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Morning Reading List 04.23.09

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Its day 94 covering the Obama administration and week 12 for us. What we know and what we’re reading this Thursday morning…



Peter Kaplan, the longest-serving editor of The New York Observer, announced he is resigning from the newspaper effective June 1st. Kaplan joined the newspaper in 1994, after working as a magazine editor, the executive producer of The Charlie Rose show, and as a reporter for NYT.

From NYT: A number of staffers at The Observer said that a push for shorter articles and a desire for cuts in an already small newsroom budget helped Kaplan decide it was time to go. And the NY Post: Jared Kushner is rumored to be trying to unload the salmon-colored weekly.

Fifty-three newsroom employees were laid off at the Chicago Tribune. From the Trib: Editor Gerould Kern said in a letter to staff that cuts are part of a newsroom reorganization that “will focus us more clearly on our core mission” going forward with a newsgathering team of around 430.


Shepard Smith dropped the “F” bomb on’s Strategy Room yesterday and WebNewser has the clip.

HuffPo’s Danny Shea reports Fox News has filed a Freedom of Information Act request with the Department of Homeland Security seeking the entire report on “right-wing extremist groups” identified as a national security threat.

Do CBS and NBC have plans to team up on a Kabul bureau? NY Observer’s Felix Gillette takes a look here.


Michael Wolff asks Why Do Liberals Still Care About Matt Drudge? “I do not think [Matt] Drudge has disappeared. I think he is dead. Certainly the Drudge Report has been on automatic pilot for several years… Drudge doesn’t count for anything. He’s from another time — a leftover. In fact, his disappearance might just be a mid-life crisis.”

This is astounding- In the last year, people somehow found a way to spend 73% more time on Facebook and other social networking sites. In February, Nielsen found, people used social network sites more than they used Web-based email for the first time ever.


Check out the collection of photographs on the walls of the White House, commentated by John Dickerson on Slate here.

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HuffPo, Gregory and “Meet”

>UPDATE: Politico’s Mike Allen hears what Danny Shea is hearing, adding another layer of credibility to the Gregory story. (“Enjoying a gravitas boost from his prematurely salt-and-pepper mane and friendships with Tom Brokaw and other of the legendary figures of NBC News, Gregory quickly became one of the biggest network stars of his generation. … Betsy Fischer, one of Washington’s most respected behind-the-scenes network forces, will remain as executive producer, the executives said. The executives provided elliptical information that did not either raise or preclude the possibility that a supporting cast could be named along with Gregory.”)

david_gregory-mtp-752133.jpgLast night, the Huffington Post’s Danny Shea reported: “David Gregory will take the reins as moderator of NBC’s ‘Meet the Press,’ the Huffington Post has learned.”

We’re hearing that nothing’s final (trial balloon?!?), but Shea may very well be proven right. (Gregory’s agent wouldn’t confirm or deny anything when asked by the Observer and the New York Times wrote: “NBC executives said Monday night that no announcement of the replacement for the late Tim Russert is planned for Tuesday, though the executives did not deny that Mr. Gregory may be named to the position at some point.”)

(We expect the official announcement to be made on this Sunday’s “Meet the Press.”)

What do you think?

David Gregory as “Meet” host…?
( surveys)

Still, there are 1,800 comments to Shea’s article on Huffington Post. You’ll notice that most of the reaction to the notion of Gregory as “Meet” host is negative (see our own Pete Sampras theory about Gregory) and lots wanted Rachel Maddow. (Don’t worry, David: Jessi Klein has a crush on you). This is notable because, while some Internet commenters can certainly be harsh and crude at times, Huffington Post is a liberal site and Gregory became a hero of the left during his sharp questioning of George W. Bush‘s press secretaries.

Some of the more notable, after the jump…

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