End-of-week media mash-up

This morning's media roundup must begin on a somber note on two different accounts, one being because of the passing of Matthew Wuest, Metro Halifax sports reporter and CapGeek founder, after a two-year battle with colon cancer. "Can't really bring myself to read this. Matt was a great guy, and I was lucky to work next to him," shares Toronto Star's Alex Boutilier. The other loss mourned by the news industry today is that of Wall Street Journal reporter David Bird, whose body has just been discovered more than a year after he went missing during a walk in New Jersey. "Terrible day here @wsj Our colleague and friend, longtime oil reporter David Bird, is gone," tweets WSJ's Leslie Josephs. We're thinking of these two fine journalists and their families today.

In other media news, Reuters must have rubbed the Red Dragon the wrong way, because their sites just became inaccessible in China (500 shares as of this moment). NYT's China reporter Mike Forsythe deduces, "Reuters joins the ranks of blocked foreign news websites in China ... The Great Firewall just got a little bit higher." In the latest media mea culpa, contributor Marc Ambinder apologizes for unfairly maligning two Secret Service agents in a piece for Politico (~300). Politico isn't apologizing, though. "Kind of strange to write a piece for one publication, have regrets, then apologize in another," notes freelance journalist John McQuaid. Meanwhile, a Berkeley man wrote an amazing missive to the man who has been taking his Wall Street Journal and offers him a deal, but not without strings attached: "if you're reading the WSJ for its editorial and op-ed positions I reserve the right to withdraw this offer" (3,000+ shares). In other things sure to amaze you, Guido Fawkes is driving a tank to the BBC News offices to deliver a petition to salvage embattled newscaster Jeremy Clarkson's job. "Apparently you can just drive a tank thru London and the police don't mind," observes Jim Edwards with Business Insider.

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