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WTF? With Matt Lewis

Matt Lewis of The Daily Caller and more recently of The Week keeps his readers guessing “WTF?” and that’s why we like him. One day he’s dissecting the history of angels and comparing them to journalists. The next he’s praising the Redskins’ RG3. The next he’s suggest Republicans adopt “fresh” ideas like returning back to ideology espoused by former President George W. Bush.

Today Lewis does a few things under a column headlined “The working class epidemic of demoralization.” First, Lewis bemoans the “disconnect” between coastal elites and everyone else in “flyover” country.

That’s a real problem worthy of looking into. While reading, we looked forward to what thoughts or insight Lewis might have to share on the matter. But before we knew it, Lewis had shifted into commentary about the destructive behavior poor people engage in while imitating the rich.

An excerpt, which uses MTV programming as a guide… Read more

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WTF? With Matt Lewis

When The Daily Caller‘s Matt Lewis wrote on election night that the GOP needed “some fresh ideas,” he apparently meant old ideas that still stink. In his latest column for The Week, Lewis says “Republicans ought to take a second look at George W. Bush‘s political philosophy.”

During his presidency, Bush was known to label his political views as “compassionate conservatism,” characterized by promoting the helping of others while encouraging accountability (ie. No Child Left Behind).

“Of course, they wouldn’t have to call it compassionate conservatism,” Lewis reasons, “That brand is obviously tarnished. But it is an uplifting mission statement to serve as a feel-good umbrella for their other policy ideas.”

Lewis says it’s a winning philosophy that would appeal to both “the urban hipster” and “the guy in rural Ohio.” Wow, really? … Read more

Morning Reading List 11.13.09

Good morning FishbowlDC! MSNBC threw Jeff Corwin a party at Occidental last night to celebrate “100 Heartbeats,” a book and documentary on endangered species and climate change.

What we know and what we’re reading this Friday the 13th…

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Barbara Walters will interview Jenny Sanford.

Speaking of Walters, she was apparently disappointed Trig couldn’t make her interview with Sarah Palin. He had a cold.

Lou Dobbs will make his first post-CNN appearance on Fox News’ “O’Reilly Factor,” reports Daily Finance. He will join Bill O’Reilly Monday evening in a “cable exclusive.”

CNN’s John Roberts on Politico‘s podcast.

“South Park” parodied Glenn Beck.

A beaver urinated on a CBS correspondent on yesterday’s “Early Show.” The must-see clip.

NEWS NOTES

Layoffs at AP.

Katie Couric‘s picks in Forbes Mag for the seven most powerful figures in media.

Obama’s campaign manager David Plouffe will buy Sarah Palin‘s new book.

President George W. Bush spoke at SMU yesterday- what it looked like on cable.

AWARDS & EVENTS

“Real Housewives of New York” husband Simon van Kempen joined Carol Joynt in the Q&A Cafe yesterday at the Ritz in Georgetown. Check out Politico Click’s coverage- which includes DC housewives- here.

HAT TIPS: mediabistro, TVNewser, Politico

WHCA Board Considers Taking Pool Reports from WH

FishbowlDC Exclusive:The White House Correspondents Association (WHCA) board late last month discussed a proposal to post pool reports written by reporters on its own website, seizing control from the White House, which has long distributed the reports.

The issue has been a dicey one over the years. During the George W. Bush administration, the White House refused to say who was on the distribution list of more than 1,000, which included lobbyists and government officials across town.

Why, board members asked during the meeting, do the pool reports still go through the filter of the White House press office? White House veteran George Condon of Congress Daily, called to appear because of his knowledge on the issue, explained that it started with the Eisenhower administration when poolers used carbon paper. It was simply faster to have the official White House stenographers help get the information out.

But the practice continued into the Internet age, and, despite the ease of group mailing, reporters traveling in a tight pool with the president still send their reports directly to the White House, which forwards them to reporters.

The board discussed whether it would be feasible to post pool reports on the WHCA website for reporters to access, which means the WHCA — not the White House — would decide who can view them. No decision was made, but the board agreed to have an association “town hall” to discuss how to change the pool report guidelines.

One little tidbit that emerged during the meeting also involved the pool, but concerned who should remain in the small group in the case of a national emergency.

