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Scarborough: Ana Marie Cox Will Go Back On Imus

On “Morning Joe,” Joe Scarborough said that’s Ana Marie Cox, who was one of the first people to say “no more Imus for me” during the Rutgers basketball controversy, predicted that the former Wonkette’r would reappear on Don Imus’ show, should he in fact return to the airwaves.

Morning Reading List, 10.08.07

morningsun.gifGood morning Washington.

  • This is a close one, but you would rather marry a hot poor person over an ugly millionaire.

  • “Lynn Cheney Profiled by CBS Reporter Whose Husband is Her Literary Rep

  • It was one year ago last week that R.W. Apple passed away.

  • An NBC release announced, “According to Nielsen Media Research data, ‘Meet the Press with Tim Russert’ was the No. 1 Sunday morning public affairs program, winning the week ending Sunday, September 30 in all categories across the country and in Washington, D.C.”

  • We reported that Brian Dufffy left USNews. As of October 1, Duffy joined join NPR News as Managing Editor.

  • A look at Washington’s Onion office.

  • O’Reilly Lets Loose: Says WH Reporters Need To Be ‘Wiped Out,’ Calls CNN ‘The Pagan Throne’

  • More changes, Radio One to pull the plug on Syndication One

  • Pepsi, erectile dysfunction and ‘MTP?’

  • Ouch. O’Reilly on Scarborough: “Nobody watches Scarborough. He’s like a test pattern.”

  • Robert Novak, Washington Post Chairman Donald Graham, and other jurors and judges give their perspectives on jury duty, October 18, 6 p.m. at the New York Avenue Presbyterian Church, 1313 New York Ave., N.W. Washington, D.C. This public forum is produced by Council for Court Excellence.”

  • The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer is continuing its series with Presidential candidates. Last week, Dennis Kucinich was featured. Coming up this week, Mike Huckabee, Ron Paul and John McCain.

  • The Congressional Black Caucus Political Education and Leadership Institute (CBC Institute) announced that “a date has been set for a Democratic presidential debate in Myrtle Beach, SC. The debate will be held on the evening of January 17, 2008 and will be produced and broadcast by CNN.”

  • In a release, the American Civil Liberties Union “applauded the Senate Judiciary Committee’s passage of S. 2035, a bill that would give stronger legal protection to journalists and their sources by lessening the chance that they will be arrested or intimidated for their reporting, particularly when using government sources. The legislation shifts authority from the Department of Justice to the federal courts to decide when journalists must disclose information to the government.”

  • Press Gazzette reports, “AOL UK is planning to outsource some editorial operations to India as part of cutbacks that could halve the number of editorial staff at the web portal’s London newsroom, according to insiders.”

  • Bloomberg reports, “The National Association of Broadcasters, seeking to prevent legislation requiring payment of new music royalties by radio stations, asked Congress to investigate the relationship between artists and labels.”

  • Media Week reports, “U.S.News & World Report has launched a new companion Web site that leverages the magazine’s America’s Best franchise. The new site,, is geared for consumers looking for information prior to making major purchase decisions, such as buying a new car or a digital camera.”

  • AP reports, “Luring new readers means connecting with them on the Internet through blogs, live online chats and interactive databases, industry leaders told newspapers editors Thursday.”

  • E&P reports, “Even as the Olympics pushes ad spending worldwide next year, newspapers’ share of the global advertising market by 2009 will decline to 26.2% from 29.0% in 2006, according to a study released Thursday by the international ad agency ZenithOptimedia.”
  • Mediabistro got NPR’s Adam Davidsonto describe the behind-the-scenes challenges and rewards of chasing international stories for radio.”

  • Mediabistro also spoke to Ken Sunshine’s “about how he’s forged his business by fusing celebrity representation with political interests, and why he doesn’t shy away from tangling with the tabloids.”

  • Where does your favorite pub fall in the Newsprism?

  • Variety reports,Don Imus’ long-rumored return to the radio dial seems to be quickly coming to fruition. The impending deal appears to rule out any potential move to satellite radio. Sirius Satellite Radio chief Mel Karmazin indicated over the summer that he, too, would be interested in doing a deal with Imus.”

  • reports, “Peter Chernin has been Rupert Murdoch’s right-hand man for more than a decade. … In a video interview with, Mr Chernin talks about the threat from Facebook, News Corp’s $5bn acquisition of Dow Jones and its Wall Street Journal newspaper and the outlook for the US economy.” For highlights, click here.

  • Bloomberg reports, “Google Inc. shares will reach $700 by the end of next year as the company lures more users to its YouTube video site and companies shift advertising spending to the Web, Bear Stearns & Co. said.”

  • Mediabistro turns 10!

  • Ken Paulson, editor of USA TODAY, has been named a Fellow of the Society of Professional Journalists; “this is the highest honor SPJ bestows upon a journalist for extraordinary contributions to the profession. Also named are Carl Bernstein, Muriel Dobbin, and John Markoff.”

  • Public Eye reports, “Okay, first things first: This space is going to be a ‘cackle’-free zone. No poking fun at irrelevant personal characteristics or foibles. At least not this week. That’s why this writer didn’t pick up on the ‘Chucklegate’ story yesterday, which referenced ‘The Daily Show’ and Jon Stewart. I’m just not going there.”

