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Obama on Kennedy: “One of the Greatest Senators of Our Time”

President Obama‘s remarks on the death and life of Senator Ted Kennedy:

“I wanted to say a few words this morning about the passing of an extraordinary leader, Senator Edward Kennedy.

Over the past several years, I’ve had the honor to call Teddy a colleague, a counselor, and a friend. And even though we have known this day was coming for some time now, we awaited it with no small amount of dread.

Since Teddy’s diagnosis last year, we’ve seen the courage with which he battled his illness. And while these months have no doubt been difficult for him, they’ve also let him hear from people in every corner of our nation and from around the world just how much he meant to all of us. His fight has given us the opportunity we were denied when his brothers John and Robert were taken from us: the blessing of time to say thank you — and goodbye.

The outpouring of love, gratitude, and fond memories to which we’ve all borne witness is a testament to the way this singular figure in American history touched so many lives. His ideas and ideals are stamped on scores of laws and reflected in millions of lives — in seniors who know new dignity, in families that know new opportunity, in children who know education’s promise, and in all who can pursue their dream in an America that is more equal and more just — including myself.

The Kennedy name is synonymous with the Democratic Party. And at times, Ted was the target of partisan campaign attacks. But in the United States Senate, I can think of no one who engendered greater respect or affection from members of both sides of the aisle. His seriousness of purpose was perpetually matched by humility, warmth, and good cheer. He could passionately battle others and do so peerlessly on the Senate floor for the causes that he held dear, and yet still maintain warm friendships across party lines.

And that’s one reason he became not only one of the greatest senators of our time, but one of the most accomplished Americans ever to serve our democracy.

His extraordinary life on this earth has come to an end. And the extraordinary good that he did lives on. For his family, he was a guardian. For America, he was the defender of a dream.

I spoke earlier this morning to Senator Kennedy’s beloved wife, Vicki, who was to the end such a wonderful source of encouragement and strength. Our thoughts and prayers are with her, his children Kara, Edward, and Patrick; his stepchildren Curran and Caroline; the entire Kennedy family; decades’ worth of his staff; the people of Massachusetts; and all Americans who, like us, loved Ted Kennedy.”

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Morning Reading List, 12.03.07

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Good morning Washington. It’s Julianne Moore’s birthday today, which means it’s a great day, and, amazingly, it falls only one week after Freckle Pride Day.

  • You think J-school is a waste of time.

    NEWSPAPERS

  • Can you answer CQ’s Political Trivia for Nov. 30?

  • “The Association of Alternative Newsweeklies announced … that Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism will assume responsibility for the administration of the AltWeekly Awards.”

  • Deborah Howell on “Throwing a Flag on the Taylor Coverage.” And Clark Hoyt on “Fact and Fiction on the Campaign Trail.”

  • Stung by Politico Report, Giuliani Puts Up His Dukes

  • Amy Argetsinger agrees that J. Freedom du Lac’s name is coolest.

  • Howard Dean addresses the Gridiron Club.

  • A Project by American University Students in The Washington Post reports, “Election year after election year in recent decades, candidates and the media have spent significant energy courting young voters and reporting on how they view issues and campaigns. Yet, year after year, voting data shows that the turnout of young voters has been disappointingly low.”

  • One Georgetown resident has something to say about newspaper delivery.

  • This Friday at Busboys & Poets Tony Deifell shows scenes from upcoming film & tells stories from Seeing Beyond Sight.

  • His Extreme-ness says,Howard Kurtz Is Right!”

    TELEVISION

  • A release announced, “During November when the stock market has swung wildly, viewers tuned to CNBC, First in Business Worldwide, for fast, accurate, actionable and unbiased business news. In measured ratings, CNBC had its best November in total viewers since 2000 in
    Business Day and its best November in the key adults 25-54 year-old
    demographic since 2003. It was also CNBC’s best month in Business Day
    programming in total viewers since August 2002.”

  • An ABC release announced, “According to Nielsen Media Research for November sweeps, ABC News’ ‘This Week with George Stephanopoulos’ outperformed CBS’ ‘Face the Nation’ in both Total Viewers and the key Adults 25-54 demo. This is the second consecutive November sweep ‘This Week’ beat ‘Face the Nation.’ This was also ‘This Week’s’ best November sweep performance among both Total Viewers and Adults 25-54 since 2001.”

