From the Olympics to the continuing Jonah Lehrer saga, here’s a look at the media and publishing headlines that caught our eye this week:
- TV Stations Must Upload Political Ad Data Starting Today: A new FCC rule will require major TV networks to begin uploading data on the amount spent on TV ads by candidates and outside groups to a publicly accessible website. The records will be available in PDF format, prompting the Sunlight Foundation to launch a crowdsourcing project that would make the ad buy data more searchable.
- HuffPo, The Daily and the flawed iPad content model: Less than two months after Huffington Post launched its weekly iPad magazine for 99 cents per issue, HuffPo has dropped the price to zero, highlighting the challenges of monetizing content on the iPad.
- Gore Vidal, iconoclastic author, dies at 86: The author of 25 novels and a contributor to publications including Vanity Fair, Gore Vidal died this week from complications of pneumonia.
- Guy Adams on Being Suspended From Twitter and #NBCFail: Guy Adams, a reporter for the UK’s Independent, had his Twitter account suspended this week after he bad-mouthed NBC’s Olympics coverage. Twitter has since reinstated Adams’ account but the incident underscores the need to think before tweeting. Adams and The Independent stand by his original tweet.
- Examples of Jonah Lehrer’s Deception Keep Coming: Just when the buzz over the Jonah Lehrer self-plagiarism scandal had died down, more dirt on the young journalist has surfaced. Earlier this week, Lehrer resigned from the New Yorker after a Tablet writer revealed that Lehrer had fabricated a pivotal quote from Bob Dylan in his book “Imagine: How Creativity Works.” Now The Tablet writer who originally broke the story said there could be additional errors sprinkled throughout Lehrer’s book.