FishbowlNY TVNewser TVSpy LostRemote AgencySpy PRNewser GalleyCat SocialTimes

Posts Tagged ‘Greg Mitchell’

Best SOTU Tweets

We had a lot of favorite #SOTU tweets tonight, but this first one is by far the best, even if the pic is from 2010:

 

Check out our other favs (including two from the prolific Jill Biden) after the jump…

Read more

Mediabistro Course

Freelancing 101

Freelancing 101Starting December 1, learn how to manage a top-notch freelancing career! In this online boot camp, you'll hear from freelancing experts on the best practices for a solid freelancing career, from the first steps of self-advertising and marketing, to building your schedule and managing clients. Register now!

Did the White House Threaten Bob Woodward or is He Full of It?

It’s Fish Poll time.

When WaPo‘s Bob Woodward, a guy who has figured out how to bring out the toddler in Democrats and Republicans, claimed on Wednesday that he was threatened by the White House, a media debate started over what exactly constitutes a “threat.”

After Woodward said this week that it was the Obama administration which came up with the sequester idea, a White House official (Gene Sperling, Director of the White House Economic Council) emailed Woodward to say he’d “regret staking out that claim.”

In a subsequent interview with Politico, Woodward maintained that it was indeed a threat. “Come on,” he said. “I think if Obama himself saw the way they’re dealing with some of this, he would say, ‘Whoa, we don’t tell any reporter ‘you’re going to regret challenging us.’”

Some sided with Woodward. Others said the “regret” line was nothing, similar to telling someone he’d be proven wrong in time… Read more

Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day

“Nations Triathlon done in 3:08 (Olympic). Now, about that milkshake…” — Politico‘s Patrick Gavin, who completed Sunday’s triathlon. Our own Peter Ogburn also finished the race. His time was six minutes ahead of Gavin’s.

Journo declares she’s not pregnant!

“Tornado has passed. Thank the Lord. I am headed to grocery store. I am nesting (did I just say that). I’ll explain later. NO not Preggers!” — Essence and theGrio columnist Sophia Nelson.

Editor gets socked in face by dog

“Playing with Fergus just now, he punched me in the face. Lesson: Great Danes have a hell of a right cross. Also, #shiner.” — New York magazine’s National Affairs Editor John Heilemann.

Reading between the lines

“Whenever a newspaper announces a major redesign sell its stock short. Redesign is the last refuge of a desperate management.” — Barron‘s Washington Editor James McTague.

The “optics” of Mitt and Ann on MTP

“I am sorry, but this thing about Ann Romney joining Mitt on MTP is just plain weird.” — The optics are horrible- makes him look weak.” — Quinn & Gillespie’s Jim Manley, a former longtime Democratic Senate aide. “Wasn’t it just ystd that Ann Romney was refusing to answer tough political questions? I hope to god mtp won’t let her get away with that.” A follower agreed, asking,”Why can’t the chickenshit go on MTP by himself to actually answer some substantive policy questions? Uses Ann for protection.” MTP Executive Producer Betsy Fischer Martin tried to make it sound all nicey nice, and replied directly to Manley: “We had a long sitdown with Mitt solo this morning. Mrs. Romney joined for a short convo Friday on the Bus! Glad they did it.”

Pundit faces disappointing donut issue at airport

“Seriously, who eats cold donuts? It’s 5:21 am! I can’t stand cold donuts. Don’t know why donut joints at airports don’t have microwaves.” — CNN Contributor Roland Martin over the weekend.

And other traveling journos see glass half empty

“They forced me to check my bag. I assume they’ll lose it. I don’t really need those clothes anyway.” — The Washington Examiner‘s David Freddoso.

“That brief moment of disappointment when you step off the moving walkway and you’re slow again.” – The Takeaway‘s Washington radio correspondent Todd Zwillich.

Homeward Bound

“I miss my kids so much that I can’t wait till I hear them whine.#thatwontlast” — The Hill‘s Managing Editor Bob Cusack after two weeks of convention coverage.

VandeHei on Maher

“Politico’s VandeHei claims Dems just as big liars as Repubs–classic Politico–and Maher and Katrina call bullshit.” — The Nation‘s Greg Mitchell in reference to Politico Exec. Editor Jim VandeHei’s Friday evening appearance on HBO’s “Real Time With Bill Maher.”

The Birthday Boy

“Yeah, so I’m 25 years old today. Weird. I feel old.” — The Daily Caller‘s Matthew Boyle on Sunday. Happy Birthday Boyle!

