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CNN Cancels GOP Debate After Romney And Paul Drop Out (Yahoo! News / The Ticket)
CNN canceled a Republican presidential primary debate scheduled for March 1 in Atlanta after Mitt Romney and Ron Paul said Thursday that they would not participate. TVNewser It is unlikely that all of the debates currently on the schedule will happen, even if multiple candidates hang on going into the Republican National Convention. The next slated debate is March 19, and it will be hosted by PBS. Politico / Dylan Byers CNN and the Arizona Republican Party will host all four leading contenders for the GOP nomination. That debate will be held in Mesa, Ariz. Feb. 22, and will be moderated by CNN's John King. CJR / The Swing States Project Although he launched his first run for president more than five years ago, Romney is still widely seen as an enigmatic figure.

MSNBC Parts Ways With Pat Buchanan (TVNewser)
MSNBC and longtime political analyst Pat Buchanan are parting ways. NYT / Media Decoder The circumstances of Buchanan's departure are unclear, but he has not appeared on the channel since October, when he began promoting his book, Suicide of a Superpower: Will America Survive to 2025?. THR Buchanan has been a lightning rod for some time. Remarks many considered racist and anti-Semitic made him a frequent target of interest groups including Color of Change and The Anti-Defamation League. The American Conservative / @TAC Buchanan: "After 10 enjoyable years, I am departing, after an incessant clamor from the left that to permit me continued access to the microphones of MSNBC would be an outrage against decency, and dangerous."

KFI's John & Ken Suspended For Whitney Houston Remarks (Orange County Register)
KFI/640 AM announced Thursday that it is suspending immediately talk hosts John Kobylt and Ken Chiampou "for making insensitive and inappropriate comments about the late Whitney Houston." During a recent show, the pair said Houston had been "cracked out for 20 years," according to audio on Urban Informer. After characterizing Houston as a "crack ho" multiple times, the pair said, "And then you find out she's dead -- it's like, 'Really? [It] took this long?'" TVNewser HLN host Nancy Grace appeared on Good Morning America Thursday morning, where she and ABC News legal analyst Dan Abrams argued about Grace's recent comments regarding the death of Houston. Multichannel News BET, Centric, and CNN Saturday will air live coverage of late pop music icon Houston's funeral. B&C Bounce TV said it plans to broadcast Houston's funeral in its entirety with no commercials Saturday. FishbowlNY The funeral is private, but WKRS/98.7 KISS FM is taking the unprecedented step to broadcast it live from the New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, N.J., beginning at noon. TVSpy WNYW reporter Antwan Lewis appeared live on Fox sister station WTXF Thursday morning, covering the New Jersey funeral of Houston, when a car collided with another vehicle directly behind him.

Reuters' U.S. News Push Signs On Yahoo!, AOL, (AdAge / MediaWorks)
Reuters introduced its general U.S. news service, Reuters America, in late 2010 with one client, Tribune. Now three major portals -- Yahoo!, AOL, and -- have signed on to Reuters' U.S. news push.

Murdoch Arrives In London To Quell Staff Backlash (Reuters)
Rupert Murdoch flew into London Thursday to address growing anger at his British newspaper business and seek to reassure journalists of his commitment to their work. NYT In his 60 years in the newspaper business, few moments can possibly have been as charged for Murdoch as the one he seems likely to confront Friday, when he is scheduled to visit the London headquarters of his British newspaper arm, News International, where reporters and editors are said to be in a state of civil war against Murdoch and his executives.

Anthony Shadid Dead: New York Times Correspondent Dies In Syria Of Apparent Asthma Attack At Age 43 (HuffPost / AP)
New York Times correspondent Anthony Shadid, a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner who strove to capture untold stories in Middle East conflicts from Libya to Iraq, died Thursday in eastern Syria after slipping into the country to report on the uprising against its president. HuffPost The sudden, heartbreaking death of Shadid prompted an outpouring of grief from his fellow journalists. / Obits A Times photographer, Tyler Hicks, carried Shadid's body from Syria into Turkey. Hicks told the paper that he and Shadid snuck into northern Syria from a mountainous border area in Turkey to report on the unrest there. NYT Shadid spent most of his professional life covering the region, as a reporter first with The Associated Press; then The Boston Globe; then with The Washington Post, for which he won Pulitzer Prizes in 2004 and 2010; and afterward with The New York Times. At his death, from what appeared to be an asthma attack, he was on assignment for the Times in Syria.

