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Politico vs. NYTimes: John Harris and Bill Keller Duke it Out

It all started with a Gabe Sherman piece in the New Republic this week about the spectacular rise of Politico at the time when print journalism was seeminly suffering everywhere else.

It was there that NYTimes’ Bill Keller had this to say, “If you hadn’t reminded me, I couldn’t have told you who broke the seven houses and the six-figure wardrobe budget… Politico has focused on an inside game. I’m not sure if it translates to an outside game. I’m not sure how they get scale, and, if they don’t, I’m not sure what the business model is.”

To which, Politico’s John Harris responded, “Bill seems to be suggesting that only mass audience, general interest news sites- those that replicate as closely as possible the mission and content of traditional daily print papers— can survive. My own view is that the falling profits and staff cuts at papers across the country highlight the perils of this approach.”

And the coverage ensues…

Greg Sargent’s take is that there are actually two Politicos- one taking web-based journalism to a new level, and one that “consciously strives to break the kind of catty gossip that will reverberate inside the cable bubble…”

The Weekly Standard asks as a follow-up
, “Which newspaper’s business model consists of handouts from a shady Mexican oligarch, a tapped-out credit line, and a new mortgage on their office space. Hint: It’s not Politico.”

NYMag says, “Politico is Not the AP or the New York Times.”

Now TNR has the internal memo “What is a Politico Story?” referenced in Sherman’s piece up in its entirety. It’s a 3-page document that outlines Politico’s formula, mission and secrets to success. The memo is worth a full read, we’ve included just a excerpts below:

We are not the AP or The New York Times. They are wonderful at what they do and we will not supplant them in their space. If we ONLY do what those two great organizations do, WE WILL NOT SURVIVE AND WE WON’T HAVE JOBS.

A Politico story pulls back the curtain and shows the reader something intriguing, surprising and important BEHIND the straight-news headline or data point.

Speed kills. Velocity- SPEED + POWER (good sources, smart thinking)- will make you a winner.

This back-and-forth makes for great blog material, but it begs the question, just who is TNR’s whistle blower?

Morning Reading List 02.19.09

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Its day 31 covering the Obama administration and week 3 for us. What we know and what we’re reading this Thursday morning…

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NEWPAPERS

In today’s Media Notes, Howie Kurtz asks, “How Low Will Newspapers’ Ad Revenues Go?” “Thriving newspaper Web sites may be popular — USA Today and The Washington Post also drew more than 10 million monthly visitors last year — but they are slowly strangling print circulation. Online ad revenue remains far too modest to support the sizable reporting staffs that make newspapers worth reading and enable them to do real digging.” We had to bypass one full page ad to get to this piece.

Matthew Yglesias takes on Fred Hiatt and the WashPost editorial pages over a George Will column this weekend denying climate change.

Today’s “journalism is doomed” clip of the day from The New Republic, “MSM, RIP.”

TV

He may not quite have thrills up his legs, but Chris Matthews does share high opinions of Sen. Ted Kennedy on the Daily Beast. He says his new biography on Kennedy reveals what makes him the greatest US Senator of modern times.

Check out the New York Observer’s profile of CNN’s Fareed Zakaria, host of GPS, here. “From the get-go, unlike most Sunday public affairs programs such as Meet the Press and This Week, GPS set out to lure political leaders and thinkers onto the show from outside the Beltway and outside America. Part of Mr. Zakaria’s booking pitch to world leaders has been to emphasize his reach: U.S. policy makers in Washington and New York as well as viewers in London and Moscow and New Delhi—even in Kabul.”

ONLINE

There’s been an on-going discuss of whether or not newspapers’ online content should be free, with players like Bill Keller and Walter Isaacson advocating for it. Slate’s Jack Shafer looks that the other side here. Remember Slate was once a pay-for-content site itself.

Politico’s Michael Calderone picked up a lot of attention for this piece yesterday on the wave of reporters moving to the Obama administration. Former White House Press Secretary Jake Siewert points out Republicans like Tony Snow and Greg Morrell who have made similar moves. Check out their exchanges here.

MAGAZINES

The NYPost reports this morning the Newsweek staff is “steaming” over a slimmer mag.

NEWS NOTES

Broadcasting & Cable reports President Obama has reiterated his opposition to the FCC’s Fairness Doctrine.

Kathleen Parker tells us what its like to travel on AF1 with the Obamas on the Daily Beast. Parker was one of five columnists to travel with the President from Washington to Chicago last week.

