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Barack Obama is Not Pleased: The President on His Enemies, the Media, and the Future of Football (New Republic)
As he sunk into his leather chair and began to answer our questions, he spoke in his characteristic languid pace, often allowing seconds to elapse between words. Although he hardly sounded angry, he voiced an impatience with Republicans and the media (and college football) that he once carefully reserved for private conversations. HuffPost Fresh off his second-term inauguration, President Barack Obama is far from blind to the influence that the press holds in shaping political debates. In an interview released Sunday with the New Republic's Franklin Foer and Chris Hughes, Obama labeled media as one of the "biggest factors" in upcoming conversations, scripting his ideal for how the relationship between the two forces should change. USA Today / The Oval "If a Republican member of Congress is not punished on Fox News or by Rush Limbaugh for working with a Democrat on a bill of common interest, then you'll see more of them doing it" Obama said. For example, the president said House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) wanted to do a major debt reduction deal in 2011, but couldn't for two reasons: His fellow House members were so conservative and, "he is vulnerable to attack for compromising Republican principles and working with Obama." MSNBC The president went on to warn of false equivalencies in how reporters cover the Beltway under the guise of impartiality and objectivity. While Democrats can also be culprits of partisan gridlock, Obama argued they could not be equally compared to the obstructionism seen on the right. “I think the difference is just that the more left-leaning media outlets recognize that compromise is not a dirty word,” he said. “And I think at least leaders like myself -- and I include Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi in this -- are willing to buck the more absolutist-wing elements in our party to try to get stuff done.” Politico / Dylan Byers on Media Obama also suggested that the media's obsession with confrontation presented a roadblock. "Some of [the institutional barriers] have to do with our media and what gets attention," he said. "Nobody gets on TV saying, 'I agree with my colleague from the other party.' People get on TV for calling each other names and saying the most outlandish things."

Super Bowl 2013: Auto Industry Using Sex, Comedy Teasers to Entice Ad Enthusiasts (
The Internet and social media have transformed the way companies advertise. A great example of this transformation is automakers and the Super Bowl. Automakers now release hoards of teaser videos and social media propaganda weeks, sometimes months, before the 30-second or so ad airs. USA Today There have been many sweet and funny highs -- as well as many cringe-inducing lows -- during the past 24 years of USA Today's Ad Meter, our real-time consumer ranking of Super Bowl commercials. Each year for nearly a quarter century, this publication has gathered hundreds of volunteers to watch and score ads in the big game, using handheld meters. With that data, USA Today ranks each year's ads from best to worst. MediaPost We "should expect ads that play on nostalgia and that are creative that will lead consumers wanting more. They should expect ads to be longer this year with more companies doing 60- to 90-second ads," says David E. Johnson, CEO of PR firm Strategic Vision. "Another thing they should expect is greater competition among advertisers to have the most creative ad and also ads and ad strategies designed to have greater consumer participation." WSJ Last year Gildan Activewear Inc., a Montreal-based T-shirt manufacturer, spent about $1 million on advertising in the U.S. On Sunday, it will spend nearly four times that amount for just one spot on television's biggest event -- the Super Bowl.

Stanley Karnow, Famed Vietnam Reporter and Pulitzer Prize-Winning Historian, Dies at 87 (Fox News / AP)
Pulitzer Prize-winning author and journalist Stanley Karnow has died at age 87. A son of the author, Michael Karnow, told The Associated Press that his father died in his sleep Sunday at his home in Potomac, Md. Stanley Karnow wrote the definitive book and television documentary about the Vietnam War and later won a Pulitzer for a history of the Philippines. USA Today Vietnam: A History was published in 1983 and coincided with a 13-part PBS documentary series. Like much of his work, Karnow's book combined historical research, firsthand observations and thorough reporting, including interviews with top officials on both sides of the war. Decades later, it remained read and taught alongside such classics as David Halberstam's The Best and the Brightest and Michael Herr's Dispatches. The Washington Post The New York-born Karnow launched his career as a foreign correspondent after setting sail for Europe on a coal freighter a week after graduating in 1947 from Harvard University. He subsequently became known for his distinguished coverage of the Vietnam War, first for Time magazine and later for news outlets that included the Saturday Evening Post, The Washington Post and NBC News.