Tablet-Optimized Site Launches With Sponsor (minOnline) launched a tablet-specific destination. All aspects of the design have been optimized and retooled for a touch interface.

More Change For Forbes Media (Adweek)
There's been more fallout from the leadership change at Forbes Media as another longtime executive, Kevin Gentzel, has quietly left the company.

Jimmy Kimmel Lands Oprah For Oscars Special (FishbowlLA)
For years now, the most entertaining part of the Oscars has been Jimmy Kimmel's post-Academy Awards special. The ABC late-night talk-show host landed some serious star power for his seventh special Thursday, when the network announced that Oprah Winfrey would join Kimmel Feb. 26.

12 More Companies Upgrade Apps For Facebook Timeline (AllFacebook)
One-dozen media companies have just unveiled applications with open graph actions, to appear in the right-hand column of Facebook's timeline. TechCrunch The Daily Show, MSNBC, Buzzfeed, and The Huffington Post are launching Facebook open graph reader and video-watching apps. CNET Love 'em or hate 'em, Facebook's timeline apps seem to be here to stay.

CBS And Turner Flip The Pay Switch For March Madness Mobile Streaming (paidContent)
Streaming March Madness tournament games next month won't be as free and easy as it was last year, with broadcast partners CBS and Turner announcing a tiered plan featuring an authenticated paywall for PC viewing and a $3.99 premium charge for all mobile access. AdAge / MediaWorks Cable and satellite subscribers can "authenticate" themselves to get digital access without paying it. AllThingsD Games that CBS broadcasts, though, will still be available to anyone with a Web browser, through the network's own site. NY Post Up until last year, CBS aired regional coverage of the games and switched between concurrent games -- especially during the 32 games that aired the first Thursday and Friday of the tourney. Adweek RIP, MMOD.

The LA Times Tries To Differentiate Itself Through Award-Season Analysis With The Envelope (Nieman Journalism Lab)
For all of the pageantry, glamour, and prestige of award season, it can be rather ordinary -- even mundane -- particularly for the people and companies that cover the trail of celebrity. The pattern's familiar, from the late-fall buzz, to the Christmas prestige releases, to the nominations, and finally the awards themselves. So, if you're a news outlet that puts a lot of effort into entertainment, how do you shake things up?

Janice Min's Dismissive Remarks Anger LA Journos (FishbowlLA)
Wednesday we shared with you some juicy snippets of a Mediabistro interview with Janice Min, editorial director of The Hollywood Reporter, in which she said that Los Angeles was seriously lacking in talented journalists. "Hiring out here is hard," Min complained. "There is not a bench out here at all. You struggle to find enough working journalists out here to staff your publication and to even interview." Min's statements left many local journos rolling their eyes.

Demand Media Rides Out Storm, Improves Earnings (paidContent)
Demand Media appears to be weathering executive churn and a Google downgrade. On Thursday, it posted earnings that reflect growth in both its domain-name business and its sprawling group of Web properties. AllThingsD Demand Media, which has suffered from stock weakness and worries about its traffic and costs, beat Wall Street expectations in its fourth-quarter earnings report. LA Times The company -- with properties including Livestrong, eHow, and -- reported a $6.4 million loss on $84.4 million in revenue its fourth quarter, which ended Dec. 31. It posted a $1 million profit on $73.6 million in sales one year earlier.

XXL Staffers Suspended Over Offensive Video (FishbowlNY)
Some XXL staffers posted a video of rapper Too $hort advising young boys to sexually assault young girls.

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