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CNN's T.J. Holmes On Covering Joplin, Mo.: 'You Are Not Trying To Be A Robot, You Report The Story As Any Human Being Would' (TVNewser)
CNN's T.J. Holmes is more familiar with the city of Joplin, Mo., than many other TV news correspondents. He lived there when he was fresh out of college and starting out in TV news at NBC affiliate KSNF. TVSpy: Brian Williams, in Joplin this week to cover the aftermath of Sunday's tornado, revisited the station where he got his start: CBS affiliate KOAM-TV. Business Insider / The Wire: It's the local news stories that are proving most heartbreaking. Mediaite: Fox Business host Eric Bolling really stepped in it Monday when, in the middle of a rant about a lack of leadership, he said that President Barack Obama was busy "chugging forties" in Ireland, instead of going to tornado-ravaged Missouri.

With A Final Taping, A Daytime Talk Era Ends (NYT / Media Decoder)
Before a hand-picked audience of boisterous fans, Oprah Winfrey taped the final hour of The Oprah Winfrey Show in Chicago Tuesday afternoon, effectively lowering the curtain on the nation's most popular daytime talk program. HuffPost: The second-to-last episode featured part two of the Farewell Surprise Spectacular that Oprah's producers cooked up for her. It was just as starry and sentimental as part one, with celebrities such as Will Smith, Jerry Seinfeld, Michael Jordan, Stevie Wonder, Maria Shriver, Alicia Keys, and Aretha Franklin toasting Oprah, and with emotional tributes to her support of education from some of the people she had given college scholarships to. Adweek: Wednesday's series finale will, no doubt, be colossal for CBS Television Distribution talker Oprah. Variety: OWN is planning six days of special programming to commemorate the end of Winfrey's long-running syndicated program, including -- at 4 p.m. ET Wednesday, the time of the final Oprah Winfrey Show -- an hour of nothing but a title card explaining that the net's employees have ditched work to watch the finale. NYT / Media Decoder: A week ago, with only a few more episodes of her show left to tape and to promote, Winfrey picked up the phone herself to call The New York Times for a scheduled interview. "Where will you be?" If you've been anywhere near a television over the past few days, you've likely seen that question posed in ads trumpeting Wednesday's final episode. Daily Beast: While fans of other celebrities just want to be near their idol, Oprah fans seem to pay homage to their idol by modeling their lives after Oprah's sage advice. Forbes / The Other Half: Publishers around the country are also voicing concern. According to Nielsen, Oprah's Book Club has contributed to the sale of 22 million copies of books in the past decade.

Satellites To Stars (NY Post)
A potential DirecTV-Dish Network tie-up would pose a serious challenge to broadcast and cable networks looking to wring higher fees from cable and satellite-TV providers to carry their programming, analysts said.

Did Someone Pay For The Leaked Sarah Palin Twitter Story? (FishbowlNY)
A big story broke on The Daily Caller Tuesday with a series of leaked Twitter direct messages from top Sarah Palin aide Rebecca Mansour mocking major political figures like Mitt Romney and even Palin's own daughter, Bristol Palin. But an intriguing part to this story is how the direct messages were leaked in the first place. Politico's Ben Smith wrote that he has been waiting for this story to break for a few months, as somebody tried to sell him the same emails last fall.

Maria Shriver's People Leaked Arnold Baby Story (TMZ)
The Arnold Schwarzenegger baby drama story was leaked to the media by Maria Shriver's own people…and they did it because Maria was so angry at Arnold, she wanted to do it herself.

Anderson Cooper Calls Tweeter A 'Moron' Over Photoshopped Photos (Gawker)
Anderson Cooper has been tweeting pictures from the tornado wreckage in Joplin, Mo. But then he took some time out to call another Twitter user a "moron." What got Andy's parka in a bunch?

Bryan Stow Coverage: The Times Decides Not To Publish A Photo Of The Beating Suspect (LA Times / Readers' Representative Journal)
The coverage of the near-fatal beating of San Francisco Giants fan Bryan Stow at Dodger Stadium has generated intense interest since March 31. On Sunday, the breaking news of the arrest of a suspect in that beating was posted, with updates, on the Los Angeles Times' website,

Scott Matthews Jumps From CNN To CNBC (TVNewser)
Nik Deogun, who took over as CNBC senior vice president on the departure of Jeremy Pink earlier this month, has announced his new senior leadership team.

CBS Raises The Retrans Bar (B&C)
Retransmission-consent and reverse compensation revenue could double over the next five years to $1 billion at CBS, chief financial officer Joe Ianiello told an industry conference Tuesday.

Bloomberg's Tyrangiel: Website Revamp Represents Best Bid For Influence (paidContent)
The remaking of into a more appealing news site for a general business professional and major brand advertisers is being fully rolled out Wednesday morning with a heavy dose of opinion.

Ed Rendell Says Fox News Lacks Credibility; Fox News Fires Back (TVNewser)
This week's New York magazine cover story on Fox News Channel was fodder on Monday night's Ed Show on MSNBC and now Fox News is firing back at Ed Schultz's guest on the show: former Gov. Ed Rendell, now an MSNBC analyst.

Judge Jackie Glass To Replace Nancy Grace On CTD's Swift Justice (B&C)
Judge Jackie Glass is replacing Nancy Grace on CBS Television Distribution's Swift Justice, and the show is moving production to Los Angeles, CTD confirmed Tuesday.

Associated Press Brings On Amex's Cluney As Director, U.S. Marketing (paidContent)
As more news services look to expand their audience in both consumers and clients, the Associated Press is turning to a veteran marketing hand to help maintain its profile.

HuffPost Senior Style Editor Anya Strzemien Is Departing For Jane Pratt's New Website (Business Insider / The Wire)
Jane Pratt's new website,, just snagged a big (and very chic get): Huffington Post senior style editor Anya Strzemien will become Pratt's deputy editor.

Jack Stuef, The Internet's Favorite Wonkette Editor, Bids The Site Adieu (Mediaite)
Jack Stuef, the Wonkette editor who rendered the intertubes a sputtering mess of indignation following the misfired jokes in his post about Trig Palin's birthday, has written a farewell post as he leaves the world of political blogging to try his hand at entering the much less toxic world of TV writing.

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