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Morning Reading List 05.20.09

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Are newspapers less liked than airlines?

NYT: Newspaper employees no longer dominate fellowships.


As noted on TVNewser, CNN’s Anderson Cooper said his “teabagging” comment was “stupid, silly.” He spoke at UCLA Sunday and was asked about the comment. “I think it’s an incorrect statement to say I was, in any way, trying to disparage legitimate protests,” said Cooper.

Rush Limbaugh has challenged MSNBC to go 30 days without saying his name. Limbaugh says the cable network is trying to “build its ratings on my back.”



E&P reports AP is quietly offering buyouts that include $500 for each year of service and increased pension benefits to several hundred veteran employees, according to AP and a News Media Guild statement.

Politico’s Jonathan Martin had the scoop this week that John Coale, “Washington-area Democratic donor and onetime adviser” to Sarah Palin and Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren‘s husband suggested Palin help pay down some of Hillary Clinton’s campaign debt.

Speaking of Greta… Nikki Schwab of U.S. News & World Report reported this week that blogger and Air America Radio host Ana Marie Cox suffered an allergic reaction on the train, and Van Susteren jumped in to save her. “If she hadn’t been there, I don’t know what would have happened. It would have been a thousand times worse,” Cox said.

Who is President Obama’s biggest critic? Politico says it might be columnist Charles Krauthammer.


CNN’s Christiane Amanpour and Candy Crowley and MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow are among the honorees of the Women’s Media Center’s first annual WMC Media Awards. Check out the release here.

Non-profit investigative newsroom ProPublica announced the winners of its first ever Investigative Governance Prizes yesterday. Find out who the winners are here.

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Morning Reading List, 05.10.07

morningsun.gifGood morning Washington.

  • Most of you have a book in you, somewhere.

  • NBC announced that “Lester Holt will become anchor of the top-rated Saturday and Sunday editions of NBC ‘Nightly News,’ effective immediately. According to the release, “In addition to this new role, Holt will continue to co-anchor the weekend editions of ‘Today.’ He will also serve as a fill-in anchor and correspondent for ‘NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams’ and the weekday ‘Today’ program.”

  • A reader offers “another snapshot of the Capitol Hill pubs: Months in Existence: Roll Call: 624 The Hill: 156 Politico: 4 Looks like somebody is growing pretty quickly…”

  • Seattle Times reports, “Microsoft thinks the advertising business model for traditional media — venues where advertisers still channel most of their spending — will fall apart faster in the coming five years.”

  • Check out the online chat Washington Post ombudsman Deborah Howell did yesterday, discussing “her weekly column and her role in improving public understanding of the newspaper and journalism.”

  • The New York Observer has the run down of Tuesday night’s Time 100 gala.

  • E&P reports, outgoing New York Times Public Editor Byron Calame said, “The prospect of Mr. Murdoch owning the Journal is disturbing and disconcerting to me.”

  • Potomac Flacks is looking for a new blog contributor. If you are interested in being a contributor, please contact Matt Mackowiak at

  • CNET reports, “While Microsoft is working to catch up to Google in areas such as search, it is also looking to technology to provide new types of Internet content and advertising that it hopes will change the rules of the game.”

  • From a reader: “I think CBS should change the name of their newscast to ‘CBS Evening Blues’”

  • Ben Smith reports that yesterday “Rubert Murdoch introduced Bloomberg at News Corp.’s announcement that the company is going green.”

  • Reuters reports, “Old media turns combative against new media”

  • David Bauder reports, “In TV’s worst spring in recent memory, an alarming number of Americans drifted away from television the past two months: More than 2.5 million fewer people were watching ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox than at the same time last year, statistics show.”

  • Forbes reports that Google “is in the early stages of a partnership with publishers such as the New York Times Co. and Tribune to sell print ads in newspapers, part of the company’s broader efforts to move into traditional, offline forms of advertising.”

  • The AP reports, “Macy’s Chief Marketing Officer Delivers Tough Love Speech to Newspapers”

  • Forbes reports, “Analysts say competition concerns will be the deal’s main stumbling block” in the deal between Thomson and Reuters Group.

  • The AP reports, “News Corp. President Peter Chernin told a cable industry gathering Tuesday that ‘this is a world in which the big get bigger.’” The AP also reported from the conference, Comcast Corp. Chief Executive Brian Roberts showed off “new technology that enabled a data download speed of 150 megabits per second, or roughly 25 times faster than today’s standard cable modems.”

  • The Los Angeles Times reports, “Simon & Schuster Inc. announced that it is launching a digital video channel to promote the company’s authors and forthcoming releases.”

  • Reuters reports, “Media executives on Tuesday criticized potential further U.S government involvement in regulating what Americans watch on television and called on industry lobbyists to prepare for a battle in Washington.”


  • Environment & Energy Publishing, LLC is seeking a senior reporter.

  • Safety Net Hospitals for Pharmaceutical Access Staff is looking for a Writer/Newsletter Editor.

  • Thompson Publishing Group is looking for an Energetic Reporter/Editor.

  • American Society for Engineering Education is looking for an Editor.

