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Morning Reading List 04.01.09

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Its day 72 covering the Obama administration and week nine for us. What we know and what we’re reading this Wednesday morning…



From this morning’s Playbook: It’s Obamania on the covers of the Brit papers. Daily Express: “Obama, wife and a team of 500 arrive in Britain to save the world… we hope.” Daily Mirror: “Obama Drama: Massive security as President jets in for crisis G20 summit.” The Sun: “‘Ello ‘ello yellow: First Lady Looks Summit Special.”

Sun-Times Media Group Inc., owner of the Chicago Sun-Times, today voluntarily filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

Check out WSJ’s standards for scoops and breaking news here.


The big three anchors- Brian Williams, Charlie Gibson and Katie Couric- are all in London and will all sit down with Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner for interviews today.

April Fools came a few days early for 60 Minutes. Washington Whispers reports the group of Russian hackers in a piece this Sunday may actually have been a group of teenagers in Finland.

TVNewser: MSNBC has shelved plans for a new 10pmET show to follow Keith Olbermann and Rachel Maddow. Asked if he had anything to do with postponing the plans, Olbermann said, “No, I didn’t have anything to do with it and honestly, I don’t think anything in the time frame of this process has changed.

There may be no new adds for 10pm on MSNBC, but there is for dayside. Carlos Watson has been named a dayside anchor.

You can check out cable ratings here and here, evening news ratings here, and CNBC’s ratings here.


NY Magazine’s blog Daily Intel published and quickly deleted a piece “Now That’s Something to Salute,” on First Lady Michelle Obama’s booty. An excerpt via HuffPost: “This morning President Obama departed for the G20 summit in London and a week of other meetings around Europe, his first visit since last summer’s epic charm offensive. As he boarded Marine One, Obama returned the salute of the marine standing guard … we think. It also looks like Obama might just be blocking the sun’s glare as he checks out Michelle’s booty.” And the apology: “As you know, bloggers work in a hurry, and occasionally items go up that are not in the best taste. In this instance we decided the best solution was to take the post down.”


Politico’s John Harris via Baltimore Sun on how the traditional path for young journos is vanishing: “For people who are just plain worker bees and are pretty good, I don’t find [journalism] an appealing career… I just don’t see why somebody would go into the business unless they thought they could be an A at something.”

In light of the G20 in London, British vs. American media.

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Today’s Most Popular Stories

Washington Post: Blame for Downturn Not Fixed on Obama

Washington Times: BREITBART: Online activists on the right, unite!

Washington Examiner: Beyond AIG: A bill to let Big Government set your salary

N.Y. Times: Paying in Full as the Ticket Into Colleges

L.A. Times: Death of USC student stuns campus

USA Today: Lifeline Live: Celebrity Gossip & Entertainment News

The Hill: House Democratic factions consider offering their own budget proposals

Politico: Obama, the nation’s CEO

ABC News: Obama and French on G-20 Collision Course

CBS News: The Conficker Worm: What Happens Next?

Fox News: Straying Husband Caught by Google ‘Cheat’ View

CNN: Man decapitates 5-year-old sister in front of officer

Wall Street Journal: Detroit’s Fate Sealed in West Wing

NPR: Conficker Computer Worm Activates April 1

Roll Call: Health Care: 10 Staffers to Know

CQ: Public Campaign Financing Proposal Draws Bipartisan Backing

Quinn Bradlee Reaches Out to Friends With Disabilities

Son of long-time WaPo executive editor Ben Bradlee and author Sally Quinn, Quinn Bradlee has teamed up with HealthCentral to launch a social networking site for the learning disabled.

Bradlee is 26 years old and grew up with Velo-Cardio-Facial Syndrome (VCFS). He created the site to alleviate feelings of depression he knows first-hand young adults with learning disabilities go through. He’ll be really involved with the site too- regularly blogging, answering questions from visitors and including personal ancedotes. Bradlee’s also the author of “A Different Life.”

Potomac Tech Wire passes along these comments from Bradlee, “When I was growing up, I wished I could have had a site like where I could meet people like me, since I often felt like I was the only one dealing with a learning disability.” will be celebrated at a launch party in New York this evening.

The Hill Launches Twitter Room

Need all your politico tweets in one place? Can’t keep track of updates from President Obama, Sen. McCain and Sen. McCaskill? The Hill launched a solution to that very problem today.

Twitter Room on the Hill’s website will have a live tweetstream, links to key Twitter-ers and highlighted tweets with expert commentary and context so “politically savvy people can stay in touch with the tweets that will keep them in the loop,” according to the release.

“The Twitter Room is an exciting new addition to The Hill’s growing online operations,” says Hill editor-in-chief Hugo Gurdon. “It extends the reach of into a sphere where more and more people, including the president, are taking their message and documenting their work. The Hill’s Twitter Room offers visitors a live tweetstream, plus links to key twitters, and context and comment from our team of bloggers.”

Character Project Hits DC This Week


“Character Project,” the highly anticipated photo exhibit presented by USA Network and Vanity Fair hits Washington this week. The exhibit debuted in book form as American Character: A Photographic Journey, earlier this month.

The three day affair kicks-off this Thursday at a reception hosted by NBC News’ Tom Brokaw, author of the book’s foreword. DC is “Character Project’s” second stop on a seven city tour. Exhibition is open to the public April 3-5 at Pepco’s Edison Place Gallery. For more information and schedule, click here.

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Layoffs at U.S. News

Layoffs hit U.S. News & World Report again yesterday. Inside sources have confirmed that the cuts claimed at least 9 jobs but as many as 12 positions are rumored to have been eliminated.

