Afternoon Links: Roger Ailes Backpedals, Arnaud de Borchgrave Takes a Leave of Absence

Here’s Roger Ailes backpedaling on all that stuff he said about the “lying scum” and “cesspool of bias” at The New York Times. It’s actually just Russ Buettner he’s mad at! [Daily Beast]

Erik Wemple called out octogenarian journalist Arnaud de Borchgrave for lifting lines from other news sources in his Washington Times columns. [Washington Post]

Which the Times knew all about, they just didn’t know how to fire Arnaud de Borchgrave. (Coverups everywhere!) [Salon]

But now this lawyer, Timothy Naegle, wants Wemple fired for getting a journalism legend put on leave of absence. [Fishbowl DC]

Speaking of D.C., they’re getting a BuzzFeed bureau. [Fishbowl DC]

Layoffs are coming to Patch. [WSJ]

Tao Lin is taking a break from ‘trying’ on Twitter. [HTML Giant]

Feminist Ryan Gosling Tumblr will be made into a book. Hey (girl?), how do all these Tumblr-to-book deals license all the photos they illegally Tumbl’d? [Huffington Post]

In happier book news, Grantland editor Rafe Bartholomew sold a “riotous, occasionally bawdy, and stirring memoir” of growing up in McSorley’s, where his father is a 40-year bartender, to John Parsley at Little, Brown. His agent is Mollie Glick at Foundry. We predict it will make the best Father’s Day present in 2013. [Publishers Marketplace]