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Morning Reading List, 10.22.07

morningsun.gifGood morning Washington.

  • The White House bids farewell to Josh Deckard.

  • A NBC release announced, “‘Meet the Press,’ the longest running television show in the world, reached a programming milestone, airing its 3,000th broadcast last Sunday, October 14. In addition, according to Nielsen Media Research data, ‘Meet the Press’ topped the competition on Sunday, winning in all categories across the
    country and in Washington D.C.”

  • Deb Howell’s weekly column. Clark Hoyt’s too.

  • An ABC release announced, “According to Nielsen Media Research for Sunday October 14, ABC News ‘This Week with George Stephanopoulos’ beat CBS’ ‘Face the Nation’ among Total Viewers for the fifth straight week. This marks the sixth time in seven weeks ‘This Week’ outperformed ‘Face the Nation’ among Total Viewers. ‘This Week’ is also the only Sunday discussion program up year-to-date (4%) among Total Viewers.”

  • PEJ Talk Show Index for Oct. 7-12 shows, “The debut of Fred Thompson as a GOP debater helped make last week the second-biggest week of the year in the talk show universe for the 2008 presidential campaign. But so did a talk brouhaha over a more tangential topic involving the debate.”

  • Herald Sun reports, “Speaking at News Corp’s annual meeting of stockholders in New York, Mr. Murdoch, said the global media giant’s proven track record spoke for itself. ‘Revenues have grown an average of 14 percent a year over the past five years and operating income is up 14 percent a year on average over the past four years,’ he said.”

  • Food Service Monthly has started a blog! Check it out.

  • PBC announced that “White House Chronicle” now airs on the Washington-Baltimore area’s three major PBS affiliates: WHUT-TV, Channel 32, WETA-TV, Channel 26, and WMPT-TV, Channel 22. Also, XM Satellite Radio will air “White House Chronicle” on P.O.T.U.S. ’08 (Channel 130) every Saturday, beginning Oct. 12.

  • New York Times reports, “Media companies are often criticized for not taking enough risks in choosing television shows, authors, movies and musicians. But when it comes to technology start-ups, their appetite for risk appears to be on the rise.”

  • reports, “Leading Internet and media companies teamed up … to set ground rules for dealing with copyright infringement in videos uploaded to user-generated content Web sites — and demanding stronger efforts on the part of content hosts.”

  • Reuters reports, “U.S. communications regulators cited conservative commentator Armstrong Williams on Thursday for violating a ban on ‘payola’ in promoting the Bush administration’s education plan.”

  • USA Today reports, “Google’s third-quarter revenue jumped 57%, but a hiring binge and product speculation left Wall Street wondering what the search giant wasn’t revealing.”

  • A reader tells us that NBC4 anchor Wendy Rieger. said her weekly Going Green reports on NBC4 (Tuesdays at 5:00pm) and has been picked up on by New York folks and “mandated that all NBC affiliates show her reports or take up the cause on their own. Even Brian Williams started his own Going Green segment on Nightly News, mainly from what Wendy started here. Way to go!”

  • Rieger is also hosting a gay-youth assistance fundraiser, SMYAL, on November 4. Click here for more details.

  • AP reports, “To test claims by users that Comcast Corp. was blocking some forms of file-sharing traffic, The Associated Press went to the Bible. An AP reporter attempted to download, using file-sharing program BitTorrent, a copy of the King James Bible from two computers in the Philadelphia and San Francisco areas, both of which were connected to the Internet through Comcast cable modems. We picked the Bible for the test because it’s not protected by copyright and the file is a convenient size. In two out of three tries, the transfer was blocked.” Also, the AP reports, “Comcast Corp. actively interferes with attempts by some of its high- speed Internet subscribers to share files online, a move that runs counter to the tradition of treating all types of Net traffic equally.”

  • From Wonkette: “Flipping though an advanced copy of Gonzo: The Life of Hunter S. Thompson, one item popped off the page. Apparently, Thompson used to date Sally Quinn of The Washington Post: ‘He was always pumping me,’ she says of the late journalist’s thirst for Washington gossip.”

