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Morning Reading List, 04.17.07

morningsun.gifGood morning Washington.

  • Overwhelmingly, you think the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner/Weekend is sorta sad and pathetic.

  • Tom Shales on the national coverage of the Virginia Tech tragedy.

  • Pew Research Center wants to test your news knowledge with this quiz.

  • To do tonight: “To celebrate Doublethink’s spring issue, join us for a launch party at the Science Club tomorrow, Tuesday, April 17th at 6 p.m. The editors and writers of the magazine will be there, so come by and raise a glass. The address is 1136 19th Street NW, and the nearest Metro stops are Farragut North on the Red Line and Farragut West on the Orange and Blue. We’ll be on the second floor. As always, there is no cover and there are beer, wine, and rail drink specials.”


  • The Extreme-ness catches an Imus oldie, but goodie.

  • Best-Informed Also View Fake News, Study Says

  • Norah O’Donnell has a baby shower and is pretty close to selecting “incredibly Irish” names.

  • The case against citizen journalism (from TNR, natch).
  • New York Times’s Kit Seelye takes a look at Conde Nast’s new Portfolio.

  • A reader points out that the “daily notebook from NEWSWEEK’s political team” hasn’t been updated in two weeks.

  • Portfolio calls “enigmatic asset manager” Bruce Sherman “the scariest guy in journalism.”

  • Portfolio editor-in-chief Joanne Lipman tells Jon Friedman, “We’re not comparing ourselves to anybody,” she said. “She underscored that Portfolio won’t seem like a ‘homework’ assignment.”

  • Bloomberg reports, “Readers were the first to abandon U.S. newspapers. Then advertisers and investors. Now analysts are joining the exodus.”

  • AP reported that Daniel Pearl “was added to the 30,000 names etched on the Holocaust Memorial Wall” in Miami Beach on Sunday “to honor the American journalist who was abducted and killed by terrorists in 2002.”

  • A Pew nationwide survey shows, “Americans are no more or less likely now than in 1989 to be able to identify political leaders or know key details about major events in the news.”

  • Smithsonian Magazine is looking for a Six-Month Writing Intern.

  • Tom Curley, the chief executive of The Associated Press, explains “why the newspaper industry is so nervous — some say paranoid — about Yahoo and Google.”

  • Washington Whispers reports Gen. George Casey, the new Army chief of staff who has known Martha Raddatz “for years,” called her book, “Terrific job on the book … especially for a girl!”

  • AP’s David Bauder reports, “Democrats, Fox News Channel lock horns”

  • Washington Post reports, “Richard Dawkins, the famed Oxford scientist who had a bestseller with ‘The God Delusion,’ … recently he has ramped up his atheist message, further mixing his defense of evolution with his attack on belief.”

  • David Weinberger, a fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School, warns that “A lot of the blogosphere does not make sense if viewed from the point of view of a business model.”

  • New York Times reports Al Jazeera English is now available on YouTube.

  • Media Week notes that the demise of TeenPeople.com “as a standalone raises questions about” the “sustainability” of an online only magazine.

  • Eat The Press looks at how Politico doesn’t let “the absence of actual facts get in the way of a story.”

  • New York Times reports that AOL Founder, Stephen M. Case, “plans to unveil his new company’s Web site for consumers, RevolutionHealth.com , which has built a growing audience since a test version went online in January.”

  • Washingtonian has chef/owner of Marcel’s, the French-Belgian dining room in Foggy Bottom, and the soon-to-open Brasserie Beck at 11th and K, Robert Wiedmaier participating in an online chat today at 11 a.m. You can submit questions here.

  • A tipster tells us, the “dude who resigned from the toledo blade under fire, once worked for the blade and pittsburgh post-gazette’s washington bureaus.”

  • A panel of journalists discussed the future of newspapers at the Society of Professional Journalists Region 8 conference March 31 in Clear Lake and found that the “future of newspapers uncertain.”

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