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Is the media scaring us to death over Ebola? Former CNN president Jon Klein on Nielsen's TV ratings glitch; James Risen on how the crackdown on whistleblowers affects reporting.

Is the media scaring us to death over Ebola? Former CNN president Jon Klein on Nielsen's TV ratings glitch; James Risen on how the crackdown on whistleblowers affects reporting.

What we're reading this week
May 2nd, 2013
05:03 PM ET

What we're reading this week

By Becky Perlow, CNN

We've got a great show for you on Sunday, from the new arrests in the Boston bombing case to the final days of the Jodi Arias trial. Until then, here's a quick look at what else caught our attention this week.

Baring their arms: "The sleeveless sheath dress, now ubiquitous on cable and local news, and especially beloved by morning news programs, is as much a uniform for TV newswomen as androgyny was in the mid-’90s, when boxy blazers and short hair reigned," writes Slate.com's female blog, Double X. According to the author, the sleeveless anchor is now a sexy necessity for news networks across the nation - but at what cost to our reputation as journalists?  And what does it say about our industry when the viewer is instructed (consciously or subconsciously) to care more about what the anchor is wearing, as opposed to what the anchor is saying?

The funniest name in news: From movies and tweets, to TV shows and articles, The Onion has established itself as a major news source... however untrue the published news might be. Hoping to "expand its empire," the comedic fake-news publication (in conjunction with Amazon) is now taking a crack at a new comedy show called "Onion News Empire." A quick look at the trailer suggests a similar story-line of HBO's The Newsroom, but with reports focusing on the NRA giving fetuses the right to carry assault weapons, rather than segments on international wars. The author adds that "it's also worth noting that the pilot was written before 'The Newsroom' premiered on HBO."

The post-blog blog: When reports surfaced that The New York Times would be shutting down and/or revamping several of it's blogs (including it's popular Media Decoder blog), digital journalists (and their fans) quickly questioned whose blog would be next. The New Republic writes that "we are losing the personal blog and the themed blog... Instead, [users] use social media to efficiently pick exactly what they do and do not click on, rather than reading what a blogger or blog offers them."

So which traditional blog do you think will face the chopping block next? And what are you reading this week?