  • Hostage Taker Talks With CNN’s DC Bureau

  • An NBC release announced, “According to Nielsen Media Research data, ‘Meet the Press with Tim Russert’ was the most-watched Sunday morning public affairs program, winning the week ending Sunday, November 25, 2007 in all categories.”

  • ABC announced, “According to Nielsen Media Research for the week of November 19, 2007, ABC News’ ‘Nightline’ was up in Total Viewers (16%) and in the Key A-25-54 demo (7%) verses a year ago, while both ‘Letterman’ and ‘Leno’ declined in both categories double digits verses the same week a year ago. In addition, ‘Nightline’ continues to close the gaps with ‘Letterman’ and ‘Leno’ among total viewers and Adults 25-54.”

  • Bloomberg reports, “Comcast Corp., the biggest U.S. cable-television provider, said regulators have no support for a proposed rule that would limit its growth.”

  • MediaWeek reports, “While November saw little change atop the cable news heap, with Fox News Channel retaining its perch at the peak with an average prime time delivery of 1.41 million viewers, the month will end on an up note for at least one other network. MSNBC will close out November within firing distance of CNN, averaging 230,000 viewers in the key adults 25-54 demo versus CNN’s 232,000.”

  • A release announced, “CN8 ‘Your Morning’ spotlights the upcoming presidential election, presenting contender views on major political issues in ‘Candidates Scorecard,’ a week-long programming series debuting Monday, Dec. 3 from 6-8 a.m. Political experts throughout CN8’s Maine to Virginia footprint inform viewers where the four leading Democratic and five leading Republican candidates stand on critical subjects such as the war in Iraq, immigration policy and national health care.”

  • A PBS viewer writes,Gwen Ifill had a Fox News moment on the Nov. 26 NewsHour when she referred to ‘Hamas seized power’ … Would she refer to Bush winning the Presidency as ‘Bush seized power’ when he actually won the second election (the first one, seizing power is still a question). Hamas actually won a democratic election. Are there Israeli sensors on PBS who check the wording of these reports? Insertions of words such as this taints the fair and unbiased reporting reputation of PBS.”

  • HuffPo doesn’t like Fox’s coverage of the Hillary campaign office hostage situation.

  • Crains New York reports, “ABC News said Thursday that it reached a tentative new contract with workers represented by the Writers Guild of America East that includes a 3.5% wage increase and a one-time signing bonus.”

  • Reuters reports, “A U.S. economic recession could hammer those media and entertainment companies that rely heavily on advertising next year, curtailing experimentation when the industry needs it most.”

  • CJR’s Gal Beckerman writes, “CNN Needn’t Apologize”

  • Los Angeles Times’ Tim Rutten writes about the recent CNN debate, “In fact, this most recent debacle masquerading as a presidential debate raises serious questions about whether CNN is ethically or professionally suitable to play the political role the Democratic and Republican parties recently have conceded it.”

  • Erin Burnett Apologizes, Wishes Bush a Great Weekend

  • Jeff Gannon writes, “CNN’s YouTube Republican presidential debate will go down in history as one of America’s biggest media scandals alongside Dan Rather’s fake documents and Will Duranty’s Pultizer Prize-winning pro-Stalin proganda for The New York Times.”

    ONLINE MEDIA

  • Can Youth Sports Coverage Pay Off Online?”

  • The Hollywood Reporter reports, “The Disney CEO said Thursday that cable TV companies need a Google-like search mechanism if VOD is to reach its full potential. Type in ‘rat DVD’ at Google and you’ll easily find ‘Ratatouille,’ he said, but that’s far from the case for VOD.”

  • Former ‘Bowler Garrett Graff discusses “Prehistoric Pols.”

  • Is ZocDoc coming to D.C.?

  • FishbowlNY has a stocking stuffer idea – The Larry Craig Talking Action Figure.

  • MediaPost reports, “To the agency world, digital is like that stalking cyborg in James Cameron’s sequel ‘Terminator 2: Judgment Day.’ That’s according to Arianna Huffington, co-founder and editor in chief of The Huffington Post.”