  • Find out why his Extreme-ness calls Campaigns & Elections Magazine’s Walter Alarkon “The Best Political Reporter Today.”

  • Roll Call is holding an Adjournment Contest! “Guess, to the minute, the exact date and time that the second chamber of Congress will adjourn sine die for the first session of the 110th Congress. The person who comes closest to the actual time wins. If there is a tie, Roll Call will hold a drawing to determine the winner.” The winner gets a $500 gift certificate to Fogo de Chão. Email your entry to by 5 p.m. Oct. 26.

  • CQ wants to know what you think about CQPolitics.

  • A reader writes in, “perhaps Facebook is more trouble than it’s worth — it’s just another vehicle for self-important journos who are more about capped teeth than reporting…”

  • Politico’s Ken Vogel reports, “Colbert ‘run’ risks breaking law”

  • Lloyd Grove interviews Donnie Deutsch for, “and gets the adman and CNBC host to address the Ann Coulter interview, his show as a vehicle to pick up women, future marriage and the Fox Business Network.”

  • A reader writes in: “It would be great if Stu Rothenberg started speaking in the third person. George is getting upset!”

  • The Hollywood Reporter reports, “Comedy Central is getting more of Jon Stewart. The network said late Thursday that it has signed an extension with the ‘Daily Show’ host that will keep him around until at least 2010. Stewart’s contract would have expired at the end of 2008.”

  • Mixed Media reports,Tony Snow, the Fox News host-turned White House spokesman-turned unemployed guy, has signed on to be the keynote speaker at this year’s American Magazine Conference. Larry Hackett, managing editor of People, will conduct a Q&A with him. The conversation will be on the record — a good thing, since an attempt three years ago to keep Bill Clinton’s AMC remarks from leaving the room was contemptuously ignored by journalists in attendance. A spokeswoman for the Magazine Publishers of America declined to say if Snow — who left his job as White House spokesman saying he needed to make more money would be paid for the appearance.”

  • Bloomberg reports,Dean Singleton’s MediaNews Group Inc., the largest closely held U.S. newspaper publisher, plans to triple sales from its Internet sites by 2012.”

  • B&C reports, “The Federal Communications Commission issued its first fines for a station airing Armstrong Williams’ Department of Education-paid-for plugs for its ‘No Child Left Behind’ initiative. Station-owner Sinclair Broadcast Group doesn’t plan to pay the fine and said it will take the commission to court.”

  • To clarify, Major Garrett is currently the Chief Congressional Correspondent for FNC, but he was on the trail for the 2004 Presidential race and the 2006 mid-term elections.. he is not new to the campaign trail and has experience on the road covering the beat in previous elections.

  • Check out Mixed Media’s critique of Newsweek’s new design.

  • Mark your calendars! The Washington Blogger November Meetup is Wednesday, November 14, 2007 at 7:00 PM at RFD. Click here for full details.

  • Michael Getler, the PBS Ombudsman, writes, “Frontline, the outstanding (my opinion as well as that of many others) documentary series marked the beginning of its 25th season this week with another look into the often-closed world in which Vice-President Dick Cheney operates. The hour-long debut on Tuesday evening, Oct. 16, was titled ‘Cheney’s Law.’ It was produced by Michael Kirk, who could reasonably be labeled Minister of the Interior for his efforts, over the past six years, in turning out ten Frontline programs that, in one way or another, probed those activities of the Bush administration—whether one agrees with them or not—that have largely developed and been carried on out of public view.”

  • E&P reports, “Although Washington Post Radio was dropped last month after an unsuccessful 18-month run, the paper is still dealing with the fallout. A Newspaper Guild complaint that newsroom staffers had to perform extra work on the broadcast outlet has sparked a National Labor Relations Board hearing set for next week.”

  • National Journal’s William Powers writes, “Some good news about the media has actually been making headlines. When was the last time that happened? 1974? The bombshell is ProPublica, a brand-new investigative journalism outfit to be launched in January by one of the most respected figures in the newspaper business, longtime Wall Street Journal Managing Editor Paul Steiger.”

