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American Journalist Steven Sotloff Reportedly Beheaded by ISIS (TVNewser)
Two weeks after James Foley was beheaded by ISIS, American journalist Steven Sotloff has reportedly been executed by the same group. FishbowlDC “This is something that the administration has obviously been watching very carefully since this threat against Mr. Sotloff’s life was originally made a few weeks ago,” said White House press secretary Josh Earnest Tuesday afternoon. Earnest went on to say, “I’m not in a position to confirm the authenticity of that video or the reports at this point since I obviously just walked out here. If there is a video that has been released, it is something that will be analyzed very carefully by the U.S. government and our intelligence officials to determine its authenticity.” ABC News In a new video, which appeared online Tuesday, Sotloff addresses the camera, saying, “I’m sure you know exactly who I am by now and why I am appearing.” Later the video then cuts to the militant who says, “I’m back, Obama. I’m back because of your arrogant foreign policy towards the Islamic State [ISIS].” Politico Sotloff, 31, grew up in Florida and was a freelance journalist, having worked for publications like Time magazine and Foreign Policy. He was taken hostage while reporting in Syria last year. WSJ The Islamic State video also showed a man identified as Briton David Cawthorne Haines. He is kneeling and wearing an orange jumpsuit as the militant threatens to kill him next. A U.S. official said there is no reason to believe the video isn’t authentic. USA Today The U.S. intelligence community has concluded that a video appearing to show the beheading of Sotloff is genuine.

Washington Post Owner Jeff Bezos to Replace Publisher Katharine Weymouth (FishbowlDC)
In a 9 a.m. email to staff Tuesday morning, Washington Post publisher Katharine Weymouth announced her imminent departure as the paper’s publisher after 7 years. Beginning Oct. 1, Fred Ryan, formerly with Allbritton Communications and Politico, will be publisher and CEO. New York Post / Media Ink Weymouth is the granddaughter and namesake of long-time Post chairwoman and publisher Katharine Graham. Poynter / Leadership & Management Weymouth’s resignation completes the ownership change initiated a year and a month ago when Bezos bought the paper. The Washington Post Ryan told Post journalists in a newsroom meeting Tuesday that they need to embrace the change roiling the industry in pursuit of what he has called “a growth strategy.” And though he praised several recent initiatives, including those intended to more aggressively attract online readers during morning hours, Ryan offered few details on his vision — or Bezos’ — for the Post.

Piers Morgan No Longer With CNN (TVNewser)
Piers Morgan is no longer with CNN. The former primetime host says he turned down a 2-year contract to host 40 “big interview” specials. “Great company, great network,” Morgan tweeted. New York Post Morgan’s show ended in March, though his contract just expired on Labor Day. Money may have been a factor in his decision to part ways with the network. Mediaite When Morgan’s show ended, he had said he would serve CNN in some type of special-host capacity. “I decided not to accept it — and to try pastures new,” he said. Variety Morgan began anchoring the network’s 9 p.m. slot in January 2011, replacing the durable Larry King Live with a celebrity-interview show that did not always hit the target with CNN viewers. The program, in which Morgan could be seen breaking away from conversations with perplexed guests like Gregg Allman to ask if they had inadvertently given him a scoop in their responses, proved to be fodder for satire on Saturday Night Live. Morgan also used the program to rally against the National Rifle Association.