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Right-Wing Radio’s Win on Cantor (Politico)
Dave Brat didn’t have much money, staff or name recognition — but he did have Laura Ingraham. In the weeks leading up to Tuesday’s primary, the conservative talk radio host did more to raise Brat’s profile in his Virginia district than his own campaign could ever have done with its paltry budget and paid staff of two, political experts in the state and Washington said Wednesday. TVNewser Cable news networks went into overdrive with the stunning news Tuesday night. At 8:06 p.m. MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow interrupted Chris Hayes‘ show, which had been pre-recorded. Maddow called it “a shocking development in American politics.” (Hayes returned live at 8:38 p.m.). CNN’s Anderson Cooper called the race at 8:11 p.m. and FNC’s Trace Gallagher broke into The O’Reilly Factor at 8:14 p.m. ET, before Bret Baier and Megyn Kelly picked up coverage and filled out the 8 p.m. ET hour. NYT Few people did more than Ingraham to propel Brat, a 49-year-old economics professor who has never held elected office before, from obscurity to national conservative hero, defeating house majority leader Eric Cantor in the Republican primary held Tuesday night. And few stories better illustrate how his out-of-nowhere victory was due in large part to a unique and potent alignment of influential voices in conservative media. New York Daily News / Mouth of The Potomac Ingraham likened a rally she held for Brat to what she saw in 2008 when freshman senator Barack Obama was campaigning in the Iowa caucuses. She left Iowa knowing Obama would win. “The national media totally missed this,” said Ingraham, a nervy and entertaining conservative, noting how little coverage the rally got, mostly via the local NBC station and a conservative website. TVNewser Nearly 4 million people tuned into one of the cable news networks during the 8 p.m. ET hour Tuesday night as news broke that Cantor had been defeated in his Virginia primary race. As usual, Fox News led the way in both ratings metrics, averaging 2,794,000 total viewers and 485,000 adult 25-54 viewers in the 8 p.m. hour.

RTDNA Announces 2014 Edward R. Murrow Award Recipients (FishbowlDC)
The Radio Television Digital News Association Wednesday announced the winners of the 2014 National Edward R. Murrow Awards, recognizing the best reporting by radio, television and online news organizations. For the second consecutive year, The Washington Post received the Overall Excellence Award in the large online news organization division as well as a Feature Reporting award. TVNewser With eight overall awards, CBS News led the way in the Murrow Awards. The Overall Excellence Award in network television, which last year went to Vancouver, BC’s Global News, was awarded to ABC News. CBS Evening News With Scott Pelley won best newscast, feature reporting and writing. 60 Minutes won best investigative reporting for its “lethal medicine” report, which examined a steroid that spurred a deadly outbreak of meningitis. TVSpy In local news, Boston ABC affiliate WCVB and Knoxville NBC affiliate WBIR were the winners of this year’s awards for overall excellence. Hearst’s WCVB won in the large market category and Gannett’s WBIR won in the small market category.

Paula Deen to Launch Subscription-Based Digital Network (FishbowlNY)
Paula Deen will launch a subscription-based digital network in September, featuring content based on her Food Network show. New York Post Paula Deen Ventures, a new company formed to help launch a comeback for Deen, announced plans Wednesday for the creation of the Paula Deen Network. The paid subscription-based network will be accessible by computer, smartphone or tablet. Variety The subscription fee for the Paula Deen Network has not been determined yet. Deen has 1.25 million followers on Twitter, but it’s not clear how much of her fanbase will pay to watch her on the Internet. Content on her website is to include cooking segments shot in a new studio near her Savannah, Ga., home, in front of an audience. THR Fans can sign up now to receive updates at, with early registration beginning in July. After Deen revealed in a deposition that she previously used the N-word, Food Network declined to renew her contract when it expired last June. Despite her repeated apologies, Deen’s admission created a media firestorm and led to the crumbling of her business empire, with many companies cutting ties with the chef: Walmart, Home Depot, Sears and Target all ended their relationships with her.