In case you missed it---How about a deeper look at that CBS News/New York Times poll that stirred so much conversation earlier in the week? Sure, sounds good.
Also: Is Warren Buffett nuts for taking a $142 million fresh dive into newspapers?
*More on the Arnaud de Borchgrave story: Salon.com investigates what the Washington Times knew about the columnist’s attributional hygiene:
And in a handful of columns over the last year he has lifted passages verbatim, or nearly verbatim, from the Internet and other sources, without attribution — a fact the Washington Times’ leadership tried to sweep under the rug, according to insiders at the paper.
Citing four anonymous Washington Times officials, the story says that the paper “has known about de Borchgrave’s pilfering for months.” This blog wrote about de Borchgrave’s borrowings earlier this week.
*Glenn Beck rails against the nanny state on “The O’Reilly Factor.” The outrage of the moment is the regulation of lemonade stands.
*Jeff John Roberts on paidcontent.org addresses the dynamic that helps explain why Buffett bought those 63 daily and weekly newspapers:
The experience of small towns and counties has been different. In these places, a lack of print and online competition has allowed newspapers to hold onto some of their traditional monopoly power.
“In these communities, the local paper is the sole source of everyday news — from high school sports, local events or obituaries,” says Gordon Crovitz, former publisher of the Wall Street Journal and founder of digital subscription service, Press+.
This lack of competition has not only meant a slower decline in their print operations, but also a longer time period to make the transition to digital.
*An interesting note from “senior management” at Breitbart.com. The conservative site dug up a “promotional booklet produced in 1991 by Barack Obama’s then-literary agency, Acton & Dystel, which touts Obama as ‘born in Kenya and raised in Indonesia and Hawaii.’” The Breitbart.com people aren’t buying into that notion, but do state that the booklet “is evidence--not of the President’s foreign origin, but that Barack Obama’s public persona has perhaps been presented differently at different times.” Okay.
*Mediabistro talks about Politico’s decision to go “off the reservation” in search of guest writers for Mike Allen’s “Playbook” while the indefatigable anchor of that Washington institution takes a break.
*The New York Times’ Ravi Somaiya gives us “Phone Hacking Scandal By the Numbers.” You’ve got three investigations:
Operation Weeting, which is examining illegal voice mail interceptions, currently employs 95 officers and staff members and has made 22 arrests; Operation Tuleta, which is looking into computer hacking, employs eight and has made three arrests; and Operation Elveden, which is exploring illegal payments by journalists to public officials, employs 29 and has made 28 arrests.
A budget for the investigations, reports the paper, goes into 2015 and foresees a cost of $64 million. The number of careers it’ll claim? That number is not yet available.