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8:20 PM ET, March 30, 2012

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Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
Current TV Dismisses Keith Olbermann  —  5:13 p.m. |  Updated Current TV said Friday afternoon that it had terminated the contract of its lead anchor, Keith Olbermann, scarcely a year after he was hired to reboot the fledgling channel in his progressive political image.
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Keith Olbermann / TwitLonger:
My full statement:  —  I'd like to apologize to my viewers and my staff for the failure of Current TV.  Editorially, Countdown had never been better.  But for more than a year I have been imploring Al Gore and Joel Hyatt to resolve our issues internally, while I've been not publicizing my complaints …
Current TV:
Open letter to the viewers of Current  —  To the Viewers of Current:  —  We created Current to give voice to those Americans who refuse to rely on corporate-controlled media and are seeking an authentic progressive outlet.  We are more committed to those goals today than ever before.
Jack Mirkinson / The Huffington Post:
Keith Olbermann Out At Current TV, Replaced By Eliot Spitzer
Discussion: Mixed Media and msnbc.com
Jeane MacIntosh / New York Post:
Soccer Mom madam and The Post  —  Anna Gristina, the notorious soccer mom madam, does have a relationship with someone at the New York Post.  It's me.  —  Gristina has been a source on several stories I've written at the paper, most notably on Page Six.  —  This week, the New York Observer published …
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Martin Dunn / Guardian:
New York's uneasy tabloid truce  —  When I edited the Daily News, a day hardly passed without a gloves-off scrap with our rival, the Post.  So what changed?  —  In the sad, cost-cutting world of New York City newspapers, the “war of words” has become the “bore of words”.
Jonathan Stempel / Thomson Reuters News …:
Unpaid bloggers' lawsuit vs Huffington Post tossed  —  AOL Inc on Friday won the dismissal of a lawsuit by unpaid bloggers who complained they were deprived of their fair share of the roughly $315 million that the company paid last March to buy The Huffington Post website.
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Jim Romenesko:
Huffington Post reacts to judge's ruling  —  The Huffington Post has reacted to a judge's ruling against unpaid bloggers who sued Arianna & Co. Here's the statement that HuffPo sent to media reporters:
Robert Mackey / The Lede:
Bloggers Cherry-Pick From Social Media to Cast Trayvon Martin as a Menace  —  For the second time in a week, a conservative blog has published excerpts from what it described as a Twitter feed maintained by Trayvon Martin, the Florida teenager who was shot and killed last month …
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Alicia Shepard / Poynter:
The iconic photos of Trayvon Martin & George Zimmerman & why you may not see the others
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Maxim Minimized.  Big Layoffs Hit Men's Mag Web and Editorial Staff  —  The Internet killed the magazine star.  There's been a major round of layoffs at Maxim magazine.  Senior Editor Seth Porges is at least one employee who got the axe, according to our sources and confirmed by a recent update …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Netflix Sharpens Focus On DVDs With DVD.com, But Don't Cry Qwikster.  (It's Staying)  —  Netflix has been making a few moves to separate its DVD business more from its streaming operation, and today brings news of the latest move in that direction: the company has bought the domain name DVD.com, the company has confirmed to us.
Alexa Kravitz / American Journalism Review:
Many political talk shows are hosted by non-journalists.  Is there a problem with that?  —  Should journalism experience be a requirement for hosting a political talk show?  MSNBC President Phil Griffin certainly doesn't think so.  His hires on the liberal-leaning network include non …
Discussion: The FJP
Maryclaire Dale / Associated Press:
Philly newspapers may trade hands Monday  —  PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Philadelphia's two largest newspapers could trade hands Monday for the fifth time in six years.  —  A group of powerful local businessmen is trying to close a deal to buy The Philadelphia Inquirer and Philadelphia Daily News.
Discussion: Philly.com
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Media Decoder:
Philadelphia Newspapers Set to Be Sold to Local Leaders
Jason Del Rey / AdAge:
March Madness Digital Viewing Generates $60 Million in Ad Sales for Turner, CBS  —  Total Doesn't Include Subscriptions for Mobile Access  —  It's not a revenue number that's going to convince many that a long-awaited reallocation of TV dollars to digital has arrived.
Discussion: Adweek and eMedia Vitals, Thanks:@delrey
Jim Romenesko:
City of Sanford backs off on threat to arrest reporters  —  On Wednesday, the City of Sanford issued a press release asking the media to “refrain from approaching, phoning or emailing city employees when they are in their roles as private citizens” and warning that “law enforcement officials …
Chris O'Shea / FishbowlNY:
Ex Goldman Sachs Exec Greg Smith Gets $1.5 Million Book Deal  —  Sorry to start your Friday out like this, but we've got to tell you: The rich do, in fact, get richer.  Greg Smith, the former Goldman Sachs executive who quit with a hilarious New York Times Op-Ed, is getting $1.5 million to write a memoir.
 
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Dan Levy / Bleacher Report:
Inside Media: On Breaking News, Sourcing, Credit & Scoops in Sports
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Mark Sweney / Guardian:
News International sues ‘News of the World Online’ website
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Media Matters and the other Fox effect
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:UK:
Welcome To paidContent Circa 2012
Discussion: Journalism.co.uk
Stuart Kemp / Hollywood Reporter:
BBC Fights Back in Spat With Rupert Murdoch's News Corp.
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Gallup:
Two-Thirds Worldwide Say Media Are Free in Their Countries
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