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Evening Report for July 28, 2014

Watchdog reporting is coming to your radio. “Reveal” goes weekly in 2015. (usatoday.com) Roger Pielke Jr.: “The main thing I would do differently would be to simply not write about climate change at 538.” He’s left the site. (discovermagazine.com) Liberal sites fall for fake Michele Bachmann story. Show More Summary

Key & Peele Still Pumped About 'Liam Neesons' Ad

Jokesters Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele—best known for their Comedy Central sketch comedy show Key & Peele—have created several hilarious, over-the-top characters, including super enthusiastic action movie fans The Valets. Adweek responsive video player used on /video. Show More Summary

Your head will spin: Uses of 'naught,' 'aught,' and 'ought'

If someone says "I know aught about football," the amount of knowledge could be a lot or nothing. That's because "aught" can mean "everything," or "zero." In British English, it often means "all," as in "for aught I know, football uses a round ball." In the US, it more commonly means "nothing." Garner's Modern American Usage says that was originally...

Dunkin's Shark Week Donut Is Not for Use as a Flotation Device

Dunkin' Donuts has partnered with Discovery Channel's beloved Shark Week of aquatic predator-related programming to bring you the above confection, the Shark Bite donut, a yeast donut iced with a red-and-white pattern causing it to resemble a life preserver. Show More Summary

ESPN's Stephen A. Smith Issues Apology

Calling himself “foolish” and “wrong,” ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith apologized Monday for suggesting women may “provoke” domestic violence. In a cold opening of ESPN2’s “First Take” program, Smith and ESPN tried to put a damper on the social...Show More Summary

Toledo Blade owner is sorry Ted Nugent was invited to the paper’s ribfest

The Toledo Blade has been under fire since announcing in April that the paper’s Northwest Ohio Rib-Off in August “will feature the musical stylings of controversial Detroit rocker Ted Nugent.” The Daily Kos asked: “Does [Blade director of sales] Mike Mosi and the Toledo Blade support and endorse people who want to kill the US … Read More

Girl's foul-ball injury raises a question: When should the media withhold a name?

MIAMI, FL — When a 6-year-old girl was hit in the face by a foul ball and seriously injured during an Atlanta Braves game in 2010, the story seemed straightforward, if tragic. But four years later, the story has forced Atlanta reporters to consider a complex ethical issue: when, and whether, to withhold the identity of a subject. It’s a...

Al Jazeera's Gaza Coverage Leads to Ratings Boost

Al Jazeera has seen a major boost in its ratings over the last two weeks, with the network’s coverage of the Gaza conflict drawing some 3 million unique viewers per day, 1.4 million of them in prime time, according to the Baltimore Sun. Show More Summary

The Guardian experiments with crowdsourcing translations

Speakers of English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Hindi, or Arabic can explore the Guardian's new multimedia project on World War I in their native language. Those who are not might hope that someone will volunteer to translate the piece--anyone with proficiency in a language that the project, launched Wednesday, does not currently feature, can send the team an email and...

Morning Report for July 28, 2014

Washington Times partners with the Redskins, but insists it will still have “probing coverage” of the team. (Probe too hard, and no doubt that deal will dissolve.) (washingtontimes.com) New York Times favors legalizing pot, but it will continue to test new employees for drugs. (huffingtonpost.com) Science magazine is criticized for this cover … Read More

Everyone’s doing Explainer Journalism, it seems

Explainer journalism isn’t just a fad or a trend (niemanlab.org) - Photo by Katie Wadington

Inside Homer Simpson's Gigantic Head at Comic Con

The inside of Homer Simpson’s head is filled with colorful drawings of the characters from the show named after his family, a giant video screen covering the top interior of his skull—which is about 20 feet in diameter—a brain (presumably...Show More Summary

Journalists subpoenaed in 'pink-slime' suit

At least five journalists have been ordered to hand over documents to attorneys representing the largest manufacturer of "pink slime," the latest development in Beef Products Inc.'s $1.2-billion defamation lawsuit against ABC News and others. Show More Summary

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