In case you missed it--Did the Romney press corps engage in some kind of collective stenography when it sat through an on-the-record briefing by aide Beth Myers and later repeated the information to the public?


*Fareed Zakaria is in the clear. Both CNN and Time have announced the revocation of his suspension following his admission that he plagiarized from the New Yorker. The statement from Time:

We have completed a thorough review of each of Fareed Zakaria’s columns for TIME, and we are entirely satisfied that the language in question in his recent column was an unintentional error and an isolated incident for which he has apologized. We look forward to having Fareed’s thoughtful and important voice back in the magazine with his next column in the issue that comes out on September 7.

Tim Graham of NewsBusters busts in with this analysis:

It’s quite possible Time didn’t think Zakaria should be punished for something one of his researchers gave him to plug in. Or that they needed his “thoughtful and important voice” for the convention season. In any event, it suggests Time is soft on plagiarism, and shouldn’t try to lecture anyone else about journalistic ethics in the near future.

*Cable nets, fighting yet again. In this episode, MSNBC chief Phil Griffin blasted CNN, which has been boasting of late that it’s the only neutral cable news outlet:

For instance, MSNBC Phil Griffin wasn’t about to let a recent CNN release promising that his rival would be the only “unbiased” network covering the conventions slip by him. “When you’re desperate, you start calling different things out,” he told The Huffington Post on Thursday.

*Fox News’s “The Five” kills it on the ratings front.

*Huffington Post ad exec ousted over a nearly decade-old arrest warrant for a DWI.

*The New York Times is doing a new mission statement, according to Joe Pompeo of Capital:

Spearheaded by Times Company chairman Arthur Sulzberger Jr., the goal of the program, which until recently had been called “Invest in the Core,” is to extend the reach of the Times brand by increasing investment in four areas—mobile, video, social engagement, and new global markets—with resources made available partially by the sale of other properties.

Various proposals for new projects in these four main areas have been presented to the company’s board of directors, according to people familiar with the plans. Depending on which ones move forward, dozens upon dozens of new employees could be hired to work on “major initiatives” at the Times, sources said.

*NBC’s Andrea Mitchell presses Obama campaign aide Ben LaBolt on just when, if ever, President Obama will hold a news conference.