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Fox News Leads Cable News Nets' Nielsen Tallies With Coverage Of Ala., Miss. Primaries (Multichannel News)
On a big night for Rick Santorum's GOP presidential campaign, Fox News Channel was the cable news network Nielsen winner with its coverage of the results in the Alabama and Mississippi primaries. TVNewser As primary nights go, the Mississippi, Alabama, and Hawaii contests were probably the least-covered weekday GOP face-offs so far on the cable networks. Mediaite Where there's a primary, there's media coverage of said primary. And where there's important media coverage, Jon Stewart is there to point out just how ridiculous it is. CJR / The Swing States Project Campaign reporting can be terrible. Here's how to make it better.

The Assad Emails (Guardian)
A cache of emails obtained by The Guardian shows the private correspondence of Syria's president Bashar al-Assad and his wife, Asma, throwing light on their preoccupations as the country slides into civil war. TVNewser Two U.S. networks, CNN and ABC News, are mentioned in the Assad emails. Guardian Twitter closed down a string of accounts purporting to be authored by the Syrian president and the first lady, emails reveal. Business Insider / Military & Defense As he couldn't get iTunes in Syria, al-Assad's iTunes account was registered to an address in New York. Emails between iTunes and Assad show an unusual side of the Syrian strongman, with artists downloaded including Chris Brown, Blake Shelton, LMFAO, Leona Lewis, and New Order.

Cyber-Attack On BBC Leads To Suspicion Of Iran's Involvement (BBC)
A "sophisticated cyber-attack" on the BBC has been linked to Iran's efforts to disrupt the BBC Persian Service.

Bloomberg News Fires William Ahearn (JimRomenesko.com)
Multiple tipsters report that Bloomberg News has fired finance team editor William Ahearn.

New York Times Names SmartMoney.com Founder Marc Frons Its Chief Information Officer (Capital New York)
The New York Times Co. named Marc Frons its chief information officer. Frons previously served as the Times Media Group's chief technology officer of digital operations. But he also has some pretty solid stripes as a journalist on his résumé.

Group Publisher Diane Newman Out At American Media (Adweek)
Diane Newman, who had people buzzing over her weeks-long absence from tabloid and fitness publisher American Media, has now left the company.

NAMIC Names Nicol Turner-Lee New CEO (Multichannel News)
The National Association for Multi-Ethnicity in Communications has tapped diversity advocate Nicol Turner-Lee as its new president and CEO.

17 Extravagant Ways Big Brands Promoted Themselves At SXSW (Business Insider / Silicon Alley Insider)
South By Southwest isn't only a great platform for startups. Brands that want to interact with tech influencers made themselves present in big ways around Austin. From pop-up skate parks to hosting a live Jay-Z concert, here's how brands went big at SXSW. Mashable South By Southwest Interactive officially drew to a close Tuesday with the 15th Annual Interactive Awards. The awards honored not only well-known sites and services from the past year, such as Pinterest and Storify, but also highlighted sites, services, and apps that you may have never heard of.

Greg Smith's Goldman Sachs Resignation Letter Was 'Vetted' By New York Times (HuffPost)
Goldman Sachs executive director Greg Smith quit his job Wednesday in the most public way possible -- on the op-ed page of The New York Times. In a blistering takedown of his now-former employer, Smith wrote that the environment at Goldman Sachs "is as toxic and destructive as I have ever seen it." Andy Rosenthal, the Times' editorial page editor, told The Huffington Post in an email that Smith "contacted us" about writing the piece. NYT / Media Decoder Leave it to Stephen Colbert to rename Smith, the Goldman Sachs investment banker who very publicly resigned on Wednesday and explained why in a New York Times op-ed. He is "Banker-dict Arnold," the Comedy Central satirist declared on his show Wednesday night, riffing on Benedict Arnold, the Revolutionary War general who defected to the British Army and whose name became synonymous with betrayal. Yahoo! News / The Cutline Not surprisingly, Smith's op-ed has sparked a lively discussion on social media, and -- within hours -- inspired a pitch-perfect Star Wars parody: "Why I Am Leaving the Empire, by Darth Vader." NY Post Not on my watch. Lloyd Blankfein came out swinging Wednesday, strenuously defending Goldman Sachs' reputation against charges by a London-based employee that the investment bank put its own interests ahead of those of its clients. AdAge Goldman Sachs' new PR chief and managing director, Richard Siewert, most likely decided to skip new-employee orientation after he read The New York Times Wednesday morning. Daily Beast Smith's disillusionment-filled resignation, delivered as a Times op-ed, has hurt the bank's reputation -- and its bottom line. But why is it so surprising that in an industry now so reviled, standards have declined? Daily Beast A Goldman Sachs executive quit in a highly viewed New York Times op-ed Wednesday, moaning that the investment bank has lost its "spirit of humanity." Tunku Varadarajan asks, did Smith just wake up from a fairyland?

Rush Limbaugh Scandal Leaves Radio Execs, Advertisers On Edge (TheWrap.com)
Rush Limbaugh's attack on Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke and the subsequent fallout has shaken up the lucrative industry of conservative talk radio, with senior radio executives concerned about its future.

Witness Intimidation Cited In British Hacking Scandal (NYT)
In what could prove to be one of the most damaging chapters yet in the scandal enveloping Rupert Murdoch's tabloid newspapers in Britain, Scotland Yard arrested a former chief reporter for News of the World Wednesday on suspicion of intimidating a witness, the first time the police have raised the specter of witness tampering in the course of their investigations. HuffPost James Murdoch has written to a key parliamentary committee expressing "great and real regret" over the phone-hacking scandal while maintaining his innocence in the affair.

Freedom Communications Explores Sale Of More Newspapers (WSJ)
Freedom Communications is exploring the sale of most of its 24 daily newspapers in what would be the latest step toward dismantling the onetime newspaper-and-television powerhouse.

HBO Ceases Production Of Luck (B&C)
HBO halted production on drama series Luck after a third horse was injured and had to be euthanized during filming of the series' second season. TheWrap.com In canceling its hobbled race-track drama Luck Wednesday, HBO contained a scandal that threatened to not only overtake one of its most high-profile shows, but tarnish a brand it has spent decades building. THR / Bastard Machine But to claim HBO was quick to pull the plug after the third horse died because the ratings for Luck were meager -- and that it conversely would have kept a hit show like Game of Thrones on the air despite such deaths -- is to ignore the HBO business model. It doesn't rely on ratings. It relies on subscriptions. And what fuels people to want HBO is a desire to be in on the conversation when discussing some of the best shows on television. paidContent HBO's luck may have run out Wednesday on its big Dustin Hoffman-led horse-racing drama, but it remains full speed ahead for the pay cable network's online distribution platform, HBO Go. ReadWriteWeb The newspapers in Chile show a young college student in T-shirt and khakis being led away from his college campus in handcuffs by police officers. And now, all over Latin America, the story appears to be the long arm of HBO -- which the newspapers have to remind their readers is an American cable TV film producer -- reaching into their young people's dormitories and extracting suspected pirates. Is anyone safe, some publications portray, from the tentacles of American content providers?

Time Style & Design Returns (WWD / Memo Pad)
After a long hibernation, Time Style & Design has returned. The fashion spinoff of Time magazine stopped publishing in September 2009, when advertising was hard to come by, but publisher Kim Kelleher said the title is ready for a comeback.

For The First Time In 105 Years, Yachting Has A Female EIC (FishbowlNY)
Yachting has been around for more than 100 years, but has never had a woman overseeing editorial. Mary South, previously the magazine's deputy editor, is breaking that streak. She has been named Yachting's first female editor-in-chief.

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