  • The AP reports, “Five journalists who covered the most tumultuous of 20th Century times are being honored by the Postal Service. These distinguished journalists risked their lives to report the events that shaped the modern world,” said Postmaster General Jack Potter, who announced the stamp series at the Associated Press Managing Editors Meeting in Washington Friday. The stamps are due out next year”

  • MarketWatch’s Jon Friedman writes, “The Cleveland Plain Dealer is bemused — and frustrated — that presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich seems to be freezing out his own hometown newspaper.”

  • National Journal’s William Powers writes, “what’s amazing is how little effect the original O.J. story and its spawn — Anna Nicole Smith being the latest — have had on the serious business of serious news.”

  • RTNDA reports, “The young journalists are bringing a great deal of skill to the newsroom but often give the impression they think a diploma proves they’ve learned all they need to know about the craft.”

  • TVNewser reports, “Today’s Hardball news had us wondering about the show’s EP-less status. Sources tell TVNewser the search continues with a candidate identified, but no announcement is imminent.”
  • Slate’s Jack Shafer writes, “‘The man who reads nothing at all is better educated than the man who reads nothing but newspapers’ was Thomas Jefferson’s motto. Drew Curtis shares the sentiment to the extreme in his splenetic takedown of the press, It’s Not News, It’s Fark: How Mass Media Tries To Pass Off Crap As News, which came out late last spring.”

  • Public Eye reports, “You ever have a conversation where you thought afterwards, ‘I wish that had gone a bit better.’ Maybe after a date, or a job interview? According to Matt Elzweig’s new piece for the New York Press, New York Times Magazine writer Deborah Solomon has had that thought. And she decided — on at least two occasions — to change her weekly Q-and-A to be the conversation she wished she’d had.”

  • USA Today reports, “As channel choices and technological options have expanded, fewer of us are watching the same shows at the same time on the same day. And it’s increasingly affecting the national conversation.”

  • Reuters reports, “Yahoo Inc would be worth far more to shareholders if it broke up its Internet businesses or embarked on a major overhaul, including a departure from Web search, but management is unlikely to do either, according to an analyst note issued on Friday.”

  • Chris Matthewstalks about his fascination with politics and his trademark style of rapid-fire questioning” on NPR.

  • ABC News presents a new slideshow: Politicians Behind Bars.

  • Bloomberg reports, “U.S. online advertising spending topped $5 billion in the second quarter, a record for a three- month period, signaling that more advertisers are abandoning newspapers and television.”


  • Washington Life Magazine is looking for an Executive Assistant.

  • Cambridge University Press is looking for a Trade Sales Representative.

  • Business Financial Publishing is looking for a Director of Operations

  • The Wall Street Journal is looking for a part time News Assistant.

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

  • Morning Reading List, 08.28.07

    morningsun.gifGood morning Washington.

  • Overwhelmingly, you think Dana Perino will be the next White House press secretary.

  • TVNewser reports, “Another Super Tuesday tomorrow on MSNBC. Chris Matthews continues in Iowa moderating the Livestrong Cancer Forum. Back east, Tim Russert, Natlie Morales, Tucker Carlson, Chris Jansing and others will hold down the anchor fort.”

  • The AP reports, “Yahoo Inc. will introduce new features Monday for its popular Web-based e-mail program, including software that allows computer users to type text messages on a keyboard and send them directly to someone’s cell phone.”

  • Oh Hannity: Not that Bill Keller.

  • Los Angeles Times reports, “Sponsors are winners in online contests: Motivated entrants go to extremes for votes, to marketers’ delight.”

  • reports, “Men’s magazines turn the page on their adolescence”

  • Guardian reports, “Vint Cerf, aka the godfather of the net, predicts the end of TV as we know it”

  • The Hollywood Reporter’s Gail Schiller reports, “To launch their fall lineups, the major networks are turning to the Web like never before, offering viewers the chance to see premiere episodes for free and producing original content around their new series that doubles as entertainment and advertising.”

  • New York Post reports, “Mel Karmazin taught Farid Suleman well — so well, in fact, that the Citadel Communications CEO’s move to bring Don Imus back to the airwaves is torn straight from the teacher’s manual.”

  • Bloomberg reports, “Hearst Corp., the publisher of the San Francisco Chronicle and almost 200 magazines, plans to offer about $593.1 million for the stock of Hearst-Argyle Television Inc. it doesn’t already own. Hearst-Argyle shares surged.”

  • Media Daily News reports, “Now the world’s biggest researcher is launching ‘Hey! Nielsen,’ a new online social community where people can discuss — and influence — TV, music, movies, Internet sites and celebrities. ‘Part opinion engine, part social network, and part buzz tracker, Hey! Nielsen is the place to share opinions on your favorite entertainment,’ reads the description on the beta version of the site, which is currently open only to Nielsen employees, but which will go public by the end of September.”

  • Venture Beat reports, “Federated Media, a popular but sometimes controversial ad network for blogs, has raised another $4.5 million in funding, according to PE Hub’s read of the company’s recent regulatory filing.”

