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GOP Candidates To Appear For Final Debate Before Super Tuesday (CNN.com / PressRoom)
On Wednesday, Republican presidential hopefuls will face off for the final debate before one-dozen states take to the polls on Super Tuesday. CNN anchor and chief national correspondent John King will moderate the two-hour debate, which will air live from 8 p.m.-10 p.m. ET from the Mesa Performing Arts Center in Mesa, Ariz. Mediaite Rupert Murdoch tweeted his approval of Republican hopeful Rick Santorum and his views Monday, saying, "From distance, Santorum doing great. Values really do count in America, and not sneered at as in parts of Europe. Win Michigan game over."

Former Pa. Governor Discusses Possible Involvement In Buying The Philadelphia Media Network (CBS Philly)
Former Gov. Ed Rendell talked with WPHT-AM Monday about his possible involvement in buying the Philadelphia Media Network, which includes The Philadelphia Inquirer and the Philadelphia Daily News. Philadelphia Daily News Rendell told the Daily News this weekend that he was done talking to the media about his plan to buy the Daily News, Inquirer, and Philly.com, but he's apparently made an exception for Buzz Bissinger.

Jeremy Lin Headline Slur Was 'Honest Mistake,' Fired ESPN Editor Anthony Federico Claims (NY Daily News)
The ESPN editor fired Sunday for using "chink in the armor" in a headline about Knicks phenom Jeremy Lin said the racial slur never crossed his mind -- and he was devastated when he realized his mistake. "This had nothing to do with me being cute or punny," Anthony Federico told the Daily News. "I'm so sorry that I offended people. I'm so sorry if I offended Jeremy." TheWrap.com / Media Alley ESPN also suspended anchor Max Bretos for 30 days after he used the same phrase on-air Wednesday while speaking with Knicks legend Walt Frazier. Bretos apologized on Twitter Saturday, posting, "Wanted 2 apologize 2 all those I have upset. Not done with any racial reference. Despite intention, phrase was inappropriate in this context." He followed that up with, "My wife is Asian, would never intentionally say anything to disrespect her and that community." Mashable On Monday morning, Lin joined Facebook as a member with a timeline-enabled profile.

Stephen Colbert Explains His Absence (Gawker)
Stephen Colbert used the opening of Monday night's Colbert Report to explain the sudden two-day absence of his show last week. It seems clear now that all the crazy rumors were, in fact, crazy, and that Stephen went home to attend to his 91-year-old mother. And it also seems that she's OK, which is great news for all of the members of Colbert Nation. Mediaite No, he said, the FCC did not stop filming because he was preparing to run for president. No, the Catholic Church did not pull some strings and have him taken off the air because he compared the Pope's mitre (Yeah, I know some things!) to a fancy prophylactic. And finally, no. Joan Rivers was wrong when she guessed Colbert might have taken some time off to carefully rearrange his face for spring.

Bethenny Frankel Discusses Her Upcoming Talk Show, Reveals Premiere Date (THR / The Live Feed)
Apparently, Bethenny Frankel is just a few months out from making her entre into daytime TV. While appearing on Bravo's Watch What Happens Live Monday, the star revealed what fans can look forward to on her upcoming daytime talk show and said it will begin airing on Fox TV stations Monday, June 11.

Internet Again Disrupted In Iran Ahead Of Election (Reuters)
Iranians faced a second and more extensive disruption of Internet access Monday, just one week after email and social networking sites were blocked, raising concerns about state censorship ahead of parliamentary elections.

Magic Johnson, P. Diddy To Gain Comcast Channel Berths (Multichannel News)
Entertainment moguls Sean "P. Diddy" Combs and Earvin "Magic" Johnson will receive Comcast's first two, new multicultural channel allotments. NYT Combs will unveil Tuesday his plans for a music-oriented cable channel called Revolt, a public relations agency managing the announcement said Monday. The channel may start by the end of the year.

Warner Cut Off Netflix To Profit From Whitney's Death? Not True (CNET)
The rumor mill turned out to be wrong this time. News that Warner Bros. yanked Netflix's streaming rights to Whitney Houston's hit movie, The Bodyguard, went viral a couple of days ago. The company's purported greedy goal was to make a "very large amount of money on the DVD sales" from "all the publicity after Whitney Houston's passing," according to Dan McDermott, the host of Web show Google Plus Week. However, in a blog post Monday, McDermott apologized and announced that both he and the Netflix representative who told him that information were completely wrong. AllThingsD That story about an evil Hollywood studio pulling The Bodyguard away from Netflix so it could sell more DVDs? Totally evil. Also, totally untrue. So says Netflix PR rep Steve Swasey. "Completely bogus," he says.

Nook 8GB Tablet Coming Feb. 22 To Better Compete With Kindle Fire (The Verge)
The Nook Tablet's biggest problem so far has been that it costs $50 more than Amazon's Kindle Fire while targeting the same budget-conscious Android tablet market. That's likely to change soon, however, as we've come across documentation showing a planned Feb. 22 launch for an 8-gigabyte Nook Tablet.

Jonathan Gold Is Leaving The L.A. Weekly (LA Weekly / Squid Ink)
Yes, it's true. The Weekly's longtime food critic, Jonathan Gold, has accepted a job with the Los Angeles Times. He'll be leaving here in a few weeks. TheWrap.com / Media Alley What this means for the Times' current restaurant critic, S. Irene Virbila (also known as Sherry), remains to be seen. One person close to the situation said that Virbila, who has been the paper's critic since 1994, would continue to write restaurant reviews. However, that was before the news of Gold's arrival was official.

Fox News' Liz Trotta Doubles Down On Statements About Rape In The Military (HuffPost)
Fox News pundit Liz Trotta responded to the barrage of criticism that was unleashed after she made a series of incendiary statements regarding rape in the military.

James O'Shea Calls Early Reporting On Chicago News Co-Op's Demise 'Sloppy' And 'Inaccurate' (Poynter / MediaWire)
Chicago News Cooperative is planning to suspend operations next Sunday, editor and CEO James O'Shea announced in a letter to readers Monday. Word of the Co-Op's fate spread Friday, beginning with a story in the Chicago Reader and leading to much speculation about the cause of the organization's financial troubles. "Early stories and Twitter posts on our problems were inaccurate," O'Shea writes. "The reporting was sloppy and simply reinforced in my mind the need for solidly reported, well-edited journalism, the kind that professional CNC journalists have been doing on our website and in The New York Times since November 2009." TheWrap.com / Media Alley O'Shea also explained why the CNC was suspending its operations. It failed to attract sufficient funding as compared to other nonprofit outfits like ProPublica or the Bay Citizen.

Roland Martin's On-Air Apology Gets Blessing From GLAAD (TheWrap.com)
Roland Martin, the CNN commentator who was suspended by the cable news outlet earlier this month for a pair of homophobic tweets he sent out during this year's Super Bowl, has received a thumbs-up from the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation for his on-air apology Sunday.

Over-The-Air TV Catches Second Wind, Aided By Web (WSJ)
It's cool to have rabbit ears again. Largely relegated to obscurity decades ago, old-fashioned television broadcasts -- over the airwaves, and not via cable or satellite -- are enjoying an unexpected revival in the digital era.

The New Haven Independent Reboots Its Comments Engine (Nieman Journalism Lab)
At 8:34 a.m. Monday, someone posting under the pseudonym "Hill" commented on a feature story published by the New Haven Independent about two city police officers walking a beat: "Great Job, That's what neighborhood policing is all about." And with that, the Independent's nearly two-week-long hiatus from reader comments came to an end.

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