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Morning Reading List 03.16.09

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Its day 56 covering the Obama administration and week seven for us. What we know and what we’re reading this Friday morning…



From WaPo’s ombudsman Andrew Alexander, “Lagging in the Fight for Open Government,” “So you would think that with its stature, here in the nation’s capital, The Post would be the leader in fighting for transparency. It isn’t… Other newspapers are more assertive on their news pages in championing the cause. Pioneering Web sites are much better at giving readers access to government data. And some open-government advocates feel The Post hasn’t done enough to curb Washington’s corrosive culture of anonymity.”

Why iTunes is not a workable model for the newspaper business, from Clay Shirky‘s blog. “Society doesn’t need newspapers. What we need is journalism. For a century, the imperatives to strengthen journalism and to strengthen newspapers have been so tightly wound as to be indistinguishable. That’s been a fine accident to have, but when that accident stops, as it is stopping before our eyes, we’re going to need lots of other ways to strengthen journalism instead.”


After just 50 days, pundits put the blame for the economy on President Obama. From Howard KurtzMedia Notes: “But is it fair to hurl such charges at a president who’s been in office for less than eight weeks? Isn’t Obama trying to dig out from the huge economic mess left by his predecessor? The chatter reflects a fast-forward culture that demands snap judgments. The cable news channels, not content to wait for the traditional 100-day benchmark — itself an artificial media construct — were grading Obama last week on his 50-day performance.”

From the Daily Beast, the Seven Best Moments from Sunday Talk, with former Vice President Dick Cheney on CNN’s State of the Union topping the list, “ripping Obama.”

Also from the Daily Beast, a “look back at the tirades, attacks, and retorts that led to the climactic confrontation” between Jon Stewart and Jim Cramer.

Washington Whispers reports “Billy Corgan is a Rock Star for C-SPAN.” “When I did my last album, C-SPAN was kind of my TV-watching,” Corgan tells Whispers. “Watching C-SPAN and learning about the government was my way to unwind.”


Radio host Don Imus announced on his show this morning that he has stage 2 prostate cancer. “The day you find out is fine,” he said. “But the next morning when you get up, your knees are shaking. I didn’t think I could make it to work.” Imus is 68 years old and works for ABC Radio Networks and RFD-TV after being fired by CBS Radio and MSNBC in spring 2007.

From DCRTV: Actor and political activist Ron Silver, 62, has died after battling esophageal cancer. He most recently hosted a midday show on Sirius XM’s POTUS political channel, and was active in Republican politics, switching to a more conservative position on foreign affairs in the wake of 9/11 after many years on the liberal side of issues.

From WaPo’s Reliable Sources: Conservative radio host Laura Ingraham on Meghan McCain Thursday: “Do you think that anyone would be talking to you if you weren’t kind of cute and you weren’t the daughter of John McCain?” Ingraham then imitated McCain: “.’Okay, I was really hoping that I was going to get that role in the ‘Real World,’ but then I realized that, well, they don’t like plus-sized models.’.”


From NYT, how foreign correspondents have changed in an Internet era.


The Knight Foundation will spend millions to reshape journalism, funding “innovative journalism experiments, searching for answers to the future of media.”


Poor Little Lambs” by Carol Joynt in Washington Social Diary. “One thing is certain, there needs to be less media obsession with Barack Obama’s first hundred days as President. What does it mean, anyway? They give him a grade on day 101, and then what? It’s an archaic measure.”


Atlantic Media Company is looking for a reporter for Global Security Newswire.

HAT TIPS: Mediabistro; Romenesko

Morning Reading List 03.03.09

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Its day 43 covering the Obama administration and one month down for us. Happy Birthday to Patrick Gavin.

What we know and what we’re reading this Tuesday morning…



WaPo tops Fortune’s most admired companies 2009 list in the publishing, newspapers and magazines industry. NYTimes follows.

More on George Will‘s column on global warming and omsbudsman Andrew Alexander‘s response on a science blog The Loom, “When Fact-Checking Is Not Fact-Checking.”

Future “health czar” Nancy-Ann DeParle is married to NYT reporter Jason DeParle, the paper disclosed yesterday. Jason does not cover healthcare and Politico reports Washington bureau chief Dean Baquet does not foresee any issue, saying DeParle is “one of the most important people in the bureau.”

A look at the future of newspapers, “What Comes After a Golden Age,” including five reasons why the death of print is not impending.