Condon noted that on 9/11, the Bush White House shrunk the press pool from 12 members to five, causing controversy. When that happened, former President Bill Clinton apparently called Ron Fournier of the AP to reveal that the Bush WH had invoked the “nuclear bunker pool.”

Nobody in the press had heard of such a special pool and nothing ever came of it. Condon suggested outlining guidelines before the next crisis.

The WHCA, which voted to raise the cost of the annual dinner to $225 per seat, also decided to continue its tradition of having a holiday party.

Morning Reading List 09.16.09

Good morning FishbowlDC! Got a blind item, interesting link, funny note, comment, birthday, anniversary or anything of the sort for Morning Reading List? Drop us a line.

What know and what we’re reading this Wednesday morning…

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NEWSPAPERS

Slate’s Jack Shafer on WaPo‘s Katharine Weymouth: “One of the things Washington Post publisher Katharine Weymouth has got to learn is that she can’t pretend that the newsroom floats in its own accountable-only-to-Brauchli ether at the same time she is telling editors (plural) enough with dwarf-leg stories.” Read on.

Yesterday in WaPo- “Controversy Over How, Why Post Piece Was Killed, If Publisher Weymouth Involved.”

New culture editor at NYT- Jon Landman, the deputy managing editor.

TV

Norah O’Donnell is in NY, co-anchoring the 9am hour of the “Today Show.” She tweets, “I may cook on TV!” and that she and her husband Chef Geoff have just finished their baby food cookbook, out in 2010.

In what NBC is calling a “world exclusive interview,” Ann Curry will sit down with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in Tehran. This is his first interview since the June elections and will air on “Today” tomorrow and “Nightly News” Friday.

It appears there may be more cuts looming at NBC News- NYO reports another round of voluntary buyouts are being offered. What will that mean for the DC bureau?

ONLINE

Facebook has crossed 300 million users worldwide.

This is your blog, courtesy of mediabistro.

NEWS NOTES

Sarah Palin has officially signed on with the Washington Speaker’s Bureau (via PoliticalWire).

When asked about the latest ACORN scandal, ABC’s Charlie Gibson told Chicago talk radio hosts that he hadn’t heard about it and “maybe this is just one you leave to the cables.”

Which brings us to this piece “Divide between right, mainstream media” by Mike Allen and Michael Calderone in Politico… “The right-wing media’s single-minded focus on a handful of targets over the past months and its success in pushing those stories into the mainstream have underscored the sharp divide between traditional news organizations and the bloggers and talk show hosts aggressively pursuing an ideological agenda.”

WEST WING REPORTAGE

Remember when former President George W. Bush called former NYT reporter Andrew Clymer a “major league asshole?” He does, and now he’s offering his advice to Kanye West in a very entertaining piece on the Daily Best. “…I congratulate you on being chosen for our club, The Cussed Out by Higher Authority Who DidnÂ’t Believe Microphones Work Club. Should we ever meet, I will show you the secret handshake, but I can tell you it involves an extended middle finger.”

Also on the Daily Beast today- a collection of the best OTR-gone-public comments.

HAT TIPS: mediabistro, TVNewser, Daniel Lippman

More Statements On Cronkite’s Passing From Around Town, Country

Former President George W. Bush: “Walter Cronkite was an icon of American journalism who shaped his profession in countless ways during his decades on the air. Tonight, his family is in our thoughts and prayers.”

Former President George H.W. Bush: “Barbara and I join the nation in mourning the passing of Walter Cronkite. As a pioneer in television journalism, he was a towering, respected figure. Many Americans heard it from Walter first that President Kennedy had died, or that man had walked on the moon. He is already missed.”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi: “Walter Cronkite was the face and voice of American journalism for generations. A giant in his field, he set the standard for news even today: fair and thorough.

“From the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, to the war in Vietnam, to the landing on the moon 40 years ago next week, Walter Cronkite delivered the news and provided trusted commentary on the events that shaped our history. Like millions of Americans, he was a fixture in my home.

“Let us honor the legacy of Walter Cronkite by remembering the essential role that a free press plays in our democracy, and by protecting the right of journalists to report the news.”

