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WaPo Pentagon Correspondent Pens Rumsfeld Book

WaPo Magazine will feature exclusive excerpts from the book “Decline and Fall: The final days of Donald Rumsfeld‘s troubled reign” by Pentagon correspondent Bradley Graham.

He reveals Rumsfeld was ready to leave President Bush’s administration in 2006:

Around September 2006, Rumsfeld and his wife, Joyce, had discussed the prospect of his stepping down as Secretary of Defense. “We said there’s no way he would stay if either the House or the Senate went Democratic because he would be the issue,” Joyce recounted months later. The criticism “would have been relentless until he was gone.”

Graham interviewed the former Defense Secretary eight times and also conducted interviews with close colleagues and friends. He will host a chat about the book on WaPo’s site here at 12pm Monday and the book hits stands June 22nd.

Full excerpts can be found here.

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Morning Reading List, 08.15.08


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Morning Reading List, 08.20.07

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  • In memoriam: Michael Deaver.

  • Journalists and Karl Rove.

  • You think the notion that journalists should not vote is “stupid.”

  • Deb Howell on The Dilemma With Quotation Marks.

  • An NBC release announced, “According to Nielsen Media Research data, ‘Meet the Press with Tim Russert’ topped the Sunday morning competition across the country and in Washington, D.C. on Sunday, August 12, 2007.” On Sunday, the NBC program attracted 2.691
    million total viewers, 18% more than CBS “Face the Nation”, a 24% lead over ABC “The Week”,and a 168% advantage over FOX “News Sunday”.

  • DCRTV hears that Washington Post radio could fold soon.

  • A tipster tells us, “ABC News is wrong about being the first ‘broadcast’ TV debate… PBS had the first broadcast Dem debate in June…”

  • AFP reports, “News audiences are ditching television and newspapers and using the Internet as their main source of information, in a trend that could eventually see the demise of local papers, according to a new study.”

  • Folio reports, “Rumors were circulating last week that the newsstand sales of People magazine would be down over 5 percent. This sent pangs of anxiety through the fragile magazine industry. Had the big newsstand sales slide begun? Sure enough People’s sales revenue was down 6.1 percent. But this time the sales of the industry bellwether didn’t reflect industry sales as a whole.”

  • New York Post reports, “In the latest development in the quest by Donald Rumsfeld to snag a book deal, a well-placed industry source said the former Secretary of Defense has received only tepid interest from a handful of publishers.”

  • Check out Meidabistro’s new series, “J-School Confidential, filed by media experts in the making. Our rotating cast of emerging journos will take on that great media debate — to j-school or not to j-school — while chronicling their tales of learning the craft both in the academic settling and on the ground.”

  • Check out the Center for Citizen Media, “a new initiative aimed at helping to enable and encourage grassroots media, especially citizen journalism, at every level.”

  • “The collapse of Utah’s Crandall Canyon Mine that trapped six mine workers and led to a major rescue effort topped the public’s news interest last week,” according to Pew’s News Coverage Index for the week of Aug. 5-10.

  • New York Times reports, “For generations, advertising interrupted the entertainment that Americans wanted to read, hear or watch. Now, in a turnabout, advertising is increasingly being presented as entertainment — and surprisingly, the idea of all ads, all the time, is gaining some favor.”

  • No Straw Men reports, “Block off the day of August 29 (two weeks from today), and learn the tricks of the trade at the first-ever Modern Media Strategies Workshop. Sponsored by Google and hosted at Heritage, it’s free and star-studded; plus, there’s a reception afterward at Lounge 201.” Check out details here.

  • The Extreme-ness says, “Nothing wrong with D.C. becoming a melting pot of beauty. As long as ugly people stay out.”

  • Colbert Discovers FishbowlNY; FishbowlNY Bans Colbert

  • Folio reports, “Scott Karp, former managing director at Atlantic Media and author of the Publishing 2.0 blog, and blogger Robert Young, formerly of GigaOM have announced Publish2, Inc., a social network and news aggregator devoted specifically to journalists.”

  • Tech Crunch reports, “USAToday Says Traffic Way Up”

  • From Poynter Online: “In a modest proposal called Death to Bylines, former Washington Post editor Craig Stoltz suggests that online news stories are really brought to light collectively. The reporter’s words take form with the help of an assignment editor, online producer, perhaps a photographer. Like previous modest proposals, this one is contentious. Be sure to read the comments, as well as his follow-up post Bylines’ Second Life.”

  • WebProNews reports, “A new study by ABI Research found that a large amount of digital content is consumed by a small but influential group of digital media users, while the average user is looking for new ways to manage content.”

  • “The far-away campaign made up 35% of the airtime in talk as measured by PEJ’s Talk Show Index for August 5-10.”

  • “Despite dramatic structural changes in the news media since the 1980s, the interests of news audiences have changed very little over the past several decades,” according to The Pew News Interest Index over 20 years.

  • The Independent reports, “Britain’s best-known consumer titles, from lads’ mags to women’s weeklies, are steadily losing their readers as new launches and digital rivals continue to eat into circulation.”

  • The Congressional Black Caucus Political Education and
    Leadership Institute (CBC Institute) announced, “the CBC Institute Democraticvpresidential debate in Detroit will be rescheduled. The new debate date will be announced in the coming months.”


  • Kiplinger’s Personal Finance is looking for a Research Reporter.

  • The Council for Advancement and Support of Education is looking for a Senior Editor.

  • NSSEA is seeking an Entry-Level Editorial Assistant

  • Congressional Quarterly is looking for a Homeland Security Reporter.

  • Northern Virginia Daily is looking for a copy editor/page designer and a bureau chief.

  • A business advisory firm is looking for a D.C.-based Media Relations Professional.

  • Stars and Stripes is looking for an Editorial Director.

  • Amherst-Nelson Publishing is looking for a Weekly Editor.

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

  • Separated At Birth: David Martin

    One of the top ten most visible network reporters, CBS’s David Martin is this week’s Separated At Birth.

    According to’s nifty face recognition database:

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    …looks like, Richard Gere?

    Kevin Costner?

    And, Donald Rumsfeld?

    Did you miss our earlier Separateds? Or just want to see them again? Check out David Bradley, Linda Greenhouse, Laura Sessions Stepp, William Arkin, Paul Singer, Ben Bradlee, John Yang, Armstrong Williams, Howard Kurtz, Tony Kornheiser, John Harris, Len Downie, David Corn, Bob Woodward, Jeff Zeleny, John McCaslin, John Hendren, Lesley Lopez, Elizabeth Shogren, Norah O’Donnell, Chris Matthews, Tim Russert, Brit Hume, Wolf Blitzer and David Gregory