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Bret Baier Challenges Newt Gingrich's Use Of The Media To Attack Mitt Romney (TVNewser)
Out of the gate at Monday night's GOP debate in South Carolina, Bret Baier's first question to Newt Gingrich was meant to, in Baier's words, "clear the air." It went to the heart of Gingrich's citation of the news media in stepped-up attacks on frontrunner Mitt Romney, when just a few months ago Gingrich was blaming the media for trying to create an intra-GOP fight. Twitter Blog: Throughout the debate, Fox News encouraged viewers to rate each candidate's responses in real-time by tweeting #answer or #dodge, plus the candidate's name. Tampa Bay Times / Editorials: Two weeks from today, Florida Republicans have an opportunity to effectively end a disappointing presidential primary season and focus the nation on a pivotal general election. Former Massachusetts Gov. Romney, the winner of the Iowa caucuses and the New Hampshire primary, is the candidate best prepared to make the Republicans' case that change is needed in the White House. Politico: The latest edition of Newsweek features the face of a pensive President Barack Obama along with the provocative headline: "Why are Obama's critics so dumb?" -- and that's hit a little too close to home for conservative bloggers. HuffPost: The co-hosts of Morning Joe were disappointed by the news of Jon Huntsman's withdrawal from the GOP race Monday. TVNewser: Comedy Central host Stephen Colbert may or may not actually be running for president, but that is not stopping him from making the TV news rounds.

Netflix Hit With Class-Action Suit By Angry Investors (paidContent)
Netflix has been hit with a class-action suit by a group of disgruntled investors who claim that the online movie-rental chain withheld information from them prior to its steep stock-price plunge over the late summer and fall. Filed in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, the suit alleges that the home entertainment company gave false and misleading statements about its business practices and contracts with studios that propped up its share price.

TV Guide Is Shown The Gate (NY Post)
Fresh off its deal to acquire Twilight studio Summit Entertainment, Lionsgate Entertainment is now prepping a sale of its TV Guide Network.

David Seaman, Critic Of NDAA And SOPA, Dismissed By Business Insider After NBC News Complaints (International Business Times)
Business Insider contributor David Seaman, one of the Web's most-read critics of the controversial National Defense Authorization Act and Stop Online Privacy Act, was let go by the news outlet Monday following a spat with NBC News community manager Anthony Quintano.

Brian Williams Says Gawker Should Have Torched Lana Del Rey: 'One Of The Worst Outings In SNL History' (Gawker)
NBC's anchordude Brian Williams and blog villain Nick Denton are pals. They have mutual acquaintances, both love technology, pretty things, and email with each other like a couple of gossiping secretaries. Therefore, when Williams offers critiques about Gawker's content, we are obligated to listen.

Legal Battle Spins Around The Globes (LA Times)
The Golden Globes awards are over, but a battle for the show's future is just starting. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which created and owns the Golden Globes, is going to war with Dick Clark Productions, the longtime producer of the Globes' television show. Ricky Gervais has one thing in common with the detractors -- and there are more than a few of them -- who took him to task for his largely defanged Golden Globes hosting gig Sunday night. TweetReach: We watched for all mentions of Golden Globes during the broadcast, and, with close to 1 million tweets from almost 300,000 contributors generating over 2.2 billion impressions, the results came in at three times the Twitter volume we saw in 2011.

Phone Hacking Might Have Occurred At Daily Mirror During Piers Morgan's Tenure: Editor (HuffPost / AP)
The editor of Britain's Daily Mirror newspaper told a media ethics inquiry Monday it is possible that illegal phone hacking took place at the tabloid, which was edited for almost a decade by CNN celebrity interviewer Piers Morgan.

Associated Press North Korea Bureau Opens As First All-Format News Office In Pyongyang (HuffPost)
When Associated Press executives and journalists attempted to open a North Korean bureau last month, they arrived in Pyongyang just hours after the death of Kim Jong Il.

Oprah Winfrey Set To Shoot TV Show During First Trip To India (THR)
Oprah Winfrey arrived in Mumbai Monday without much media fanfare as she was whisked to the luxurious Taj Mahal Palace and Tower hotel.

