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Morning Reading List, 04.11.07

morningsun.gifGood morning Washington.

  • You think journalists like Tim Russert, Jeff Greenfield, etc. should not continue to appear on Don Imus’ radio program.

  • An ABC release announced that “World News with Charles Gibson” “was the #1 evening newscast among Total Viewers, Households and Adults 25-54 for the week of April 2. Averaging 8.08 million Total Viewers and a 2.0/8 among Adults 25-54, ‘World News’ outperformed NBC’s ‘Nightly News’ by 440,000 Total Viewers and 60,000 key demo viewers. This marks ABC’s greatest Total Viewing advantage over NBC in nearly nineteen months.”

  • A Facebook page supporting Tony Snow has been created.

  • A sneak peak at some of the VIPs expected during WHCA weekend.

  • The PEJ News Coverage Index for the week of April 1-6 shows, “The now-resolved hostage crisis with Iran attracted the most media coverage last week while the investigation into the fired U.S. attorneys went on temporary hiatus. But even with the voting 19 months away, the 2008 race for the White House continues to fascinate the press, the second story only behind the debate over the war in Iraq.”

  • The AP reports, “The Bush administration and the Defense Department are among the winners of the 2007 Jefferson Muzzle awards, given Tuesday by a free-speech group to those it considers the most egregious First Amendment violators in the past year.”

  • The Wall Street Journal reports, “In the battle for control of the Democratic Party, the George Soros-MoveOn.org crowd is used to getting its way. So it’s revealing to watch the consternation in those precincts to the Congressional Black Caucus decision to co-sponsor a pair of Presidential primary debates this year with
    Fox News.”

  • From a reader, “I was trying to figure out why ABC is sending out so many breaking news updates on Imus: It’s because they’re the only network not involved. The show is for CBS Radio and NBC broadcasts it on MSNBC, so ABC must be loving dirtying everyone else’s sandbox….”

  • IMAO’s response to the New York Times article on making a blogger code of conduct: “Yawn.”

  • Atlantic Information Services, Inc. is looking for a Health Care Reporter/Editor.

  • The Associated Press is looking for an Editorial Assistant.
  • “Wall Street Journal publisher Dow Jones is said to be in advanced talks to buy Financial News, the London-based investment banking newspaper. A deal could be announced within days. Financial News is published every week and has its own real-time Web site with 40,000 subscribers.”

  • Newsday reports, “America’s newspapers are facing unprecedented challenges, say industry experts. No longer will publishers enjoy 20% to 40% profits. Today, large urban newspapers often produce profit margins in the teens, which many Wall Street investors find unsatisfying.”

  • Wall Street Journal tells us, “How Blogging Can Help You Get a New Job.”

  • Variety reports that in addition to John Edwards, Sen. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama are passing on the Fox debate with the CBC. “A spokesman for Clinton told Daily Variety that she was only committing to debates sanctioned by the Democratic National Committee, which the Fox debate with the CBC is not.”

  • The Charlotte Observer opines, “The uproar over a racist insult by broadcaster Don Imus offers some interesting insights into the American entertainment machine.”

  • Ana Marie Cox: Apparently not a big fan of Mark Halperin.

  • From the Politico: Speaking of journos, White House reporters are apparently grumbling about the number of presidential hopefuls they have to cover, considering the election has started so early. There’s the Democratic field, the Republican field and, of course, Bush. This, we hear, has led to a whole new low: the Vacation Vote. Some journalists have apparently begun joking that they will vote for the candidate with the best vacation home — and after spending eight years watching Bush cutting down brush in Crawford, Texas, who can blame them?”

  • As the former Los Angeles Times bureau chief in Baghdad, Borzou Daragahi witnessed the tumultuous events of the Iraq war unfold during the 4 1/2 years he spent in Mesopotamia. Check out his personal narrative here.

  • Jonathan Martin notes, “What is most shocking to me, as a longtime Imus listener, is not so much that he eventually found himself in hot water, but that it took him so long to get there.”

  • Blah blah black sheep has a question “Only Washingtonians Would Ask: Do you think David Gregory has ever eaten at David Greggory?”

  • A reader asks, “Sign of the apocalypse? Nytimes.com, washingtonpost.com, and latimes.com all wasted the time and energy of their own staff writers to write stories on the Birkhead DNA test — OFF THE TV? Really, guys? *This* is what you want to spend your newsrooms’ precious time and resources doing, when wire copy would plenty suffice?”

  • A reader wrote in to say Jesse Jackson was “on Washington Post Radio (WTWP) at 6:00pm to weigh in on the Imus debate. He will be joined by guests, April Ryan & Michael Harrison.”

  • A reader says, “I wish they would bring Network (CNN) down to Washington dc.”

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