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Janay Rice may have just helped Bill Simmons

Good morning. I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Here are 10 media stories.

  1. Janay Rice as-told-to piece may reverberate for ESPN

    But not because the network let her approve the piece's content. Janay Rice says her husband, disgraced football player Ray Rice, told NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell everything that happened in that now-famous elevator. Goodell later said he didn't know what happened. ESPN personality Bill Simmons called Goodell a liar in a podcast and ESPN suspended him. "Janay Rice’s first-person account makes that particular suspension look weak." (WP)

  2. U.S. Supreme Court will hear case about online threats today

    Good rundown about Elonis v. United States from Jeff John Roberts. (GigaOm) | Lyle Denniston's explainer. (SCOTUSblog) | The blog Racists Getting Fired connects people's work information to their online comments. | Videogame critic Alanah Pearce contacts the mothers of people who threaten her online.

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3 great moments from the Rob Ford story

Canadian journalists reported that Rob Ford isn’t running for mayor again. There are a lot of moments we could focus on here, from Ford calling Toronto Star reporter Daniel Dale a pedophile to how Ford always manages to appear comical in photos to seeing him get autotuned along with reporter Robyn Doolittle, who wrote the book on the whole thing. But, for now, here are three that are worth remembering.

1. Journalists learned the difference between asking the right question and asking the right question. Or not.

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Lede of the day (it involves Rob Ford, deadmau5 and espresso)

Associated Press

Associated Press reporter Rob Gillies wrote a story about Toronto Mayor Rob Ford ordering five espressos, and its lede is phenomenal:

TORONTO (AP) – Famed DJ deadmau5 asked Rob Ford to go for a coffee run in his Ferrari and was jolted by the Toronto mayor’s order: five espressos in one cup.

But the last three lines of the story are remarkable as well.

Ford asks the teller twice if there’s five shots and later says he throws the “espressos back. I do.”

Ford admitted last year that he had smoked crack in a “drunken stupor.”

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Newsrooms pay for scoops: will it escalate the practice?

We start a new week with a sobering journalistic reality. Last week, two newsrooms paid sources for exclusive content that broke big stories, and those who would not or did not pay were left quoting those who did.

A year ago, Canadian journalists said they had seen video of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford smoking crack but they didn’t buy the video and, despite Ford’s bizarre behavior, no images equaled no proof.  So when a new video emerged showing the mayor holding a crack pipe, The Globe and Mail forked over $10,000 to an admitted drug dealer for still frames from the video.

TMZ will not say if it paid for audio of NBA team owner Donald Sterling’s ranting about his associate/girlfriend’s posting photos of herself and black men on social media, but Deadspin said it paid for another version of the audio tape.

Shocking photos and audio have a real street value, and now we know the going price. Read more

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Globe and Mail paid $10,000 for latest Ford crack pictures. Gawker got them for free

The Globe and Mail | Gawker

The Globe and Mail paid $10,000 for still images from the latest video that shows Toronto’s mayor, Rob Ford, smoking what a drug dealer described to the newspaper as crack cocaine.

This time, Gawker didn’t break the news, but they did run the photos and they got them for free. Editor-in-chief Max Read details how he got those photos in a story published Wednesday night.

“We haven’t paid Jermaine’s friend anything,” Read wrote Poynter in an email. “He emailed again this morning to say that the video was still in his possession and still for sale, but obviously its value has gone down a bit.”

Gawker did make the front of the Toronto Star on Thursday, however. Formerly the news home of reporter Robyn Doolittle, who broke the story for The Globe and Mail, the Star ran this as their front on Thursday.

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Robyn Doolittle gets autotuned along with Rob Ford

Toronto Star reporter Robyn Doolittle plays a pretty big role in “Ford Nation,” a video by Anonymotif that autotunes Rob Ford, whom she has covered extensively.

“It’s not a big deal,” Doolittle said in a phone interview Friday about seeing the video, but “I did cringe a little.”

“As a reporter, you try to just stick with facts,” she said, and she usually tries not to offer her opinions. Those opinions, however, were pulled out from two much longer interviews, where Doolittle said she was careful to give nuanced answers on Ford and his future.

The results?

Yeah, autotune.

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In her new book, “Crazy Town: The Rob Ford Story,” Toronto Star reporter Robyn Doolittle writes about working on the story of Toronto’s mayor and the video of him smoking crack.

Keeping a secret is tough. Keeping a secret that I’d seen the mayor of Toronto smoking from what looked like a crack pipe was exhausting. My Star friends knew not to ask what I was working on. My mom called to see if everything was okay — she’d noticed I hadn’t been writing much. “Oh, you know, just taking some time off after the big Garrison story,” I said, lying to my own mother.

Robyn Doolittle, Toronto Star

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If Canadian media liked football more, maybe they’d get to interview Rob Ford

NOW

Rob Ford isn’t having much to do with Canadian media these days, but every Thursday morning, you can hear his take on football in the U.S. Ford calls in as a special guest to WJFK’s Sports Junkies in Washington D.C. On Wednesday, Ben Spurr interviewed Junkies host Eric Bickel in the Toronto publication NOW.

Bickel said Ford’s staff never tells him what kind of questions can or can’t be asked, but there is an understanding that Ford is there to have fun and not be grilled. Bickel also said he did not try to keep up on news about Ford and he’d leave the serious questioning of Ford to others.

“The frustration for some media here is he won’t talk to us and answer those questions,” Spurr told Bickel.

“Maybe you guys gotta like football a little more or something over there,” Bickel replied. Read more

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Toronto Mayor Rob Ford attends an Executive Committee meeting at city hall in Toronto on Tuesday, May 28, 2013.  Ford met with his executive committee for the first time since allegations of Ford's videotaped drug use surfaced earlier this month. Ford has denied the drug-use allegations, making a statement late last week after six members of his executive committee urged him to publicly address the allegations following a week of mostly silence on the issue. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young)

Rob Ford apologizes to reporter again: ‘I wholly retract my statements’

The Toronto Star

The Toronto Star’s Daniel Dale will not pursue a libel lawsuit against Toronto’s mayor, Rob Ford, the Star reported Wednesday, after Ford issued “a second, more complete, public apology.” Ford had implied Dale was a pedophile; Dale rejected an earlier apology in which Ford blamed the media for ascribing to him a “word I did not say.”

The new apology, by contrast, includes pretty much full retractions of everything Ford has said about Dale so far, and words he implied.

Finally there was absolutely no basis for the statement I made about Mr. Dale taking pictures of children, or for any insinuations I made. I should not have said what I did and I wholly retract my statements and apologize to Mr. Dale without reservation for what I said.

I sincerely hope that Mr. Dale will accept my personal apology for my comments and all harm my words may have caused him.

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Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, right, is flanked by Deputy Mayor Doug Holyday in Toronto in a January 25, 2013 photo, after learning that he has successfully appealed a decision to remove him from office following a conflict of interest hearing. Holyday said Friday it's urgent for Ford to deal with the allegations that gained attention around the world. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

Rob Ford apologizes to Toronto Star reporter

The Toronto Star

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