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Morning Reading List 08.27.09: A Kennedy Edition

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Yesterday, we saw countless commentators and anchors recall memories of Senator Kennedy in the daytime, and hour-long specials produced in the evening. WaPo‘s Howard Kurtz notes that much of the coverage has a “personal tone” lent to it by the reporters who brought us that coverage. He wrote:

“There was an unmistakably personal tone to the tributes, the anchors and correspondents sounding as though they, and the country, had lost a friend. Diane Sawyer talked about Kennedy’s megawatt smile. Andrea Mitchell called him “the greatest senator of our generation.” Brian Williams, who had flown during the night to Hyannis Port, observed: “I hope his Irishness… isn’t lost in all this.” Geraldo Rivera called him a “mentor.”

…Washington can be the smallest of towns, and many in the media recounted touching encounters with the late senator. Chris Matthews, a Type 2 diabetic, spoke of Kennedy calling him with advice after the “Hardball” host had an attack of hypoglycemia. Paul Begala, a Democratic strategist, recalled on CNN that when his father had received a cancer diagnosis, Kennedy called and “gave me the name of one of the world’s foremost experts in cancer treatment. He said, ‘He’s expecting your call. I just talked to him.’ And he helped pave the way to get my father the treatment that, frankly, saved his life.”"

And from Slate‘s Jack Shafer: “Not everybody in the press adored the Kennedys, of course. But those who did-like famed New York Times reporter, editor, and columnist James “Scotty” Reston-attended to the family’s legend like priests on retainer.”

Politico captured these Kennedy memories from various Washingtonians, including CBS’ Bob Schieffer and former Kennedy press assistant Terri Robinson.


E&P: The Boston Globe literally stopped the presses at about 1:30am to change the paper’s front page and several inside pages to include the Kennedy’s death yesterday.

E&P‘s blog takes notes of where leading newspapers placed the first mention of the Chappaquiddick accident in their Senator Kennedy obits.

FamousDC poked fun at Politico yesterday for its extensive coverage of Senator Kennedy’s death on the web. Today, the paper was out with a special edition, “Remembering a Legend.” (h/t Playbook)


The Daily NewsDavid Hinckley commentates that yesterday’s cable coverage “lined up as neatly as the punch line in a joke about the alleged political agendas of those channels.” He writes:

“On the left: MSNBC, which went wall-to-wall Kennedy the entire day, interspersing fresh reactions with warm remembrances of his life and times.

On the right: Fox News, where Kennedy was the main story all day – but where it was often used as an opener to discussions of the health-care plan he endorsed, which faces heavy criticism and an uncertain fate.

In the middle: CNN, which stayed wall-to-wall longer than Fox and incorporated more Kennedy features, but broke off as well for other stories.”

C-SPAN has already announced that it will air live coverage Senator Kennedy’s Celebration of Life memorial service from 7-9pm tomorrow and on Saturday, the funeral mass from 10:30am-12:30pm and the burial service at 5:30pm at Arlington National Ceremony. We’ll have more coverage plans on FBDC later today.


Nancy Reagan joined “The Ron Reagan Show” on Air America last night to discuss Senator Kennedy. You can listen in now here.

And former CBS News correspondent Roger Mudd, who famously asked Senator Kennedy why he wanted to be president just before officially announcing that he would run, called into Sirius XM Radio’s POTUS show. You can listen to that interview here.


WebNewser takes notes of Kennedy video coverage on the web.

And is opening Kennedy coverage to their readers with


Senator Kennedy’s memoir “True Compass” will go on sale September 14th, according to the publisher and via NYT. The autobiography has been five years in the making.

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Morning Reading List, 06.18.07

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  • An NBC release announced that since “Meet the Press” did not air at its normal time last Sunday, it was labeled a special by Nielsen “and therefore this edition of ‘Meet the Press’ will not be included in the week or season-to-date average.”

  • Slate’s John Dickerson writes, “No way Scooter Libby is going to prison.”

  • “Financial Times to Follow WSJ with Price Increase”

  • NY Daily News reports, “The progressive network Air America is eliminating its news service at the end of June.”

  • Lee Abrams on “From Radio Wasteland To the New Frontier

  • The AP reports, “When it comes to finding a permanent replacement for Don Imus, only one thing appears certain: David Lee Roth is not a candidate.”

  • CNet reports, “The Bush administration on Thursday blasted a congressional proposal that would shield a broad swath of news gatherers, including some bloggers, from revealing their confidential sources.”

  • Why Wes Clark Moved From FNC To MSNBC

  • If you missed Nathan’s Q&A Cafe with Tina Brown, there are some YouTube clips of the interview where she discusses her book, “The Diana Chronicles.” Washingtonian has more details.

