* “Correction of the year?” asks reader Daniel Durchholz, who sent the above item. (huffingtonpost.com)
* A suspected serial killer calls the Clarion-Ledger’s Jerry Mitchell “a shrimpy, evil reporter.” (clarionledger.com)
* Toronto Star’s Daniel Dale: I’ve been advised to sue Rob Ford for his pedophile insinuation, but “I’m truly not yet sure what I will do.” (thestar.com)
* More Gannett local papers are adding USA Today as an insert. Beginning in January, the chain will have up to 14 pages of USA Today content in 35 of its papers. “This gives USA Today a print presence seven days a week,” notes publisher Larry Kramer. (nytimes.com) | (usatoday.com)
* Houston Chronicle’s new editor, Nancy Barnes, has chosen Washington Post local editor Vernon Loeb as her managing editor, I’m told. (Now confirmed.)
* Alexandra Cheney (left) leaves the Wall Street Journal to cover the movie business for Variety. (talkingbiznews.com)
* Time is criticized for choosing the pope over Edward Snowden as Person of the Year. (huffingtonpost.com) | Time’s POY is just a PR stunt. (theatlantic.com)
* Rachel Maddow will write a monthly column for the Washington Post. (washpostpr.tumblr.com)
* Question for NYT’s Michael Luo: “As a reporter who publicly identifies as a Christian, are you alone at The Times?” (No, he says.) (christianitytoday.com)
* Chicago Reader press critic: “I have issues with my liver serious enough for my doctors to want to trade it in for a new one.” (chicagoreader.com) | Earlier: Michael Miner seeks a liver donor. (jimromenesko.com)
* News Corp. seeks a buyer for The Brooklyn Paper and other publications. (capitalnewyork.com)
* Michele Bachmann claims 80 percent of media reporting is anti-conservative. (washingtonpost.com)
* Eric Zorn on the use of “sucks.” (chicagotribune.com)
* Report: Orange County Register is expanding into Los Angeles. (laobserved.com)
[The book] is about just what the title says — losing your job. I worked in journalism and journalism cheated on me. I had been married to journalism for many many years and, then all at once, journalism went out and decided it didn’t want to be faithful to me anymore. It left me — and I was out. …
When you lose your job, you feel like you’ve let down your family and that’s terrible. Then, with cancer, especially if you’ve got kids at home like I did, this feels like you’ve let down your family 10 fold more than that! Thankfully, my family and I, now, have gone through these deep black holes together—job loss and cancer—and now, as we’re sitting here talking, I think I can say we’re all safely out the other side.
You can get through this. If I’ve got one message in all of this, that’s it: Yes, you can get through this.
— Stuart Elliott (@stuartenyt) December 10, 2013
Will Leitch chats with former Wall Street Journal “The Numbers Guy” columnist Carl Bialik, who recently joined Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight:
Will Leitch “You follow web culture the way that I do and I feel like one of the [reasons] I find myself rooting so hard for you guys [at FiveThirtyEight is] I feel like one of the major times I ever see numbers in journalism online anymore is it’s the listing of the number of things I didn’t know about [and other listicles] … I see numbers in BuzzFeed headlines and that is the extent that I see numbers. …
Carl Bialik: Oh, it’s not just BuzzFeed.
Leitch: No, it is just BuzzFeed! No one else has ever done it. It’s entirely them. Why isn’t anyone else doing it? They’re having so much success!
PLUS: Leitch and Bialik discuss Tom Scocca’s “On Smarm.”
Update: FiveThirtyEight announced this afternoon that it’s hired Andrei Scheinkman as deputy editor and director of data and technology. He’s most recently been at the Huffington Post and New York Times.
The numbers for December 8
Brian Stelter’s “Reliable Sources” on CNN:
– 400,000 total viewers and 118,000 viewers in the key 25-54 demographic.
Howard Kurtz’s “Media Buzz” on Fox News:
– 960,000 total viewers and 239,000 of them in the key demographic.
Fox News’s Megyn Kelly tells Jay Leno: “I’m not one of the opinion hosts at Fox. …The way we do it on the Fox News Channel is the straight-news anchors like myself give a hard time to both sides.”
Media critic Erik Wemple writes: “That claim about giving a hard time to both sides? How many Obamacare opponents have been grilled mercilessly on Fox News in recent weeks?”
“Murdoch is Evil” shows up in a children’s puzzle
* The hidden Murdoch message appeared in Harry the Dog’s weekly kids’ word search in Murdoch’s Sydney paper. (theguardian.com)
* Tribune Co.’s SEC filing is a key step in the planned spinoff of its publishing unit. (chicagotribune.com)
* David Carr will teach one class each semester at Boston University; he’ll keep writing his New York Times media column. (bostonglobe.com)
* Rob Ford implies that a Toronto Star reporter is a pedophile. “Daniel Dale is in my backyard taking pictures. I have little kids,” the Toronto mayor tells Conrad Black. (thestar.com)
* I doubt the Washington Post is running stories about online games to satisfy Jeff Bezos. (seattlepi.com)
* Twitter “has quite literally altered the rhythms of my day,” writes Vivian Schiller. “I’ve woken up to Twitter, gone to sleep to Twitter, and more times than I’d care to admit, it’s been my go-to destination in the middle of the night.” (linkedin.com)
* Putin shutters a decades-old state-run news agency. (nytimes.com)
* “Punting it,” etc.: “Slang or colloquial use of sports terms can be particularly off-putting to nonfans,” says NYT’s standards editor. (nytimes.com)
* Longtime AOL exec Jon Brod is leaving the company. (allthingsd.com) | AOL employees get a Robert Frost poem from the boss. (capitalnewyork.com)
* Why Time Inc. should buy Forbes. (adweek.com)
* College newspapers experiment with editorial and business innovations to stay afloat. (pewresearch.org)
* Fox News reporter Jana Winter won’t have to testify in the Colorado theater shooting trial. (matthewkeys.net)
* Bowlers Journal is the New York Times of bowling. (wsj.com)
* Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are guest-editing an Entertainment Weekly issue. (wwd.com)
* Yahoo reportedly wants to buy photo-sharing site Imgur. (cnet.com)
* All Things D editors complete their deal with NBCUniversal. (bloomberg.com)
* Michael Wolff: Blame T Magazine for New York Times Magazine being so thin. (theguardian.com)
* Minneapolis Star Tribune building is about to come down. (startribune.com) | Ex-editor: “Makes me sad.” (@timmcguire)
* Time Inc. staffers are told to expect more cuts. (capitalnewyork.com)
* So that wasn’t a Google employee confronting protesters after all. (nymag.com)
* Mail Online is accused – again! – of ripping off someone else’s work. (theguardian.com)
* George Norcross is expected to become majority owner of Philadelphia’s dailies. (phillymag.com)
* Bridgeport Board of Education chairman wants a Connecticut Post reporter to apologize for showing up at his home. (ctnew.com)
* Texas A&M will start offering a journalism major again next fall. (tamu.edu)
* The sad state of the Microsoft Store. (I saw the same thing – crowded Apple, empty Microsoft – at the Mall of America.) (slate.com)
(Disclosure: I occasionally have problems with Morning Report/Afternoon Report dates.)
How has Jeff Bezos changed the Washington Post?
“I would say nothing has changed,” Post media reporter Paul Farhi tells “Reliable Sources” host Brian Stelter. “It’s almost impossible to find any fingerprint of Jeff Bezos on The Washington Post, other than the fact that he now obviously owns us. But we haven’t seen any changes. We know they’re coming. We just haven’t seen them yet.”