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Morning Reading List 02.04.09

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Morning Reading List 02.03.09

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Morning Reading List, 01.20.09

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Today is the birthday of Sam Dealey. Yesterday was the birthday of Ann Compton, Robert MacNeil and New York Times Executive Editor Bill Keller. Check out the TamCam’s photos from The Root party and Mark Knoller‘s invaluable “Bush presidency by the numbers.” Washington Monthly has some suggestions on “What Obama Should Read.” Check out the recommendations here. The New York Times provides a game plan for “36 Hours in Washington, D.C.” Amazon’s Newsstand Blog shows us “a few of the newest entries into the Obamamania group of magazine covers.” TV Anchor Babes looks at “A Hot Norah O’Donnell on The Late Late Show.” Viva Chuck Todd tells us, “Chuck Todd Valentine’s Day e-Cards Now Available!” Check out today’s White House Photo of the Day from Time. Today’s “Angry Journalist” rant of the day: “It found it rather ironic when the company, after laying off 20 people and announcing there will be no raises, distributed the United Way pledge cards and asked us to give.”

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  • This week’s mediabistro.com classes include Intro to Magazine Writing, Health and Medical Writing and Writing and Editing for the Web.

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  • Politico’s Michael Calderone reports, “Portfolio contributing editor Matt Cooper has joined Talking Points Memo as the site’s new editor-at-large. There, he will be covering the White House — a job he’d done previously at Time and Newsweek — and helping to launch TPM’s new politics blog, TPMDC.”

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    NEWSPAPERS

  • Bloomberg reports, “Newspapers that scrambled to print extra issues after Barack Obama‘s election are ramping up presses to ensure they don’t miss out on an inauguration day windfall.”

  • The New York Post reports, “The embattled New York Times Co., trying to wriggle out from under a pile of debt as advertising revenue dries up, is talking to Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim about making a sizeable cash investment in the company.”

  • Big Think reports, “The founder of the Huffington Post blog says old media can survive.” Check out the video here.

  • Jeff Jarvis‘ Buzz Machine reports, “The World Association of Newspapers and the World Editors Forum just canceled their annual convention, which had been scheduled to take place in India in only two months”

  • Politico’s Michael Calderone reports, “WaPo adding to White House team”

  • The Daily Cartoonist has a round-up of “Cartoonists covering the Obama Inauguration”

  • Matt Taibbi takes on porn-stached New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman‘s greenish ways.”

  • Ann Althouse writes, “Oooooh! Maureen Dowd goes to some Florida spa, and, I ask you: Was anything ever more ready-made for Stuff White People Like?”

  • Larry Kramer writes, “Newspapers are still the best-staffed news organizations and remain journalism’s brightest hope — if they can only break their addiction to print.”

  • FamousDC reports, “CQ Today: Correction, We Meant Public Not Pubic”

  • “The Gannett Company, publisher of 85 daily newspapers across the United States, is making all its employees take a weeklong unpaid furlough to avoid layoffs.” The Onion asks, “What do you think?” Check out some responses here.

  • Political Animal reports, “Barack Obama stopped by the Washington Post’s offices yesterday and covered a lot of ground with reporters and editors. There was one subject of particular interest — the Post’s front-page headline read: ‘Obama Pledges Entitlement Reform.’”

  • Politico’s Michael Calderone asks, “Will WaPo close Book World?”

  • The Corner reports, “Somewhere along the way, Bob Woodward decided to transition from being a newspaper reporter to a Big Thinker. We see evidence of this in Woodward’s piece in the Washington Post ‘Outlook’ section, ’10 Take Aways From the Bush Years,’ in which Woodward informs us that ‘There’s actually a lot that President-elect Barack Obama can learn from the troubled presidency of George W. Bush.’ Rather than bore Cornerites with a point-by-point rejoinder, it might be instructive to take just one of Woodward’s ten take-aways and examine it with a bit of care.” For more, click here.

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    TV

  • A C-SPAN release announced, “Own a piece of history with this two DVD set commemorating the inauguration of Barack Obama. This special DVD set will include highlights from Inauguration Day 2009 and a compilation of Barack Obama’s speeches delivered on his road to the White House. The DVDs will contain nearly eight hours of programming. The speech compilation features Barack Obama’s 2004 Democratic National Convention address, his speech on race relations, the 2008 convention address, his election night victory remarks, and more. The inaugural highlights DVD will capture events from Barack Obama’s 2009 inauguration, including the traditional arrival of the president-elect at the White House, the departure to the Capitol, and the complete inaugural ceremony. Pre-order the two disc collection for $19.95 online now.”

