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Fox News Signs Dennis Kucinich as Contributor (TVNewser)
Fox News Channel has signed former Congressman Dennis Kucinich as a paid contributor to FNC and Fox Business Network. Kucinich, who was for years a liberal stalwart in the House of Representatives, will provide analysis and commentary across all of FNC and FBN's programs, beginning with Thursday's edition of The O'Reilly Factor. NYT / Media Decoder Kucinich, a two-time presidential candidate known for his staunch antiwar views, lost his bid for re-election to the House of Representatives last year. The loss (to his primary opponent, Representative Marcy Kaptur) was not a surprise, because his Congressional district was largely eliminated when Ohio lawmakers redrew the state's electoral map in 2011. Fox will give Kucinich a national platform for his views, as well as a paycheck. HuffPost / AP "I've always been impressed with Rep. Kucinich's fearlessness and thoughtfulness about important issues," Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes said. "His willingness to take a stand from his point of view makes him a valuable voice in our country's debate." The Washington Post / Post Politics "Through 16 years in Congress and two presidential campaigns, Fox News has always provided me with an opportunity to share my perspective with its enormous viewership," Kucinich (D-Ohio) said in a statement. "I look forward to a continuation of our relationship, this time as a Fox News contributor." Politico / Dylan Byers on Media Kucinich was considered one of the House's most liberal members while he was in office. During his stint in Congress, Kucinich sued President Barack Obama in federal court over whether the president illegally circumvented Congress when he approved U.S. military action in Libya, attempted to impeach both President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney and received an "F" grade from the NRA for his pro-gun control voting record. He is also well-known for his environmental platform and his vegan diet. Seattle Post-Intelligencer / Strange Bedfellows Kucinich has been a not-infrequent guest on Fox. Critics have argued that the network, which has hired a bevy of former Republican presidential and vice presidential candidates -- e.g. Newt Gingrich and Sarah Palin -- seeks out the most extreme "liberal" voices it can find.

NRA Ad Calls NBC's David Gregory 'Elitist Hypocrite' (TVNewser)
A new ad from the National Rifle Association features NBC News anchor David Gregory, calling him an "elitist hypocrite," apparently in response to his tough interview with NRA chief Wayne LaPierre. It was during that interview that Gregory held up a 30-round rifle magazine, almost getting himself in legal trouble before the DC Attorney General decided not to press charges late last week. HuffPost "Mr. Obama demands the wealthy pay their fair share of taxes but he's just another elitist hypocrite when it comes to a fair share of security," the ad says. When the words "Elitist Hypocrite" come on screen, a graphic of Obama is shown. Flanking him are Joe Biden, Michael Bloomberg, Senator Dianne Feinstein -- and Gregory. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media In a statement, NBC News told Politico the news organization is against the use of its journalists in political advertisements. "NBC News firmly objects to the use of our journalists in any political ad," the statement said. "David Gregory's role as moderator of Meet the Press is to ask tough questions of guests representing all sides of the issues." New York Daily News The White House slammed the NRA as "cowardly" after the powerful gun lobby dragged President Obama's daughters into the raging debate over gun control by placing them in a controversial commercial. Spokesman Jay Carney said the NRA crossed the line when the group referenced Sasha, 11, and Malia, 14, in a spot calling the commander-in-chief an "elitist hypocrite" because his girls get armed Secret Service protection. THR In his address Wednesday laying out a road map to curb gun violence, President Obama made only a glancing reference to the role violent video games may have in glamorizing firearms and said nothing at all about the responsibilities of the film or television industries. Even so, associations representing film and television producers and the cable broadcasting and gaming industries were quick to issue statements affirming their support for the president's initiative, while pointing to what they regard as the cultural complexity of the gun issue. San Francisco Chronicle / AP No connection was suggested between bloody entertainment fictions and real-life violence. Instead, the White House is calling on research on the effect of media and video games on gun violence. Among the 23 executive measures signed Wednesday by Obama is a directive to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and scientific agencies to conduct research into the causes and prevention of gun violence. The order specifically cited "investigating the relationship between video games, media images and violence."

The Big 'Get': What Can Lance Do for Oprah? A Lot (USA Today)
The sports world is holding its breath, waiting to hear exactly what shamed cyclist Lance Armstrong will say in his interview with Oprah Winfrey. Airing Thursday on OWN's Oprah's Next Chapter (Part 1 at 9 p.m. ET/PT, Part 2 Friday at 9 p.m.) and streaming live on, the interview will be the first time fans hear from the seven-time Tour de France winner since his doping scandal erupted in October. An Armstrong interview is long overdue, and it's seen as a chance for him to come clean, earn forgiveness and try to start polishing the tarnished Livestrong image. For Winfrey and the entertainment world, it's a huge coup, a huge "get." Baltimore Sun / Susan Reimer Armstrong isn't just looking for forgiveness from those who believed him when he denied for a decade that anything but hard work propelled him to the front for seven Tour de France victories. He is looking for a way back into competition, from which he has been banned for life, and some cover from a massive lawsuit that could cost him his fortune. And there is no better place to start than with Oprah, high priestess of confession television. TVNewser As for the decision to go with Oprah, as opposed to, say, ABC News or CBS, ABC News correspondent Neal Karlinsky says that it makes sense for Armstrong, even if it means journalists will be left wanting more. "I know from talking to people close to him on deep background, that he was in a very difficult place right now. I know he was looking at many different ways of trying to move himself forward," Karlinsky said. "To be honest it was a little surprising to see Oprah's name pop up to get the interview, but when you look at Armstrong it makes perfect sense for him."