  • Rebecca Christie is leaving Dow Jones after 7 years. Starting next week, she will be an adjunct fellow at the Lexington Institute.

  • Erin Burnett now calls the Chris Matthews moment, “a strange moment.”

  • The Washington Post brings us, “Nightly Crimes Perpetrated by the TV News”

  • The Nation reports, “Along with the (now stalled) rush toward massive conglomeration and the (accelerating) rash of budget-cutting in news-gathering operations, perhaps the two most visible trends across nearly all mainstream US media in recent decades have been an increasing inclination toward tabloid-style coverage coupled with an intense effort to win over conservative critics of alleged liberal media bias.”

  • Boston Globe’s Richard Lipez writes, “It’s still uncertain when or where shock-jock Don Imus will return to the airwaves, now that he has settled his suit with CBS. But a more interesting question is this: When Imus does come back, will distinguished American media personages such as Frank Rich, Doris Kearns Goodwin, and Tom Brokaw continue to show up on his show, lending him respectability and cover for his racist, misogynistic, and gay-baiting rants?”

  • TVNewser reports, “Michael Vick’s first comments since pleading guilty to dogfighting charges could not have come at a worse time for MSNBC. The cable network is covering the two-day Livestrong Presidential Cancer Forum headlined by Lance Armstrong. At 11:34amET Chris Matthews and Armstrong were in the middle of questioning Sen. Hillary Clinton, when Vick appeared.”


  • The Washington Monthly is looking for an Art Director.

  • Washington Life Magazine is looking for a Managing Editor, an Executive Assistant and an Associate Editor.

  • Fox Business Network is looking for a Newsgathering Producer.

  • American Chemical Society is looking for a Web Producer.

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

  • Morning Reading List, 08.07.07

    morningsun.gifGood morning Washington.

  • FairVote’s is holding an Upgrade Democracy video contest and inviting you to a short video answering the question: “If you could change anything you wanted about elections, what would our democracy look like?” For more info, click here.

  • New York Post reports, “Time Warner’s weak second-quarter results prompted Pali Research analyst Richard Greenfield to release a blistering report on Thursday in which he called on the company’s board to shake up management and sell AOL. But it appears as if his opinion isn’t shared by his Wall Street colleagues.”

  • Why Do We Suck? and Other Questions Political Journalists Asked Themselves at YearlyKos

  • More ratings data from ABC’s Sunday GOP debate, over at TVNewser.
  • One Year Out From Olympics, A Test of Openness in Beijing

  • From the NYPost: “Ted Koppel has slashed the price of his suburban D.C. home almost in half. The Post’s Braden Keil reports the retired “Nightline” anchor is now asking $2.3 million for his 9,000-square-foot Potomac, Md., house after first listing it in May 2005 for $4.1 million.”

  • New York Magazine’s Robert Kolker reports, “Don Imus, it turns out, isn’t cooked. Far from it. Hiring Lenny Bruce’s lawyer—the veteran First Amendment attorney Martin Garbus—was the first step in what appears to be an increasingly likely if improbable comeback.”

  • Howard Kurtz weighs in on the first online debate.

  • The Nation’s Ari Berman reports, “Rupert Murdoch’s takeover of the Wall Street Journal this week is drawing the ire of some Democrats running for President. … But the Democratic frontrunner, Hillary Clinton, hasn’t said a peep. ”

  • MediaPost reports, “A recent study of America’s top 100 newspaper websites, entitled ‘American Newspapers and the Internet; Threat or Opportunity?’ by Bivings Research, noting that using the Internet to expand a newspaper’s reach is becoming more and more important, reports that ninety-two percent of America’s top 100 papers now offer video on their websites… a significant jump from 2006, where just 61 percent offered video.”

  • Mr. Magazine reports, “If the trend continues throughout the rest of the year, the total number of new magazine launches will set a record in terms of the percentage of decline in launches. The only hot activity last month was the heat index rather than the magazine launches. July new launches hit a record low equal to that of last February.”

  • reports, “‘The hyperlink has changed everything,’ asserted Jarvis, who runs media criticism site BuzzMachine and political blog PrezVid. Citing the motto ‘do what you do best, and link to the rest,’ he said that news outlets can achieve new levels of efficiency through the ability to direct readers to click elsewhere for more information. In one sense, it’s the 21st-century equivalent of a newspaper running an Associated Press or Reuters wire story instead of assigning one of its own reporters to the task. On the other hand, the hyperlink is the foundation behind a phenomenon that’s purely Web 2.0: the news aggregator.”

  • Los Angeles Times reports, “Drudge’s following is so large and loyal that he routinely can drive hundreds of thousands of readers to a single story, photo or video through a link on his lively compendium of the news. With media organizations competing fiercely for online audiences, the whims of Matt Drudge can make a measurable difference.”

  • Poynter reports, “Even Frank Rich of The New York Times, as well as the Washington Post, are interested in Drudge.”

  • AP reports, “In a move that might make some people scratch their heads, a loosely formed coalition of left-leaning bloggers are trying to band together to form a labor union they hope will help them receive health insurance, conduct collective bargaining or even set professional standards.”