  • A release announced, “As part of ABC’s Presidential Inauguration coverage on January 20 ABCNEWS.com will live stream the ABC TV network’s special coverage beginning at 9:30AM EST/6:30AM PT. The comprehensive reporting will be embedded directly on ABCNEWS.com’s Homepage. Charles Gibson, Diane Sawyer and George Stephanopoulos will anchor coverage of Barack Obama‘s Inauguration. Broadcast from the Newseum on Pennsylvania Avenue, coverage will include all events from the swearing-in ceremony and Obama’s Inaugural Address to the Inaugural Parade, as well reaction from around the nation and the world to this historic event. Gibson, Sawyer and Stephanopoulos will be joined by a team of ABC News anchors, correspondents and analysts covering the day’s events. The live streaming coverage, the first of its kind to be directly embedded on the Homepage, will be presented in 16 x 9 widescreen format and will be available on some ABC Affiliate stations’ websites.”

  • Johnny Dollar’s Place writes, “With six showings of Hannity into the record books, it’s clear that the original debate concept of Hannity & Colmes has been abandoned. Now Sean interviews like-minded folk who won’t challenge his points: Jonah Goldberg, Pat Buchanan, Fred Thompson, Elizabeth Hasselbeck, etc. Oh there was an interview with Don Imus (neither conservative nor a Republican) but it was a celebrity-style chat, barely touching on any political issues. This is all straight out of the playbook of Keith Olbermann. Or for that matter Rachel Maddow who, aside from an infrequent appearance of Buchanan, also proffers a parade of ideological soulmates.”

  • The New York Times reports, “When the White House changes occupants this week, it may also change channels. Barack Obama‘s inauguration on Tuesday marks the end of an era for the Fox News Channel, the cable news network of choice during the George W. Bush years.”

  • A Livestation release announced, “Our partner channels have lined up special inauguration coverage which you can flick between in your Livestation player to sample the different perspectives being offered. Livestation chat lets you interact with other viewers and some of the programme producers who might send your comments through to the studio to be read out and discussed live on air. To take part in a discussion you need to have your Livestation player open, click the downward pointing arrow at the top of the screen and enter the chat room.” For more information, click here.

  • TVNewser’s Chris Ariens reports, “John King Gets 1/6th of CNN Sunday”

  • WUSA reports, “As the nation looks forward to a historic inauguration, 60 years ago Friday night another historic inauguration took place. That’s when Channel 9, ‘Washington’s Eye on the World,’ began regular television service as the new CBS affiliate.”

  • Time reports, “Barack Obama wasn’t the only winner to emerge from last year’s historic presidential race. Chuck Todd has surged to TV prominence and Beltway influence since being tapped as NBC’s political director in 2007. For millions of NBC and MSNBC viewers, Todd’s analysis of election arcana, especially during the drawn-out Democratic primary, was an invaluable guidebook on the campaign trail. Recently named NBC’s chief White House correspondent, Todd has written a book on the race along with NBC’s Sheldon Gawiser, How Barack Obama Won. He spoke with TIME about where the media’s election coverage went wrong, how bloggers make him nicer and why his famed facial hair isn’t going anywhere.” Check out the full interview here.

  • Did you catch it? That was Al Roker broadcasting live from the plaza outside of NBC News at 400 N. Capitol Street on Monday.

  • TVNewser’s Steve Krakauer reports, “Do you want to know what Fox News’ Megyn Kelly ate last week? She gives a detailed account to NYMag.com’s Grub Street blog.”

  • Mark your calendars. The 65th Annual Radio & Television Correspondents’ Dinner will be held on Thursday, June 4th, 2009 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in downtown Washington.

  • TVNewser’s Chris Ariens reports, “Blitzer: We Have ‘Some New Technology.’ Cooper: ‘Is This A Hologram?’”

  • Yesterday, NBC News’ Matt Lauer was the first to sit down live with Capt. Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger III, in his first interview since he piloted the crash landing of US Airways Flight 1549 on the Hudson River in New York City. The interview aired on “Today,” Monday, January 19.

  • WTOP reports, “A Prince George’s County jury has reached a verdict in the case of a reporter who sued the county. A jury has found Prince George’s County Police used excessive force when they detained Channel 7 investigative reporter Andrea McCarren.”