Senator John McCain: “I’m saddened to learn of the passing of Walter Cronkite – one of the most influential newsmen of our time. I will never forget our memorable visit together to Hanoi on the 10th anniversary of the fall of Saigon.”

Statements from Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and Neil Armstrong also after the jump…

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Morning Reading List 06.19.09

Good morning FishbowlDC!

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Tonight’s the Radio & TV Correspondents Association Dinner. Scroll down FBDC for all the dets. What we know and what we’re reading this Friday morning…

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NEWSPAPERS

The Boston Globe union has set a date to vote on a new contract, though no agreement has been met with the newspaper’s owner, NYT.

NYT executive editor Bill Keller on his reporting on Iran in E&P. “Do people in the media crit game really think editors are supposed to be desk jockeys who never go get a sense of the story?” he writes. “Or is the idea that when a big, exhausting news breaks visiting editors should hole up in the hotel?”

TV

Long Live the Nightly News! Fortune: Despite a steady erosion in their collective audience and an aging viewership, the big three nightly newscasts are hardly dead. Actually, they draw an average 21 million viewers every night. Andrew Tyndall says there’s a good reason for that — they’re still the best daily snapshot of news on television.

Vice President Joe Biden just isn’t pulling the ratings for Sunday shows that he used to. TVNewser has the numbers of his last appearances on “Meet the Press” versus past appearances on “This Week” and “Face the Nation.”

ONLINE

Today was TVNewser’s Steve Krakauer‘s last day on the Morning Media Menu. Listen in here.

NEWS NOTES

It appears the legendary Walter Cronkite is gravely ill. He is 92.

WEST WING REPORTAGE

Daily Finance “Obama takes on Fox News, loses“: When is Barack Obama going to learn that presidents shouldn’t play press critic? It didn’t work for Richard Nixon. It didn’t work for Bill Clinton or George W. Bush. It didn’t help John McCain win the White House, and it won’t help Obama, who vented his frustration with Fox News Wednesday.

CNN’s keeping tabs on WH Press Secretary Robert Gibbs‘ tardiness. “Gibbs was a total of 13 hours and 46 minutes late to his own press briefings in the month of May alone. Of the 19 briefings held by Gibbs in May, the White House officially pushed the scheduled start time back 14 times (although: one time they actually made it earlier.) That averages out to a delay of roughly 28 minutes a day – a total of 8 hours and 50 minutes for the month.”

There was speculation yesterday that President Obama would make a surprise appearance in Gibbs’ daily press briefing. When he didn’t, a few reporters were left disappointed, including CBS’ Mark Knoller. Read through here.

Also at the WH yesterday- Bob Woodward. Mike Memoli tweets his run-in.

HAT TIPS: mediabistro, Politico

JOBS after the jump…

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Cable By The Numbers

According to reports released by ThinkProgress

2 to 1: Appearances by Republican congressmen on the cablers two weeks ago to discuss the House stimulus package as compared to their Democratic counterparts (51 Republican appearances, 26 Democrat)

75: Appearances by Democrats in week two of the stimulus debate, as compared to 41 Republicans

ThinkProgress tallied interview segments about the stimulus on CNBC, Fox Business, Fox News, CNN and MSNBC for three-day periods. Fox News had the closest balance in the first week of stimulus coverage, 8 Republican appearances and 6 Democrats, but in week two “fair and balanced” didn’t ring quite as true- 24 Republicans and only 11 Democrats on FNC.

Supposedly liberal, MSNBC favored Republicans in that first week of coverage 15 to 9, but in week two, MSNBC was the only cable network to host more Democratic members than Republican (17 Dems, 12 GOP).

What press Secretary Robert Gibbs has to say and growing FNC ratings after the jump…

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Morning Reading List, 01.22.09

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Good morning Washington.

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We’ve got your morning mix of media Muesli after the jump…

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Morning Reading List, 01.20.09

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Happy Inauguration Day Washington.

Got a blind item, interesting link, funny note, comment, birthday, anniversary or anything of the sort for Morning Reading List? Drop us a line or let us know in the tips box below.