  • Reuters reports, “Every U.S. presidential candidate has a Web site, of course, but when the top Democratic hopefuls were asked on Saturday whether they would appoint a White House blogger if elected, all of them said yes.”

  • Washington Post’s Jose Antonio Vargas reports, “Walking around McCormick Place during the weekend, it became clear that only a handful of the 1,500 conventioneers — bloggers, policy experts, party activists — are African American, Latino or Asian.”

  • His Extremeness reminds us “buying insurance in blackjack is a sucker’s bet.”

  • A tipster tells us that the Swampland event at Yearly Kos “was the ticket to have at Yearly Kos. We were at fire capacity and had a one person in, one person out policy. Line was 15 people deep at one point … I’m just saying.”

  • Boston Globe’s Alex Beam writes, “There was a curious detail in The New Yorker’s recent, none-wished-it-longer profile of real estate and media tycoon Mortimer Zuckerman. The longtime chairman of Boston Properties, Zuckerman writes a weekly column for U.S. News & World Report, which he owns.”

  • Washington Post’s Danna L. Walker explored whether a “a class of college students survive without iPods, cellphones, computers and TV from one sunrise to the next?”

  • The Newseum and the National Archives present, “50 Years After Little Rock: The Media and the Movement,” a panel at the National Archives on Thursday, August 23 at 6:30 p.m. The panelists include Washington Post’s Dorothy Gilliam.

  • A reader points our attention to Howard Kurtz’s profile on David Bradley, stating: “After reading it, Bradley reminds me of the Dan Snyder of journalism … always dreaming of which ‘free agent contract’ to go after, but never putting together a coherent plan on how it all meshes together.”


  • Argus Media is looking for Power, fuels, environmental markets

  • is looking for a creative writer, editor and multimedia producer with daily news and online experience to help drive social-media projects and innovate new approaches for our radio programs on the Web.

  • Online Investment Publisher is looking for an Assistant Product & Marketing Manager.

  • Defense News is looking for a copy editor.

  • The News Virginian is looking for a Copy Editor/Page Designer.

  • Al Arabiya News Channel is looking for an intern.

  • Congressional Quarterly, Inc. is looking for a Web Editor/Writer, Editor for the Web Project Team, a Technical Journalist/Web Developer, an Editor, User Experience & Design and a Multimedia Web Producer.

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

  • Morning Reading List, 07.30.07

    morningsun.gifGood morning Washington.

  • Washington Post reports, “Four days after the Democratic debate in Charleston, S.C., more than 400 questions directed to the GOP presidential field have been uploaded on YouTube, as Republicans are scheduled to take their turn at video-populism on Sept. 17. But only Sen. John McCain (Ariz.) and Rep. Ron Paul (Tex.) have agreed to participate in the debate, co-hosted by the Republican Party of Florida in St. Petersburg.”

  • Carrie Sheffield, formerly of The Politico, has joined The Washington Times as an editorial writer.

  • One year ago last week, Ana Marie Cox was named the Washington Editor ot and Tammy Haddad was named a Vice President for MSNBC.

  • Swampland reports, “The Ron Paul campaign announced, and other campaigns have confirmed, that CNN is moving the YouTube debate to another date, possibly in December.”

  • The Columbia Journalism Review has some prime examples of “Why the Dow Jones Vote Matters”

  • The Politico reports that CNN president Jon Klein “said the new Campbell Brown show at 8 p.m. will be talk-oriented, built around the day’s news. Leaning toward more an opinion show where Campbell doesn’t give the opinions, the guests do.”

  • From the Christian Science Monitor: “Declining newspaper readership, especially among the young, is forcing editors to reexamine their focus.”

  • Poynter Online writes, “Facebook: What’s In It For Journalists? With the help of some new friends, we came up with a few answers. And just as many questions.”

  • Huffington Post’s Zack Exley writes, “GOP front runners seem to be bailing on the September 17 YouTube/CNN debate. Democrats should rejoice at this news.”

  • “With Senator Clinton—and her femininity—featured as a story line, the Presidential campaign filled 13% of the airtime and was the second most-popular talk topic on radio and cable, according to PEJ’s Talk Show Index from July 15-20. (Cable shows paid far more attention to the campaign than the radio talkers did.) The one subject that commanded more attention last week than the Presidential race was the renewed debate over U.S. strategy in Iraq.”

  • Check out Media Bistro’s new series, “Hey, How’d You Do That?”, “walking you through how those in the media industry navigated key professional junctures, achieved career-making coups, tackled spur-of-the-moment scenarios and made the decisions that furthered their work.”

  • Houston Chronicle’s Claudia Feldman called the YouTube debate “a lively CNN-YouTube debate that turned the usual format upside down and may have forever changed candidates’ obligatory parade in front of the TV lights.”

  • Fortune reports, “Newspapers are dying. At the Washington Post Co., CEO Donald Graham is banking on the Internet to save serious journalism. If he can’t figure this out, nobody can.”