  • Reuters reports, “Facebook is good for keeping up with high-flying buddies, MySpace is for teenage offspring and the BlackBerry is a full-time addiction, according to top media executives who were quizzed on their personal media habits at this week’s Reuters Media Summit.”

  • AJR reports, “With an arsenal of technology — including handheld digital video cameras, satellite dishes and laptops — seven ABC News journalists who took on new posts around the world this fall may be set to change the definition of ‘foreign correspondent.’”

  • Information Week reports, “Online retailer Amazon on Thursday launched in public beta its question-and-answer Web site that lets users share knowledge with each other, and offers rewards to those who consistently provide quality information.”

    MAGAZINES

  • Check out some more pics from CQ’s party last week.

  • The AP reports, “A woman and her son have sued The National Enquirer, claiming the supermarket tabloid fabricated stories that said she gave birth to a son fathered by Massachusetts Sen. Edward Kennedy.”

    WEST WING REPORTAGE

  • ABC News goes inside a White House Christmas.

    RADIO

  • The Post editorializes on the XM-Sirius merger.
    JOBS

  • The McGraw-Hill Companies is looking for a Sales Assistant, BusinessWeek (DC Bureau).

  • The Hill newspaper is looking for a Publicist.

  • Defense News is looking for an IT Staff Writer.

  • National Public Radio is looking for an Editorial Assistant, Tell Me More, a Production Assistant, Tell Me More, an Assistant Editor, Tell Me More, an Associate Editor, Tell me More and a Production Assistant, Arts & Information.

  • Examiner Newspapers has Design openings in D.C. area. and is looking for Design Directors.

  • Hanley Wood, LLC is looking for a Senior Graphic Designer Multifamily Executive.

  • FOX News Channel is looking for a Field Producer-Fox NewsEdge.

  • Federal Reserve Board is looking for a Manager, Editing.

  • CBS News is looking for a Video Editor.

  • Army Times Publishing is Seeking Writers/Reporters.

  • PBS Newshour is looking for a Communications Assistant.

  • Voice of America is looking for talent for the Zimbabwe Project.

  • The News Virginian is looking for a Sports Ace.

  • The New Republic is looking for a Reporter-Researcher.

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

  • Morning Reading List, 10.05.07

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  • We can’t say we are shocked by the results of yesterday’s poll. You would rather fight like Mike Tyson than talk like him.

  • An ABC release announced, “In the largest expansion of ABC News’ foreign bureaus in two decades, ABC News’ President David Westin announced the deployment of seven reporters to posts around the globe. ABC’s reporters will be based in New Delhi, India; Mumbai; India, Seoul, South Korea; Jakarta, Indonesia; Rio De Janeiro, Brazil; Dubai, UAE; and Nairobi, Kenya.”

  • Cartoonists enjoy evening in the sun

  • ABC also announced, “According to Nielsen Media Research for Sunday September 30, ABC News ‘This Week with George Stephanopoulos’ beat CBS’ ‘Face the Nation’ among both Total Viewers and among Adults 25-54. ‘This Week’ posted the most growth of the Sunday discussion programs compared to last year, in double-digits, among both Total Viewers and Adults 25-54. ‘This Week’ is also the only Sunday discussion program up year-to-date (5%) among Total Viewers.” Also, for the week of September 24, 2007, “ABC News’ ‘Nightline’ continued its growth trend in Total Viewers. ‘Nightline’ grew for the second straight week in a row reaching its best Total Viewer number since May.”

  • Today’s edition of National Journal On Air will feature Senator Edward Kennedy in the weekly newsmaker interview with host Linda Douglass. “Douglass will ask Senator Kennedy about the battle over children’s health insurance, the Democrats’ efforts to change course in Iraq, and the political landscape in 2008.” The show airs on Friday at 1pm on XM channel 130. It will also be streaming live and available to the public on http://nationaljournal.com/onair/

  • Telemundo announed in a released that along with mun2, the preeminent voice for Latino youth, launched “‘Vota Por Tu Futuro’ — ‘Vote 4 UR Future,’ the networks’ national non-partisan Hispanic voter registration campaign.”

  • Slate’s Ron Rosenbaum writes, “Don’t get me wrong, I love magazines. I’ve written for a wide range of them, from Punk to The New Yorker. They are—or were—a great American phenomenon. But magazines, many of them anyway, are now slowly killing themselves, killing their credibility, by turning into fawning fools for access.”