  • TVNewser’s Chris Ariens reports, “Juju Chang Goes Guerilla Journalist For Inauguration”

  • A release announced that CNN replayed Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech in its entirety on Monday, Jan. 19, at noon (ET) as part of the network’s MLK Day programming.

  • Check out TVNewser’s Live Chat with Chuck Todd.

  • TVNewser’s Steve Krakauer reports, “MSNBC held their Television Critics Association panel yesterday in Los Angeles, and the questions ranged from comparisons of MSNBC and FNC to comparisons of Obama and Bush. Variety’s Brian Lowry writes that MSNBC president Phil Griffin fielded questions about the network’s ‘windshield-wiper act’ of having Keith Olbermann and Chris Matthews again anchoring political coverage, Tuesday at the Inauguration, as well as whether MSNBC was the ‘left-leaning counterweight’ to Fox News. ‘We’re less about ideology than Fox is,’ said Griffin.”

  • WorldScreen.com reports, “Jeff Zucker, the president and CEO of NBC Universal, will be a keynote speaker at Media Summit New York, set to be held March 18 and 19. The 6th Annual Media Summit New York, presented by The McGraw-Hill Companies — the publishers of BusinessWeek — and produced by Digital Hollywood, is set for March 18 to 19 at the McGraw-Hill Building in New York.”

  • TVNewser’s Chris Ariens ponders, “What’s the State of Reliable Sources?”

  • Politico’s Michael Calderone reports, “CNN President Jon Klein didn’t go light on the praise for John King this afternoon, shortly after the premiere of his new show, ‘State of the Union.’ King, he said, is ‘the best political reporter of his generation.’”

  • Reuters reports, “ABC feeling economic, digital pressures”

  • TVNewser’s Steve Krakauer reports, “Where To Watch The Obamas’ First Dance? ABC Only, For Now”

  • His Extreme-ness points us to this exchange spotted by Matthew Yglesias at Think Progress.

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    ONLINE MEDIA

  • A release announced, “For those who may not plan to visit Washington D.C. for the Inauguration, C-SPAN will debut Inauguration Hub on January 20th. C-SPAN’s Inauguration Hub features an online ‘control room’ that includes a Mogulus designed multichannel grid to webcast the inauguration activities. Visitors can access the Inauguration Hub at www.c-span.org, between 6:00 AM (ET) and Midnight (ET) on Inauguration Day.”

  • The New York Times reports, “Can CNN, the Go-to Site, Get You to Stay?”

  • ABC NewsNOW is livestreaming the coverage online through Tuesday — covering all the events, with Rick Klein and Sam Donaldson anchoring. Check it out here.

  • OJR reports, “Journalism ethics 2.0: As the Internet changes the market, some conventions must change as well”

  • washingtonpost.com will be offering live video coverage of the Inauguration and mobile alerts to anyone who will be in D.C. to help them avoid the expected gridlock.

  • A release announced, “CNN Worldwide plans to create the most unique view of the exact moment U.S. President-elect Barack Obama takes the oath of office on Tuesday, Jan. 20, at noon (ET). Using Microsoft Photosynth technology, CNN and Microsoft Corp. will produce the first ‘synth’ of a major historical moment. Photosynth, part of the Microsoft Virtual Earth product family, enables users to create synths, detailed 3-D environments of photos that are identified by minute similarities and then fused together. In this case, the initial images comprise those captured on cell phones, cameras and mobile devices by inauguration attendees of the moment Obama is sworn in as president. From the vast sweep of the crowd to a close-up on the new president’s raised hand, every angle of this historic moment will be frozen in time. To see examples of synths, visit http://photosynth.com. CNN is inviting people witnessing ‘The Moment’ to take part in a special iReport assignment by e-mailing their pictures to themoment@CNN.com.”

  • CNN reports, “Obama poised to be first ‘wired’ president”

  • Chicago Reader reports, “Why Would a Pro Write for HuffPo? One freelancer explains why she’ll work gratis for a $200 million company”

  • Washington Flyer has joined Facebook! Become a friend here.

  • “MySpace has partnered with Katalyst Media, founded by Ashton Kutcher, on a project called The Presidential Pledge. Celebrities recorded videos in which they make a pledge of service to President-elect Barack Obama. The videos were directed, produced and edited by Demi Moore. The ultimate goal is to motivate the MySpace community to create their own pledges to help bring about the change inspired by Obama’s Campaign. … MySpace will have these videos exclusively beginning Monday 12:01am PT Jan.19. Users can watch the videos and create their own personal pledged at www.myspace.com/presidentialpledge. For more info, check out MySpace Celebrity.

