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Archives: May 2007

Morning Reading List, 05.31.07

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  • An ABC release announced, “For the fifth consecutive week, ABC’s ‘World News with Charles Gibson’ was the #1 evening newscast among Total Viewers, Households and Adults 25-54. The last time that ABC won five straight weeks in these categories was more than ten years ago in October 1996.” “World News” also won the May sweep among Total Viewers, Households and Adults 25-54, marking the broadcast’s second consecutive sweeps win. “The last time the broadcast won back-to-back sweeps among both Total Viewers and the demo was eleven years ago in 1996 (February and May).”

  • Dodd, Richardson Decline CBC/Fox Debate

  • An NBC release announced “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams” was “the most watched network evening newscast during the 2006/2007 television season.” From September 18, 2006-May 25, 2007, the NBC program averaged 8.834 million total viewers, 2% more than ABC “World News” and 23% more than CBS “Evening News”. The show “has now been the top-rated network evening newscast for 11 straight seasons.”

  • According to the New York Observer, “Carl Bernstein’s new biography of Hillary demanded reviewers who are married, like the Clintons, but … there is nobody else married like the Clintons.” Check out Chris Lehmann and Ana Marie Cox’s review of the book.

  • CNN’s Jim Walton sent a note to the staff thanking those who contributed to the Memorial Day weekend promotion of the Fisher House Foundation. “Preliminary figures show that the miles contributed and the matching miles from Fisher House’s airline partners has equated to more than 8,000 flights for service personnel and their families. My sincere appreciation and congratulations to all of those on-air, online and behind the scenes who made this special event happen as part of our continuing efforts to raise awareness of Fisher House.”

  • The AP reports, “The parent of MySpace is buying the media-sharing site Photobucket for about $300 million, bringing together two of the Internet’s most popular hangouts. The deal announced Wednesday will give MySpace and sister sites under News Corp.’s Fox Interactive Media access to Photobucket Inc.’s photo and video technologies, while Photobucket gets Fox’s resources to accelerate development of its tools.”

  • Dave Fay, “who has been with The Times since its inception in 1982 and has covered the Caps for more than two decades,” was named the winner of the Elmer Ferguson Award for hockey journalism, “earning him a place in the Hockey Hall of Fame.”

  • The AP reports, “USA Today, which is published by Gannett Co., said Tuesday it signed licenses with six U.S. book publishers to extend its brand. The agreements will include books on various subjects branded with USA Today and featuring graphics and content from the country’s biggest paper by circulation.”

  • “Ever since President Bush’s January 10 speech announcing the “surge” option in Iraq, the Washington-based debate over U.S . war policy has been the biggest story in the news, according to PEJ’s weekly News Coverage Index.”

  • From a reader: “i think that if this stokke character really wanted to be left alone, she would not have cooperated with a washington post story. certainly, if she had refused to cooperate on the grounds that she wants less attention, not more, the post would not have done the story.”

  • From another reader: “The Post story on the 18-year-old pole vaulter was ridiculous, a bit of a non-story. And it was NOT A-1 material–literally. Why is that an A-1 story? Pop culture, trend, internet, zeitgeist, privacy, information spreading fast, etc., etc., etc.? Yawn. Old story. Non-news. Yes, a picture, and stories, and videos, and information spreads across the web fast. Guess what? They also spread fast 30 years ago–via the wires. Really. It’s not really news anymore that information spreads fast. Does anyone not know that now? And, really, all you can do is scratch your heads at this stupidity: If the family does not want attention–THEN DO NOT GIVE AN INTERVIEW AND PICTURES TO THE WASHINGTON POST. Gawd almighty, it makes many readers think this: The family, and the girl, who is 18 years old and knows better, really DO want the attention. Why else would they give an interview and pictures to the Post? The whole thing is just dumb.”

  • The Guardian’s Richard Byrne notes, “When Al Gore bemoans the sad state of TV news, he’s ignoring an inconvenient truth about his own role in its creation.”

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    Al Gore Loves (Yes?) Trudy Feldman

    From a source at last night’s Al Gore event at GWU…

      DC journalist Trudy Feldman came up on the stage with her book and journalist pen and pad in hand taking more then 4 minutes of Gore’s time while all others where slammed, bammed, thank you mam’md along. Gore did assure Feldman he reads all the letters she sends him, then turning to the cheering press friends of Feldman yelling “Yeah Trudy’ for who Gore said is amazing, isnt she.

    Formier Postie: Don’t Let My Journalism Career Fool You, Voters, I Am A Partisan!!

    From NewsBusters:

      Charlie Hall, a Washington Post reporter and copy editor for 20 years, is running for a county board seat in suburban northern Virginia as a Democrat, and as the Post itself reported Tuesday, he gets really upset when his Democratic opponents suggest he has no Democratic credentials: “The issue infuriates Hall, who said that he has voted Democrat his whole life.”

    Read the rest here.

    Snow Hearts…Helen Thomas?

    Hell may have just frozen over.

    From today’s WH Press Briefing:

      Q Tony, on Iraq, for the gaggle you were asked about U.S. troops and just how long the presence would be there, the vision. And you compared it to the Korean model. Can you explain that?

      MR. SNOW: Yes. It was actually a question that Helen raised and Helen used to create an analogy, but the President has used it before.

      MR. THOMAS: Thank you. (Laughter.)

      MR. SNOW: That is Helen Thomas, front row veteran. (Laughter.)

      Q Spell it right. (Laughter.)

    To Do: Tonight

  • Americas Society and Council of the Americas host the Washington launch of their new policy journal, “Americas Quarterly.”

    Registration: 5:00 – 5:30 p.m.
    Panel and Discussion: 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
    Reception: 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
    at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
    1779 Massachusetts Ave., NW
    Washington, DC 20036

  • The Courage Cup’s Meadow Matches Fundraiser at Lounge 201, co-sponsored by The Politico

    Time: 6:30pm until 9:30pm
    Location: Lounge 201, 201 Massachusetts Avenue, NE, Washington, DC 20002
    Attire: Casual
    Ticket : Free

  • How Hitch Gets It Done

    From the NYPost:

      CHRISTOPHER “Hellbound” Hitchens admits drinking “enough every day to kill or stun the average mule,” but insists the rampant boozing hasn’t affected his career. “Many great writers did some of their finest work when blotto, smashed, polluted, [bleep]faced, squiffy, whiffled and three sheets to the wind,” the “God Is Not Great” author tells the Times of London. “I have never been late for an appointment, never had to cancel a speaking arrangement. I do radio and TV, and I don’t slur. I’ve never missed a deadline . . . So it can’t be the case I’m a fall-about drunk.”

    Hotline Profiles Earle

    From their Friday Feature:

      Geoff Earle is an investigative reporter for the New York Post. He’s been a Washington reporter for 13 years, covering government and politics for The Hill, National Journal, and Congressional Quarterly. But today he’s our Friday Feature:

      If you could interview any deceased person, who would it be and why?

      Does Elvis count? If not, Stalin…

      If you could cover any past political story, which one would it be and why?

      Tammany Hall graft and greed. Makes Abramoff look like an amateur….

      What’s your favorite political book and why

      Parting the Waters. It reveals King plotting strategy and fretting over compromises, not just being a saint.

      What reality TV show could you win?

      Survivor: the Rayburn building.

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