Rupert Murdoch Throws Support Behind Piers Morgan (TVNewser)
It is well-known that before heading stateside, CNN host Piers Morgan made his name across the pond as the editor of London tabloid News of the World. The man that hired him there was an Australian media mogul named Rupert Murdoch. Morgan was recently in the news due to a White House petition that called for him to be deported as a result of his personal view on gun control. The White House nixed that idea, but Murdoch apparently thinks there should be a new petition. HuffPost Murdoch, who was Morgan's boss while he was an editor at the Daily Mirror, tweeted his support. "@rupertmurdoch Let's have petition to keep Piers Morgan in U.S. We need him, as does CNN." Though Murdoch's Fox News executives have reportedly made conscious decisions to the contrary, the News Corp. chief showed his support for gun control following the mass shootings in Aurora, Colo., and Newtown, Conn.

Newspapers Vie for Reality Show (NYT / Media Decoder)
Who knew that ink-stained newsmen and newswomen would be so eager to break into show business? In the 10 days after NBC put out a casting call for small-town newspapers to participate in a reality television show, the network received more than 150 responses from newspapers across the nation.

Bob Costas Talks Gun Control on Reliable Sources (TVNewser)
Just a few weeks before the awful shooting in Newtown, Conn., NBC Sports anchor Bob Costas dedicated his NFL halftime commentary to the issue of gun control. The impetus was the murder suicide of NFL player Jovan Belcher and his wife. On CNN's Reliable Sources Sunday morning, Costas talked to Howard Kurtz about those comments, in his first TV interview addressing his comments since the week the controversy erupted.

Global Media CEOs in High-Anxiety Mode (Variety)
Global media, like most players in business and finance, had a voice at the annual World Economic Forum in Davos -- and it sounded worried. It seems 75 percent of media CEOs around the world fret intensely about shifts in consumer behavior.

Sarah Palin Vows to Fight on Without Fox News Gig (Christian Science Monitor / DC Decoder)
The "lamestream media," as Sarah Palin calls it, may have written her off now that the former vice presidential candidate and tea party favorite has lost her principal media voice as a well-paid commentator on Fox News. But there's no indication that Palin will go back to life in Alaska as the former mayor of a small town and then governor for two years, fishing and hunting with her family before Sen. John McCain picked her out of relative political obscurity to be his running mate in 2008.

NBC Keeps Curry Taped Up (NY Post / Page Six)
Former Today show co-host Ann Curry is being further marginalized by NBC by not being allowed to appear live on the network, sources tell Page Six.

SiriusXM to Introduce Alternative Morning Program (NYT / Media Decoder)
In a quest to lure subscribers from free terrestrial radio, the pay satellite service SiriusXM is betting that some morning drive listeners want something other than straight news, partisan talk or local fluff, and it is backing a homegrown talent to develop the format.

Time Inc. Braces for Layoffs This Week (AllThingsD)
Here comes the news that Time Inc. employees have been dreading for months: Sources say the world's largest magazine publisher is expected to begin a significant round of layoffs this week.

SNL Ratings Steady with Adam Levine (Deadline Hollywood)
It almost doesn't matter who the host of Saturday Night Live is as the NBC late-night sketch show's ratings keep steady. Saturday's episode with host Adam Levine and musical guest Kendrick Lamar drew a 5.0/12 in the metered-market households and a 2.8/12 among adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with Local People Meters.

Make Babies, Urges Saucy Public Radio Campaign (NYT / Media Decoder)
Mention public radio to a teenager today and you might get an eye roll. Why listen to the radio when you can plug in to all things digital? But if those teenagers were born into a public radio-loving family, they might be persuaded to keep listening, even through their teenage years. At least that's the punch line for a new ad campaign from WBEZ, the Chicago public radio station, that begins on Friday.

Stephen King Publishes 99-Cent Kindle Single About Guns (GalleyCat)
Stephen King has published a 99-cent Kindle Single called Guns, a short essay about gun violence in America that "constructs his argument for what can and should be done." In the essay, King wrote frankly about Rage, a novel he released under the pen name Richard Bachman about a boy who takes a high school classroom hostage with a gun.

Oh, How Sports Journalism Has Changed (Bluefield Daily Telegraph / Brian Woodson)
Sometimes I have to wonder whatever became of sports journalism. My reasons for doing this job is because it wasn't supposed to be a job. What sports fanatic wouldn't want to get paid to write about sports. Unfortunately, sports journalism has changed in the 18 years I have been doing this. It isn't all fun and games like it used to be.

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