  • Check out “Dear Mr. President,” where people can upload a video message to President-Elect Obama at Pepsi’s new site RefreshEverything.com.

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    MAGAZINES

  • The National Religious Campaign Against Torture urges readers to “Tell Newsweek No to Torture!”

  • Folio reports, “Hard-Hit Niche Publishers Rethink Strategies”

  • “This week The Atlantic devotes the homepage of TheAtlantic.com to its coverage of the inauguration. In addition to the latest dispatches and posts from writers including Andrew Sullivan, Marc Ambinder, Ta-Nehisi Coates and James Fallows, the site also features The Atlantic’s archival coverage of new presidencies reaching back to Abraham Lincoln.”

  • The New York Times reports, “The Popular Newsweekly Becomes a Lonely Category”

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    RADIO

  • A release announced, “Rachel Maddow has reached a new agreement with Air America Media (www.airamerica.com) to extend her tenure with the company’s Radio Network and Interactive Division. ‘The Rachel Maddow Show’ will air as a one-hour program to be presented in morning drive time on the network’s affiliates and streamed on airamerica.com.”

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    NEWS NOTES

  • Media Matters’ Eric Boehlert looks at, “The media myth about the cost of Obama’s inauguration”

  • JammieWearingFool reports, “Perino Mocks Obama”

  • A release announced, “Change.org … announced the winners of its Ideas for Change in America competition at an event at the National Press Club and attended by nonprofit leaders, grassroots activists, and members of the Obama campaign and incoming administration. The competition was the first nationwide grassroots response to President-elect Barack Obama‘s call for greater citizen participation in government, and since Election Day more than 650,000 votes have been cast for more than 7500 ideas for how the Obama administration and 111th Congress should change America. The 10 winning ideas reflect the diverse interests of the millions of people calling for change across the country, including ideas for securing universal heath care, LGBT rights, and sustainable green energy. The list of winners also includes ideas often left off of the national agenda but with powerful grassroots support, including those for restoring civil liberties, ending the prohibition on medicinal marijuana, and advancing peace through new government institutions. All winning ideas can be viewed at www.change.org/ideas.”

  • Sam Dealey looks at “Racial Media Bias Meets Liberal Media Bias”

  • The Society of Professional Journalists is introducing the Journalists Toolbox. “With more than 10,000 listed Web resources and links, this site is a one-stop destination for any reporter or editor working on any story or beat, from crime to the environment to religion. This free site, edited by former Los Angeles Times reporter and DePaul University instructor Mike Reilley, is organized by beats and industry topics such as Public Records, Investigative, Crime, Legal Issues, Federal Government, State Government, Elections, Science, Environment, Public Safety, Journalism Jobs and much more.”

  • Slate’s Jack Shafer reports, “Obama’s New Press Strategy — Soon to be the ‘one president at a time,’ he starts schmoozing the press.”

  • New York Magazine reports, “Christopher Hitchens Blames Torture on Common Americans, Demands ‘Tongue’ From Andrew Sullivan

  • Politico’s Ben Smith reports, “A Democrat with knowledge of administration plans emails over the assignments for the Obama White House press shop, which looks more or less like the campaign press shop, perhaps on the principal of not tinkering with what works.”

  • A release announced, “Boston University today launched the New England Center for Investigative Reporting (NECIR), the nation’s first university-based, multimedia investigative reporting collaborative focused on local and regional issues.”

  • AFP reports, “For White House aides, a ride off into an uncertain sunset”

  • Innovation in College Media has a round-up of “Student media covering the inauguration.”

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    JOBS

  • Association for Financial Professionals is looking for a Director, Communications.

  • The National Recreation and Park Association is looking for a Managing Editor for Park & Recreation Magazine.

  • Youth Today is looking for a Marketing/Circulation Manager.

  • AAAS is looking for an Art Associate.

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    Hat Tips: DCRTV, Michael Calderone, TVNewser, IWantMedia, Romenesko, MediaBistro, JournalismJobs, JournalismNext, Mic Check Radio, New York Times’ On This Day

  • Morning Reading List, 10.29.08

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    Morning Reading List, 09.11.08

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    Morning Reading List, 02.25.08

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  • Most of you would prefer Barack Obama as an editor in the newsroom.