  • This week’s TV Q&A from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Rob Owen responds to questions about ads on WPXI, Jerry Seinfeld’s ‘Bee Movie’ minisodes on NBC and HBO’s ‘Five Days.’”

  • A release announced, “Inspired by Lions For Lambs (starring Robert Redford, Meryl Streep and Tom Cruise), MGM and YOUTUBE have extended the opportunity to submit videos to Youtube in order to win $25,000 for a charity of the winner’s choice. Participants have until October 24th to submit a 90 second video explaining thoughts on key issues and causes in today’s world.” For more info, click here.


  • Thompson Publishing Group is looking for an Editor/Writer.

  • The Cecil Whig is looking for a Web-savvy copy editor.

  • The Virginian-Pilot is looking for a Business Reporter.

  • Jamestown Foundation is looking for a Publications Coordinator.

  • The Frederick News Post is looking for a Copy Editor.

  • FDCH is looking for an In-House News Transcriber.

  • The Associated Press is looking for a Satellite Coordinator.

  • Migration Policy Institute is looking for a Director of Communications.

  • Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System is looking for a Technical Editor.

  • The Advisory Board Company is looking for an entry level writer.

  • Exchange Monitor Publications, Inc. is looking for Reporters.

  • The Current Newspapers is looking for a full-time reporter.

  • The Associated Press is looking for a Systems Engineer

  • National Public Radio is looking for a Supervising Senior Producer, Weekend Edition, Sunday and an Assistant Editor, Digital Media News.

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

  • Morning Reading List, 09.04.07

    morningsun.gifGood morning Washington and Happy September.

  • You think most journalists are just plain weird.

  • Thanks to all the Sen. Larry Craig t-shirt submissions. We’ve decided to quit while we’re still ahead. We look forward to your ideas next time we hold a similar contest.

  • Fearing Fines, PBS to Offer Bleeped Version Of ‘The War’

  • One reporter’s crusade against official motorcades

  • B&C reports, “Now that Law & Order co-star Fred Thompson has signaled his plans to announce his presidential candidacy on Sept. 6, TNT, which airs voluminous repeats of the show, tells B&C in an e-mailed statement that it has ‘no plans to alter its programming schedule.’ The show is scheduled to run on the cable network 23 times next week.”

  • Goodbye to All That: The decline of the coverage of books isn’t new, benign, or necessary”

  • Stephen Colbert’s wrist competition is over.

  • Brian Stelter on the business TV numbers game.

  • Robert ‘Robin’ MacNeil is back.

  • Newspaper Ads Fall 8.6 Percent in 2Q

  • Close Call in the Demo for Olbermann

  • MSNBC was the first to air the Sen. Larry Craig tape.

  • Karissa Marcum has joined The Hill as a staff writer.

  • MSNBC Launches Super Tuesday Site

  • Presses Still Rolling for TVGuide

  • A tipster tells us, The Washington Times web page was the first to break the audio recording of Sen. Larry Craig’s police interrogation, beating cable news channels CNN and FOX.

  • How Fred Thompson Avoids A Debate, But Appears on FNC Anyhow

  • Down to ‘The Wire’: It’s a Wrap for Gritty TV Series

  • “‘Eight percent of Americans currently have their own blog,’ said Tom Mularz, senior vice president at Synovate. … Awareness and usage of blogs, along with people writing their own correlates to age, with younger people being more active. Close to 90 percent of people ages 25 to 34 know what a blog is, compared to 65 percent of those 65 and over. Seventy-eight percent of those ages 18 to 24 who are aware of blogs have visited a blog, compared to 45 percent of older Americans,” Web Pro News reports.

  • Airing Their Differences About Pay for Play: Musicians and Radio Station Owners Turn Up the Volume In Debate Over Royalties vs. Free Promotion”


  • Agra Informa Inc. is seeking a Reporter/Assistant Editor.

  • The Daily Progress is looking for a copy editor/page designer.

  • The American Registry of Pathology, National Museum of Health & Medicine is seeking Public Affairs Officer.

