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Morning Reading List 08.04.09

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Happy Birthday to President Barack Obama and Helen Thomas! What we know and what we’re reading this Tuesday morning…

TV | WEST WING REPORTAGE | NEWS NOTES | REVOLVING DOOR | JOBS

TV

We really can’t keep up with this story– FNC vs. MSNBC.

TV Week interviews CBS’ chief foreign affairs correspondent Lara Logan. She says, “this was never about a job or a career for me, or ‘being on TV.’ It was what I believed in – it was who I am. I became a journalist because of what I saw or could not see in South Africa. Because we all believed something had to be done to make things right in my country, and letting the world know the truth was the way to do that.”

PBS Sunday announced three new programs for 2010 on religion in America- “The Buddha,” “God in America” and “The Calling.” (h/t B&C

WEST WING REPORTAGE

Greg Sargent weighs in on President Obama’s availability to White House reporters. “If reporters fail to ask Obama questions that get him to make news, it’s hard to see how this is the White House’s fault. But that aside, if the networks don’t want to cover pressers because they’re losing money or because they think the pressers aren’t newsworthy enough, maybe they should just, you know, not cover them.”

NEWS NOTES

NYT: Newsweek is escalating its pressure on the government of Iran to release Maziar Bahari, a prominent journalist who was detained there during the country’s post-election protests in June. The newsmagazine is strenuously objecting to Bahari’s treatment in the country, where he has yet to receive access to a lawyer.

A rumor that Sarah and Todd Palin were divorcing circulated this weekend– but is CNN to blame?

Five Quick Questions from Mediaite for NBC’s Luke Russert. “Obligatory Twitter Question: Describe yourself in 140 characters or less (hash tag optional!) and A: Independent. Proud American. Devout Catholic. Huge sports fan. Lover of politics and American History. Groupie for Springsteen & Jack White.”

And five more from Mediaite for AFP’s Oliver Knox. “Either, Or (you gotta pick one!): White House or Camp David? A:
The White House. Q: Brady Briefing Room or Air Force 1? A: Air Force 1 (the briefing room is good for flights of fancy, though.)”

HAT TIPS: mediabistro, TVNewser, Politico

REVOLVING DOOR and JOBS after the jump…


REVOLVING DOOR

NY Observer: “Catherine Mathis, the New York Times Company’s soft-spoken and long-serving chief of public relations, is leaving the company to go to Standard & Poor’s after 12 years.”

JOBS

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