Late Times Reporter Anthony Shadid’s Cousin Blames Paper for His Death

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Speaking at the Arab-American Anti-Discrimination Committee convention Saturday night, Ed Shadid, cousin of the late Times reporter Anthony Shadid, criticized The New York Times for pressuring Anthony to go into Syria. According to Mr. Shadid, in December of 2011, a security advisor for the Times forbade Anthony from entering Syria from Turkey. After CNN got access six weeks later, his editors insisted he go in, leading to “screaming and slamming down the phone” in discussions with his editors. The night before he went in to Syria, Mr. Shadid said, Anthony called his wife and told her, “If anything happens to me I want the world the know The New York Times killed me.” He also doubted the Times account that Shadid died of an asthma attack, saying it sounded more like a heart attack. The Times respectfully disputes Mr. Shadid’s version of the story. [Politico]

The guy who busted Jonah Lehrer for self-plagiarism didn’t mean to ruin his life. [Romenesko]

There’s a talent rivalry between News Corp. stepsiblings The New York Post and the Wall Street Journal. [Capital NY]

Former Gawker scribe and Fox Mole Joe Muto reviewed The Newsroom for Slate. It’s ok, though, Gawker got Dan Rather to do it. He liked it! No sign of him in the comments section, which is much improved today. [Gawker]

Wired and Gawker are no longer selling ads for flipboard editions. [Ad Age]

The New Republic grabbed Noreen Malone from Daily Intel. [WWD]

Ted Leo loves MSNBC host Chris Hayes, which means Chris Hayes has arrived, in Times Style-speak. [NY Times]

The Times is looking at Paul Sagan, CEO of Akami Technologies Inc.; L. Gordon Crovitz, a former Wall Street Journal publisher who founded Journalism Online, and Mark Thompson, the outgoing director general of the BBC. [Bloomberg]

Bob Costa‘s interview with Jerry Sandusky for NBC might be crucial to his criminal appeal. [Reuters]