  • From Save The “Some Republicans are talking about ditching the long-planned YouTube debate, like the Democrats and Fox News. As concerned Republicans, we respectfully ask them to reconsider. Republicans cannot surrender to Democrats on any front — least of all new media — or we may well lose in 2008.”

  • Todd And reports, “I’m very excited to announce that the Power 150 ranking of top marketing blogs is joining forces with Advertising Age, the world’s leading marketing and media publication.”

  • Reuters reports, “The number of help-wanted ads in U.S. newspapers fell in June to a 49-year low, a private research group said on Thursday.”

  • Time reports, “Hugh Hewitt, a popular right-wing blogger and radio talk show host, got more specific about what conservatives might object to in a CNN/YouTube debate — he alleged that CNN cherrypicked the submissions for biased questions that a ‘responsible’ journalist wouldn’t ask: ‘the CNN team used the device of the third-party video to inject a question that would have embarrassed any anchor posing it.’ One staffer for a Republican candidate now leaning toward not participating put it this way: ‘The problem isn’t YouTube, it’s CNN.’”

  • A release from Atlantic Media announced that Christopher Hitchens, Thomas Mallon, Debbie Applegate and Jeffrey Goldberg will be attending Bookmark events on Nantucket.

  • The Washington Examiner reports, “Washington wins the award for ‘most e-mail addicted’ city in the country, according to a new study released Thursday by Dulles-based AOL.”

  • Redding News Review reports, “Radio One’s Syndication One announced a new lineup late yesterday that includes ‘The Al Sharpton Show,’ ’2 Live Stews’ and ‘The Warren Ballentine Show’ on its XM 169 The Power.”

  • San Francisco Chronicle’s Chip Johnson writes, “Megan Greenwell was a reporter at Berkeley High School’s biweekly student newspaper, the Jacket, nearly eight years ago when she cracked one of the most sensational Bay Area news stories of the year — scooping the region’s media. … So it’s no fluke that Greenwell, now at the ripe old age of 23, is a professional journalist at not just any newspaper, but the Washington Post. And she’s not covering any average beat; she’s based in Baghdad and covering one of the world’s biggest stories, the war in Iraq.”

  • Who Still Reads Magazines? Just About Everybody”

  • New York Post reports, “Don Imus is about to get paid. The disowned shock jock is close to a settlement that would have former employer CBS buy out his contract as a way to avoid costly and ugly litigation, according to multiple sources close to the situation.”

  • Business Week reports, “Should the Bancroft family, the controlling shareholders of Dow Jones & Co., decide to reject Rupert Murdoch’s takeover offer, prompting the mogul to take his $5 billion off the table and walk away, everyone knows what would happen. Dow Jones’ stock price would fall from its recent highs in the upper 50s”

  • Check out Media Bistro’s updated How To Pitch.

  • Redding News Review reports, “Redding News Review today learned that Radio One has cut at least four staffers over at its satellite radio channel XM 169 The Power.”


  • The Education Trust is looking for a New Media Manager.

  • McClatchy is looking for a Senior Correspondent in Washington D.C.

  • America Abroad Media is looking for a Senior Producer for AAM Television.

  • CNN is seeking a Senior Producer for Reliable Sources.

  • Worcester County Times/Maryland Beachcomber/Ocean Pines Independent is looking for an Editor.

  • Print Solutions Magazine is looking for an Assistant Editor.

  • FDAnews is looking for an Executive Editor.

  • DC Magazine is looking to hire style-savvy fall interns/editorial assistants immediately for the Fall Semester. Please send cover letter, resume, and clips to with availability and potential start date. Position begins mid-August.

  • Washington Hospital Center is looking for a Media Specialist.

  • Connection Newspapers is looking for a Sports Writer/Editor.

  • is looking for an Advertising Sales Director.

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

  • Morning Reading List, 07.10.07

    morningsun.gifGood morning Washington.

  • Most of you don’t think David Gregory will eventually become the anchor of NBC Nightly News.

  • Talking Points Memo has offered a preview to their Daily Digest readers. “The new site will improve our ability to deliver the day’s headlines, and all of our original TPM reporting and analysis.”

  • From a release: “The Magazine Group adds to its already-bursting awards cabinet a bevy of new honors from leading industry associations. In recent weeks, the custom publisher and its clients have received accolades from the Association of Educational Publishers, American Society of Healthcare Publication Editors, Society of National Association Publications, and Society of Publication Designers.”

  • Al-Jazeera English Seeks Feedback From Viewers Via YouTube

  • Six senators and representatives are calling on the inspector general of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) to investigate whether liberal bias and censorship prevented a documentary about Islam from being aired by the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS).”

  • We learn of yet another Postie couple: Allison Klein and Eric Rich, who came here within a few months of each
    other in 2004. They met, fell in love and got married just a few months ago…

  • The adorable Charlie Rosencrantz recently celebrated his first birthday.

  • The Brody File is featured in today’s New York Times. Says Brody in an email blast: “First the Los Angeles Times, then the Washington Post, now the NY Times? What’s next? The Village Voice? I’m just trying to stay off page 6 of the New York Post.”

