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Morning Reading List, 08.27.07

morningsun.gifGood morning Washington.

  • Redskins? You’re not really into it.

  • An ABC release announced, “ABC News Digital increased unique visitors 19% to 9.9 million in July 2007 versus the same time last year, and ranked in ninth place in the Top 20 of general news sites, according to the Nielsen NetRatings.”

  • CNN announced in a release, “Former President Bill Clinton will appear on CNN’s Larry King Live on Wednesday, September 5, at 9 p.m. (ET) to discuss his latest book, Giving: How Each Of Us Can Change The World.”

  • This week, the Washington Journal will focus on 5 major cities and their issues. Each day, they will first talk with the city’s mayor about the economic and political issues facing their areas. They started yesterday in Dallas and today they are in Detroit. Tomorrow — Miami.

  • Dana Bash knows her Seinfeld.

  • Watching Matt Drudge

  • Jeff Gannon looks at Dana Milbank and asks, “Why does anyone take him seriously?”

  • Deborah Howell on “How to have your say.”

  • Why are we showing you this? Because it’s the funniest thing we’ve seen in a long time.

  • According to the Pew News Interest Index, “For the second week in a row, the plight of six miners trapped in a Utah mine dominated public interest.”

  • Reuters reports, “The presidential election is 14 months away and with as many as 17 candidates now running, U.S. television and radio broadcasters are elated at the prospect of billions more in advertising dollars.”

  • There are only 10 days left to take advantage of Mediabistro’s Back to School Sale. The deadline is Friday, August 31. Take any online class starting in September and get a Mediabistro On Demand video for free. Get details here.

  • Michael Silence on knoxnews.com raises the question of “Proper attribution on blogs”

  • Ed Driscoll.com reports that Technortati has reached 100 million blogs.

  • Huffington Post reports, “MSNBC Victimized by Even Faker Source of Fake News”

  • Media Matters reports, “O’Reilly asserted ‘most journalists give money to Democrats’ — but study on subject refutes him”

  • TMZ.com reports, “Alleged Mom Beater Gets Testy with Reporter”

  • Think Progress reports, “Fox News and the CBC Institute have decided to postpone their planned Sept. 23 Democratic presidential debate in Detroit. The CBC Institute explained in a statement that the ‘overwhelming number of party presidential debates has created a scheduling challenge.’”

  • Lloyd Grove is now a columnist for Portfolio.

  • Christian Science Monitor takes a look at Omar Fekeiki, an Iraqi intern for the Washington Post. “It was two weeks into his Washington Post internship when the difference between life here and life in Iraq — the different value placed on death, and in turn, life — became startlingly apparent.”

  • E&P reports, “In a decade-plus of Web exploration, nearly every daily has felt the growing pains that any new news tool requires.”

  • His Extreme-ness tell us, “Why C-SPAN Is Better Than Nancy Grace And Dennis Hopper Combined”

  • The Age’s Rachel Buchanan writes, “the closed universe of the newspaper office, those trade-based temples to type where printers and proofreaders and journos could all sit down in a staff canteen and eat the same awful food together, is vanishing. Did we journalists miss this story because it is our own?”

  • Laura Sessions Stepp has an article in the latest Cosmopolitan, Feministing reports.

  • Washington City Paper’s Erik Wemple writes, “The Washington Post goes on, and on, and on about the lazy, hazy days of August.”

  • PBS Ombudsman Mike Getler reports, “Over the last many years, reporters have grown fond of the once-secret tape recordings of White House conversations made by former President Richard Nixon. They are sometimes jokingly referred to as ‘the gift that keeps on giving,’ not just because each new batch that gets released is likely to reveal something new, but because they almost always produce stories and give journalists and commentators something to write about. I’m beginning to think the same way about Bill Moyers and his weekly Journal on PBS.”

  • Woodruff Chronicles Senator’s Recovery

  • Web 2.Oh…really? writes, “The folks at CNN have figured out what editors of newspapers figured out by the 1920s or so but then (how?) forgot when they made the transition to the Web: People skim the news, scanning headlines, decks, picture/captions, and reading (sometimes) ledes and (rarely) the story to the jump and (very rarely indeed) all the way to the end.”

  • Slate asks, “Do soldiers have free speech rights?”

  • Radio Ink reports, “In a just-released study, SNL Kagan estimates that 84% of the US population, including consumer, business and double users, will have mobile phones by the end of 2007, with this percentage surging past 100% by 2013.”

  • Reuters Health reports, “People who spend more pre-bedtime hours using the Internet or watching television are more likely to report that they don’t get enough sleep, even though they sleep almost as long as people who spend fewer pre-bedtime hours in front of a computer or television screen, survey findings show.”

  • From a reader and GW alum: “Cover of city paper is why gw is so expensive. One reason: full page gw ad on page nine. Thanks for spending my money well, oh alma mater.”

  • Time’s Mark Halperin is on CBN.com. Watch Halperin on Hillary Clinton here and Halperin on The Power of Drudge here.

  • “Join Reason, MTV’s Kurt Loder, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Mary Peters, Fox News Channel’s Judge Andrew P. Napolitano, SEC Commissioner Paul Atkins, Lynn Scarlett, deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Interior, and numerous others at ‘Reason in DC’ at the Ritz Carlton, October 26th and 27th. The event will also feature a launch party for Reason.tv, Reason’s new video journalism project featuring The Price Is Right and Power of 10 host Drew Carey. For registration details and more information, please click here.”

