsroom as unique in journalism.”

* Ben Bradlee, legendary Washington Post editor, dies at 93 (washingtonpost.com)
* Ben Bradlee, editor who directed Post’s Watergate coverage, is dead (nytimes.com)
* Don Graham: Why we loved Ben Bradlee so much (washingtonpost.com)
* Editorial: How Bradlee transformed the Post (washingtonpost.com)
* Tributes to the late editor (washingtonpost.com) | Staff memories (twitter.com)
* “The most charismatic and consequential newspaper editor of postwar America” (newyorker.com)
* “There was nothing fake about Ben,” writes Tom Shales (thedailybeast.com)
* Jill Abramson: “One of the sadnesses of my career is that I never worked for him” (time.com) | Al Hunt has the same regret (bloombergview.com)
* Rem Rieder got “the full Ben treatment” during a job interview (usatoday.com)
* Joe Strupp: “Bradlee was both courteous and direct” when called for comment (blogstrupp.blogspot.com)
* Photo: Bradlee’s last day in the Post newsroom (@JulieATate)

These newspaper racks were emptied … because of this issue
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Update: The county clerk reversed her decision after getting national publicity and a media lawyer’s cease-and-desist letter.

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Today’s Rocky Mountain Collegian – Colorado State University’s student paper – has a page one piece on U.S. Sen. Mark Udall, who is running for re-election. Larimar County Clerk Angela Myers had them removed from student center racks because, she said, they violated electioneering laws.

She cited a Colorado statute that says “no electioneering may take place within a 100-foot limit of any polling location” and added that “when you have a paper that has a candidate on the very front like it does, we will need that to be displayed outside the 100-foot limit.”

Executive editor Kate Winkle says the clerk’s actions are “clearly a violation of the First Amendment.”

The Collegian was covering an event, we are not campaigning for Mark Udall and we would have had the same coverage had Cory Gardner or any politician affected by this election come to campus. I hope that the Larimer County Clerk’s office continues to respect the freedom of the press and I look forward to working with them further through the duration of the election season.

The county clerk is a registered Republican and Udall is a Democrat.

* County clerk removes newspapers from student center racks (collegian.com)
* Sen. Udall visits Colorado State University (collegian.com)
* Update: Collegian back in racks after electioneering flap (coloradoan.com)


Yes, there appears to be a communications problem at the Sun-Times. Employees there found out about the sale of the Sun-Times’ suburban papers to Tribune Publishing by reading media bloggers’ tweets. Eventually, they received this note – my source calls it a “say-nothing memo” – from Sun-Times CEO Tim Knight.

Dear Colleagues:

I know you’ve seen the speculation about the sale of some Sun-Times Media titles.

We don’t comment on rumors but I want to assure you that everything we do is to strengthen the company.

Tim Knight

Tim Knight

At present, our parent, Wrapports, LLC, is evaluating a variety of investments to continue to execute our digital strategy and grow the Chicago Sun-Times, one of the country’s great newspapers.

What I know for sure is that we are entering one of the busiest seasons of our year. I appreciate all of your hard work and continued focus on our readers, advertisers and partners.

Best regards,

Tim Knight

Hey, Tim, instead of mentioning “speculation” and “rumors,” why don’t you tell your employees what’s going on? Are you still in talks with Tribune Publishing? Or have you wrapped it up and just waiting for a press release to be written? Why not treat your journalists like partners?

* Tribune Publishing is buying Sun-Times’ suburban papers (robertfeder.com) | (chicagotribune.com)

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David Carr talked with Jill Abramson at a WBUR event last night. I’m listening to the conversation now and posting excerpts.

On the Ebola coverage

Jill Abramson: It’s been, I think, disgraceful in many respects. I have to roll my eyes when, like today, I’m reading all these stories about “the panic.” Well, who helped cause the panic? I mean, please!

David Carr: When you say that, are you saying there is an overreaction, or there should be an overreaction?

JA: No, there is an overreaction.

DC: But people are scared.

JA: People are scared in part because of the ceaseless, ominous cable and other coverage, which stokes their fears. Two people are sick and one person has died. That’s what’s happened – in the United States. Obviously I’m not talking about coverage of the disease in West Africa. ….I’m talking about the coverage about, IT’S COMING HERE!

Our unreliable government

DC: We’ve come to believe that our government doesn’t know what it’s doing almost never, and we don’t trust them – we don’t trust them to handle it. The president has a really bold grand plan to insure everybody and the thing rolls out and … it doesn’t work./CONTINUES Read More

- via Janet Patton

– via Janet Patton

I asked Lexington Herald-Leader reporter Janet Patton if any reporters went for the booze. “I did not,” she writes. (And bourbon is her beat, by the way.) “Didn’t see any reporters consuming either. Mostly politicians. Did I mention it was at 10 am?” She adds in second Twitter DM: “There also was coffee.”

* Only in Kentucky: donuts and bourbon at a press conference (@janetpattonhl)
* The governor knows how to win over reporters (facebook.com)


Most Trusted News Outlets

- Pew Research

– Pew Research

* Different media worlds for conservatives and liberals. (cnn.com) | Rem Rieder: The findings aren’t good news for democracy. (usatoday.com) | The Pew Research study: Political Polarization & Media Habits. (journalism.org)
* Jill Abramson and Steve Brill aim to do “killer journalism [while] offering great journalists real money that they can live on.” (bostonglobe.com)
* Are you – like Jill and Steve – considering a startup? Here’s some advice: (dailydot.com)
* Tribune Publishing is buying the Sun-Times’ suburban papers. (robertfeder.com)
* What a Tulsa World photojournalist’s $10,499 Canon lens looks like after a football player landed on it. (petapixel.com)
* Rebecca Carroll: “At nearly every job I have ever had, I have encountered some sort of racial incident.” (newrepublic.com)
* NYT’s Dylan McClain blasts Slate’s Matt Gaffney: “It is easy to be a bloviating critic with unlimited space on the Web, it takes real journalism skills and, frankly, integrity, to write about chess as I did.” (chessbase.com)
* New Orleans football fans want to read game stories in a print paper. (niemanlab.org)
* WNYC’s Brian Lehrer: “When Yogi Berra and Wynton Marsalis came to the studio, I was a jelly-legged mess.” (wsj.com)
* More women are reading Popular Mechanics, says editor-in-chief Ryan D’Agostino. (capitalnewyork.com)
bloom* Bloomberg Politics didn’t learn from the Boston Herald watermelon toothpaste brouhaha? (@baratunde) | What the web editor says: “It’s a story about the President’s chef and some of his recipes, including his secret wing recipe. Yes, out of context that picture could seem offensive, which is why we took it down.”
* Denver Post editor Greg Moore tweaks Westword for “policing tweets.” (westword.com)
* This happens? “Students sometimes pretend to send text messages when they are alone out of fear that if they are not constantly connected to their smartphones, they will be seen as losers.” (baltimoresun.com)
* Prediction: Online TV will eventually become just plain TV, and cable will become a dead technology. (wired.com)
* JOBS: Southern California Public Radio is looking for an editor. (Romenesko Jobs)
* Jim Brady: BuzzFeed editors “don’t worry a lot about juxtaposition of stories and tone the way older news organizations do so it’s OK to put cat pictures next to an Iraq story.” (medium.com/captivate-us)
* From journalist Robert Schenet‘s death notice: “Donations to West Seattle Food Bank or just buy a newspaper or better yet subscribe.” (legacy.com)
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Listen to Abramson’s chat with David Carr

* Read more tweets from tonight’s WBUR Fast Forward event (#wburff) | The preview (wbur.org)