What was Andrew Breitbart planning when he died? Will Murdoch sell his papers? And more on Murdoch
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Starting with the news:
The conservative web-publishing titan was, however, planning a "huge" new web project that was to be unveiled in the coming days, according to L.A. Weekly. Breitbart, who collapsed while walking near his home in the Westwood neighborhood of Los Angeles, had reportedly suffered from heart problems in the past.
Breitbart may not have been a fan of establishment newspapers like The New York Times and The Washington Post, but his life, death and influence on media were covered prominently in both of them today.
Over at Reuters, Jack Shafer concluded: "In political journalism, Breitbart found his salvation. As long as he was fighting, he was beating death."
paidContent, meanwhile, took a look at how Breitbart, who edited The Drudge Report and helped launch The Huffington Post before getting his own stable of right-wing websites off the ground, "changed digital media."
There's also been some good reporting on how Breitbart's past asscociation with the ideoloigically-opposed Huffington Post came to be. Co-founder Jonah Peretti recalled Breitbart's role in launching the site back in 2005 in an interview with his new website, BuzzFeed. And Huffington spoke about it with her own media reporter.
She also discussed her long-standing but sometimes rocky friendship with Breitbart with Piers Morgan last night. You can watch the clip below:
In other news...
A wounded French journalist trapped in Syria has arrived safely in Lebanon. [Reuters]
Rupert Murdoch may be called to testify in the Levenson Inquiry into British press standards. [Reuters]
Are his papers for sale? [The Independent]
The New York Times' troika of top editors send a long and supportive memo to staff in response to their "quiet protest" of stalled contract negotiations with company management. [Romenesko]
Local stations are suing Barry Diller over his forthcoming internet distribution venture. [Media Decoder]
Slate is launching a weekly online book reviewed edited by Dan Kois. [The New York Times]
John Huey is re-upping at Time Inc. [New York Post]
NBC News is expanding into radio. [Media Decoder]
Are layoffs coming to AOL and Patch next week? [Pando Daily]
Go over to Business Insider right now and read this insane angry email an anonymous Patch staffer sent to Nicholas Carlson. [Business Insider]
"Fox & Friends" is getting longer. [Hollywood Reporter]
"Three of Christopher Hitchens' most contentious books are coming back into print, and debuting in digital form." [Associated Press]
The Economist has partnered with Penguin Shorts to publish digital editions of its special reports. [New Media Age]
Abrams Media hits a new traffic record. [Mediaite]