  • Dana Perino was on NPR this weekend, defending one of the first dogs, Barney. A hilarious exchange ensued:

      MR. SAGAL: Alright, well. Dana, so — and we know that you, unlike Mr. Rove, are still employed at the White House — and we ask you this: Is Barney, in fact a lump?

      MS. PERINO: I wouldn’t call him a lump. Of course, you’re right, Karl is on his way out the door. Look, Barney’s kind of standoffish, but he’s got personality. He’s got a little bit of sass. You know, I don’t think — he doesn’t let people get too close to him.

      MR. SAGAL: What does Barney think about Rove?

      MS. PERINO: Well, I did see one thing last week when we were down in Texas. In fact it was actually more Ms. Beasley. They alternated from wanting to be petted by him to growling at him. So it was maybe a love/hate relationship.

      KYRIE O’CONNOR: So Karl didn’t have to, like, carry the pooper-scooper or anything?

      MS. PERINO: No, that job is reserved for other people. Like me.

      MR. SAGAL: Really?

      MS. PERINO: Well, I do deal with — I deal with the press a lot.

    Touche Dana. Touche

  • Poynter Online reports, “This week Congressional Quarterly and the St. Petersburg Times launched Politifact, a refreshing approach to campaign coverage that pulls the rhetoric apart into components that can be examined, analyzed, and compared.”

  • Washington Whispers reports, “A high-calorie tradition that started in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks is still going strong at cnn’s Washington HQ thanks to the sweet tooth of Larry King Live senior editorial producer Carol Buckland. Surrounded by harried and hungry colleagues covering 9/11, she decided to bake some brownies one day and has been hauling in the treats every Monday since. … Newsman Wolf Blitzer is her biggest fan: ‘If left unchecked, I could become a cookie monster.’”

  • Media Life reports, “When readers think of their newspapers, one of the last things they think about is design. Newspapers are utilities, information delivery systems. Delivery systems need to work, not look pretty. Newspaper editors especially have stuck with that notion, resisting all but the most minor redesigns. Suddenly, all this is changing. What’s likely coming is a period of dramatic change in newspaper design.”

  • A reader points us to this from Thursday’s Last Call: “And speaking of the Watergate, we have a mouse.”

  • Los Angeles Times reports, “Rupert Murdoch doesn’t yet own the Wall Street Journal, but he’s already flexing his muscles. In the last two weeks, the chairman of News Corp. has called at least three reporters who were considering leaving the top financial publication and asked them to stay, people familiar with the calls said Thursday.”

  • Mercury News reports, “Craig Newmark, founder of the eponymous craigslist classified site, had left his creation behind, the Silicon Valley gossip blog reported Thursday.”

  • NewsBusters Noel Sheppard writes, “As the new season of HBO’s ‘Real Time’ began Friday night, I watched with great trepidation, especially given host Bill Maher’s disgraceful special on that network back in July wherein he spent virtually two-thirds of the program bashing President Bush and anyone with an “R” next to his/her name.”

    More fallout from Salon’s FishbowlDC Hottest Media Types article

  • From Knoxnews.com: “Media credibility takes another hit”

  • And from Reason: “Revenge of the Nerds”

  • Yet some more hotness coverage, this time from Freakonomics.

    Conservatives continue to hammer away at TNR over the “Baghdad Diarist”

  • From Pajamas Media: “TNR Targets Bill Kristol, NOT Pajamas Media”

  • From The Corner: “… that apparently has become Sullivan’s modus operandi — in frenzied fashion to toss out slurs and then to grow silent when they are refuted.”

  • From Classical Values: “Confabulation of fabulism?”

  • From Confederate Yankee: “A Sorry State of Affairs”

  • From Roger L. Simon: “Changing the story when you’re under attack is such an overused and obvious technique that you’d think people would be embarrassed to employ it. But not Jonathan Chait at The New Republic who jumps into the fray with a largely ad hominem attack on William Kristol in order to deflect criticism of TNR in the ongoing Scott Beauchamp scandal.”

  • From Hugh Hewitt: “The journalistic Romper Room that is The New Republic has belched forth another seminal piece that future historians will use to chart the once great magazine’s decline into extinction.”

  • Slate reports, “Andrew Sullivan excoriates pundits who exhibited ‘spectacular misjudgment about the war in Iraq,’ something that he says ‘should consign the author to irrelevance.’”

  • From NonParty Politics: “Andrew Sullivan: Blaming Everyone But Beauchamp

    Jobs

  • American Federation of Government Employees is looking for a Communication Specialist.

  • “Save the Bay” Chesapeake Bay Foundation seeks a Virginia Media & Communications Assistant.

  • Susan Davis International is looking for a New Media Director.

  • Times Community Newspapers is looking for a Reporter.

  • National Public Radio is looking for a Director, Operations, News & Administration, a Director, Afternoon Programming, a Director, Morning Programming, a Deputy Managing Editor, News & Information
    and a Supervising Senior Producer, Weekend All Things Considered.

  • The Washington Times is looking for a Content Producer.

  • U.S. News & World Report magazine is looking for an Investing/Personal Finance Reporter.

  • The Washington Post is looking for an Editorial Assistant.

  • Patrick Henry College is looking for a Journalism Professor.

  • The Society for HR Management is looking for an Associate Editor.

  • The News and Advance is looking for a Reporter.

  • Council for Advancement and Support of Education is seeking a Magazine Editor.

  • Oxfam America is looking for a Press Officer.

  • The Townsend Group is looking for a National Sales Manager.

  • The Magazine Group is looking for a Managing Editor/Technology.

  • Dana Press is looking for a Production Director.

  • Fox News Channel is looking for an Associate Producer, Weekend Live.

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