We’ve got your morning mix of media Muesli after the jump…

Today is the birthday of Sam Dealey. Yesterday was the birthday of Ann Compton, Robert MacNeil and New York Times Executive Editor Bill Keller. Check out the TamCam’s photos from The Root party and Mark Knoller‘s invaluable “Bush presidency by the numbers.” Washington Monthly has some suggestions on “What Obama Should Read.” Check out the recommendations here. The New York Times provides a game plan for “36 Hours in Washington, D.C.” Amazon’s Newsstand Blog shows us “a few of the newest entries into the Obamamania group of magazine covers.” TV Anchor Babes looks at “A Hot Norah O’Donnell on The Late Late Show.” Viva Chuck Todd tells us, “Chuck Todd Valentine’s Day e-Cards Now Available!” Check out today’s White House Photo of the Day from Time. Today’s “Angry Journalist” rant of the day: “It found it rather ironic when the company, after laying off 20 people and announcing there will be no raises, distributed the United Way pledge cards and asked us to give.”

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    REVOLVING DOOR

  • Politico’s Michael Calderone reports, “Portfolio contributing editor Matt Cooper has joined Talking Points Memo as the site’s new editor-at-large. There, he will be covering the White House — a job he’d done previously at Time and Newsweek — and helping to launch TPM’s new politics blog, TPMDC.”

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    NEWSPAPERS

  • Bloomberg reports, “Newspapers that scrambled to print extra issues after Barack Obama‘s election are ramping up presses to ensure they don’t miss out on an inauguration day windfall.”

  • The New York Post reports, “The embattled New York Times Co., trying to wriggle out from under a pile of debt as advertising revenue dries up, is talking to Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim about making a sizeable cash investment in the company.”

  • Big Think reports, “The founder of the Huffington Post blog says old media can survive.” Check out the video here.

  • Jeff Jarvis‘ Buzz Machine reports, “The World Association of Newspapers and the World Editors Forum just canceled their annual convention, which had been scheduled to take place in India in only two months”

  • Politico’s Michael Calderone reports, “WaPo adding to White House team”

  • The Daily Cartoonist has a round-up of “Cartoonists covering the Obama Inauguration”

  • Matt Taibbi takes on porn-stached New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman‘s greenish ways.”

  • Ann Althouse writes, “Oooooh! Maureen Dowd goes to some Florida spa, and, I ask you: Was anything ever more ready-made for Stuff White People Like?”

  • Larry Kramer writes, “Newspapers are still the best-staffed news organizations and remain journalism’s brightest hope — if they can only break their addiction to print.”

  • FamousDC reports, “CQ Today: Correction, We Meant Public Not Pubic”

  • “The Gannett Company, publisher of 85 daily newspapers across the United States, is making all its employees take a weeklong unpaid furlough to avoid layoffs.” The Onion asks, “What do you think?” Check out some responses here.

  • Political Animal reports, “Barack Obama stopped by the Washington Post’s offices yesterday and covered a lot of ground with reporters and editors. There was one subject of particular interest — the Post’s front-page headline read: ‘Obama Pledges Entitlement Reform.’”

  • Politico’s Michael Calderone asks, “Will WaPo close Book World?”

  • The Corner reports, “Somewhere along the way, Bob Woodward decided to transition from being a newspaper reporter to a Big Thinker. We see evidence of this in Woodward’s piece in the Washington Post ‘Outlook’ section, ’10 Take Aways From the Bush Years,’ in which Woodward informs us that ‘There’s actually a lot that President-elect Barack Obama can learn from the troubled presidency of George W. Bush.’ Rather than bore Cornerites with a point-by-point rejoinder, it might be instructive to take just one of Woodward’s ten take-aways and examine it with a bit of care.” For more, click here.

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  • A C-SPAN release announced, “Own a piece of history with this two DVD set commemorating the inauguration of Barack Obama. This special DVD set will include highlights from Inauguration Day 2009 and a compilation of Barack Obama’s speeches delivered on his road to the White House. The DVDs will contain nearly eight hours of programming. The speech compilation features Barack Obama’s 2004 Democratic National Convention address, his speech on race relations, the 2008 convention address, his election night victory remarks, and more. The inaugural highlights DVD will capture events from Barack Obama’s 2009 inauguration, including the traditional arrival of the president-elect at the White House, the departure to the Capitol, and the complete inaugural ceremony. Pre-order the two disc collection for $19.95 online now.”

