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If You Pay For Cable, You're A Hostage Of Sports

In television, sports is where the money is. And whether or not they watch live sporting events, cable subscribers pay to subsidize that coverage, every month. ESPN now collects an average of $4.69 for every cable home –– four times more than any other network.
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TV News Shows Saw Romney Victory Coming, But Couldn't Quite Say It

The political press felt confident — dead certain, actually — that former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney would win the New Hampshire primary by a comfortable margin. Most polls closed state-wide by 7 p.m. — but as a smattering would not close until 8 p.m., no one reported the final verdicts.
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Don't Get Your Hopes Up Over This Political Coverage

Pundits, reporters and campaigns have put a lot of energy into setting expectations for the candidates' performances. But playing the expectations game doesn't always land you on top or, for that matter, anywhere at all.
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A New 'Morning' On CBS, But Will It Work?

CBS has revamped its morning show, which now has new hosts, a new set and a new focus: more hard news, less soft entertainment. TV critic David Bianculli says the new format works — as long as the network makes good on its news-oriented focus.
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Supreme Court To Consider FCC Indecency Case

In 2009, the court used administrative law to uphold the FCC's decision to fine Fox for broadcasting a live event in which the singer Cher used the F-word while accepting an award. The justices ducked the censorship issue, specifically reserving it for another day. That day has now come.
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News From CES: Some Ford Vehicles Will Give Drivers Voice Control Of NPR's App

The latest version of NPR's mobile news application can be controlled using your voice in some Ford vehicles.
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English Pub Serves Non-Alcoholic Beer To Dogs

A pub in Newcastle, England, is taking its pet-friendly policy to new levels. It is serving dogs beer. The special brew is made of malt, hops and meat extract — it's non-alcoholic
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The News Tip: Some Of Us Are Just Political Visitors

With election season in full swing now, the sheer amount of media coverage can be daunting to anyone trying to follow the races. While political reporters are down in the trenches, they can lose sight of those who are not full-time residents of the land of political obsession.
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NFL To Kick Off Exciting Playoff Weekend

The NFL kicks off an exciting weekend of games Saturday when it starts its playoffs. Meanwhile, there's big news in the sport that most of the rest of the world calls football. Fox television is making a major play to air more soccer games in this country, including an English Premier League game before the Super Bowl. Sportswriter Stefan Fatsis talks with Robert Siegel about the news in both kinds of football.

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