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Romney Addresses Melissa Harris-Perry Comments: ‘People Make Mistakes’ (TVNewser)
Mitt Romney has accepted an apology from MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry after she and several guests mocked a Romney family photo that included his adopted black grandson, the former presidential candidate said on Fox News Sunday. “I recognize that people make mistakes, and the folks at MSNBC made a big mistake. They’ve apologized for it, and that’s all you can ask for. I’m going to move on from that; I’m sure they want to move on from it,” Romney said. The Root When asked about the so-called attack on the baby, Romney said, “If you get in the political game, you can expect incoming. But children, you know, that’s beyond the line, and I think they understand that, and feel that as well. I think it’s a heartfelt apology. I think for that reason, we hold no ill will whatsoever.” Politico / Dylan Byers on Media Harris-Perry offered a tearful and passionate apology to the Romneys on Saturday for remarks she and her panelists made about the family’s adopted black grandchild. In her apology on Saturday, Harris-Perry said she had intended to say “positive and celebratory things” about the photo. “But whatever the intent was, the reality is that the segment proceeded in a way that was offensive, and showing the photo in that context of the segment was poor judgment,” she said. Daily Caller Harris-Perry’s apology to Romney drew derision from yet another one of her former colleagues. “If I cry, will I be forgiven of all my transgressions?” actor Alec Baldwin tweeted on Saturday night, before quickly deleting it.

Neetzan Zimmerman to Leave Gawker (Capital New York)
Gawker viral content mastermind Neetzan Zimmerman is leaving the company for social network startup Whisper, he told Capital on Friday. Zimmerman will be the editor-in-chief of the social secret-sharing app that has recently been attracting tens of millions of dollars from investors. In an email, Zimmerman said that the bulk of his responsibility at his new employer will be to boost the visibility and promote the sharing of content generated by Whisper’s user base. NY Observer During his time at Gawker, Zimmerman racked up the pageviews, prompting the Wall Street Journal’s Farhad Manjoo to write that he “may be the most popular blogger working on the Web today.” Seriously, he’s really good at getting traffic. NY Mag / Daily Intelligencer Zimmerman’s mandate at Gawker has been to blanket the world with stories that will be shared on Facebook — from cat-video candy to weird-crime snuff — thus taking the pressure to perform statistically, day in and day out, off of the site’s other writers while they chase more in-depth stories. It’s worked magically: Zimmerman often generates more traffic than his co-workers combined. Business Insider In a memo on Zimmerman leaving, Gawker editor John Cook said, “Anyway, we’re f**ked, start traffic-whoring. But seriously folks: Neetzan will be a loss, but one of the reasons, beyond his talent, that he’s been the guy pulling in the big numbers here is that he has been the guy tasked with pulling in the big numbers here. That strategy — traffic scapegoating — won’t change. We’ll find others to harness the power of Facebook algorithms and make sure we’re hitting the traffic sweetspots that we need to.”

Harsh Murder Headline Has Jewish Leaders Weighing Boycott of New York Post (BuzzFeed)
Sunday’s New York Post cover, depicting slain Brooklyn developer Menachem “Max” Stark and asking, “Who didn’t want him dead?” has stirred outrage in New York City’s political circles and especially among its large, vocal Hasidic Jewish community, of which Stark was a member. The 39-year-old Stark was kidnapped on Thursday outside his Brooklyn office and his half-burned body was found in a garbage can in a Great Neck gas station on Saturday. Capital New York The accompanying story, based largely on anonymous police sources, portrayed Stark as a “slumlord” and a scam artist with a long list of shady business dealings, debts and enemies. CNN “It really hurts that such a heinous crime, instead of being condemned, is glorified,” said Rabbi David Niederman, president of the United Jewish Organizations of Williamsburg and North Brooklyn. Niederman told CNN he does not know anything about Stark owing money or having legal problems. NY Observer / Politicker Reached for comment, a Post spokesperson stood behind the paper’s reporting, but offered sympathy for the grieving family. “The Post does not say Stark deserved to die but our reporting showed that he had many enemies, which may have led to the commission of this terrible crime. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time of loss,” the spokesperson said in a statement. FishbowlNY It’s what the Post does. They go font-large, politically-correct-slim and let the headline rip. But many feel they have pushed that game too far with their coverage of the Stark murder.