Fox News Rips From The Atlantic Wire (Politico / Dylan Byers)
John Hudson, a staff writer at The Atlantic Wire, sent over a Fox News article about Navy-trained dolphins that looks remarkably similar to his own article from two days earlier. Mediaite:, upon learning of the incident, quickly re-edited the story and issued a lengthy, 85-word editor's note at the beginning of the story. Adweek: Atlantic Media has given its top digital executive responsibility for corporate finance, signaling the importance it sees digital media playing in the company's future. In his new role, announced late Monday, Scott Havens becomes senior vice president of finance and digital operations, from VP of digital strategy and operations.

YouTube Debuts Two Entertainment Channels (Multichannel News)
YouTube, continuing its push to add 96 professionally produced channels in the next year, added two entertainment "networks" to its website Monday: PMC and ION Television's Entertainment News Television, and the Young Hollywood Network. paidContent: The two new channels are part of the Google video portal's $100 million investment in original appointment viewing. ReadWriteWeb: As early and unproven as this Web-first model is, it may well represent the next phase in Web TV and pose a tangible challenge to traditional content distributors.

Gannett Shuts Down New York Entertainment And Nightlife Website, Metromix (Capital New York)
Gannett has shuttered the New York arm of local entertainment and nightlife network Metromix.

Sarah Lacy Launches PandoDaily To Report News On Startups (CNET)
Former TechCrunch reporter Sarah Lacy launched a tech news site Monday called PandoDaily that is geared toward documenting every startup that pops up in Silicon Valley and beyond. AdAge / Digital: Does the world need another tech news site? Ex-TechCrunch staffer Lacy is betting yes. Lacy, who left AOL-owned TechCrunch in November after she was passed over for the head editor position following founder Mike Arrington's departure, launched PandoDaily. AllThingsD: Not so widely reported? The site, PandoDaily, will feature three of TechCrunch's most high-profile former bloggers: Michael Arrington, M.G. Siegler, and Paul Carr. Business Insider / Silicon Alley Insider: PandoDaily, or "TechCrunch 2.0," has officially launched. TechCrunch: Lacy -- formerly editor at large at TechCrunch, who spearheaded our conference in Beijing this past fall -- announced the launch of her new site, a startup-focused tech blog called PandoDaily that, among other things, is going to "bring more civility into the blogosophere" (yay!). And she's also gunning to break plenty of news. NY Post: After parting company with ousted TechCrunch founder Arrington, AOL finds itself in the awkward position of helping him fund the competition.

A Fantasy App Store? CBS Sports To Launch 'First Open Platform' For Fantasy Sports (TechCrunch)
Fantasy sports, just like everything else, have also been making the transition to mobile, with news aggregating apps turning to fantasy sports (a la Taptu, Evri, and more). But few of the big media properties have gotten with the times and opened their data-rich platforms to indie developers and data hounds. It looks like CBS Sports is leading the way, as it is officially opening up its fantasy sports service to third-party developers, companies, and startups looking to create apps for their products and services. WSJ: CBS, in a move aimed at boosting its share of the nearly billion-dollar fantasy-sports business, is opening up its CBS Sports website so outside developers can create apps geared toward fantasy enthusiasts.

Wikipedia Homepage Confirms Site Will Go Black For 24 Hours (paidContent)
Wikipedia formally announced Monday night that the site will "go dark" this week to protest proposed anti-piracy legislation. The online encyclopedia also erected a stark black banner across its website. NYT / Bits: Wikipedia is the latest website to decide to shut Wednesday in protest against the two Congressional bills, the Stop Online Piracy Act, often called SOPA, and the Protect IP Act, which is often called PIPA. LA Times: Most people probably haven't paid much attention to the huge corporations waging war in Washington over legislation designed to crack down on online theft of movies, music, and other content. But the conflict will hit consumers in the face Wednesday, when Wikipedia and a number of other websites intend to go dark to protest the proposed changes. Mashable: Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales made the announcement via a series of tweets. "This is going to be wow," reads one tweet. "I hope Wikipedia will melt phone systems in Washington on Wednesday. Tell everyone you know." ReadWriteWeb: Wales made the announcement at a time when the odds of SOPA becoming law have been diminished by recent political developments in Washington. Gawker: A day without Wikipedia sounds terrifying and exhilarating all at once. Just imagine the possibilities!

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