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Morning Reading List, 11.29.07

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Good morning Washington.

  • Fine, fine … we’re sucking it up and joining Facebook.

  • Your folks are Democrats, well, mostly.

    NEWSPAPERS

  • “Four years into the war, Iraq correspondents would give their reporting mixed, but generally positive reviews and think they have covered the U.S. military more effectively than they have covered the citizenry of Iraq,” a Pew release announced.

  • Harry Jaffe writes, “How to Poke Don Graham and Not Get Fired for It (Hint: Try Facebook)”

  • One Mediabistro reader wants to know, “Does the Washington Post really drug test?”

  • This morning check out “a special video series entitled, ‘A Nation Divided,’ illustrating the Iraq war’s influence on the presidential campaign by award-winning producer Travis Fox” on washingtonpost.com. “The three-part series focuses on populations in three primary states: Iowa, South Carolina and New Hampshire.”

  • The AP reports, “A Banc of America analyst downgraded shares of the New York Times Co. Wednesday, saying Wall Street expects unrealistically strong spending from luxury and national advertisers.”

  • Reuters reports, “Nearly 90 percent of U.S. journalists in Iraq say much of Baghdad is still too dangerous to visit, despite a recent drop in violence attributed to the build-up of U.S. forces, a poll released on Wednesday said.”

  • E&P reports, “Nearly two-thirds of Americans do not trust press coverage of the 2008 presidential campaign, according to a new Harvard University survey, which also revealed four out of five people believe coverage focuses too much on the trivial — and more than 60% believe coverage is politically biased.”

  • CJR reports, “Just when you thought it was safe to spread open The New York Times and eat a turkey and cranberry sandwich, Mark Halperin turns in a Week in Review op-ed that kills the appetite. He’s decided that the national press spends too much pushing horse race manure, while ignoring leadership and character, which he says can be found in the oats of candidates’ ‘full lives and public record.’ Points for originality!”

  • AJR reports, “As U.S. news organizations have backed away from foreign news coverage, the Associated Press’ international report has become increasingly vital.”

  • The New York Observer reports,Bill Keller announced moments ago in a memo that there will be layoffs at The New York Times. He wrote that it will not affect reporters, but a hiring freeze will be strictly enforced.”

    RADIO

  • USA Today reports, “Friendly satellite radio rivals Sirius (SIRI) and XM (XMSR) enter the final month of 2007 with reasons to be wary. They have to worry whether the softening economy will hurt new car sales — the largest generator of new satellite radio subscribers.”

    TELEVISION

  • Another Disclosure Debacle for CNN

  • DNC Cancels Democratic Debate; Was To Be Moderated by Katie Couric

  • An NBC release announced, “According to Nielsen Media Research data, ‘NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams’ was the most-watched network evening newscast, winning the week of November 19-27, 2007. The NBC broadcast posted its best total viewer delivery since February 12, 2007 and its best advantage since December 18, 2006.”

  • Eric Boehlert writes, “Last Friday marked something of a milestone for ABC’s widely acclaimed news program Nightline when it aired a detailed look at life inside the chaotic emergency room at the 28th Combat Support Hospital in Baghdad. The significance? It was the first time since July 18 that Nightline had broadcast a firsthand news report from Iraq examining the on-the-ground effects of the still-unfolding war there.”

  • Media Week reports, “More than 18 months after The New York Times pulled out of its joint cable venture with Discovery Communications, the Discovery Times Channel is shedding its outdated moniker.”

  • TVNewser tells us that Fox News has pimped their “Election Newsgathering Vehicle.”

  • Think Progress pointed out yesterday, “Coal Industry Sponsoring Tonight’s CNN/YouTube Republican Presidential Debate”

  • Presidential Debate Canceled Amid CBS Strike Plans

  • TVNewser reports, “November marked 14 months in a row that Countdown with Keith Olbermann has topped CNN’s 8pmET program in the A25-54 demo; and the 12th month in a row in the total viewer category.”

  • TVNewser reports, “CNN says Headline News continues to have ‘its best year on record.’”

  • Bill Hemmer On The Difference Between FNC And CNN

  • The Examiner reports, “The news of the untimely death of Redskins star Sean Taylor traveled quickly Tuesday morning. CNN was the first to break the news around 5am Tuesday but soon after that local outlets WTOP, WMAL, NBC4, FOX5, ABC7 and CBS9 all were reporting the sad news of death of Taylor as the lead news story.”

  • Washington Post reports, “The Federal Communications Commissions voted for a set of watered-down cable regulations late last night, as increasing tensions among the agency’s five members allowed the industry to largely avoid tough rules.”

  • St. Petersburg Times takes a “Peek inside CNN’s inner sanctum”

  • Marty Kaplan writes, “CNN spokeswoman Christa Robinson wrote HuffPo’s media relations vp saying that my post about how the CNN/YouTube Republican Debate was rigged was ‘pretty infuriating.’”

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    BOOKS

  • Huffington Post reports, “Writing on Editor and Publisher this morning, Public Affairs Books founder and editor-at-large Peter Osnos addresses the media frenzy that’s greeted the announcement of Scott McClellan’s forthcoming volume, What Happened. In summation, Osnos is seemingly shocked–shocked!–that the marketing strategy his company pursued with regard to McClellan’s book has actually worked in the manner that was intended.”

    MAGAZINES

  • Mixed Media asks, “What is Peter Carlson’s beef with Details?”

  • Karen Tumulty shares what it is like to write for a newsweekly.

  • Niche Media announced, “With a Holiday 2007 launch, Niche Media will debut Trump Magazine, the quintessential guide to luxury living and the entrepreneurial spirit. Trump Magazine will be published quarterly with a distribution of over 100,000 copies that will be hand-delivered to Trump properties, residences, and golf courses and sold in select cities across the country.”

    ONLINE MEDIA

  • A release announced, “Sen. John McCain will be the third presidential candidate, and first Republican, to participate in the groundbreaking MySpace/MTV Presidential Dialogue series. The interactive Dialogue will take place at Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester, NH with an in-person audience of university students, and for the first time, be simultaneously broadcast live on MTV, MySpace (www.myspace.com/election2008), MTV’s www.ChooseOrLose.com, cross-carriers on MTV Mobile, and translated live into Spanish via ImpreMedia’s LaVibra. Today www.myspace.com/election2008 and www.ChooseOrLose.com will begin accepting user-submitted video questions (30 seconds or less) on the issues that matter most to young voters in the upcoming elections. Submissions will be accepted through Sunday, December 2, and the video with the highest ratings and community response on Monday will be posed to Sen. McCain during the evening Dialogue.”

  • Poynter Online’s Steve Klein writes on the coverage of Sean Taylor’s death, “It is, however, to point out that when it came down to keeping up with the story, the best and timeliest source of information was La Canfora’s blog.”

    JOBS

  • Federal News Radio AM 1050 is looking for a Web Writer.

  • American Association for Justice is seeking Legal Content Editor.

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