  • National Public Radio is looking for an Editor.

  • Dow Jones & Company is looking for a Reporting Assistant.

  • Roll Call is looking for a Copy Editor.

  • Asahi Shimbun is looking for a Foreign Policy News Assistant/Staff Reporter.

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

  • So When Will Thompson Announce?

    National Review reports that, contrary to the Politico’s report, Fred Thompson will not “enter the presidential race over the Fourth of July holiday.”

    National Review’s Jim Geraghty talked to someone inside Thompson’s “inner circle”:

      “There will be no July 4 announcement… There was some discussion of a June 4 beginning of fundraising; that’s the date checks will be collected. I suspect that’s where there was some confusion.”

      The forthcoming announcement will be that Thompson is “testing the waters.” While Thompson is in that not-quite-announced-candidate stage, he will be able to complete previously committed paid appearances and speeches and continue work his work on ABC radio and filling in for Paul Harvey. He is not lining up additional paid speeches or appearances.

      My gut instinct after talking with TA3 is that there will be an announcement in July, but not July 4.

    Based on this capture from Michelle Malkin, it looks like Geraghty originally wrote, “Shockingly, the Politico got it wrong again” but has changed that to “The Politico got it wrong, it appears.”

    Morning Reading List, 05.15.07

    morningsun.gifGood morning Washington.

  • NBC announced that Brian Williams has secured the first American network television interview with Tony Blair, “just days after he announced that he will step down as British Prime Minister.” “NBC Nightly News” will air live from London, and will include the interview on today, May 15 at 6:30 pm. Additional coverage of the Williams/Blair interview will be broadcast on “Dateline NBC” on Sunday, May 20 at 7:00 pm.

  • In anticipation of the First-In-The-South Republican Party Presidential Candidates Debate, sponsored by the South Carolina Republican Party and televised live on FOX, the network has special coverage planned, starting at 3.p.m. with Shepard Smith reporting live from The Koger Center. The debate, moderated by Brit Hume, will begin at 9 p.m.

  • The Charleston Post Courier reports, Fox’s Chris Wallace said last week that the debate plans are still being fine-tuned. “We’ve got 10 candidates, and each candidate gets one minute to answer a question, and you’ve got 90 minutes. Do the math. You realize you can’t spend a lot of time on any one issue with any one candidate,” he said.

  • Tom Grubisich on raising the level of online discourse.

  • Deadline Daily reports, “NBC Entertainment’s Kevin Reilly said today it’s ‘highly unlikely’ potential Republican presidential candidate Fred Thompson will return to Law & Order next season.” But he I’ve been checking, “has yet to inform ABC Radio Networks about his plans to run or not run.”

  • B&C reports, “FCC Chairman Kevin Martin – with Commissioner Deborah Taylor Tate concurring — says the FCC may have to take steps to put additional restrictions on TV food advertising to kids.”

  • Jack Shafer on crappy Monday newspaper stories.

  • Girls still swoon for the Bradlee.

  • The AP reports, “Soldiers serving overseas will lose some of their online links to friends and loved ones back home under a Department of Defense policy that a high-ranking Army official said would take effect Monday.” The Defense Department will begin blocking access to YouTube, MySpace and 11 other popular Web sites on its computers and networks, according to a memo sent Friday by Gen. B.B. Bell, the U.S. Forces Korea commander.

  • Jon Friedman admits, “I’m ashamed that I went to the Time 100 party on May 8. I feel like a hypocrite.”

  • The AP announced, “Paul Colford, a former media columnist at the New York Daily News and Newsday, has been named director of media relations for The Associated Press.”

  • Gail Shister reports, “Young adults eschew traditional nightly news for ‘The Daily Show.’”

  • Media Bistro reports that Catherine Orenstein “is offering op-ed training seminars for women who wish to express themselves on (news)paper. For $300 a pop, women working in academia, non-profits, and corporations learn how to tap into their area of expertise.”

  • B&C reports, “The Senate Commerce Committee has postponed a planned May 17 hearing on TV violence, according to a committee source, with a bill giving the FCC the power to regulate such violence is unlikely to be introduced next week as initially planned.”

