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  • AP061026036576There appears to be a growing epidemic of cranky creative types taking to the Internet to defend themselves from amateur critics.

    Some are shameless in their self-promotion; others operate under the veil of anonymity.

    Until they get busted, that is. This is what happened to Dilbert creator Scott Adams last week, in a public humiliation storyline that would suit a certain workplace drone comic strip character of his own creation. Adams was revealed to have been using an online pseudonym to bash message board users who did not have nice things to say about him.

    In a world in which more and more celebrities are breaking down the digital barriers between famous and fan, the incident served to underscore the temptation, ease--and risk--of becoming your own biggest booster online.

    The backstory: An individual posting as "PlannedChaos" recently rushed to the defense of Adams on the website MetaFilter, where users were panning the much-derided cartoonist, calling his intelligence into question. Gawker, in a post last Friday, outlined some of the suspiciously vigorous vindications.

    Exhibit A: "He has a certified genius I.Q." Exhibit B: "Is it Adams' enormous success at self-promotion that makes you jealous and angry?" Exhibit C: "It's fair to say you disagree with Adams. But you can't rule out the hypothesis that you're too dumb to understand what he's saying."

    Alas, the MetaFilter users eventually called PlannedChaos out, and Adams confessed that he was indeed behind the mask. But that wasn't the last of it.

    Read More »from The demotion of Dilbert continues, no comic relief for creator
  • 2011-04-19_1042As expected, Reuters began a newsroom re-organization Tuesday, appointing several News Corp veterans to high-ranking positions.

    Paul Ingrassia, the Pulitzer-winning former president of Dow Jones Newswires, has been named deputy editor to oversee content creation under Reuters editor-in-chief Stephen Adler. He left the rival news service in 2007 in the wake of its acquisition by News Corp.

    Jim Gaines, formerly managing editor of Time, is leaving his current post as managing editor of The Daily to become ethics and standards editor for Reuters. Gaines is the latest in a series of defections to hit News Corp's iPad publication since it launched several months ago.

    Stuart Karle, the former Wall Street Journal general counsel and First Amendment ace (who was fired not long after News Corp chief Rupert Murdoch bought the paper), is now Reuters' chief operating officer. He will handle all support functions for the news division, working alongside fellow Journal alum Adler.

    Additionally, Reuters has named a data editor, Reginald Chua, who joins from the South China Morning Post. Adler also recently promoted Chrystia Freeland, one of the biggest names in-house, to editor of Reuters Digital.

    "To become the world's leading source of news, we must be second to none in speed, accuracy, relevance, and fairness, but also—and crucially—in enterprise, insight, analysis, and originality," said Adler in a statement announcing the new hires. "Our extraordinary combination of new and existing talent, along with a stronger organization to support them, will help us achieve all these goals."

    Read More »from Reuters re-org installs Dow Jones, Wall Street Journal, News Corp vets
  • Here's our list of headlines that should be on your morning media menu:

    • Greg Mortenson admits he conflated parts of his memoir, "Three Cups of Tea." (New York Times/Media Decoder)

    • CBS News president David Rhodes is not happy with the "Early Show." (TV Newser)

    • Remember the best journalism want ad ever, for an investigative reporter at the Sarasota Herald-Tribune? That paper just yanked an investigative Pulitzer right out of The New York Times' hands. (Forbes/Mixed Media)

    • Pulitzer administrator Sig Gissler explains why there was no "breaking news" winner this year. (Adweek)

    • Some big TV journalists will miss this year's White House Correspondents Dinner because they'll be at the royal wedding. (Fishbowl DC)

    • Keith Olbermann may not be doing a cable news show at the moment, but that doesn't mean you can't watch new "Worst Person" segments. (Mediaite)

    Read More »from FIRST CUTS: Mortenson concedes memoir inaccuracies; CBS News pres miffed

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