  • A release announced, “As part of ABC’s Presidential Inauguration coverage on January 20 ABCNEWS.com will live stream the ABC TV network’s special coverage beginning at 9:30AM EST/6:30AM PT. The comprehensive reporting will be embedded directly on ABCNEWS.com’s Homepage. Charles Gibson, Diane Sawyer and George Stephanopoulos will anchor coverage of Barack Obama‘s Inauguration. Broadcast from the Newseum on Pennsylvania Avenue, coverage will include all events from the swearing-in ceremony and Obama’s Inaugural Address to the Inaugural Parade, as well reaction from around the nation and the world to this historic event. Gibson, Sawyer and Stephanopoulos will be joined by a team of ABC News anchors, correspondents and analysts covering the day’s events. The live streaming coverage, the first of its kind to be directly embedded on the Homepage, will be presented in 16 x 9 widescreen format and will be available on some ABC Affiliate stations’ websites.”

  • Johnny Dollar’s Place writes, “With six showings of Hannity into the record books, it’s clear that the original debate concept of Hannity & Colmes has been abandoned. Now Sean interviews like-minded folk who won’t challenge his points: Jonah Goldberg, Pat Buchanan, Fred Thompson, Elizabeth Hasselbeck, etc. Oh there was an interview with Don Imus (neither conservative nor a Republican) but it was a celebrity-style chat, barely touching on any political issues. This is all straight out of the playbook of Keith Olbermann. Or for that matter Rachel Maddow who, aside from an infrequent appearance of Buchanan, also proffers a parade of ideological soulmates.”

  • The New York Times reports, “When the White House changes occupants this week, it may also change channels. Barack Obama‘s inauguration on Tuesday marks the end of an era for the Fox News Channel, the cable news network of choice during the George W. Bush years.”

  • A Livestation release announced, “Our partner channels have lined up special inauguration coverage which you can flick between in your Livestation player to sample the different perspectives being offered. Livestation chat lets you interact with other viewers and some of the programme producers who might send your comments through to the studio to be read out and discussed live on air. To take part in a discussion you need to have your Livestation player open, click the downward pointing arrow at the top of the screen and enter the chat room.” For more information, click here.

  • TVNewser’s Chris Ariens reports, “John King Gets 1/6th of CNN Sunday”

  • WUSA reports, “As the nation looks forward to a historic inauguration, 60 years ago Friday night another historic inauguration took place. That’s when Channel 9, ‘Washington’s Eye on the World,’ began regular television service as the new CBS affiliate.”

  • Time reports, “Barack Obama wasn’t the only winner to emerge from last year’s historic presidential race. Chuck Todd has surged to TV prominence and Beltway influence since being tapped as NBC’s political director in 2007. For millions of NBC and MSNBC viewers, Todd’s analysis of election arcana, especially during the drawn-out Democratic primary, was an invaluable guidebook on the campaign trail. Recently named NBC’s chief White House correspondent, Todd has written a book on the race along with NBC’s Sheldon Gawiser, How Barack Obama Won. He spoke with TIME about where the media’s election coverage went wrong, how bloggers make him nicer and why his famed facial hair isn’t going anywhere.” Check out the full interview here.

  • Did you catch it? That was Al Roker broadcasting live from the plaza outside of NBC News at 400 N. Capitol Street on Monday.

  • TVNewser’s Steve Krakauer reports, “Do you want to know what Fox News’ Megyn Kelly ate last week? She gives a detailed account to NYMag.com’s Grub Street blog.”

  • Mark your calendars. The 65th Annual Radio & Television Correspondents’ Dinner will be held on Thursday, June 4th, 2009 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in downtown Washington.

  • TVNewser’s Chris Ariens reports, “Blitzer: We Have ‘Some New Technology.’ Cooper: ‘Is This A Hologram?’”

  • Yesterday, NBC News’ Matt Lauer was the first to sit down live with Capt. Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger III, in his first interview since he piloted the crash landing of US Airways Flight 1549 on the Hudson River in New York City. The interview aired on “Today,” Monday, January 19.

  • WTOP reports, “A Prince George’s County jury has reached a verdict in the case of a reporter who sued the county. A jury has found Prince George’s County Police used excessive force when they detained Channel 7 investigative reporter Andrea McCarren.”

