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The Onion‘s Twitter Feed Hijacked by Pro-Syria Hackers (The Wrap / Media Alley)
The Onion, America’s finest fake news organization, was the latest victim of cyber hacking on Monday when the Syrian Electronic Army took over its Twitter account to tweet a slew of anti-Israel messages. NYT / Bits A member of the Syrian Electronic Army who goes by the hacker handle “Th3 Pr0” told The New York Times that the group aimed at The Onion because of a recent Onion parody post, purportedly written by Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad, titled: “Hi, In The Past 2 Years, You Have Allowed Me To Kill 70,000 People.” “The Onion is a satire news organization and quite often is more trusted to reflect the news than the corporate media is known to,” Th3 Pr0 wrote in an email. The Onion Following Monday’s incident in which the Syrian Electronic Army hacked into the Onion‘s Twitter account, sources at America’s Finest News Source confirmed that its Twitter password has been changed to OnionMan77 in order to prevent any future cyber-attacks. “We have taken the necessary measures to ensure this kind of thing never happens again,” said Onion IT specialist Nick Abersold.

Howard Kurtz’s Bad Reporting About Jason Collins Cost Him A Lot of Money (Forbes / Mixed Media)
Contrary to appearances, Howard Kurtz didn’t lose his job at the Daily Beast over his boneheaded reporting about gay basketball star Jason Collins, or over his excessive extracurricular work. What he did lose was money — quite a lot of it.The Atlantic Wire So it turns out Kurtz wasn’t exactly fired by the Daily Beast just for his egregious Collins story — but Kurtz’s defense that his exit “was in the works for some time” still wasn’t pretty: Tina Brown had been “putting together a file” of excuses to fire him, and the big gay cover-up heard ’round the media world let her dump Kurtz and his quarter-million-dollar contract, quickly and affordably.

Scripps Q1 Revenue Down 3 Percent (B&C)
Scripps reported first quarter television station revenue of $96.9 million, down 2.7 percent from the same quarter last year. The 2013 numbers were up against $5.5 million of political and Super Bowl-related advertising in 2012. Increases in retransmission fees and digital and national advertising were not enough to offset declines in political and local advertising. TVSpy Local advertising revenue was down 4.9 percent to $53.7 million and national advertising revenue was up 4.6 percent to $26.9 million. Digital revenue increased 23% and retransmission revenue increased 35 percent compared to the year-ago quarter.

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‘They Stole It’: Dr. Phil Sues Gawker Over Manti Te’o Hoaxer Video (Deadline Hollywood)
Dr. Phil claims that Gawker caused his ratings to drop by lifting video from his show and he’s going after them for it. The copyright infringement suit is over the TV shrink’s interview with the man who says he fooled Heisman Trophy runner-up Manti Te’o into thinking he was his fake dead girlfriend.

Who Will Run Al Jazeera America? Who’s in, Who’s out, Who Passed (The Wrap / WaxWord)
One of the biggest jobs in media is a new position and a high-risk opportunity: running Al Jazeera America. The job running the Qatar-based network recently bought from Current TV has high visibility and no doubt a high salary attached. But it also bears the burden of building an audience in mainstream American with the name of a Middle Eastern brand unfamiliar to most U.S. viewers and probably off-putting to some. The Wrap has learned of several of the candidates that Al Jazeera has contacted for a job that needs to start ASAP for the network to get on the air and running this year, as is planned. TVNewser Current TV chief David Bohrman is said not to be in the running, while Steve Capus is said to be “skeptical.” One of the leading candidates, according to Waxman, is former CNN/U.S. chief Jonathan Klein.