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Newt Gingrich Targets 'Elite Media' (Again) In S.C. Victory Speech (Mediaite)
After a surprisingly resounding win in South Carolina, Newt Gingrich made a victory speech that thanked his supporters while blasting the usual suspects. Those suspects included: President Barack Obama, "the most effective food-stamp president in history"; the media the "elites in New York and Washington"; and radicals in San Francisco. TVNewser: At 7 p.m. ET Saturday, as the polls in South Carolina closed, Fox News and MSNBC returned from a commercial break and made the call that Gingrich had won the primary there. On CNN, no call was made despite exit polls showing Gingrich in the lead. CNN / PressRoom: CNN's Wolf Blitzer explained the importance of waiting for official poll results before projecting a winner. Minutes after he said this, CNN was able to project that Gingrich won the South Carolina primary. / Media Alley: Did CNN's John King swing the South Carolina primary to Gingrich? That's what several Fox News analysts said Saturday, including former presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, who said Gingrich should take King out to a steak dinner for his tough questioning during Thursday night's debate. Mediaite: During CNN's election coverage of the South Carolina primary results, Wolf Blitzer "corrected" Piers Morgan for saying that fellow network colleague King "attacked" Gingrich when he asked the former Speaker of the House about the "open marriage" controversy. TVNewser: Saturday morning during an appearance on Fox & Friends, Gingrich didn't think the anchors were being either fair or balanced, saying to Dave Briggs: "Romney's released zero and you're asking me to take seriously a challenge about openness from Romney? Come on, even in the news media you should have some sense of balance. Isn't fair and balanced part of the Fox News mantra?" TVNewser: Someone sent out a fake CNN Breaking News alert early Thursday morning claiming that Gingrich pressured his ex-wife to have an abortion. TVNewser: While it began with fireworks, Thursday night's GOP debate on CNN did not go out with a bang, drawing 400,000-plus fewer viewers than Monday's debate on Fox News. Yahoo! News / The Cutline: The Republican primary debate in Charleston, S.C., Thursday night was a slugfest, with Gingrich leading the ballgame with a home run off CNN starter King, who tried to slip an "open marriage" fastball by the former House Speaker. That is, if you were to borrow a baseball analogy -- which the media has been all-too-eager to do lately. AllFacebook: Gingrich kicked off CNN's Southern Republican debate with a tirade against the media, and the passion didn't let up on stage or on Facebook, with posts going up at a rate of one every 10 seconds during the debate's peak. Yahoo! News / The Cutline: Stephen Colbert stopped by the Morning Joe set at the Mills Hotel in Charleston Friday to promote his afternoon rally with Herman Cain. And for a few brief moments, Colbert broke character while discussing the 2012 Republican race -- and the fact that voters in South Carolina are not allowed to submit write-ins in the primary. TVNewser: Univision, along with the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, has scheduled a "Meet the Candidates" event in Miami Jan. 25, with Gingrich and Rick Santorum committed to attend. The network said it extended invitations to all of the candidates. FishbowlDC: The Washington Post took a hard look at three voters in South Carolina ahead of the state's primary to see how someone on the right, left, and relative middle might use media to inform their views. HuffPost: The Mitt Romney campaign, renowned for its discipline and rigorous advance planning operation, has rankled some in the press corps after a handful of travel and access snafus in recent days. Inside Facebook: Gingrich got a boost in new Facebook likes since Rick Perry endorsed him Thursday, according to our Inside Facebook Election Tracker. AllFacebook: Despite two average debate performances in South Carolina and news that he actually lost the Iowa caucus, Romney is surpassing the other Republican presidential hopefuls in every other Facebook metric, from user interactions to overall fan growth and user engagement. CJR / Campaign Desk: On most days, you will find Will Folks, aka "Sic Willie" -- South Carolina's blogger provocateur, the prolific force behind and that Nikki Haley story -- where you'd least expect him: in a nice home on a quiet, well-kept street in Columbia, the state capital. AdAge / Campaign Trail: Endorse Liberty, a Super PAC backing Texas Rep. Ron Paul, has made it its mission to focus almost solely on Internet advertising. And while it's had success so far, it's now brushing up the limits of an all-digital effort.

How False Reports Of Joe Paterno's Death Spread And Were Debunked (Poynter / MediaWire)
News spread quickly Saturday evening that former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno had died. Except, he hadn't. Here is an account of how it happened. CBS Sports apologized for reporting Saturday that Paterno had died, saying it had fallen "well short" of its own journalistic standards. Paterno's family had quickly denied the report, but not before it was tweeted or reported by a slew of other media outlets, all of which raced to update their initial reports after the denial. Onward State: In a release made by his family to The Associated Press Sunday morning, Joe Paterno's death was confirmed. He was 85. Associated Press: Paterno family: "It is with great sadness that we announce that Joe Paterno passed away earlier today. His loss leaves a void in our lives that will never be filled."

WaPo Managing Editor Moves Back To WSJ (FishbowlNY)
Raju Narisetti has departed The Washington Post and rejoined The Wall Street Journal. He will be the managing editor of The Wall Street Journal Digital Network, which includes,, and MarketWatch. NYT / Media Decoder: Narisetti will also become a deputy managing editor of the Journal, and will report to Alan Murray, deputy managing editor and executive editor, online, according to the announcement. paidContent: The reverb from Kevin Delaney's departure from The Wall Street Journal for Atlantic Media Group just hit D.C.