Boybander refers to self as “libtard”

“Typical of libtard MSM to expect Team Romney to be able to explain their guy’s pre-existing conditions plan before bragging about it on TV.” — Slate‘s economics writer Matt Yglesias in a moment of liberal irony.

A new ridiculous Twitter vocabulary word from JMART

“So how many more sports bars will chicago send obama to tween now and elex day? Thinking 1x per wk.” — Politico‘s Senior Political Reporter Jonathan Martin whose apparently tween a rock and hard place when it comes to writing on Twitter.

A long and stormy night complete with sewage

  • “On Adams Mill Road during storm, water, presumably sewage, was shooting into the air from under a displaced manhole cover labeled ‘sewer.’” — National Journal Senate reporter Dan Friedman. A storm blew through D.C. Saturday afternoon, leaving many without electricity.
  • “Effing bloody hell. I’ve been through earthquakes forest fires urban riots. #Enough w these#incompetence-driven disasters #OrganizingNow” — Chronicle of Higher Education and author Amy Alexander.
  • “CRAZY WEATHER:Traffic signs, cones blown across Rt. 110. HEAVY downpours. STRONG winds.” — TV reporter Mike Conneen.

 Peter Ogburn contributed to this report.

E&P Keeps Hope Alive With a January Issue

Due to a high demand and overwhelming reaction to news of closure later this month, Editor & Publisher, the mother ship publication of the journalism industry, is publishing a January issue, Editor Greg Mitchell has announced.

But the issue may still be the last, reports an E&P story online. A number of outside sources would like to keep the publication going.

Morning Reading List, 10.29.08

4345057.jpg

Good morning 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…

Read more

Morning Reading List, 10.13.08

4345057.jpg

Good morning 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…

Read more

Morning Reading List, 07.24.08

IMGP5977.JPG

Good morning 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…

Read more

Morning Reading List, 07.11.08

july4 047.JPG

Good Morning Washington. I really doubt you’re going to guess what local trail the above picture was taken on, but knock yourselves out.

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…

Read more

Morning Reading List, 01.18.08

4345057.jpg
Good morning Washington. Today in D.C. history, Marion Barry said “bitch set me up.”

Quickly navigate Morning Reading List:

REVOLVING DOOR | NEWSPAPERS | TV | ONLINE MEDIA | MAGAZINES | BOOKS | JOBS

  • You think Ben Bradlee could take Robert Novak in a street fight.

    REVOLVING DOOR

  • The Washington Business Journal reports, “The Washington Post Co. has appointed the chief executive of Xerox Corp. to its board of directors. Ann Mulcahy, who has received national attention for turning around Xerox since she took the helm in 2001, will take the 11th post on the board of the D.C.-based company.”

  • Today is Jeff Marn’s last day at Foreign Policy magazine. He is joining the Washington, DC office of Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide.

  • Radar reports that Susan Estrich, ” the Harvard law professor who managed Michael Dukakis’s 1988 presidential bid straight into the ground’, is becoming chief of counsel to L.A.-based business-litigation firm Quinn Emanuel.

    Top of post

    NEWSPAPERS

  • Check out E&P’s “Monthly Top 30 Most Popular Newspaper Sites

  • The Dirksen Congressional Center annonced, “The Dirksen Congressional Center invites applications for grants to fund research on congressional leadership and the U.S. Congress. A total of up to $30,000 will be available in 2008. Awards range from a few hundred dollars to $3,500. The competition is open to individuals with a serious interest in studying Congress. Political scientists, historians, biographers, scholars of public administration or American studies, and journalists are among those eligible. The Center encourages graduate students who have successfully defended their dissertation prospectus to apply and awards a significant portion of the funds for dissertation research.” All proposals must be received no later than February 1, 2008.

  • Washington Post’s Glenn Kessler, the author of The Confidante: Condoleezza Rice and the Creation of the Bush Legacy, is the guest of a brown bag lunch discussion held by the World Affairs Council of Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, January 22nd 2008 from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM. Sign up here.

  • Pew Weekly News Interest Index shows, “There has been no shortage of drama in either party’s early presidential primaries, but in the public’s view the Democratic contest has been far more compelling. Four-in-ten Americans (40%) say they find the Democratic primary race very interesting, nearly double the proportion describing the Republican race as very interesting (21%).”