  • TVNewser’s Chris Ariens reports, “Juju Chang Goes Guerilla Journalist For Inauguration”

  • A release announced that CNN replayed Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech in its entirety on Monday, Jan. 19, at noon (ET) as part of the network’s MLK Day programming.

  • Check out TVNewser’s Live Chat with Chuck Todd.

  • TVNewser’s Steve Krakauer reports, “MSNBC held their Television Critics Association panel yesterday in Los Angeles, and the questions ranged from comparisons of MSNBC and FNC to comparisons of Obama and Bush. Variety’s Brian Lowry writes that MSNBC president Phil Griffin fielded questions about the network’s ‘windshield-wiper act’ of having Keith Olbermann and Chris Matthews again anchoring political coverage, Tuesday at the Inauguration, as well as whether MSNBC was the ‘left-leaning counterweight’ to Fox News. ‘We’re less about ideology than Fox is,’ said Griffin.”

  • WorldScreen.com reports, “Jeff Zucker, the president and CEO of NBC Universal, will be a keynote speaker at Media Summit New York, set to be held March 18 and 19. The 6th Annual Media Summit New York, presented by The McGraw-Hill Companies — the publishers of BusinessWeek — and produced by Digital Hollywood, is set for March 18 to 19 at the McGraw-Hill Building in New York.”

  • TVNewser’s Chris Ariens ponders, “What’s the State of Reliable Sources?”

  • Politico’s Michael Calderone reports, “CNN President Jon Klein didn’t go light on the praise for John King this afternoon, shortly after the premiere of his new show, ‘State of the Union.’ King, he said, is ‘the best political reporter of his generation.’”

  • Reuters reports, “ABC feeling economic, digital pressures”

  • TVNewser’s Steve Krakauer reports, “Where To Watch The Obamas’ First Dance? ABC Only, For Now”

  • His Extreme-ness points us to this exchange spotted by Matthew Yglesias at Think Progress.

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    ONLINE MEDIA

  • A release announced, “For those who may not plan to visit Washington D.C. for the Inauguration, C-SPAN will debut Inauguration Hub on January 20th. C-SPAN’s Inauguration Hub features an online ‘control room’ that includes a Mogulus designed multichannel grid to webcast the inauguration activities. Visitors can access the Inauguration Hub at www.c-span.org, between 6:00 AM (ET) and Midnight (ET) on Inauguration Day.”

  • The New York Times reports, “Can CNN, the Go-to Site, Get You to Stay?”

  • ABC NewsNOW is livestreaming the coverage online through Tuesday — covering all the events, with Rick Klein and Sam Donaldson anchoring. Check it out here.

  • OJR reports, “Journalism ethics 2.0: As the Internet changes the market, some conventions must change as well”

  • washingtonpost.com will be offering live video coverage of the Inauguration and mobile alerts to anyone who will be in D.C. to help them avoid the expected gridlock.

  • A release announced, “CNN Worldwide plans to create the most unique view of the exact moment U.S. President-elect Barack Obama takes the oath of office on Tuesday, Jan. 20, at noon (ET). Using Microsoft Photosynth technology, CNN and Microsoft Corp. will produce the first ‘synth’ of a major historical moment. Photosynth, part of the Microsoft Virtual Earth product family, enables users to create synths, detailed 3-D environments of photos that are identified by minute similarities and then fused together. In this case, the initial images comprise those captured on cell phones, cameras and mobile devices by inauguration attendees of the moment Obama is sworn in as president. From the vast sweep of the crowd to a close-up on the new president’s raised hand, every angle of this historic moment will be frozen in time. To see examples of synths, visit http://photosynth.com. CNN is inviting people witnessing ‘The Moment’ to take part in a special iReport assignment by e-mailing their pictures to themoment@CNN.com.”

  • CNN reports, “Obama poised to be first ‘wired’ president”

  • Chicago Reader reports, “Why Would a Pro Write for HuffPo? One freelancer explains why she’ll work gratis for a $200 million company”

  • Washington Flyer has joined Facebook! Become a friend here.