  • “Last week, as the compromise immigration bill collapsed, the issue was the second most popular topic among radio and cable talk shows. According to PEJ’s Talk Show Index for June 3-8, the immigration debate filled 19% of the total talk airtime.”

  • Think Progress reports, “Last week, right-wing radio host Michael Savage was presented a Freedom of Speech award at Talkers Magazine’s annual New Media Seminar. C-SPAN, which aired portions of the two-day event, chose to not air Savage’s acceptance speech because the conservative talker only appeared in a pre-recorded DVD speech. Savage is now claiming he is a victim of censorship.”

  • TVNewser reports, “Thomas Friedman’s best-selling book The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century ‘will provide the theme for a new online environmen’ hosted by and integrated with MSN, according to The Hollywood Reporter.”

  • From a reader: “You know, I’m the last person who’d defend the Washington Times but that CAIR press release never directly refutes the actual membership numbers cited in the article … (which based them on tax filings).”

  • WWD’s Amy Wicks reports, “Magazine editors are preparing their responses to a letter sent by 41 members of Congress calling on them to stop accepting ‘misleading advertising’ from tobacco companies.”

  • GalleyCat has launched the Friday Trailer Battle.

  • TVNewser has the “Why & How” of the CNN/YouTube Debates and all the details.

  • Eat The Press has some possibilities on who the new TVNewser blogger could be. Could the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Gail Shister be among them?

  • A reader tells us that the Washington Times song site isn’t down, “it’s just that you can only access it from inside the newsroom because it’s part of the Intranet.”

  • DCRTV reports that Sam Litzinger “is leaving his post as midday man on Washington Post Radio, WTWP. The former NPRer will be returning to the CBS Radio Network as a DC-based anchor and has other projects under consideration. … No word on Litzinger’s replacement, but syndicated Glenn Beck has been mentioned as a possibility.”

  • Joe Strupp asks, “Watergate’s 35th Anniversary: Would That Story Have Been Broken Today?”

  • A C-SPAN release announced, “Ian Scott Wilson, a 13-year old documentarian from Falls Church, was recently named a first prize winner in C-SPAN’s national student video competition called ‘StudentCam.’ … Wilson announced plans to donate the prize money to a soldier he met last week at Walter Reed, through the organization,”

  • TVWeek reports, “Contending cable TV programming is growing increasingly ‘coarse’ and ‘indecent,’ four congressmen are unveiling a new bid to require cable and satellite operators to offer subscribers family-friendly choices. Their effort is drawing support from Federal Communications Commission Chairman Kevin Martin and some consumer groups.”

  • B&C reports, “Comcast Opens a Theme Park… In Second Life”

  • “Chicago financier Sam Zell made the rounds on Capitol Hill this week, drumming up support for a buyout of Tribune Co. in an effort to pressure federal regulators to grant waivers necessary to own both newspapers and TV stations in Los Angeles and four other cities,” reports the Los Angeles Times.

  • reports, “The Economist Group has the ‘capacity and appetite’ for larger acquisitions, said its chief executive on Wednesday, despite handing back more than £50m ($98.7m) to shareholders last year in special and ordinary dividends.”

  • The AP reports, “The New York Times Co. said Thursday that advertising revenue from continuing operations dropped 8.5 percent in May as national, retail and classified ads all declined.”

  • Media Life reports, “With big web users, print takes the hit”

  • New York Times reports, “NBC Developing Web Site for Students”

  • Radio Ink reports, “The NAB has hung a banner from its headquarters in Washington in opposition to what they claim is a proposed government-sanctioned monopoly, the merger of XM and Sirius Satellite Radio. The banner reads ‘Do the Math: XM + Sirius = Monopoly’ and directs web surfers to”

  • “The Wall Street Journal will raise its weekday newsstand price from $1 to $1.50, starting July 16″

  • “Examiner will launch in LA,” according to Media Life.

  • Chris Wallace featured Lizzie Palmer, a teenager that created a video tribute to troops in Iraq, as Fox News Sunday’s “Power Player,” which highlights individuals who make a difference behind the scenes in Washington. The video has received more than 12 million hits on YouTube.

  • Reuters reports, “Media conglomerate NBC Universal said on Thursday it expects a new online video venture it is building with News Corp. to launch in September.”


  • The Associated Press is looking for a Newsperson on the Business Desk.

  • The Washington Monthly is looking for an Editor/Reporter.

  • The Atlantic Media Company is looking for an Reporter for and a Managing Editor for Technology Daily.

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