TVNewser wants to know “Where are TV’s Women Chief White House Correspondents?” All the major TV nets and cablers- ABC, CBS, NBC/MSNBC, CNN, FNC -have male Chief White House Correspondents. Is this significant? Sam Donaldson thinks “it’s a big deal,” Ann Compton calls it “a quirk of the moment,” and Andrea Mitchell finds it “unusual.”

Media Matters asks, “Matthews’ ‘Oh God’ vs. Santelli’s rant: Which told us more about the press?” “…the idea that the [Chris] Matthews live-mic moment should be pounced on as an “aha” moment for the unprofessional press corps is absurd. Not when Rick Santelli, a reporter for CNBC, went on live TV and uncorked an anti-Obama rant and then paraded around on right-wing radio shows for days while concocting stories about being targeted by the White House. Despite crossing all normal bounds of journalism, Santelli was celebrated in the press as a populist… And CNBC seemed to do everything it could to market and hype the rant.”

NY Magazine calls ABC’s Jake Tapper a tool here.


In today’s Media Notes, Howard Kurtz contends the “White House Lets Rush Limbaugh Be Voice of GOP Opposition.” He calls Limbaugh a “master at drawing media attention,” filling a vacuum in the Republican party since the election.


A discussion on fair use from the NYT here. Copyright and infringement cases against bloggers and online publishers seem to be increasing. An interesting quote from Arianna Huffington, “we are at the beginning of developing the rules of the road” online and Times piece says she said the site’s editors were “constantly talking” about appropriate excerpting conduct.


From Newsweek, “Confessions Of A Pundit, Economic commentators may be insightful, but they’re not neutral. Market forces shape their views.”

In an interview with ABC’s Jonathan Karl former First Lady Laura Bush commented that she wasn’t getting her newspaper on time in the morning. It’s actually security that’s the problem, not her hometown paper, the Dallas Morning News. The paper’s publisher and chief executive tells Dallas News, “Because the police won’t let anyone past the roadblock near the Bush Dallas residence without security clearance, we leave the paper with the police guards near the house bright and early every morning.”


Slate is looking for an editorial intern.

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Morning Reading List 03.02.09

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Its day 42 covering the Obama administration and one month down for us. What we know and what we’re reading this Monday morning…



From Sunday’s WaPo, Howie Kurtz‘s Media Notes, “Under Weight of Its Mistakes, Newspaper Industry Staggers.”

From DCRTV: “Even though its circulation numbers continue to plunge, the Washington Post is raising its subscription delivery price from 41-cents to 49-cents per weekday and Saturday. Beginning Monday, 3/2. That’s a 19.5 percent hike. The newsstand daily price is 75-cents. No hike in the Sunday $1.50 price…”

WaPo Ombudsman Andrew Alexander takes on the George Will “Dark Green Doomsayers” from two weeks ago, criticized for fuzzy facts on global warming. “Opinion columnists are free to choose whatever facts bolster their arguments. But they aren’t free to distort them.”


ABC Radio broadcaster Paul Harvey died Saturday at the age of 90. From Reuters: “Working out of Chicago, Harvey started his show each day by barking, ‘Hello, Americans, this is Paul Harvey! Stand by for news!’ and would sign off with a forceful ‘Paul Harvey…good day!’”

Statements from President George W. Bush, Paul Harvey Jr. and ABC Radio Networks President James Robinson can be found here, and a profile from WaPo’s Marc Fisher here.


HuffPost has a review of this week in magazines, including First Lady Michelle Obama, French First Lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy and Silda Wall Spitzer, the wife of disgraced former NY Governor Eliot Spitzer, all in Vogue.


Hearst announced the end of last week that its newspapers will begin to hold back some content from print for the web, allowing them to begin charging for digital news.

From WaPo’s Potomac Confidential, “Bloggers Can’t Fill the Gap Left by Shrinking Press Corp.”


Washington Whispers asks “…is Frank Luntz, the former Republican golden boy who provided the party with so many winning words and phrases, the model of modern, Obama-style bipartisanship or a GOP traitor?” Luntz makes regular cable tv appearances.


Al Jazzera is looking for a Senior Washington Correspondent.

Berkeley is accepting applications for two investigative reporting fellowships.

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Morning Reading List, 12.15.08

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Howell’s Out, Alexander’s In As WaPo Ombudsman

Boy, what a long, strange trip it’s been these past few years…

But Deborah Howell‘s term as ombudsman of the Washington Post is up soon and, today, Katharine Weymouth announced that Cox Newspaper’s Washington bureau chief, Andrew Alexander, will be the paper’s ombudsman for a two-year term beginning on Feb. 2.

Full internal memo, obtained by FishbowlDC, after the jump…

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