  • Like South Park, but for the D.C. set.

  • Regarding this, a readers writes in, “Howell: The Washington Post MUST pander to people who call themselves religious at all times.”

  • Media Matters released a report yesterday, “Sunday Shutout: The Lack of Gender & Ethnic Diversity on the Sunday Morning Talk Shows,” documenting “the overwhelming lack of gender and racial/ethnic diversity on the influential, agenda-setting Sunday morning network political talk shows.”

  • From a reader: “Lower third on CNN right now: ‘CRUISE SHIP RUNS AROUND OFF THE COAST OF ALASKA’”

  • Rahm Emanuel hates the Politico.

  • B&C reports that CNN’s John Roberts “believes journalist hands are tied when it comes to offering the whole truth in Iraq. ‘We’re not fully covering the war because we don’t have the access to do it,” he says. But it is also about what the American people can stomach, he adds.’”

  • Arianna Huffington is guest blogging this week on Walt Mossberg & Kara Swisher’s “AllThingsDigital” site.

  • The ACLU announced that they will “join forty other public interest organizations in Washington Whistleblower Week, a week long event intended to draw attention to and commemorate the role of whistleblowers in shaping American public policy and culture.” The organization will also release a report, Disavowed: The Government’s Unchecked Retaliation Against National Security Whistleblowers, “that will outline the need for more stringent legal protection for national security whistleblowers.” The organization also released a report yesterday “detailing a glaring lack of protection for government employees who uncover wrongdoing or national security breaches.”

  • For some, Politico is not just the newest Hill rag in town, it is a great way for those younger reporters to make new friends. Check out this question from Jeff Patch’s chat yesterday:

      Des Moines, Iowa: are you dating anyone? you’re cute.
      Jeff Patch: No, but you may have to adjust the settings on your computer; I don’t think you’re viewing my photo accurately.

    Patch is from Iowa and previously worked in Des Moines. Mrs. Patch? Is that you?


  • The International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) is now accepting applications for the 2007 International Journalism Exchange (IJE). Applications will be accepted until June 1.

  • Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine is looking for a Communications Director.

  • Spitfire Strategies is looking for a paid Summer Intern.

  • Atllantic Information Services, Inc. is looking for a Health Care Reporter/Editor.

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

  • Taking Out The Trash, 03.20.07

  • Picking the next president is easier than picking the NCAA College Basketball Champ.

  • NPR Files For Streaming-Royalty Rehearing

  • Michael Murphy joins Fox News Channel’s Washington bureau as the Senior Manager of Media Relations. He was formerly an account supervisor at Ketchum Public Relations in DC.

  • Congrats to The Hill for scoring some front-page love on last night’s Colbert Report.

  • Crawling through commercials at MSNBC

  • Dear reports that Sterling Publishing’s Union Square Press imprint will be putting out a book titled “The United States v. I. Lewis Libby” in April. “The book will be edited by investigative journalist Murray Waas of the National Journal.”

  • Sometimes you just can’t win…First, they’re a “GOP Shrill” then “It’s Unanimous: All Dem-Friendly Stories This Morning at The Politico.”

  • From a tipster: “Just noticing that ABC has item about 1984 ad, something reported in the Washington Times a week ago.”

  • Huh? What is this website all about?

  • Howard Kurtz reports, “Fifteen percent of stories on the network evening news in each of the last two years were reported by minorities, an all-time high that is more than double the level of 1990.” Women reported 28 percent of the pieces, just under the high-water mark of 29 percent set in 2002.

  • Is “spraying bullets“?

  • From a tipster: “There’s a new Jeff on K Street. Patch beats Birnbaum to the (same) story … by six days. Who’s editing In The Loop?! “Retailers, Banks Duke It Out Over Transaction Fees” – Jeff Patch, The Politico (March 14, 2007) “Retailers, Credit Card Companies Quibble Over Footing The Bill” – Jeffrey H. Birnbaum, The Washington Post (March 20, 2007) )”

  • The AP reports that “about one-third of the people living in the national’s capital are functionally illiterate, compared with about one-fifth nationally, according to a report on the District of Columbia.”

