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Archives: June 2007

Morning Reading List, 06.29.07

morningsun.gifGood morning Washington.

  • It was a close call, but you thought Chris Matthews would be the sweaty one.

  • An NBC release announced, “NBC News has been awarded the 8th Annual RTNDA/Unity Award in the television network category for ‘Separate and Unequal, Reported by Tom Brokaw.’”

  • Ann Coulter takes a shot at “Hardball”

  • ABC News’ President David Westin named Vinnie Malhotra the new EP of ABC News’ Weekend News Content according to a release. Also, David Reiter “will be joining Vinnie at Weekend News as senior broadcast producer and will continue his work at ABC’s Special Events Unit with the new title of senior broadcast producer.”

  • CNN’s Pipeline signs off.

  • A NBC release announced, “Meet the Press with Tim Russert” was “the top rated Sunday morning public affairs program, placing first in all categories for the week ending Sunday, June 24.” On Sunday, the show attracted 3.230 million total viewers, 18% more than CBS’s “Face the Nation”, a 31% advantage over ABC “This Week” and a 243% lead over FOX’s “News Sunday”.

  • Merger plan leaves XM headquarters intact

  • SPJ has created a new website, Generation J, “a free, educational online resource designed specifically to fit the needs of young journalists.”

  • The Seattle Times reports that the Recording Industry Association of America has sent out warning letters to students from “about 100″ universities about paying a $3,000 settlement to avoid a lawsuit for illegally downloading files.

  • Tom Shales on Larry King’s interview with Paris Hilton: “She didn’t exactly tell all, but then she wasn’t exactly asked all, either; King seemed to be playing more a grandfatherly than journalistic role as he gently questioned the infamous heiress.”

  • Bob Schieffer Sings Honky Tonk.”

  • Reuters reports, “YouTube, which has had to pull copyrighted videos off its site after legal attacks by some big media franchises, has enjoyed a surge in U.S. audience share that leaves it far larger than the next 64 video-sharing sites combined, a survey found.”

  • Washington Post reports, “AOL is blurring the lines of news with a makeover that gives its traditional news sites the look and feel of blogs, a shift that is part of its efforts to change from a subscription-based service to a free, advertising-based Web business.”

  • Romesesko answers the question, “Why WSJ reporters didn’t show up for work Thursday”

  • “Iraq has been the most closely followed news story in 18 of the 22 weeks that Pew has been tracking public attentiveness to the news,” according to the weekly News Interest Index.

  • Redding News Review reports, “A white supremacist leader is planning a rally outside the home of Miami Herald columnist Leonard Pitts.”

  • Multichannel reports, “Gemstar-TV Guide International will launch the TV Guide Online Video Awards, an annual awards franchise that will recognize the best and most innovative professional video programming created specifically for the Web.”

  • CNN is close to completing an overhaul of its website after publicly testing the new look.”

  • Last Call for 2007 Online Journalism Awards Entries

  • Cincinnati Enquier reports, “Allowing readers to contribute content online to a local newspaper gives them new chances to shape coverage and get community concerns into print. Newspapers hope it also lures new readers and advertisers to support an industry that is fighting for survival, leaders of The Enquirer said Tuesday at a forum hosted by the Northlich advertising agency.”

  • ‘Portfolio’ Website Struggling In Beta Until Fall

  • A reader writes about Wednesday’s Post, “today’s a-section of the washington post was interesting. when was the last time you saw a bob woodward bylined story on A-16 or whatever page number it was.”

  • Public Eye reports, “A tempest in the sweltering DC teapot has developed this past week with regards to an investigative report in the upcoming issue of Harper’s. Ken Silverstein, Harper’s Washington Editor, has a piece called ‘Their Men In Washington’ that is causing some consternation in the media circles … Or at least along those mediaphiles that aren’t obsessing over a certain former jailbird.”

  • Can you answer CQ’s Trivia Question?


  • Capitol Press LLC is looking for a Cornerstone Staff Reporter.

  • The News Leader is looking for a Local Government Beat Reporter for Web and Print and a Copy Editor.

  • America Abroad Media is looking for a Senior Program/Field Producer/Radio Documentary Series.

  • The Magazine Group is looking for a Managing Editor.

  • Congressional Quarterly is looking for a Schedules Researcher.

  • American Association for Justice is seeking a Writer in the Communications Department.

    Hat Tips: DCRTV, TVNewser, IWantMedia, Romenesko, MediaBistro, JournalismJobs, JournalismNext

  • To Do Tonight

    From the release:

      The Digital Freedom Campaign, a broad-based coalition of innovators, consumers, and consumer rights organizations will host its first Digital Freedom Band Showcase at Washington D.C.’s Rock and Roll Hotel on Thursday evening. The invitation-only event will offer policymakers, media and industry representatives a stage side view of how digital technologies have enabled an explosion of innovation and creativity in the music world. The showcase will feature Brooklyn phenom Jonathan Coulton and other Digital Freedom bands.

      The Rock and Roll Hotel
      1353 H Street NE, Washington DC
      7:00 PM to 11:00 pm

    Ann Coulter Strikes Back

    Ann Coulter finally lets loose on her critics on this morning’s “Morning Joe”:

    To steal Hotline’s Last Call idea:


    “I had written five New York Times best-sellers. People like the way I write. I comment on America in a lively entertaining way. These are legitimate topics. I’m a little sick of being browbeaten by a bunch about why I chose this word or why I told that joke and then people turn around and say ‘Oh, you are so mean, you are so mean.”



    At the conclusion of the show, Scarborough says that he and Coulter should just “Hug it out, Bitch!”

    Hardball Plaza Photos

    From Tuesday’s show (and tune in today for Christopher Hitchens and Al Sharpton) out on the Plaza:





    (Above, superstar booker Querry Robinson, who never stops working)

    Matthews Takes On Bruce

    From the Smithsonian yesterday:



    The New WH Press Briefing Room

    Check out some details about the new room here and here.

    Poll of the Day, 06.28.07

    It’s Somebody’s Birthday Today

    Who could it be?

    It’s also the birthday of Hotline editor Quinn McCord.

    Politico Corrects “Inaccurate” Lobbying Story

    From today’s Politico:

      The number of lobbyists registered to represent overseas interests before the U.S. government has stayed nearly constant over the past year, according to figures compiled by the Justice Department.

      The figures contradict a story that ran in Wednesday’s edition of The Politico, which reported a sharp increase in the number of lobbyists representing foreign entities since the end of 2005.

      The story was inaccurate, an error resulting from apparent misunderstanding between a Politico reporter and a spokesman for the Justice Department’s Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) Office.

    Eugene Robinson: Funny

    Expect to see the Washington Post’s Eugene Robinson doing stand-up at “DC’s Funniest Celebrity Contest” in October.