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What we know and what we’re reading this Thursday morning…
TVNewser: As viewers for two of the three network newscasts drop off, NBC “Nightly News” with Brian Williams has grown in viewership over the last year, and had its best Q2 in three years. The broadcast added 86,000 viewers in the second quarter of 2009 vs. Q2 ’08. Not huge growth, but growth nonetheless.
CBS’ Bob Schieffer tells Washington Whispers he’s not sure why his “Face the Nation” ratings are going up. “I have no idea. We have not changed a thing… We are doing what we’ve always done, just to try to get the key newsmaker of the week and ask them the obvious question.”
CNN: Prior to revelations of an extramarital affair that effectively brought an end to his political career, Mark Sanford was preparing to publish a book outlining his policy beliefs. Sentinel, a conservative imprint of Penguin Group, has included a book by Sanford in their Spring 2010 catalogue.
Politico‘s Patrick Gavin is out in Aspen for the 2009 Ideas Festival we told you about earlier this week. He fills us in on a panel on the future of journalism with Aspen Institute President (and former CNN President) Walter Isaacson, WaPo‘s Katharine Weymouth and ABC News President David Westin. “We will look at anything and are taking a wait-and-see approach,” said Weymouth. “We think about a ton of things. Everything is open.” When asked whether print papers will always be around, Weymouth said, “I don’t know. I don’t predict. Nobody knows.”
NPR points out that “as some newspapers are going out of business and many more are shedding costs, a lot of investigative journalists who have devoted years to exposing government corruption and corporate scandals are leaving their newsrooms,” some even pursuing careers as private investigators.
Slate‘s Jack Shafer: Michael Jackson‘s death isn’t the first time the press has woven a wardrobe of flimsy garments from thin threads. Editors everywhere appreciate that readers always love to read about Topic A and are intent on being served truckloads of Topic A when Topic A is red hot, even if the product is dross.
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