Cuba may have planted a story in The Daily Caller, WSJ turns 125

mediawiremorningGood morning. Here are 10 media stories. From Kristen Hare, world media news. From Sam Kirkland, your digital day.

  1. Did Cuba plant a story in The Daily Caller? The CIA has “credible evidence” that Matthew Boyle‘s November 2012 Daily Caller story “Women: Sen. Bob Menendez paid us for sex in the Dominican Republic” may have been part of a Cuban plot to smear Menendez, a Castro critic. (The Washington Post) | Daily Caller EIC Tucker Carlson: “we’re making calls right now to see what we can dig up.” (Business Insider) | In February 2013, Erik Wemple looked at how Boyle’s story spread from The Daily Caller to mainstream outlets. (The Washington Post) | Alex Seitz-Wald in November 2012: “My conspiracy theory: @mboyle1′s source is Cuban Intelligence.” (@aseitzwald)
  2. Guardian releases financial results: Digital revenue was up 24 percent in a fiscal year that ended in March, print revenue was flat and total revenue was up about 7 percent. The company’s take from the sale of its stake in AutoTrader means the trust that supports it now has about $1.4 billion USD. Over all Guardian News & Media lost about $52 million, roughly the same amount as it did last year. (The Guardian)
  3. The Wall Street Journal turns 125 today: Its plans for coverage (Capital) | Its online interactive. (WSJ) | WSJ articles by Mark Zuckerberg and Taylor Swift. | Punctuation at the end of the paper’s name goes back to first front page and “was common in the era, to connote sophistication. We’ve stuck with it.” (WSJ) | The paper will continue to draw from its archives after the anniversary passes. (Nieman)
  4. The president gets a byline: Peace “is possible,” President Obama writes. (Haaretz)
  5. How BuzzFeed is like Toyota: BuzzFeed CEO Jonah Peretti tells Harvard Business School professor Felix Oberholzer-Gee that when Japanese autos appeared, “People made fun of them, and they laughed, ‘Look at these crappy cars.’ But a lot of young people said, ‘Awesome, I can own a car for the first time, and it gets me around.’” (Forbes)
  6. Man charged in attack on reporter: West Virginia State Police say Howard Lilly attacked WCHS-TV reporter Bob Aaron while he reported a story Monday. (WCHS)
  7. Laid-off Patch editor starts site in Tim Armstrong’s town: “Our numbers are soaring and will soon eclipse Greenwich Patch’s,” Leslie Yager says. “Their editor is busy putting content on a dozen other Connecticut Patch sites. Their local coverage is skimpy.” (Street Fight)
  8. Fortune newsletter aims at powerful women: “The Broadsheet” is edited by Caroline Fairchild, who says, “When I read newsletters, I like to feel like I’m connecting with them.” (Capital)
  9. The history of the “honey shot”: Former ABC director Andy Sidaris invented the sports-broadcasting trope when a camera peers into the stands, looking for an attractive woman. (Slate) | Marginally related: Fan sues MLB, ESPN and the Yankees after cameras catch him napping. (NYT) | The New York Post: “SNORE LOSER.” (Newseum)
  10. Job moves, edited by Benjamin Mullin: Jon Frosch and Bryan Bishop have moved to The Hollywood Reporter. Frosch will be reviews editor, and Bishop will be news director of THR.com. (THR) | Thabie Sibanda will be a general assignment reporter at KOKH in Oklahoma City. She was previously a reporter at WJCL in Savannah, Georgia. (TVSpy) | Lucas Shaw will move to Bloomberg News as a TV and music industry reporter. He was a film and media reporter at TheWrap.com. (FishbowlNY) | Robert Salladay will become editorial director for the Center for Investigative Reporting, replacing Mark Katches, who left to become editor of The Oregonian. (CIR) | Send Ben your job moves: bmullin@poynter.org.

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Correction: This post originally called Andrew R. Rector, who filed the lawsuit referenced above, a Red Sox fan. He is a Yankees fan, according to several reports.

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