Star-Ledger Announces Layoffs of 34 Employees, Including 18 Newsroom Staff (The Star-Ledger)
The Star-Ledger lost nearly 10 percent of its newsroom Wednesday as the state's largest newspaper cut editors, photographers, news clerks and others in its first ever large-scale layoff. The jobs of 34 employees of the paper were eliminated, according to publisher Richard Vezza, who called it a "difficult day." Poynter / MediaWire While other Advance newspapers have reduced staff and print frequency concurrently, Vezza tells his the reporters "I've been involved in no other plans to take us to three days a week." But: "we are going to need to adjust our business as needs warrant," he said. In a letter to employees announcing the layoffs, Vezza said the Star-Ledger is "considering the possibility of outsourcing the printing and delivery of the newspaper."

Big Change at Lucky Magazine (WWD / Memo Pad)
Lucky magazine, struggling for the past two years as two different publishers and Condé Nast tried to turn around the flagging 12-year-old magazine, was jolted Wednesday by a major change in leadership. Marcy Bloom, the publisher since September 2011, was replaced, effective immediately, by Gillian Gorman Round, an executive who, until now, was mostly unknown outside Condé and held the title of senior vice president, brand development. Adweek Details of what Lucky's e-commerce will entail are still sketchy, but Round said she sees e-commerce as being "a critical part" of the business. "Our advertiser revenue will continue to be incredibly important to us, but we are looking at all alternatives and incremental sources of revenue as is appropriate for a modern media model," said Round. This move will certainly invite speculation of Lucky's going digital-only, rumors of which have been circulating as its print ad pages continue to drop.

Martha Raddatz to Host New Show for ABC News/Yahoo! (TVNewser)
Starting this Friday, ABC's chief global affairs correspondent Martha Raddatz will host a weekly show for called On the Radar. The show will offer viewers a look at the defense, intelligence and foreign affairs worlds through the lens of U.S. policy. The debut episode includes an interview with out-going secretary of defense Leon Panetta in Italy.

Authors Guild Criticizes Condé Nast Freelancer Contract (GalleyCat)
The Authors Guild issued an alert for members, criticizing Condé Nast's new boilerplate contract for freelancers. Condé Nast's new contract "acquires a free 12-month right to option dramatic and multimedia rights to articles appearing in its magazines."

Times Communications Executive Is Leaving (NYT / Media Decoder)
Robert Christie, senior vice president of corporate communications for The New York Times Company, is leaving the company and his position is being eliminated, the Times announced Wednesday.

Publishing Senior Executives Come to Grips with Post-Bookstore World (Digital Book World)
With the closure of Borders, shrinking library budgets and the pressure independent bookstores and Barnes & Noble are under due to the rise of eBooks and online book sales, bookstore and library shelf space has been shrinking markedly in the U.S. for several years. With less shelf space comes fewer opportunities for publishers to display their wares to consumers -- and publishers are starting to come to grips with that future.

Washington Post Mexico Bureau Chief Admits Plagiarizing Academic Journal in Panama Story (Washington City Paper / City Desk)
What is it with the Washington Post's bureau chiefs and lifting copy? Just months after the paper's India bureau chief admitted to paraphrasing quotes from an Indian magazine, William Booth, the Post's bureau chief for Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean, admitted Wednesday afternoon that a story the Post published Sunday contained plagiarized material. "I am so sorry for what I did," Booth said in a statement provided by the Post. "It was a very serious lapse."

Dave Karger on How Journalists Can Land TV Appearances (FishbowlNY)
Dave Karger made quite a splash when, after almost two decades at Entertainment Weekly, he went to work for Fandango as chief correspondent. Now that he's settled into the role, he tells Mediabistro what he's been working on lately and offers up some advice for print journos looking to transition to TV.

GQ Publishes Offensive 'Hottest Women' List (Yahoo! / Shine)
GQ just released their "100 Sexiest Women of the Millennium" issue featuring Beyoncé on the cover as "Miss Millennium." Flip through it and you'll find the obvious nods to Jessica Simpson, Kim Kardashian, and Katie Holmes. But this year, the lad mag has included some ethnic specific categories that have some people raising their eyebrows.

Winfrey, Frank Ocean Among GLAAD Award Nominees (Seattle Times / AP)
GLAAD has named the film Cloud Atlas, AMC's reality show Small Town Security, and The New Yorker magazine among its nominees for the 24th Annual GLAAD Media Awards. The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation announced on Wednesday 120 nominees in English-language categories and 33 nominees in Spanish-language categories.

Weekly World News -- Purveyor of UFOs, Mutants, Divorces -- to Erect a Paywall (The Wrap / Media Alley)
Elvis lives, mutants are taking over, UFOs are landing and Hillary Clinton is definitely divorcing Bill. But you're going to have to pay up to learn any more than that. Weekly World News -- the supermarket tabloid which once drew in readers at the check-out line with its flashy, if far-fetched, headlines -- plans to announce a paywall on Thursday, though it's unclear when the subscription requirement will go up.

Journalists Identify the Worst PR Jargon (PR Daily)
According to a report by twelve thirty eight, PR professionals are the worst at using buzzwords that have no real meaning. Each year, the firm surveys 500 journalists to find out which buzzwords, jargon, and terms PR pros use when working with them. The survey taps British reporters and editors from media outlets such as the BBC, The Telegraph, the Financial Times, the Daily Mail, and more.

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