  • Cathy Seipp’s daughter, Maia, informs Seipp’s blog readers of her current condition.

  • CBS Leans On Sources & ‘Our Partners At’ To Say Gonzales Is A Goner

  • Roll Call made its own March Madness fun, matching each school in the NCAA tourney with its Representative. They will fill in the winners as the tournament progresses.

  • Wolf Blitzer drives himself to work!

  • E&P reports that despite the toll the Iraq War is taking on papers, “top news outfits, from The New York Times to Associated Press, remain committed to covering the war, with no immediate plans for cutbacks.”

  • If FNC & CBC Partner For Debates… Will We See A ‘Massive Grass-Roots Backlash?‘”

  • The AP has a piece on NBC and ABC Iraq correspondents Richard Engel and Terry McCarthy, both of whom have been covering the war since the beginning. “This week their respective networks will be showcasing their work, which has included dodging bullets and escaping carjackings while trying to hold onto a personal life at home.” (via Eat the Press)

  • Over the weekend, Slate points out that The Post apparently isn’t much fond of firearms. In a recent piece by Paul Duggan on the overturned ban on handguns, there are phrases like “lawsuit that gutted the District’s tough gun-control statute,” “recruited a group of strangers to sue the city and bankrolled their successful litigation” and even the headline refers to the “lawyer who wiped out [the] D.C. gun ban.”

  • Who will win the “I’m Not A Political Genius But I Play One On TV” award?

  • Washington Whispers reports that Scott McClellan “is shopping a book proposal around and hopes to land a deal this month.” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is also writing a book on his roots and his start in Washington. And… former Sen. Fred Thompson is planning more fundraisers for convicted perjurer Lewis “Scooter” Libby. “Friends say it will help him show conservatives that he not only believes in the Bush team but is not a fair-weather friend.”

  • National Journal’s Andrew Noyes reports that C-SPAN “recently decided after some haranguing to expand access to its repository of footage from congressional hearings, federal agency briefings, and White House events.”

  • Washington Whispers also reports, “White House spokesman Tony Snow, takes a center-stage role in PBS’s two-hour special, The Boomer Century 1946–2046, on March 28. It will show three pics of Snow: as a kid, playing his rock flute, and dressed up as the prez’s spokesman.”

  • In DCist’s opinion, 94.7 “the Globe” is “not half bad.”

  • Acorn Media Group, “a leading independent global media company,” announced in a release that Miguel Penella is taking over as the new Chief Executive Officer effective April 1.

  • TVNewser reports that David Bloom’s wife, Melanie Bloom, spoke to MSNBC’s Chip Reid yesterday about her husband’s work and his untimely death.

  • A reader offers his take on the hot (or lack there of) D.C. journos:
      That’s somewhat ridiculous! There are literally thousands of working journalists in the D.C. area. To assume that not one of them — I’m referring to girls here, since that’s my particular focus — isn’t “hot” is just a ridiculous generalization. The short answer is “yes.” In fact, there are “hot,” or attractive, women at small local papers in the suburbs, at papers in the Baltimore area, at papers, radio stations, television stations and internet sites throughout the D.C. area, and at many of the bureaus of the larger national publications in those offices at the National Press Building. There are attractive women at newsletters, publishers, p.r. firms, lobbying firms, marketing firms, and whatever else type of journalism office you can name. All you need to do is head out to social events (not even the high-end glitzy ones — those are bogus) such as happy hours, get-togethers, parties and Press Club functions, and you’ll see that there are literally plenty of attractive single women in journalism throughout the Baltimore and D.C. metropolitan areas.

  • Gawker’s “ThemTube: Spinning Tucker’s Bow Tie

  • In addition to losing some comics from the Post, DCist reports, “There’ll be a few other changes, too, including the removal of some panel cartoons in favor of others and the tossing-in of six-days-a-week Scrabble Gram and Stickelers puzzles.”

  • DCeiver exposes the Washington Post’s sports bias.