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Media Loved Romney and Blasted Obama During Primaries

According to a new Pew study, from January 2 to April 15, the media’s coverage of Mitt Romney was more than twice as positive than that of President Barack Obama. The results of the extensive study showed that Romney’s coverage was 39 percent positive, while Obama’s coverage was 18 percent positive. As Newsweek/The Daily Beast notes, if anything bad happened during the Republican Primaries, it was Obama’s fault:

‘Day in and day out, he was criticized by the entire Republican field on a variety of policies,’ Mark Jurkowitz, the group’s associate director, says of Obama. ‘And he was inextricably linked to events that generated negative coverage.’

Pew used human researchers to comb 52 newspaper, web, TV and radio sources and computer analysis to scour over 11,000 news outlets to come up with these findings, so maybe this will be enough for Sarah Palin and others to finally give the Lamestream Media a chance.

If nothing else, Pew’s numbers will put LeBron James at ease. Until the playoffs start, that is.

Spike Lee Disseminates the Wrong Thing

Washington Times reporter Kerry Picket and staff at The Smoking Gun spent part of yesterday exposing the very objectionable actions of LA resident Marcus Davonne Higgins. Since the middle of last week, Higgins – who on Twitter goes by the handle of @MACCAPONE – has been tweeting out to celebrities a South Florida address he claimed belonged to George Zimmerman, the man who shot Trayvon Martin.

Never mind the insensitivity (and possible criminal liability) of such an action. Greatly complicating matters is the fact that the information, which was re-tweeted by filmmaker Spike Lee last Friday, has now been shown to be completely incorrect. Per Picket and TSG, the address is that of a namesake man who has not lived at the tweeted address since 2005. This Zimmerman is the son of a senior citizen couple still at the residence. From the Smoking Gun report:

The original tweet was sent to Lee (and numerous other celebrities like Will Smith, 50 Cent, and LeBron James) last Friday afternoon by Higgins, a 33-year-old Los Angeles man… Higgins first began disseminating the address to his Twitter followers last Wednesday…

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Businessweek Ranks 100 Most Powerful Athletes

Businessweek has combined two great things — sports and lists — to form a ranking of the 100 most powerful athletes. Titled the Power 100, the list was curated by CSE, an integrated sports marketing firm. CSE took the statistically best 600 athletes from a pool of 3,000, and then ranked them according popularity, endorsement earnings, and their reach on social media. Also considered was results from a Nielsen/E-Poll survey, which measured players’ name recognition, appeal, influence, and trustworthiness.

As might have guessed, Drew Brees took the number one spot in the Power 100. Brees broke records and has had a positive influence on the New Orleans community. Aaron Rodgers, who had a great meaningless regular season before being crushed by the Giants, is the runner-up. Tom Brady, LeBron James (trustworthy?), and Rafael Nadal, take spots three through five.

Eli Manning, who, unlike Rodgers and Brees, is not sitting at home during the Super Bowl, came in at 16. We’d demand a recount, but the Giants are going to win it all this year, so we’ll just take that honor instead.

Rob Lowe: Sports Reporter

Actor Rob Lowe is getting absolutely hammered around the web for his attempt at sports reporting yesterday. Manning’s father and agent denied Lowe’s reporting to USA Today. Lowe is apparently friendly with Colts owner Jim Irsay–who is the presumed source of the tweet heard round the sports world.

Not sure how Lowe’s tweet is different from the thousands of reports we heard in the run-up to Lebron James‘ “decision,” that had him going everywhere from the Chicago Bulls to the Death Star to play alongside Emperor Palpapatine. Remember though, everyone made fun of Stephen A. Smith for reporting out-of-the-blue that Lebron was going to Miami. And we know how that turned out.

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Clippers-Lakers Sets Cable TV Record

The buzz surrounding the resurgent Los Angeles Clippers/Los Angeles Lakers rivalry is spreading across the country.

Monday’s preseason game between the Clippers and Lakers was the most-watched preseason game in NBA TV history with 509,000 viewers.

It broke the previous record of 501,000 viewers set when LeBron James made his Miami Heat debut in 2010.

This might be the first of many ratings records set by the Clippers during the abbreviated 2011-12 NBA season.

Reporter Diagrams Rise of @TheBillWalton

The follower count for the parody Twitter account @TheBillWalton now sits at around 37,500. Not stratospheric, by any means, but also not bad for somewhat of an esoteric goof.

Adam Penenberg, a contributor to Fast Company, caught up with the LA-New York writer duo that operates the account. Like fellow interviewee @NotBurtReynolds, the faux authors prefer to remain anonymous. But the pair did share some follower-building secrets:

“We started by tweeting at various well-known basketball players and figures… Then Jalen Rose tweeted back at us and we jumped from a few hundred to a few thousand followers in just hours. We kept adding followers throughout the NCAA basketball tournament and NBA playoffs.

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Miami Herald Runs Ad Congratulating Heat on Championship

LeBron JamesChris Bosh and Dwyane Wade all woke up this morning without a ring. They lost last night to the Dallas Mavericks, even though when James and Bosh came to Miami, all three of them danced like idiots and proclaimed that they’d win six or seven titles. Somehow – as if they had to play the games first – it just didn’t happen for them.

While it must’ve been difficult waking up today and facing that, at least they can take solace in the fact that their local paper – the Miami Herald – remains unconvinced by reality, and has run an ad congratulating them on winning the championship.

The Macy’s ad in the paper’s sports section has t-shirts with a ring and the NBA trophy on them, along with copy reading, “Congratulations Miami! Celebrate the 2011 NBA champions with official merchandise from Adidas!” If that’s not bad enough, the ad also runs directly below a story about the Heat losing.

The Miami Herald: as confused by the Heat’s loss as James, Bosh and Wade are.

Smoke Em | More Kutcher | He Did It

  • UnBeige: Not only does Yves Saint Laurent make cigarettes, the company allegedly redesigned the packaging to make them more appealing to Asian and Russian women. That doesn’t sound weird at all.
  • AllTwitter: Ashton Kutcher is designing his own desktop Twitter app because the 758 that are already out there simply aren’t good enough.
  • SportsNewser: Last night’s Heat vs. Bulls game drew almost 11 million viewers. LeBron James has reportedly already taken credit.

Howard Stern Now Really Is ‘The King of All Media’

During his recent appearance on Piers Morgan Tonight, Howard Stern revisited the origins of the ubiquitous tagline “The King of All Media.” It was all part of a joke made with Jackie Martling, an attempt by Stern to prove that if he referred to himself often enough by a certain sobriquet, that sobriquet would stick.

With this week’s announcement of a new $3.99 Howard Stern comic book to be put out in April by Vancouver, Washington based Bluewater Productions, the radio host is that much closer to living out the Martling joke. Per the press release:

Acording to Bluewater president Darren Davis, “Orbit” is a natural extension of the biography comic division established by Bluewater’s “Female Force,” “Fame,” and “Political Power.”

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Perusing Yahoo’s New Website ThePostGame.com

The front page of ThePostGame.com, launched Tuesday night by Yahoo! Sports in partnership with SportsFanLive.com, looks great. The subtle grey-blue background and large photo-graphics skeins will no doubt pop on the iPad.

On the other hand, it’s strange that the website has nothing up on the front page at press time (other than a throwaway poll question) about the bad-karma LeBron James tweet heard around the NBA. Also, we’re not sure why the photo slides across the board do not include the names of article authors.

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