  • America’s Promise/The Alliance For Youth is looking for a Web Content Manager.

    Hat Tips: DCRTV, TVNewser, IWantMedia, Romenesko, MediaBistro, JournalismJobs, JournalismNext

  • Taking Out The Trash, 03.13.07

  • Most of you are looking forward to the NCAA College Basketball Tournament. Woo-hoo!

  • A tipster informs us that Bloomberg’s Paul Basken is leaving for The Chronicle of Higher Education.

  • A reader tells us, “People are ignoring the Len/Phil memo because editors are not policing it. Laws don’t matter if they are not enforced.”

  • A reader asks, “Woah — why did Hagel just single out Dana Bash in his prez announcement press conference? He went on and on, a little odd.”

  • House Democrats will host a press conference today, calling on news networks to address the Media Matters Sunday Show Report. The presser is at 11 a.m. on the Cannon Terrace. Reps. Maurice Hinchey, Lynn Woolsey and Marcy Kaptur will attend, along with Media Matters’ Senior Fellow Paul Waldman. Check out the report here.

  • Lost of comments about the Washington Times in this Washington Post online chat (about this article).

  • Hinchey also released a statement on the pending presser. “My colleagues and I will be appealing directly to the major networks to do the right thing and provide equal opportunities for Democrats, who control both chambers of Congress, to appear on these shows and give their perspectives on the important issues of the day.” Is it us, or is there a threat in there?

  • More from the Fox v. Nevada Dems debate…

  • His Extremeness points out a hilarious exchange between Rich Little and his “ageless contemporary” Sam Donaldson.

  • Steve Chapman has the real take-away from the Libby trial. “Reporters who thought they had the privilege of keeping their sources secret, no matter what, found they were living in a fool’s paradise.”

  • Colin McEnroe outlines why “Meet The Press” is no longer a Sunday morning must see.

  • The Post has the Libby trial through the eyes of a juror (oh, and a former Post reporter).

  • Byron Calame reports that Bill Keller acknowledged that the New York Times “could have been quicker in responding to the Post’s stories” on Walter Reed.

  • The family of slain journalist David E. Rosenbaum could be the motivation for improving emergency services in Washington. In return for dropping their $20 million lawsuit, “the District has agreed to establish a task force that will come up with recommendations to improve how emergency services are delivered.”

  • Albany Times Union’s Rex Smith on the Libby trial: “What you need to understand is that all the conniving and strategizing about media placement and messages can actually serve citizens well. It’s not as evil as it sounds. Not evil, that is, if reporters do their jobs well and turn official spinning into spun yarn, and the full garment of news coverage readers have a right to expect.”

  • Wonkette is the proud winner of a Bloggie. Congrats!

  • In covering the “election” of Joe Baca as chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI), Adventures of the Coconut Caucus discovers “that apparently NPR doesn’t know any Latinos.”

  • Congrats to the GW Hatchet for winning 16 Region 2 Mark of Excellence Awards. The SPJ awards will be presented during the Mark of Excellence Luncheon at the upcoming Spring Conference, March 30-31, 2007, in Richmond, Virginia. The conference will be held at Virginia Commonwealth University.

  • There are so few real watershed moments, but Tim Rutten finally found one. “When it comes to relations between prosecutors and the press, the trial of former vice presidential Chief of Staff I. Lewis ‘Scooter’ Libby is one of them. … What set Libby’s trial apart from others of its type was this simple fact: Of the 19 witnesses called to testify, 10 were journalists.”

  • Despite talk that newspapers are dying, the print product will continue to exist “from now ’til eternity,” predicts industry observer Samir Husni. Print media simply need to do a better job of showing how their stories relate to readers, he says. Also: Tabloid headlines provide a “small thrill.”

  • Taking Out The Trash, 01.29.07

  • We have a tie between being very attracted to a newsroom colleague and being neutral. Tiebreaker?

  • Deb Howell’s Outlook column.

  • AP’s Michael J. Sniffen gives us the update on the Scooter Libby trail and on the “spicier morsels” Cheney’s former top press assistant, Cathie Martin, described.

  • NRO’s Media Blog has the highlights of Tony Snow’s thoughts on the press from an event at George Washington University.

  • And another NRO gem — is the Wall Street Journal getting a new scent?

  • Byron Calame examines the ethical standards of the New York Times when dealing with freelancers.

  • Question: How come it’s so hard to find the Post’s “Free For All” Saturday page (which regularly features letters critical of the Post) online?

  • Bloggingheads Gets A Cash Infusion From Angel Investor Rosencrans

  • Douglas Brinkley reviews Marc Fisher’s book, “Something in the Air.”

  • In Memoriam: “Journalist Benjamin F. Holman, 76; Advised Nixon, Ford on Racial Issues

  • FYI: Nominations for our “Rising Star” competition will be open through this week.

  • Jim VandeHei’s hometown paper says, “An Oshkosh native is journalism pioneer.”

  • Ralph Hanson wonders why MSNBC didn’t link to Hillary’s video.

  • Doublethink magazine takes a look at the life of Sam Francis.