  • ‘E&P’ Goes Audio! Listen to Exclusive Discussion About Troubling Drop in Newspaper Ad Revenue Now”

  • Politico’s Mike Allen will soon go on a diet: “Playbook is coming to you live from the Radisson in Manchester, N.H. Yesterday’s Rudy road trip included the Chocolate Moose, three diners (yum.) and a town hall.”

  • The Federal Citizen Information Center of GSA’s Office of Citizen Services is launching our new blog, Govgab. The purpose of the blog “is to highlight government services and information that many people may not know about and show them how to use it in their everyday lives. We have five bloggers and one will post each day of the week.”

  • In a release yesterday, MySpace announced an agreement with PayPal “enabling non-profits and political candidates to virally fundraise throughout the site’s civic and political hub, the Impact channel (http://impact.myspace.com). This marks the official launch of the Impact Channel which will feature new tools including a volunteer search and match tool ‘Volunteer Space,’ a daily issue-based poll, and a voter registration tool.”

  • Journal-isms reports, “CBS-TV and ABC-TV defended their networks’ pieces on Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas amid criticism that ’60 Minutes’ and ‘Nightline’ had offered up uncritical ‘puff pieces’ as they interviewed Thomas in connection with his new memoir, ‘My Grandfather’s Son’” And, “Justice Holds News Media in Contempt

  • Joseph Turow is the Robert Lewis Shayon Professor of Communication at the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communication, writes, “Google’s decision to spend $3.1 billion to buy little-known DoubleClick will affect the future of American media and the way advertisers tell stories about you and me. Eventually, if Google has its way, what we see on the Web, hear on the radio or read in print will largely be based on decisions Google computers make about how different we are and why.”

  • Bloomberg reports, “Gannett Co., the largest U.S. newspaper publisher, would see ‘minimal’ impact if it spun off its television business from the newspaper operations, according to a report from bond-research firm Gimme Credit LLC.”

  • Do you know who the second longest-serving senator from New Mexico is? Test your knowledge with this week’s CQ Political Trivia.

  • Freakonomics reports, “In my opinion, Craigslist is one of the most revolutionary elements of the Internet revolution: simple, scalable, useful, powerful, and therefore omnipresent. So I am very happy to announce that Craig Newmark and Jim Buckmaster, the company’s founder and CEO, respectively, have agreed to answer your questions about Craigslist. As always, leave your questions in the comments section below, and we will post their answers within a week or so. Although many questions are welcomed, time and space may not allow for all of them to be answered.”

  • Sydney Morning Herald reports, “Rupert Murdoch is set to face a challenge to his family’s control of News Corp at its annual shareholder meeting this month, after one of the world’s most powerful shareholder advisers recommended fund managers back a move to change the company’s share structure.”

  • BtoB reports, “Senior executives, including C-level officers at large and midsize companies, have a voracious appetite for quality business information, according to a survey released Tuesday by Ipsos Media.”

  • TV Week reports, “In a world of turbocharged media options, word of mouth remains the most trusted form of advertising around the world. In a semi-annual survey, the Nielsen Co. found that consumers trust other consumers more than they trust messages from paid media advertising.”

  • Susan D. Whiting is the executive vice president of the Nielsen Company and chairman of Nielsen Media Research writes, “Conventional wisdom these days has it that television is dying. Like most conventional wisdom, it’s dead wrong.”

  • Bloomberg reports, “Mel Karmazin, chief executive of Sirius Satellite Radio Inc., said the U.S. Department of Justice is seeking more details on the broadcaster’s proposed acquisition of XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc.”

  • Folio Magazine reports, “CMP has launched a new Web site that it touts as, ‘investigating the future of the Internet.’ Internet Evolution leverages four Web 2.0 content sources: bloggers; broadband video documentaries and interviews, investigative reporters from CMP writers and user-generated content.”

    Jobs

  • Reuters is looking for a Freelance Junior Producer and Journalism Interns for Summer 2008.

  • PBS Newshour is looking for an Online NewsHour Associate Editor/News.

  • AUVSI is looking for a Magazine Associate Editor.

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