  • “MySpace has partnered with Katalyst Media, founded by Ashton Kutcher, on a project called The Presidential Pledge. Celebrities recorded videos in which they make a pledge of service to President-elect Barack Obama. The videos were directed, produced and edited by Demi Moore. The ultimate goal is to motivate the MySpace community to create their own pledges to help bring about the change inspired by Obama’s Campaign. … MySpace will have these videos exclusively beginning Monday 12:01am PT Jan.19. Users can watch the videos and create their own personal pledged at www.myspace.com/presidentialpledge. For more info, check out MySpace Celebrity.

  • Check out “Dear Mr. President,” where people can upload a video message to President-Elect Obama at Pepsi’s new site RefreshEverything.com.

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    MAGAZINES

  • The National Religious Campaign Against Torture urges readers to “Tell Newsweek No to Torture!”

  • Folio reports, “Hard-Hit Niche Publishers Rethink Strategies”

  • “This week The Atlantic devotes the homepage of TheAtlantic.com to its coverage of the inauguration. In addition to the latest dispatches and posts from writers including Andrew Sullivan, Marc Ambinder, Ta-Nehisi Coates and James Fallows, the site also features The Atlantic’s archival coverage of new presidencies reaching back to Abraham Lincoln.”

  • The New York Times reports, “The Popular Newsweekly Becomes a Lonely Category”

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    RADIO

  • A release announced, “Rachel Maddow has reached a new agreement with Air America Media (www.airamerica.com) to extend her tenure with the company’s Radio Network and Interactive Division. ‘The Rachel Maddow Show’ will air as a one-hour program to be presented in morning drive time on the network’s affiliates and streamed on airamerica.com.”

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    NEWS NOTES

  • Media Matters’ Eric Boehlert looks at, “The media myth about the cost of Obama’s inauguration”

  • JammieWearingFool reports, “Perino Mocks Obama”

  • A release announced, “Change.org … announced the winners of its Ideas for Change in America competition at an event at the National Press Club and attended by nonprofit leaders, grassroots activists, and members of the Obama campaign and incoming administration. The competition was the first nationwide grassroots response to President-elect Barack Obama‘s call for greater citizen participation in government, and since Election Day more than 650,000 votes have been cast for more than 7500 ideas for how the Obama administration and 111th Congress should change America. The 10 winning ideas reflect the diverse interests of the millions of people calling for change across the country, including ideas for securing universal heath care, LGBT rights, and sustainable green energy. The list of winners also includes ideas often left off of the national agenda but with powerful grassroots support, including those for restoring civil liberties, ending the prohibition on medicinal marijuana, and advancing peace through new government institutions. All winning ideas can be viewed at www.change.org/ideas.”

  • Sam Dealey looks at “Racial Media Bias Meets Liberal Media Bias”

  • The Society of Professional Journalists is introducing the Journalists Toolbox. “With more than 10,000 listed Web resources and links, this site is a one-stop destination for any reporter or editor working on any story or beat, from crime to the environment to religion. This free site, edited by former Los Angeles Times reporter and DePaul University instructor Mike Reilley, is organized by beats and industry topics such as Public Records, Investigative, Crime, Legal Issues, Federal Government, State Government, Elections, Science, Environment, Public Safety, Journalism Jobs and much more.”

  • Slate’s Jack Shafer reports, “Obama’s New Press Strategy — Soon to be the ‘one president at a time,’ he starts schmoozing the press.”

  • New York Magazine reports, “Christopher Hitchens Blames Torture on Common Americans, Demands ‘Tongue’ From Andrew Sullivan

  • Politico’s Ben Smith reports, “A Democrat with knowledge of administration plans emails over the assignments for the Obama White House press shop, which looks more or less like the campaign press shop, perhaps on the principal of not tinkering with what works.”

  • A release announced, “Boston University today launched the New England Center for Investigative Reporting (NECIR), the nation’s first university-based, multimedia investigative reporting collaborative focused on local and regional issues.”

  • AFP reports, “For White House aides, a ride off into an uncertain sunset”

  • Innovation in College Media has a round-up of “Student media covering the inauguration.”

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    JOBS

  • Association for Financial Professionals is looking for a Director, Communications.

  • The National Recreation and Park Association is looking for a Managing Editor for Park & Recreation Magazine.

  • Youth Today is looking for a Marketing/Circulation Manager.

  • AAAS is looking for an Art Associate.

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