Reuters Hires Grover From Bloomberg Businessweek (Talking Biz News)
Ronald Grover, the longtime Los Angeles media reporter for Bloomberg Businessweek, has resigned to accept a position with Reuters. Grover, a veteran media and entertainment reporter for Bloomberg Businessweek, has jumped ship to become the new chief of Reuters' Los Angeles bureau.

Matt McAllester Leaves Newsweek For Time (Adweek)
There's been another major defection from Newsweek and The Daily Beast. Matt McAllester, the Pulitzer Prize-winning war correspondent who joined Tina Brown's NewsBeast in October as a senior editor, is jumping to rival Time magazine effective Jan. 30.

Kevin Keeshan Named Ombudsman For NBC-Owned Stations (TVNewser)
NBC News announced a new addition to the standards and practices department: Kevin Keeshan was named ombudsman for the 10 NBC owned-and-operated stations. TVSpy: After 11 years as the news director at San Francisco ABC O&O KGO, Keeshan has left the station.

First Ratings For CBS This Morning Highlight Steep Challenges Ahead (NYT / Media Decoder)
The ratings for the first week of CBS This Morning, which were released Friday, gave CBS reasons for optimism -- but they also reiterated the cliff-like, uphill climb that the network is facing.

Yahoo! Firings Will Be 'Across The Board' (Business Insider / Silicon Alley Insider)
Yahoo! layoffs will be "across the board," a source briefed on new CEO Scott Thompson's cost-cutting plans tells us. Street Fight: We could have further changes at Yahoo! in the next few weeks. And what I'd like to know is this: What is Yahoo!'s street fight strategy?

Super Bowl XLVI Gets A Social Media Command Center (Mashable)
Super Bowl XLVI host city Indianapolis has concocted a new way to deal with the madness that comes with managing the world's biggest annual sporting event. The solution? The Super Bowl's first-ever social media command center. Mashable: The Super Bowl isn't just a huge event for the players, coaches, and fans involved. It's also make-or-break time for the television advertisers who pay a premium for the right to reach an audience of more than 100 million rapt viewers. But exactly who will these advertisers target? And what will they spend to do it? LA Times / Company Town: Within days, Kia Motors USA will begin touting its Super Bowl commercial on big screens.

Fox's Eric Shanks Talks About Net Airing First Live EPL Game On U.S. Broadcast Television (SportsBusiness Daily)
Fox will air the first live English Premier League game on U.S. broadcast television Sunday when Manchester United visits Arsenal at Emirates Stadium. Fox will begin coverage at 10:30 a.m. ET with a pregame show featuring Rob Stone, Eric Wynalda, and Piers Morgan. TVNewser: CNN host Morgan is joining Fox…as a soccer analyst.

Jobs' Seat On Disney Board Not To Be Filled By Widow Or Trust (CNET)
Neither Steve Jobs' widow nor a representative of his trust will be on the ballot when Disney shareholders meet in March to vote on re-electing the company's board of directors. WSJ: Disney CEO Robert Iger received compensation valued at $31.4 million for 2011, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Time Warner Cable Brings Live TV To iPhone (Multichannel News)
Time Warner Cable launched a version of its TWC TV app for iPhone and iPod touch devices for watching live TV over a wireless home network -- although Viacom's networks remain absent from the nearly 200 channels in the lineup. TechCrunch: With the new app, users can browse the TV guide, favorite channels, and search for programs by title or episode name.

BuzzFeed Makes Another Splashy Hire, This One From Rolling Stone (NYT / Media Decoder)
BuzzFeed, the social website that made a splash last month by hiring blogger Ben Smith away from Politico, signaled its expansion plans Friday by announcing that it has hired Doree Shafrir of Rolling Stone to oversee culture coverage. NY Observer: senior editor Shafrir has been named executive editor of BuzzFeed. Adweek: This marks the second big departure this week for Wenner Media, which lost Men's Journal publisher Michael Wolfe to The Week.

Guardian US Taps Naomi Wolf As Weekly Columnist (FishbowlNY)
Naomi Wolf, author of The Beauty Myth, is joining the Guardian US website, Comment Is Free.

Netflix Seeks New Chief Marketing Officer (AdAge / MediaWorks)
Its image battered, both among its users and on Wall Street, Netflix said late Friday that it is starting a search for a new chief marketing officer. B&C: Following widespread consumer complaints about a price hike last year that hurt subscriber counts, Netflix CMO Leslie Kilgore has stepped down. Multichannel News: Netflix announced Friday that Kilgore -- its CMO for 12 years -- will no longer serve as CMO but will join the company's board as a non-executive director. The movie-rental company said Jessie Becker, previously vice president of marketing, will serve as interim CMO while it searches for a permanent replacement. Netflix also elevated Jonathan Friedland, previously VP of global corporate communications, to the position of chief communications officer. GigaOM / NewTeeVee: While Netflix might have moved too quickly to separate streaming from its DVD business, the real issue is that the company mismanaged communications with its customer base, which, up until recently, had been pretty loyal to the company. paidContent: In a move that seems designed to shore up confidence in its communications skills following the Qwikster and price-hike debacles, longtime Netflix marketing chief Kilgore is moving to the board. Wired / Epicenter: It's clever to announce management changes, or any potentially troubling news, late on a Friday afternoon. Everybody inside the company comes back the next week ready to start new, and hardly anybody outside the company pays any attention.

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