  • Scene: DC Bloggy Types Rock Out Together, Gawk at Matt Yglesias’ iPhone

  • Check out’s D.C. seminars.

  • More on the National Press Club – Venezuela showdown.

  • In excerpt of forthcoming book, Novak offers yet another account of his Armitage conversation

  • Mark Halperin Inks Undecided Book Deal

  • The final version of Robert Greenwald’s latest project can be found here. (earlier)

  • Don’t forget to “Join PR Newswire’s Vice President of PR Products, Ted Skinner and Umbria’s President, Howard Kaushansky to learn how PR Newswire’s MediaSense Blog Measurement service can assist communications and marketing professionals in understanding how to harness the power of the blogosphere.” To sign up for webinar at July 12 at 2:00 p.m., sign up here.

  • Campus Progress reports, “Shock Jock Don Imus has sunk into the pleasant mire of obscurity, but it seems his fans are loath to see him go so gently. So they organized a day of activities last Friday to protest his departure from his daily slot on CBS radio and MSNBC.”

  • From a reader: “In Bob’s defense, all good mottoes are crafted in defiance of the management, too”

  • From Mediabistro: “Our expert helps you harness the power of your blog and land assignments from publications nationwide”

  • Deborah Howell responds to complaints “that The Post buried a story Monday following up on the attempted terrorist attacks in Britain.”

  • Also from Campus Progress, “A young journalist examines why so many of us are becoming bankers.”

  • editorializes, “Democratic presidential candidates get away with refusing to let Fox News sponsor a debate, while their Republican counterparts let MSNBC lead them like lambs to the slaughter courtesy of Matthews‘ loaded questions and sound bites and Olbermann’s crazed tirades. A ‘Fairness Doctrine’ manufacturing Olbermann and Matthews clones is the last thing America needs.”


  • Congressional Quarterly is looking for an Editor of Real-Time and Web News, a Committees Reporter and a Schedules Researcher.

  • The Baltimore Sun is looking for a News Producer.

  • Northern Virginia Magazine is looking for an Editorial Assistant.

  • The Pentagon Channel is looking for a TV News Writer/Producer.

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

  • Journo Ringtones

    This is, admittedly, a trend we’d like to see more of: Media ringtones. You can have Chris Matthews yell “Let’s play Hardball!” every time your cell phone rings (but, come on, we’d much rather hear his “HA!” laugh. Who will make FishbowlDC’s day and send us a .wav of that?!?).

    What are some other good cell phone ring tone ideas?

  • Tim Russert talking about dad.

  • Bob Novak saying “That’s bullshit.”

  • George Stephanopolous saying, “And now, the Sunday Funnies.”

  • John McLaughlin saying “Issue number four!”

  • David Shuster’s trademark, “I’m David Shuster, for Hardball, in Washington.”

  • John Bresnahan screaming at someone.

  • Any word spoken by Katty Kay in that accent of hers.

  • Joe Scarborough saying, “This is morning Joe.”

  • Wolf Blitzer saying, “You’re in the Situation Room.”

  • Tony Snow rocking out to some Jethro Tull.

  • Don Imus saying, “What I said was awful, just awful, and, and idiotic, a really stupid, idiotic awful thing to say..”

  • Christopher Hitchens saying, “If you gave Falwell an enema, he could be buried in a matchbox.”

  • A greatest hits mash-up of deep throated gurgles from Bob Edwards, Lou Dobbs, Brit Hume, Eugene Robinson and Carl Kasell.

  • Morning Reading List, 04.30.07

    morningsun.gifGood morning Washington.

  • Eggs are the preferred breakfast food of D.C. journos.

  • Mother Jones on the Washington Times’ gala.

  • A reader has beef with WJLA:

      Their webpage is a mess with three gazillion things trying to load at once, including live video/audio and such. Even though I’ve closed all my browsers there’s a live audio stream from some sort of weather report that is still playing on my computer, just in tiny stuttered stops. Is this some evil scheme by Allbritton? What a sh*tty website … And now, its ghosts are living in my computer.

      “Temperatures will be in the … Have a great … have a grr … have a grr … have a grea … have a great day.”

  • Northern Virginia Daily is looking for a General assignment reporter.
  • The (Annapolis) Capital is seeking Education Reporter.

  • It’s Moyers v. Kristol over Vietnam.

  • Deb Howell on “Falling Short On Fairness.”

  • PBS Newshour is looking for Broadcast Desk Assistants.

  • The Center for Community Change is looking for a Writer.

  • Kiplinger Washington Editors, Inc. is looking for a Senior Associate Editor.

  • “The Blacksburg tragedy dominated the cable and radio talk airwaves last week as no other story has all year, according to PEJ’s Talk Show Index for April 15-20. The horrific slaughter consumed 63% of the airtime, narrowly eclipsing talk host’s Don Imus firing, which accounted for 61% of the talk menu the week before.”

  • Is David Bass keeping David Corn in check? Check out the Corn & Miniter Show on Pajamas Media.

  • A tipster writes in, “ = on crack. Take note. It already exists in DC.”

  • Cousin TVNewser reports, “More than 2.2 million people watch the first 2008 presidential candidate debate on MSNBC Thursday evening.”