Stay tuned for more details…

USA Today Publisher Announces Retirement

USA Today Publisher Craig Moon announced his retirement today. Moon’s memo below:

After 23 years with Gannett and six years as your president and publisher, I will be retiring on April 17, 2009.

I am thankful to have been afforded the opportunity to represent one of the strongest and most recognizable national brands in the USA and to have worked with some of the smartest, most engaged and passionate folks in the industry. I will carry forward a multitude of memories and life experiences I would not have otherwise benefited from without my association with you and the incredible USA TODAY brand.

Certainly the timing of my retirement coincides with industry challenges. The changing media environment and the recession are creating new opportunities. I am bullish on possibilities to adjust the business models and adapt new mindsets which could lead to the industry becoming a growth business once again.

Please remember, USA TODAY the brand and all of you in the short term will be challenged… but in the long term – you will come out on top. The brand is actually bigger than the business and that’s good. USA TODAY history plays to innovation – just look at the success of the new iPhone application. Because you are flexible, willing to take risks, understand new technology and are not stuck in the past…you are better than the competition.

Today’s business environment will require frequent operational adjustments. Opportunities have been created. Regardless of how good new ideas may be, many will not work. While some of the results are being affected by systemic media changes, much is recession related which should recover and the brand will build back into a growth model as long as you continue to move ahead during the recession.

I’d like to leave you with some important foundational points…

The brand’s success is built on the consumer’s preference and the relevant value you create,

Business travelers find value in your work,

The business is about content regardless of the platform or delivery mechanism, audience is growing and leads in the Mobile arena,

Foundations for new businesses in licensing hotel products,

eReaders and a host of new partnership opportunities are available for the brand to capitalize on.

It has been my pleasure to work with each and every one of you. I will miss the collaborating efforts of this extraordinary USA TODAY team.

All the best,

Craig A. Moon

Schieffer Lassos Up Journos For Annual Symposium

NYT’s David Brooks, PBS’ Gwen Ifill, CNBC’s Trish Regan and syndicated columnist and commentator Mark Shields are all dusting off the cowboy boots and heading to Texas for the fifth annual Texas Christian Universiy Schieffer Symposium.

The foursome will sit on a panel Wednesday hosted by CBS’ Bob Schieffer titled “Obama and the Press: Is the media doing its job?”

Schieffer is a 1959 graduate of TCU and the namesake of the School of Journalism.

ABC News’ O’Hearn to CNN

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Sources tell FishbowlDC that ABC News’ Kathy O’Hearn has accepted a gig with CNN.

Wonder what will happen to her new show on We’ll update as we get more info…

UPDATE: CNN just released the announcement confirming. O’Hearn will executive produce chief international correspondent Christiane Amanpour‘s forthcoming program on CNN International.

Full press release after the jump.

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Morning Reading List 03.31.09

Good Morning FishbowlDC!

Got a blind item, interesting link, funny note, comment, birthday, anniversary or anything of the sort for Morning Reading List? Drop us a line.

Its day 71 covering the Obama administration and week nine for us. What we know and what we’re reading this Tuesday morning…



WaPo managing editors Raju Narisetti and Liz Spayd took your questions on the paper’s changes in yesterday’s online discussion “Ask the Post.” “We do worry about the impact of change and try to make sure we are communicating the changes in advance and doing it with readers such as yourself in mind.”

NYY plans to eliminate several weekly sections, including its stand-alone City Section, as well as possibly the regional weeklies in New Jersey, Long Island, Westchester, and Connecticut, and the Friday Escapes section. The timeline is unclear, but a staffer said that City has only four issues left.

USAToday launched “Hotel Check-In,” an online business traveler community.

AP: List of newspapers that have cut publication days to save money.


NYT’s David Carr: Cable News Stokes Political Fever. “There is no question that the stakes are high in this presidency, and it’s hardly an epiphany that in order to feed the 24/7 beast, cable news has to turn every little thing into a big event. But something else is at work here. Gorged on ratings from a historic election and still riding on leftover adrenaline, the cable networks have steadfastly remained in campaign mode. And the hyperbolic rhythms and requirements of a cable news world have never seemed less relevant to the story at hand.”

Shenanigans: HARPO productions confirmed to Shenanigans that Oprah sat down with Elizabeth Edwards over the weekend at her home. This lovely interview is due to air May 11th.


CBS’ Mark Knoller proves the Secret Service wrong. Find out how here.

NPR ombudsman assures us that the network is not cutting all newspaper subscriptions.

VF: “In an ailing radio industry, with a graying audience and a pro-government landscape, Rush Limbaugh should be shuffling off into irrelevancy. Instead, his outrageous attacks have everyone debating whether he’s the G.O.P.’s de facto leader, while the party shapes its ideology to fit his needs.”


FishbowlNY: goes global. “The Global Edition is, in fact, a folding in of sorts of the International Herald Tribune website, also owned by the Times Co., and by the sounds of it it may not be a total coincidence that the change happened directly on the heels of the Times’s cutbacks last week.”

Journalists who work primarily on the Web are more hopeful about the future of news than their traditional media colleagues, according to a new survey. But even they have an “uneasy optimism” about the future, the study showed.


The Daily Beast’s Big Fat Story is “Magazines In Crisis, the Incredible Shrinking Newsstand.”


AP reports North Korea will put the two American journalists detained in North Korea on trial for illegal entry and hostile acts. No word yet on when the trial might take place.

VF’s Christopher Hitchens on how he was beaten up by Facist bullies in Lebanon.

HAT TIPS: Mediabistro; Romenesko

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