  • The AP reports, “The state of New Hampshire is getting out of the business of issuing identification cards to members of the news media. The man who handled the chore — Jim Van Dongen of the state Department of Safety — says the decision is based on the proliferation of online and specialty news outlets and technology that allows just about anyone to call himself a journalist. Van Dongen says that put him and his bosses in the uncomfortable position of issuing cards to all comers or having to decide who is a legitimate journalist. News organizations now will have to issue their own identification cards for events that require them.”

  • The Los Angeles Times reports, “How much should a company’s culture reflect its chief executive, especially one who prides himself on being a blunt and innovative — some might say abrasive — businessman? If you’re new Tribune Co. CEO Sam Zell, the answer seems to be: A lot. At least that was the feeling workers got Wednesday with the distribution of a new employee handbook, a document that’s nothing like the mind-numbing, lawyered gobbledygook in most corporate manuals.”

  • Daniel Finkelstein writes “an open letter to readers of The New York Times” saying, “I understand that your newspaper of choice has asked William Kristol, the conservative commentator, to provide an opinion column for the paper. Since I am the op-ed editor of what you Americans call The Times of London, I have followed the controversy that the appointment has caused with great interest. And with my mouth wide open.”

    Top of post

    TV

  • An ABC release announced, “ABCNEWS.com achieved record-high unique visitors in December 2007. The site had 16.9 million uniques, an increase of 53% compared with the same time last year, according to ABC=92s measurements. The site also garnered 153
    million page views, up 24% from the previous year”

  • FNS:The Most Quoted Show, Again

  • A 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, January 13, 2008. On Sunday, the Russert-moderated program was No. 1, averaging 4.714 million total viewers”

  • A CNN release announced, “As the nation honors the 79th birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., on Monday, Jan. 21, CNN delves deep into race and politics as it broadcasts the latest Democratic presidential primary debate from Myrtle Beach, S.C., and a live Anderson Cooper 360º special about the influence of race upon politics in America. From 8 p.m. to 10 p.m, CNN will host the two-hour debate with the Congressional Black Caucus Institute, live from the Palace Theater. CNN’s lead political anchor Wolf Blitzer will serve as moderator for the debate, and CNN correspondents Joe Johns and Suzanne Malveaux will serve as panelists questioning the candidates.”

  • FOX News Channel announced, “FOX News Channel (FNC) will provide live coverage of the Nevada Caucus and South Carolina Republican Primary on Saturday January 19, 2008. Washington, D.C. Bureau Chief, Brian Wilson, will host a special Nevada Caucus edition of Weekend Live from 3-5 PM ET. Managing Editor Brit Hume, will anchor You Decide 2008 South Carolina Republican Primary coverage from 6:30-9 PM. A special edition of Hannity & Colmes will follow. FNC’s daytime and primetime coverage will include reports from a team of anchors including Chris Wallace, Megyn Kelly, Bill Hemmer and Martha McCallum. FNC correspondents will be reporting live from both states, including Major Garrett, Steve Brown and Anita Vogel in Nevada, and Chief Political Correspondent Carl Cameron, Wendell Goler and Molly Henneberg in South Carolina. Overall analysis will be provided by The Weekly Standard’s Fred Barnes, National Public Radio’s Juan Williams; Roll Call’s Mort Kondracke; The Weekly Standard’s Bill Kristol and U.S. News & World Report’s Michael Barone.”

  • A CNN release announced, “On Saturday, Jan. 19, you can watch CNN’s live coverage of the Nevada caucuses from noon-3 p.m.* Later that evening from 7:00-10:00 p.m., the Best Political Team on Television will return with results from the South Carolina Republican primary. On Monday, Jan. 21, the CNN/Congressional Black Caucus Institute Democratic primary debate will air live from 8:00-10:00 p.m. out of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Wolf Blitzer moderates; CNN correspondent Joe Johns and White House correspondent Suzanne Malveaux serve as panelists. Anderson Cooper will follow the program with post-debate analysis, and then at 11 p.m., he and Soledad O’Brien will present a new special on race and politics. And, don’t forget, throughout this weekend and every weekend until Super Tuesday, you can watch the candidates uninterrupted and unmediated during Ballot Bowl! Ballot Bowl brings you the candidates’ significant live events in their entirety rather than in sound bite form. Here’s the schedule: Saturday: 3:00-6:00 p.m. (immediately following the Nevada caucuses coverage) Sunday: 1:00-3:00 p.m. AND 4:00-6:00 p.m.”

  • AJR reports, “The media’s addiction to polls and to predicting the future is obviously not new. Critics have railed against it for years. The compulsion to be ahead of the game even caused the television networks to make the wrong call on the 2000 presidential election. You’d think that humiliation was so huge that it would serve as a cautionary whale (hat tip to ‘Juno’ for that great line) as well as a cautionary tale for the political punditocracy. But no.”

