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Noon Reading List: 05.11.09

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It is day 112 covering the Obama administration and week 15 for us. Sorry for the late start- we’re still recovering from WHCD weekend. What we know and what we’re reading this Monday morning…



“A lack of vision is to blame for newspapers’ woes,” writes WaPo‘s Howard Kurtz.


NBC responds to a Page Six item today about Luke Russert to TVNewser. “It’s unfortunate that a gossip column would choose to attack a hard working, talented young man who is getting a great start as a broadcast journalist,” a NBC News spokesperson said.


Reuters: News Corp. will introduce “micro payments” for articles and premium subscriptions to The Wall Street Journal’s Web site. “Once we have your details we will be able to charge you according to what you read, in particular, a high price for specialist material,” said Journal editor Robert Thomson.


NYT‘s Frank RichThe American Press on Suicide Watch“: Without [journalists'] enterprise, to take a few representative recent examples, we would not have known about the wretched conditions for our veterans at Walter Reed, the government’s warrantless wiretapping, the scams at Enron or steroids in baseball.

And from Maureen Dowd in NYT: “I dreamed that Spock saved our planet, The Daily Planet of journalism,” writes Maureen Dowd.

And Time asks, “As Newsrooms Cut Back, Who Covers the Statehouse?


Politico: Members of the White House press corps are grumbling about a spate of background briefings by “senior administration officials.” “We’ve been concerned about the needless use of ‘on-background’ briefings when it comes to sharing straightforward information,” AP spokesman Paul Colford said.

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Sean Gibbons has been named Director of Communications for Third Way and according to the release, he’ll develop and manage the organization’s brand and visibility in the media and progressive community. Gibbons comes to Third Way from the Center for American Progress and prior to that, worked in Washington as a producer for CNN.


Georgetown University is looking for an Associate Dean.

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