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Media Notes

USA TODAY's Rem Rieder wrote ESPN's Tony Kornheiser is "on to something with his suggestion that TV newscasts 'steal' an idea from 'PTI' and employ fact-checkers to call them out on their mistakes ... on air and in real time." Kornheiser on Sunday "issued the challenge to his more serious TV colleagues" during a segment of CNN's "Reliable Sources" "showcasing PTI's very own fact-checker, Tony Reali." TV news has been "a laggard when it comes to setting the record straight," and the idea of "pointing out the mistakes on the program where they took place is perfect for the digital age" (USA TODAY, 9/25).

THREE IS THE MAGIC NUMBER: NBC Sports Group is launching an NFL-themed show across its RSNs next week. The 30-minute "3 and Out" debuts Tuesday and is described as an analysis-and-debate program that discusses three storylines for the upcoming week. NBC will use analysts that already are on-air at the RSNs they operate. CSN Houston's Kelli Johnson, CSN Mid-Atlantic's Brian Mitchell, CSN New England's Mike Felger and CSN Bay Area's Ray Ratto will be regular guests (John Ourand, Staff Writer).

: In Las Vegas, Ron Kantowski writes, "There is much to like in 'Flat Out,' the new AOL docu-series that focuses on Dylan Kwasniewski, the 18-year-old NASCAR phenom from Las Vegas" who recently moved to Charlotte "to accelerate his career." There are 10 episodes, "but each lasts only a tightly edited seven minutes." The "most compelling" installment is Episode 4, in which Kwasniewski "discusses the death of his father," former Hard Rock Hotel President & CEO Randy Kwasniewski (LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL, 9/25).

LOVE IT LIVE: PepsiCo CMO/Global Consumer Engagement Frank Cooper yesterday at the Advertising Week 2013 conference in N.Y. said that a "major reason for the growing interest in sports is the widespread belief that as programming, sports events are 'DVR-proof' because they are almost always watched live." In N.Y., Stuart Elliott reports Twitter Dir of Promoted Content & Sponsorships Glenn Brown "described how marketers associating themselves with live sports events ought to be 'ready for the unexpected' like the brief blackout during Super Bowl XLVII" (N.Y. TIMES, 9/25).