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  • Morning Reading List, 04.26.07

    morningsun.gifGood morning Washington.

  • You have no love for Rich Little.

  • San Francisco Chronicle Washington Bureau Chief Marc Sandalow is taking a leave of absence to write a book on Rep. Nancy Pelosi.

  • Community Associations Institute is looking for an Editor.

  • Newspapers debate online reader comments

  • American Society of Landscape Architects is looking for a Meetings and Special Programs Coordinator.

  • Mark Burnett, MySpace Team Up for a Competition to Pick a Political Candidate

  • A Media Role in Selling the War? No Question.

  • Journalists and John McCain: Is The Honeymoon Really Over?

  • Thompson Publishing Group, Inc. is looking for an Editor.

  • Inside Higher Ed is looking for a Audience Development Manager for their Online Publication.

  • National Geographic Society is looking for an Art Director.

  • The pregnant and positively glowing MSNBC anchor, along with “Meet the Press” producer Michelle Jaconi, party-thrower extraordinaire (and lobbyist) Juleanna Glover Weiss and Mary Amons, is hosting a book party for Jill Kargman, author of “Momzillas,” at the Ralph Lauren store at the Collection at Chevy Chase on Tuesday.”

  • The Associated Press is looking for an Editorial Assistant.

  • MacNeil/Lehrer Productions is looking for an Online Interactives Editor, an Online Associate Editor and a Director for Online News Hour Extra.

  • Media Biz reports, “According to a report released by outplacement firm Challenger, Gray and Christmas Tuesday, media companies announced 4,391 layoffs during the first quarter of this year, up 93 percent from the 2,271 layoffs in the first three months of last year.”

  • “More than 60% of the minutes on the cable and radio talk shows” were about Don Imus, according to PEJ’s Talk Show Index for the week of April 8 to 13.

  • David S. Evans, founder of management consulting firm Market Platform Dynamics, writes, “Make no mistake: The only way to stop the slide of the newspaper industry into oblivion is to replace the traditional paper “form factor” with a technology that can compete with pay-per-click, per-per-action and contextual advertising.”

  • The Pew News Interest Index shows, “The shootings at Virginia Tech University overshadowed all other news stories last week — both in terms of coverage and public interest. Fully 45% of Americans paid very close attention to the tragedy and 56% said it was the single news story they followed more closely than any other last week. However, interest in the Virginia Tech shootings was considerably lower than interest in the Columbine High School shootings which occurred almost exactly eight years earlier.”

  • Bloomberg reports, “Tribune Co. began a $4.28 billion tender offer, the first stage of the newspaper publisher’s planned buyout by billionaire Sam Zell. Tribune, owner of the Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune, is offering to buy back 126 million shares at $34 each, according to a statement from the Chicago-based company today. The purchase will be financed by bank loans and $250 million from Zell.”

  • Tonight, Blank Rome’s Kelly R. Bobek will be presented the “Distinguished Member Award” from Women in Government Relations at the organization’s annual Spring Gala.

  • Peter Beinart and Jonah Goldberg ask, “Are reporters too nice to John McCain?”

  • Time Magazine asks its readers, “Who do you think should be on this year’s list of TIME’s most influential people?” Readers can rate their top choices of the 200 candidates and rate their top choices.

  • E&P reports, “Anyone thinking the declines in circulation should ease when the Audit Bureau of Circulations releases its spring numbers on Monday will be disappointed. According to industry sources, overall daily circulation for the six months ending March 2007 is expected to sink approximately 2.5% while Sunday will drop around 3.0%.”

  • The Irish Times reports, “The emergence of the mobile phone and the rise of text messaging poses a significant threat to writing standards in English,” according to the Ireland’s Department of Education chief examiner in the subject.

  • The Rappahannock Voice’s James Gannon explores “what the controversy over Robert Chappell’s ban on the press” at a Virginia Tech memorial service “was about — and what it was not about.”

  • C&E has confirmed former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, former DCCC Chairman and Rep. Vic Fazio , and Joe Trippi as speakers for the August “All Things Political” training conference.

  • Politco’s Ryan Grim writes, “Green: The New Red, White & Blue,” a documentary now airing on Discovery and the Discovery Times Channel, is facile and superficial, with an underlying streak of arrogance. In short, it’s a Thomas Friedman work.”

  • Bloomberg reports, “New York Times Co. shareholders, led by Morgan Stanley, withheld 42 percent of their votes from directors to protest the Sulzberger family’s control over the company. An average of 52.5 million of the 124.2 million shares voted declined to support the directors’ re-election, the company announced on its Web site following the annual shareholder meeting in New York.”

  • Greg Sargent writes, “You won’t be surprised to hear that Rupert Murdoch’s New York Post is willing to stoop to extraordinary depths of dishonesty to smear Dems, but this one is quite remarkable. Check out the rewrite that The Post has done on an AP story it ran today. The Post’s version is far, far, far worse — almost comically so, in fact — for Harry Reid and the Dems than the AP story was in its original form.”

  • The Washington Business Journal reports, “The Washington Post’s Kaplan education division continues to expand through acquisitions, this time planning to acquire an investment management school in Australia.”

