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Pew: President Draws A Critical Crowd During Primaries (B&C)
The candidate whose media coverage during the Republican primary season has been the most negative is not Newt Gingrich or Rick Santorum or Mitt Romney: It's President Barack Obama. FishbowlDC A new study on potential Republican vice presidential picks says Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) received the most media coverage out of anyone else within the past month. HuffPost Richard Grenell, a former Bush administration official who joined the Romney campaign Thursday as national security and foreign policy spokesman, appears to have deleted more than 800 of his past tweets following scrutiny over numerous swipes aimed at the media, prominent Democratic women, and the Gingriches. Grenell also apparently took down his personal site, which featured writing on politics, foreign affairs, and the media.

TV Corrects Itself, Just Not On The Air (NYT)
After broadcasting an audio clip on the Today show about George Zimmerman last month that hit the trifecta of being misleading, incendiary, and dead-bang wrong, NBC News management took serious action: It fired the producer in charge and issued a statement apologizing for making it appear as if Zimmerman had made overtly racist statements. The only thing NBC didn't do was correct the report on the Today show. TVNewser Bill O'Reilly continues his examination of the media coverage of the Trayvon Martin case. Friday night, he began his show with the "battle of two network news divisions," ABC and NBC, "covering the story in completely different ways."

Keith Olbermann Returns To TV Talk On This Week (TVNewser)
Keith Olbermann made his return to TV political commentary on ABC's This Week Sunday morning. Scandals, of the Secret Service and GSA varieties, the "dog wars," the economy, and 2012 polling were just some of the topics of discussion. HuffPost This Week announced his appearance Thursday. The usually fiery host was a well-behaved guest Sunday.

Mike Wallace Memorial Set For May 1 (TVNewser)
CBS News is planning a memorial service for late 60 Minutes correspondent Mike Wallace. The service, open to family, friends, and colleagues, will be held Tuesday, May 1, at the Rose Hall in Time Warner Center.

Andrew Breitbart: Coroner's Probe May Wrap Up In Weeks (LA Times / L.A. Now)
The Los Angeles County coroner's office could close the books on conservative commentator and editor Andrew Breitbart's death within weeks, after concluding that he died of heart failure and hardening of the arteries.

Smith To Retire From WSJ After 30 Years (Talking Biz News)
Matt Murray, a deputy managing editor of The Wall Street Journal, sent out the following announcement to the staff late Thursday: "Randy Smith has decided to retire from The Wall Street Journal, after 30 years, some 10 beats, a Polk award, a piece of a Pulitzer prize, and a book."

WWD's New Media Writer (NY Observer)
The long-running media Memo Pad column at WWD has filled the empty space recently vacated by crack media reporter John Koblin as he decamped for Deadspin: We hear one Erik Maza of The Baltimore Sun will be replacing him.

Love Magazine Names Lulu Kennedy Editor At Large (WWD / Memo Pad)
Love magazine has named Lulu Kennedy, founder of the Fashion East initiative that supports emerging London-based designers, editor at large.

iPad Goes Tabloid With Enquirer Plus App (minOnline)
While People and Popular Science magazines remain among the top 10 highest-grossing periodical brands in the Apple iPad App Store entertainment section, a newcomer is hot on their heels at No. 15. American Media's National Enquirer has moved off the Web and the checkout rack to the iPad, and it will give rivals some stiff competition.

The Simpsons Creators Take Shot At Fox News While Wishing Fox TV Happy 25th Anniversary (Mediaite)
The creative team behind The Simpsons has not been shy about blasting corporate cousin Fox News over the years, and the silver anniversary of the Fox Television Network is no exception.

TV News Merger Moving Forward (Toledo Blade)
The sign is already there: "Toledo News Now." That's the slogan for the new combined newsroom product of WTOL-TV, channel 11, and WUPW-TV, channel 36, as part of the Federal Communications Commission-approved shared services agreement.

Cupcakes! Food Network Builds An Interactive Cookbook (paidContent)
Food Network's digital strategy has always been fairly straightforward: to supplement its cable TV content and promote its on-air talent. Consequently, its website, social media efforts, and mobile apps are all linked to its programming -- aggregating recipes, blogs, and video from its shows and celebrity chefs. But this week, Food Network deviated from that strategy.

Read Offline: Automatically Downloads Your News Whenever You Leave Home (TechCrunch), the newsreader app hatched in the New York Times' R&D lab and incubated at Betaworks, added a nifty feature to its new iPhone app, which gives readers instant access to their news offline -- whenever they leave the house.

How 'Breaking News' Broke The News (Slate)
Does "breaking news" have any meaning anymore?

Facebook Doubles Its Lobbying Ahead Of IPO (AllFacebook)
Facebook filed its first-quarter lobbying reports with the U.S. Senate Friday, and the numbers indicate that the social site is on pace for another record year, spending $650,000 so far in 2012. TechCrunch As shown through previous lobbying spends, each quarter, Facebook and Google continue to spend more and more on lobbying efforts in Washington, D.C. In the most recent disclosure reports filed in the U.S. Senate's lobbying database, both of the companies hit all-time highs in terms of lobbying dollars. AllFacebook Someone wrote a whole book dedicated to Facebook's initial public offering?

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