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Morning Reading List 03.23.09


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Its day 63 covering the Obama administration and week eight for us. Congrats to Politico’s Patrick O’Connor who got engaged Saturday to girlfriend Katie Lindsey. What we know and what we’re reading this Monday morning…

NEWSPAPERS | TV | RADIO | ONLINE | MAGAZINES | NEWS NOTES | REVOLVING DOOR

NEWPAPERS

NYT clobbered President Obama Sunday in the lead editorial and in columns by Frank Rich, Thomas Friedman and Maureen Dowd.

LATimes: Newspaper cuts open door to more political trickery. “Political consultants aren’t exactly rubbing their hands together and snickering. But as the hired guns look over a landscape of closing newspapers and laid-off investigative reporters, they sense an opening that leaves them both excited and queasy.”

From Editor & Publisher: Numerous rival papers have forged content-sharing deals in the past year. From Florida to California, arrangements are emerging among dailies with no common ownership or JOA ties, as a way to reduce staff cuts and save money.

Why are WaPo obit reporters smiling in their pics? Find out here.

TV

Playbook: Rep. Debbie Wasserman speaks to Robin Roberts on ABC’s “Good Morning America” this am about her battle with breast cancer.

The Daily Beast’s “Top 6 Moments From Sunday Talk.”

Howie Kurtz profiles CBS 60 Mins correspondent Steve Kroft in today’s Media Notes in WaPo. “Kroft has finally emerged from the shadows, with 10 of his 12 pieces topping the broadcast this season, including an interview that aired Sunday with President Obama. ‘He’s the lead guy now,’ says executive producer Jeff Fager.”

Also from Kurtz on CNN: “Obama goes from comfy sofa to hot seat.”

From Portfolio: “Through March 17, CNN trailed not only Fox News and MSNBC but also its own sister network, Headline News, on nine out of 17 days. On one day, March 13, CNN even drew fewer 25-to-54 viewers than CNBC — the first time that’s happened since November 2007.”

From Media Matters: “Tucker Carlson’s Jerk Store.”

RADIO

NPR omsbudsman explains the backlash to a recent gay marriage story. Also at NPR, Cinny Kennard has been appointed a Senior Fellow at the USC Annenberg School for Communication’s Center on Communication Leadership and Policy.

ONLINE

According to a report, 40 percent of bloggers — on their own blogs or on message board postings — said they would, or already do, pay for news content online. One of the most common reasons why was because they “don’t want the quality of news to decline.”

NYT’s A Web Site’s For-Profit Approach to World News:
Overseas reporters have been a casualty of budget-chopping news organizations, leaving an opening for the online start-up GlobalPost. But while many news executives are exploring nonprofit business models to keep specialized reporting flowing, GlobalPost is intended to be a moneymaking venture.

Jon Friedman’s Media Web: “Who needs real friends? I’m on Facebook and Twitter!

MAGAZINES

From the NYPost: The recession has Conde Nast cutting the fat.

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NEWS NOTES and REVOLVING DOOR after the jump.


NEWS NOTES

A rant from Gawker: “Why Barack Obama Should End White House Press Briefings.”

REVOLVING DOOR

Time publisher Donald Fries is stepping down from his post. Mark Ford, president of Time Inc.’s newsmagazine group, which includes Time, Fortune and Sports Illustrated, will take over ad sales for Time magazine as it faces a challenging ad market.

From DCRTV: Channel 5/ WTTG reporter and fill-in anchor Allyson Wilson is leaving to join Democrat Terry McAuliffe’s campaign for governor of Virginia. She’ll be his deputy press secretary.

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