  • Regarding the poll, a reader writes in, “i just voted for obama in your poll as the person i’d rather have as an editor in the newsroom … but i feel that you should clarify somehow that ‘newsroom editor’ does not equal ‘president,’ in case that was the parallel you were trying to draw. i say this because the very reason that i would prefer obama as my editor is the very same reason i would NOT want him to be my president (and likewise, the reason i don’t want hillary to be my editor is the same reason i’d prefer her to be the prez) — i feel like under obama’s newsroom leadership, i could get away with a lot more shit b/c he wouldn’t have the experience to know when i wasn’t doing what i was supposed to and/or when i wasn’t doing it right … and i feel like he’d be the ‘nice guy’ and the easier guy to work for and with … hillary, on the other hand, would run a much tighter ship. so, what i am essentially revealing is that i’m lazy, but also that i hillary would make a better president b/c i will vote for the person who can bust balls and get the job done, not just walk around the newsroom (or the oval office) and smile but not really know what’s going on … which sounds a lot like my current bosses … hmmm …”

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  • Josh Rogin is adding a new line to his resume. In addition to his full time job as a CQ reporter, he is the weekend editorial producer/booker for CNN International.

  • Tara Wall is The Washington Times’ has a new deputy editor for the editorial page.

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    NEWSPAPERS

  • A reader writes, “While the Washington Post congratulates itself on today’s McCain lobbying story, Bloomberg had it three weeks ago: Lobbyists Give Clinton Most Money, McCain Has Most on Staff Democrat Hillary Clinton has raised more money from lobbyists than any other presidential candidate while Republican John McCain has more of them assisting his campaign.”

  • “NYT stands behind McCain-lobbyist story,” reports Politico.

  • Howard Kurtz writes, “N.Y. Times Gets Flak From All Sides on Explosive Story.”

  • San Francisco Chronicle’s Debra Saunders writes, “New York Times sullies itself with McCain story”

  • Jon Friedman writes, “The New York Times reads like a gossip sheet”

  • From Slate: “New York Times 0, New Republic 0, McCain 1″

  • E&P reports, “‘New Republic’ Scribe Not Sure His Story Prompted ‘NY Times’ To Run McCain Piece”

  • The Los Angeles Times reports, “McCain story proves incendiary among journalists, conservatives”

  • McCain/New York Times story and anonymous sources”

  • Reflections of a Newsosaur writes,Bill Keller and Len Downie owe their readers the full details about the timing and circumstances that caused them to publish today’s innuendo-rich and fact-lite exposes on John McCain.”

  • John McCain: ‘pampered politician’ no more?”

  • Michael Gerson writes, “The Times Throws Mud at McCain”

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  • An ABC release announced, “According to Nielsen Media Research for Sunday, February 17, 2008, ABC News’ ‘This Week with George Stephanopoulos’ outperformed CBS’ ‘Face the Nation’ among both Total Viewers and Adults 25-54. This is the 12th time this season ‘This Week’ beat ‘Face’ in Total Viewers and the 11th time beating CBS among
    the key Adults 25-54 demo. ‘This Week’ posted 3.01 million Total Viewers, outperforming ‘Face’ by 120,000. Among Adults 25-54, the program posted 1.25 million, beating CBS by 290,000.”

  • An NBC release announced, “‘The Chris Matthews Show’ was the #2
    Sunday morning public affairs show, behind only NBC News’ ‘Meet The
    Press,’ for the week ending February 17th, according to Nielsen Media Research data. ‘The Chris Matthews Show’ delivered a 2.3 HH rating, topping ABC’s ‘This Week,’ CBS’ ‘Face the Nation’ and ‘FOX News Sunday’ in households nationally for the week ending February 17.”

  • A release announced, “MSNBC will telecast a debate between
    Democratic presidential candidates Sen. Hillary Clinton and Sen. Barack Obama Tuesday, Feb. 26, live from Cleveland State University in Cleveland, Ohio, 9-10:30 p.m. ET. ‘NBC Nightly News’ anchor Brian Williams will moderate the debate, joined by ‘Meet the Press’ moderator and NBC News Washington Bureau Chief Tim Russert. This is the final debate between Sens. Obama and Clinton before the crucial March 4 primaries in Ohio, Texas, Rhode Island and Vermont.”

  • An NBC release announced, “Throughout the week of February
    24, ‘NBC News With Brian Williams’ will take a look at the issues Americans are discussing and Presidential candidates are debating in a new series ‘Where They Stand.’ The series will layout a different issue each day and explain how Presidential candidates Senator Hillary Clinton, Senator Barack Obama, former Governor Mike Huckabee and Senator John McCain stand on each topic.”

