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Ron Paul Continues Assault On The Media (Yahoo! News / The Cutline)
Fresh off his second-place finish in the New Hampshire primary, Ron Paul still found reasons to criticize the media's coverage of his presidential campaign. HuffPost: A group of Paul supporters are calling on CNN to remove the correspondent covering the candidate from her assignment, claiming that she is too biased against Paul. NYT / Media Decoder: Watching TV, it can sometimes seem as if the whole country is transfixed by the Republican presidential primary race. But then the TV ratings come in. TVNewser: Like Mitt Romney, Fox News has swept the first two statewide GOP contests. TVNewser: Four years ago, Mike Huckabee was running for president (he stayed in the race until March 4). Now, with a weekend show at Fox News, Huckabee will be hosting the 2012 crop of GOP candidates -- except Paul, who can't attend -- for a town hall forum at the College of Charleston. Poynter / MediaWire: After working with the Iowa Republican Party to count votes for the caucuses last week, Google produced a map of election results for the New Hampshire GOP primary Tuesday night. HuffPost: Rupert Murdoch tweeted some words of consolation -- and criticism -- for GOP candidate and former News Corp. employee Newt Gingrich Wednesday morning. CJR: A nightmare assignment finally draws to a close. TechCrunch: From Jan. 6 through the end of the New Hampshire primary, Paul was the more actively discussed candidate, 26 percent to 22 percent, and he edged out Romney in the number of positive mentions on Twitter by a margin of 3 percent. AllFacebook: Facebook reactions to Romney's big win and Paul's second-place finish were wildly varied. FishbowlDC: There seems to be a trend among some journos to take the "obligatory crowd shot" of events they are attending.

While Cable News Focuses On Politics, Syria Re-Enters The Spotlight (TVNewser)
The cable news channels have seemingly been all politics all the time over the past few days, but it is hardly the only big news happening at the moment. In the Middle East, there is an event that will have a more significant long-term impact than intra-party political sniping: the protests in Syria, and President Assad's announcement that he will not step down. Yahoo! News / The Cutline: A French television journalist was among several people killed in Homs, Syria Wednesday. The journalist, Gilles Jacquier of France 2 TV, died while covering a pro-government rally, the network confirmed. Others details about the killing were not immediately known.

News Corp.'s Fox Joins Battle To Buy Dodgers (WSJ)
News Corp.'s Fox unit joined the battle to buy the Dodgers Tuesday, signing a nondisclosure agreement with bankers handling the sale of the storied baseball franchise, according to people with knowledge of the process.


Homeland Security Watches Twitter, Social Media (Reuters)
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's command center routinely monitors dozens of popular websites, including Facebook, Twitter, Hulu, WikiLeaks, and news and gossip sites including The Huffington Post and Drudge Report, according to a government document.

Register Plans To Close Pressroom, Move Key Operations To Downtown New Haven (New Haven Register)
The New Haven Register plans to outsource its printing operation to Hartford, laying off 105 people, and it is planning to move key operations to new office space in downtown New Haven. Poynter / MediaWire: The move, which will result in 105 layoffs, is the latest by Journal Register to consolidate printing operations at its papers.

TCA: An Anonymous Executive Trashes TV Critics (THR)
Who am I? That's anyone's guess (assume you know me), but I'm here to reveal the hell of dealing with "reporters" in Pasadena.

CES: Samsung Plugs Into Pay TV Services (Multichannel News)
Samsung Electronics is working with four providers -- Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Verizon FiOS TV, and DirecTV -- to pipe their video services directly into its "smart TVs." GigaOM / NewTeeVee: Time Warner Cable has developed an app for Panasonic Viera TVs, making it the first operator to bring cable TV content to the platform. NY Post: Motorola Mobility is laying the groundwork for a Google invasion of the living room. paidContent: Is 2012 the year of the smart TV? Manufacturers would have us believe that.

CMOs Explain Why They're Flocking To Vegas For CES (AdAge / Digital)
The merger of technology and marketing is well underway, part of the reason thousands of marketers and agency execs have over the past few years been descending in ever-greater numbers on the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. AdAge / Digital: In a hotel suite a short distance from the Las Vegas convention center crowded with dudes in jeans for CES, AdAge hosted a discussion on a topic that's not often associated with technology: women.

New Republic For Sale, But Buyers Aren't Lining Up (HuffPost)
The New Republic is on the market once again. But so far, it's unclear if any media companies are interested in buying the influential, albeit unprofitable, Beltway political magazine.

Hearst's Food Network Magazine Sees Seventh Rate-Base Increase In Three Years (Folio:)
Food Network Magazine seems to be cooking up excitement with readers: Hearst Magazines announced Wednesday that the publication will increase its rate base by 50,000, to 1.45 million.

Martha, Real Simple, BHG Deemed Best On Pinterest (minOnline)
With most social networks like Facebook and Twitter, media brands have had to morph and squeeze themselves into the person-to-person models that typify these platforms. But some social nets like Pinterest seem to have been made for magazines.

MSG And Time Warner Continue To Face Off (NYT)
Since New Year's Day, many local sports fans have lived with a disturbing reality: They cannot watch the Knicks, the Rangers, the Devils, and the Islanders play on the MSG and MSG Plus networks.

Will Smith To Host Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards (FishbowlLA)
Actor Will Smith was tapped as host of Nickelodeon's 25th annual Kids' Choice Awards from the Galen Center at USC Saturday, March 31.

New York Names Television Critic (FishbowlNY)
New York magazine named Matt Zoller Seitz its new television critic. Seitz was most recently the television critic for Salon, and prior to that, he worked as a critic for various publications, including The New York Times and the Dallas Observer.

Spin Takes Album Reviews To Twitter (FishbowlNY)
Spin is taking album reviews to a new place in 2012. The magazine launched Twitter account @SpinReviews, and it will be posting album reviews in 140 characters or less throughout the year.

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