In your scandalous Friday media column: a reporter has an affair with a police chief, another reporter's charged with assaulting an old man, Meredith is the new queen of magazines, and Reader's Digest increases its pap quotient.

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A journalist who wrote a "glowing" profile of the Milwaukee police chief also had an affair with the police chief around the same time. "Perceived you instantly - knew you were a good person who does things for the right reason...As a result, I began to struggle with the story - having to give time to vitriolic baseless attacks," she wrote to him, about the story. The reporter, Jessica McBride, also teaches journalism ethics to college kids.

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Boston Herald reporter O'Ryan Johnson has bee charged with "kicking a 74-year-old man with emphysema in the chest at a laundromat." And here is his actual Facebook photo which clearly shows him punching somebody, establishing his innocence.

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The hottest magazine company today: Meredith. Fitness, Family Circle, Ladies Home Journal, and More all posted big ad page gains in July, bucking the industry trend. Meredith: the hot magazine publisher. Not Conde Nast. Not Time Inc. Meredith. Glamorousness!

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Reader's Digest is remaking itself by becoming more conservative, if you can imagine such a thing. Rather than fill the magazine with content "considered cool by the often elitist and self-absorbed standards of New York media," they will fill it with more worthless crap.