  • An ABC release announced, “With the New York Philharmonic set to perform a live concert from Pyongyang, ABC News anchor Bob Woodruff will report from inside North Korea on the Philharmonic’s historic visit beginning Friday, February 22nd. While there Woodruff will also report on the ongoing denuclearization process. Mr. Woodruff’s reporting will air on all ABC News broadcasts and platforms. He will also contribute behind the scenes reporting to PBS’s special coverage of the live concert that will air in New York on Tuesday, February 26th at 8:00 PM and nationally on PBS on Thursday, February 28th at 9:00 PM ET (check local listings).”

  • NewsBusted reports, “Chris Matthews says Obama makes a ‘thrill’ go up his leg when he speaks”

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    ONLINE MEDIA

  • Best Life reports, “The 10 most important voices to listen to this election cycle — all of which are likely new to you.” Orbitcast has more.

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    MAGAZINES

  • Mark your calendars! Ed2010 is celebrating St. Patrick’s Day a week early. Come joine Ed at Fado on March 10 at 6:00 p.m. Please RSVP to theodora.blanchfield@gmail.com

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    JOBS

  • Trust for America’s Health is looking for a Media Relations Manager.

  • Spectrum Science Communications is looking for a Creative Director/Web & Graphic Design.

  • Congressional Quarterly is looking for a News Editor, CQ Today, an Editor, Transcripts and a Reporter, Homeland Security.

  • National Public Radio is looking for a Reporter/Correspondent Business, National Desk

  • MarketWatch is looking for a News Reporter/Producer, Radio.

  • US Holocaust Memorial Museum is looking for a Communications/Public Affairs Officer, a Marketing Specialist and a Web Communications Specialist.

  • Examiner.com is looking for a Baltimore City Editor.

  • International Center for Journalists is seeking a Program Director.

  • Moment Magazine is looking for an Assistant Editor.

  • Science News is looking for an Art Director.

  • The Century Council is looking for a Communications Manager.

  • The Century Council is looking for an Entry Level Interactive Media Coordinator.

  • Association for Conflict Resolution is looking for a Communications Director.

  • Center for Responsive Politics is looking for a Communications Internship Summer 2008.

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  • Morning Reading List, 02.11.08

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    Good morning Washington.

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    REVOLVING DOOR | NEWSPAPERS | TV | ONLINE MEDIA | MAGAZINES | JOBS

  • You are not fans of Maureen Dowd’s writing.

    REVOLVING DOOR

  • Washington Post reports, “Discovery Communications has hired former AOL advertising executive Kathleen Kayse to run the Silver Spring cable giant’s digital ad sales operation. Kayse is a Time Warner veteran, having held a number of positions there, including publisher of People magazine.”

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    NEWSPAPERS

  • Diamondback Online talks to Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee and Nixon-era whistle-blower Daniel Ellsberg.

    <LI"Fuzzy Election Math, Before and After

  • The Examiner reports,Mark Tapscott, editorial page editor of The Washington Examiner, will receive the Conservative Political Action Conference’s journalist of the year award today for producing what American Conservative Union Chairman David A. Keene called a ‘consistent, conservative, articulate editorial page.’”

  • Amy Argetsinger says to ignore Chris Matthews. From an online chat:

      Philadelphia, Pa.: Is there any way to attempt to correct Chris Matthews from pronouncing Illinois “Illinoise”? Especially when we know it’s accidental…it’s quite embarrassing for the rest of us and it happened over and over again yesterday….
      Amy Argetsinger: He’s just doing it to get attention. Ignore him.

  • The Los Angeles Times reports, “The Washington Post Co.’s latest online venture targets a black audience, drawing from its own media properties but linking to too little else.”

  • Deb Howell asks, “Was a Museum Director Treated Fairly?

  • Newseum taps Roberts for opening

  • Romenesko has the memo from Bill Keller regarding Marty Gottlieb’s “New Gig”

  • Zero Zero, an “active gallery,” has opened in Georgetown. Georgetowner reports. The owners are currently “keeping busy by involving themselves in the planning stages of the first ever DC Photography Week, which should be captivating us this fall.”