  • Reuters reports, “Google Inc. has knocked Microsoft Corp. from its perch as the world’s top-ranked brand,” according to findings released by Financial Times and market research firm Millward Brown.

  • Washington Post’s Paul Farhi and Frank Ahrens reports, “Federal regulators, concerned about the effect of television violence on children, will recommend that Congress enact legislation to give the government unprecedented powers to curb violence in entertainment programming, according to government and TV industry sources.”

  • Bloomberg reports, “XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc. became the nation’s largest satellite broadcaster with a network of hundreds of antennas that were built and operated in violation of U.S. Federal Communications Commission rules. At least a third of the 800 antennas that beam XM’s radio channels to millions of customers were placed in unapproved locations or emitted signals that were too strong, according to a review of FCC filings.”

  • Reuters reports, “The number of people visiting U.S. newspaper Web sites rose 5.3 percent during the first quarter, an industry group said on Monday, even as publishers reported slower online advertising sales growth.”

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  • Imus Fallout: Did Russert Go Easy On Imus?

    It’s pretty well known that Don Imus and Tim Russert have, historically, been rather chummy with each other. And during yesterday’s “Meet the Press,” almost all of Russert’s standard “Devil’s advocate” questions took the side of Imus. And Russert only twice said anything that even slightly reprimanded Imus:

      “I don’t think anyone felt that what Don said was defensible, including himself.”


      “I think he said a terrible thing.”

    But almost all of the other points raised by Russert seemed to deflect attention away from Imus’s responsibility:

  • “MR. RUSSERT: But he also would say he’s equal opportunity, and I got, of–one who went on a lot on “Imus,” poked fun after for being Irish, for being Catholic and a whole lot of other–for being “husky,” as my mom would say.”

  • “I also feel sadness for Don Imus and his wife and his family. I think he said a terrible thing. I think he regrets it. She’s a former college athlete. They’ve done a lot of good things for a lot of good people. And I think the discussion was not whether or not he said something terrible or offensive, but what should be the magnitude of his punishment, which I think is a fair discussion to have.”

  • “MR. RUSSERT: And, and because you participated in political discussions that for, at least from my perspective, you couldn’t have anywhere else, or you couldn’t hear anywhere else. ”

  • “MR. RUSSERT: It is interesting how times have changed. Imus, as you know, was inducted into the Broadcasters Hall of Fame. Here’s the cover of Time magazine in ’97. The most influential people in America. Newsweek: “The Importance of Being Imus: How the King of Irreverent Radio Turns Politics into Entertainment.”

    Is–those, those recognitions were done in a very public way, Gene.

    MR. RUSSERT: Yeah.

    MR. RUSSERT: But if he’s inducted in the hall of fame, he’s on the cover of Time and Newsweek in the late ’90s when people were very aware of the content of the show.

  • “Is it appropriate for these rap stars, who use the words like ho and bitch and the N-word, to be raising money for politicians, the same politicians who are condemning Don Imus?”

  • “MR. RUSSERT: And it was fair to ask Jackson about Hymietown, and it was fair to ask Sharpton about Tawana Brawley.”

  • “MR. RUSSERT: Gwen Ifill, you mentioned turning off the, the rap music. How do you respond to people who say, “Turn of Imus? If you don’t like him, turn him off”?

  • “MR. RUSSERT: Well, but to others, if people want to watch it, they watch it.”

  • “MR. RUSSERT: ‘If you don’t want to watch it, you turn him off. It’s the marketplace that should govern.’”

  • “MR. RUSSERT: And if Don, Don Imus takes time off and comes back and says, you know, ‘I was an addict, and I embraced that and tried to educate people about that and educate people about Autism. I’m now going to dedicate my life to racial reconciliation and healing, and I’m going to talk about that on my new program’?”

    MR. ROBINSON: Well, people will decide whether they want to sponsor, you know, whether they want to put it on the air, and whether they…

    MS. IFILL: Would you go back on his program if he did that?

    MR. RUSSERT: I, I–I’d, I’d certainly listen to it. Absolutely. I mean, if he is dedicating himself–if the, if the Rutgers women’s basketball team said they have forgiven him and they’re trying to seek reconciliation, and he dedicates himself to racial healing, that is, to me, is a very positive step.

  • “MR. RUSSERT: John McWorter, a young black academic from The Manhattan Institute who’s been on this program, said that this is debate about street theater and takes away from a discussion of real issues affecting the black community. What would you say about that, Gene?”

  • “MR. RUSSERT: But I, but I also think–it’s also people–one person who’s been on the program a lot said he got hundreds of e-mails from the very people who then–who are now calling him an enabler for going on. When he went on, people praised him for his performance.”

  • “MR. RUSSERT: I had, I had one black American say to me, you know, ‘He’s got to go off.’ And I said, ‘I understand your view, you’ve laid it out very clearly.’ And I said, ‘Do you listen to the program?’ ‘Regularly.’ He said, ‘I love when Bernard McGuirk puts that FedEx box on and mocks the cardinal.’ And I said, ‘You do? You think that’s funny? Those are my people.’”