  • Yesterday, “CREW and Media Matters for America sent a letter to CNN’s U.S. President Jonathan Klein, asking that former Christian Coalition head Ralph Reed, a proven liar with a deep bias against one of the major Republican candidates, no longer be afforded the opportunity to be a part of CNN’s self-proclaimed “best political team on television.’ Most recently, Reed provided commentary as a ‘Republican strategist’ during the New Hampshire presidential primary.”

  • Media Biz reports, “Are we in a recession or not? Well, investors in the big five media conglomerates seem to think so. Shares of my parent company Time Warner (TWX) are down nearly 5 percent. And it’s not alone. News Corp. (NWS) has fallen 7 percent this year. Walt Disney (DIS) is down nearly 8 percent in 2008. Viacom (VIAB) has shed 9 percent of its value while its former corporate sibling CBS (CBS) has plummeted 14 percent. CBS, Time Warner, Disney and News Corp. are all trading near 52-week lows, and each stock is down between 15 percent and 20 percent for the past three months. Viacom, 2007′s best-performing media stock, has held up slightly better over the past few months thanks to a rebound in ratings at the company’s cable networks, as well as strong box office performance from its Paramount and DreamWorks movie studios. Viacom’s stock is about 20 percent above its 52-week low.”

  • TVNewser reports, “CNN Correspondent Zain Verjee was hit in the back by a tear-gas canister while covering the protests in Kenya yesterday. Verjee was fired on by Kenyan police, in what she called an ‘unprovoked’ attack.”

  • Jon Stewart took MSNBC and the entire media to task last night on A Daily Show for their focus on, ‘America’s favorite fight starter: Race!’” For more, click here.

  • TVNewser reports, “As part of day-long coverage related to issues of race in America, CNN will present a Democratic candidate debate in Myrtle Beach, SC this Monday, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. day. So far three candidates have met the criteria to attend: Sen. Hillary Clinton, John Edwards and Sen. Barack Obama. A CNN insider tells TVNewser, ‘it still remains possible’ for Rep. Dennis Kucinich to meet the criteria of having 5% support in national polls.”

  • A tipster writes in, “Will the media matters campaign against Chris Matthews yield anything? Yes. A spike in ratings among the media. Let’s just admit it. HRC is never going to receive fair, objective coverage. There’s just too much history. Matthews is just more honest about it than others. We should give him an award.”

    Top of post

    ONLINE MEDIA

  • Tech Crunch reports, “Social travel site WAYN is allegedly in talks with AOL over a possible $200m sale to the consumer portal giant. A spokesperson for the UK startup denied that any sale talks are taking place.”

  • E&P’s Greg Mitchell writes, “It’s good to see Upton Sinclair back in the news again amid the raves (which I don’t quite share) for the new film ‘There Will Be Blood,’ very loosely based on his 1927 novel ‘Oil!’ Even though Sinclair earned a nod in many of the articles and reviews of the film, which stars Daniel Day-Lewis, few have commented on the original source material.”

  • The Boston Phoenix’s Steven Stark writes, “If the surprise results in New Hampshire had an unanticipated benefit, it is this: they exposed the myth, once and for all, that the Internet has made political reporting and analysis far better than it once was. Alas, the opposite is true.”

  • Media Shift’s Mark Glasser asks, “Major media sites have started to get the religion of audience participation, but there’s been one big hitch: How do you harness the audience’s knowledge and participation without the forums devolving into a messy online brawl that requires time-intensive moderation?”

  • Chris Mooney writes, “As a journalist and especially as a blogger, I sure picked a hell of a time to move to Los Angeles. No sooner did I settle here late last fall than my fellow writers in the film and television industries went on strike. I’ve never done their kind of writing in a professional capacity, but the more I’ve engaged with the issues at the center of the current dispute between the Writers Guild of America and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, the more I’m convinced that bloggers could soon find themselves making similar complaints against their own employers.”

  • Don Wycliff writes, “I don’t know whether YouTube.com is considered part of the ‘news media’ yet, but in the midst of the Obama-Clinton hoo-hah of the last several days the popular video Web site has performed perhaps the most basic and indispensable function of journalism: to serve, in the words of journalism educators Kathleen Hall Jamieson and Paul Waldman, as the ‘custodian of fact.’”