  • The Wall Street Journal reports, “To secure the Democratic nomination for president, either Sen. Hillary Clinton or Sen. Barack Obama will need to secure 2,025 delegates. Depending on which account you accepted Friday morning, Ms. Clinton was either leading the delegate race, with more than half the needed total, or trailing Mr. Obama with both candidates shy of the halfway mark. At least five different news organizations are tracking delegate counts, and as this blog and others noted after Super Tuesday — and others pointed out earlier in primary season — the numbers have been all over the map. By Friday, the Associated Press’s count (used by The Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post and others), was scoring Ms. Clinton ahead, 1,045 to 960. CBS News had a Clinton lead of 1,069 to 1,001; at ABC News, it was 1,069 to 990; and CNN called it 1,037 to 933. Meanwhile, NBC News had Mr. Obama in the lead, 861 to 855.”

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    TV

  • Media barred from covering Rove speech at prep school

  • Olbermann Backs Burns on Countdown

  • TV Guide and Extra were behind the scenes at FNC on election night. Check it out here.

  • “Some Obama supporters are up in arms this evening over a remark by CNN’s Jessica Yellin that was meant to be off-camera, but was caught on a live mic.” Politico’s Ben Smith explains.

  • TVNewser has the updated debate ranker.

  • Jake Tapper reports, “Clinton Campaign Not Looking for Shuster to Be Fired, After All”. His Extreme-ness writes, “It’s hard to read about MSNBC’s relationship to the mothership Clinton campaign these days without being reminded of Vichy France.” Outside The Beltway writes, “I’m no fan of Shuster. Indeed, he’s a total and utter hack and MSNBC should be ashamed they can’t find a more serious journalist to put on their air. But these remarks aren’t worthy of tut-tutting, let alone firing.” Ann Althouse says, “NBC wimped out over ‘pimped out.’”

  • Clinton on Shuster: “No Temporary Suspension or Half-Hearted Apology is Sufficient
  • Shuster isn’t the only one with a pimp quote. Olbermann Watch explains.

  • Uh-oh…Reliable Sources made a goof.

  • Saturday Night’s All Right For Voting

  • Business Week reports, “The days of old when there was just network news and newspapers for people to go to for their information are long gone, and people who deliver the news have become much more numerous. They are no longer just newscasters, but rather news and current affairs personalities; toward that end, America has their favorites and, of course, their least favorites. Leading the list of favorites, just under one-quarter (23%) of Americans cite Fox News Channel’s Bill O’Reilly as one of their three favorite news and current affairs personalities, followed by the host of ABC’s World News Tonight, Charles Gibson and CNN’s Anderson Cooper (17% each).”

  • From Eat the Press: “MSNBC: The Place For Politics (And Taped Programming)”

  • Moderator and a Panelist Ousted at ‘Fox News Watch’

  • Two in ‘Famous Fathers Fraternity’ Talk Politics

  • TVNewser says, “Don’t Cut Off Joe When He’s on the Phone”

  • DCRTV overheard Imus telling listeners today that he’ll be back on in DC soon.

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    ONLINE MEDIA

  • Mixed Media has an “Edwards Aide on Anti-Edwards Bias”

  • Slate reports,Chelsea Clinton has no trouble talking, as it turns out, though she doesn’t seem to enjoy it much. The former First Kid took audience questions for nearly an hour at a small campaign event today at the University of Maryland, where she was articulate, knowledgeable and almost completely without affect.”

  • Bloomberg reports, “Google Inc. hasn’t received formal objections from European Union regulators about its proposed $3.1 billion purchase of DoubleClick Inc., three people familiar with the case said, indicating the EU is close to approving the deal.”

  • Norman Pearlstine, managing director of the Carlyle Group LP, talks with Bloomberg’s Matt Miller in New York about Microsoft Corp.’s unsolicited bid for Yahoo! Inc., the strategies of Time Warner Inc. and News Corp., and outlook for the credit market.”

  • Info World reports, “Technorati CEO sees opportunity in the changing Web”

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    MAGAZINES

  • The New York Post reports, “The FBI is poking around the celebrity magazine world on the West Coast, investigating allegations of kickbacks and pay-for-play schemes, according to a source who was contacted by investigators. The source was told that the probe, which appears to be at a preliminary stage, involved ‘paparazzi and In Touch’ magazine. The source was contacted by an agent named Dennis Webster in the FBI’s Los Angeles office.”

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    JOBS

  • FierceMarkets, Inc. is seeking a Telecom Reporter for Steady Freelance Gig.

  • National Public Radio is looking for an Editor (I, II, or III), Digital News.
  • PBS is looking for a Director, PBS Engage.

  • Exchange Monitor Publications, Inc. is looking for Reporters.

  • Agra Informa Inc. is looking for Freelance reporters.

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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.’”

  • Check out Green Room Girl’s newest pics here.

    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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