  • InternetNews.com reports, “Call it a photo finish. A split decision. Too close to call: The leading online tracking firms are split over which Web property garners the most traffic. According to comScore, Yahoo — perennially ranked as the most visited destination on the Web — held onto its lead in December, staving off surging Google for at least another month.”

  • Journalism.co.uk reports, “The editor of The Sun newspaper told a Lords’ Committee the internet edition can’t yet replicate the economic operations of the newspaper.”

  • The Los Angeles Times reports, “Google’s expanding lobbying operation scored two significant victories last year: It convinced federal regulators to approve its $3.1-billion purchase of online ad company DoubleClick Inc., and to partially open new wireless airwaves so the company could more easily make its products available on them. Though D.C. veterans say Google has a long way to go before its lobbying clout matches its market valuation, the company is no longer viewed as a wide-eyed Washington freshman.”

  • Business Courier reports, “A social networking Web site that will focus on the 2008 elections was launched Wednesday by E.W. Scripps Co. RedBlueAmerica will serve as a free public forum for user-generated content, including blogs, personal profiles and videos, Scripps said in a news release. It will also offer political news, e-mail service for subscribers, a daily public opinion poll and a feature called ‘Truth or Not’ that will examine ‘the veracity of factual claims made by high-profile newsmakers and others,’ according to the release.”

  • MediaShift reports, “Major media sites have started to get the religion of audience participation, but there’s been one big hitch: How do you harness the audience’s knowledge and participation without the forums devolving into a messy online brawl that requires time-intensive moderation?”

    Top of post

    MAGAZINES

  • Howard Mortman writes in the Weekly Standard, “Here’s an odd little Hillary Clinton proposal: She wants a government blogging team. At first blush, the idea could cut either way–nutty or silly. We might even call it ridiculous, if we weren’t busy laughing at it.”

  • Alex Kingsbury, associate editor for U.S.News & World Report, was featured Tuesday night on NBC Nightly News as part of a story about gender bias in college admissions, which cited a U.S. News June 2007 special report ‘Admittedly Unequal.’”

    Top of post

    BOOKS

  • The Patriot Ledger reports that Roy Harris Jr., “a former Wall Street Journal reporter and now an editor at CFO magazine” wrote “Pulitzer’s Gold: Behind the Prize for Public Service Journalism,” released yesterday, “is the first comprehensive chronicling of the human dramas, large and small, behind the coveted award.”

    Top of post

    JOBS

  • Chronicle of Higher Education is looking for a Technology Writer.

  • The Map Network, a NAVTEQ Company is looking for a Advertising Sales Executive, DC.

  • Platts is looking for a Senior Writer.

  • National Public Radio is looking for a Associate Producer, Social Media.

  • The Daily Progress is looking for a Public safety reporter.

  • AARP is looking for a Deputy Editor.

  • America Abroad Media is looking for an Online Coordinator.

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

  • Defense Daily is looking for a Reporter.

    Top of post

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

  • Morning Reading List, 12.14.07

    4345057.jpg
    Good morning Washington. On this day in 1799, George “Big Poppa” Washington passed away. Pour out some of whatever you got at the George Washington distillery.

    Quickly navigate Morning Reading List:

    NEWSPAPERS | TV | ONLINE MEDIA | MAGAZINES | RADIO | WEST WING REPORTAGE | REVOLVING DOOR | JOBS

  • NEWSPAPERS

  • Newsday reports, “The owner of TV’s graphics-rich, fast-paced Fox News Channel could transform the staid Wall Street Journal into a paper with shorter pieces and eye-catching graphics while also expanding its coverage of hard news and politics, experts said.”

  • Eat The Press reports, “TVNews Throwdown! Brian Stelter’s Non-Compete Officially Expires”

  • DCRTV reports, “Now, we hear from Newseum Director Of Communications Mike Fetters, who tells us that all is on track to open the facility to the public sometime during the spring of 2008. Much of the Newseum’s staff has already relocated to the architecturally stunning Pennsylvania Avenue building, from office space in Arlington.”

  • News Corp. Completes Takeover of Dow Jones

  • The National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association is hosting Cocktails & Conversation this Saturday December 15, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Busboys and Poets with special guest Ambassador Michael Guest. For more info, click here.

  • The Pew Weekly News Interest Index shows,Oprah Winfrey’s well-publicized appearances with Barack Obama have raised Obama’s visibility, especially among African Americans. Roughly a quarter of Americans (26%) say they have heard more about Obama recently than any other presidential candidate, up from just 10% in November. Meanwhile, though Hillary Clinton remains the most visible candidate overall, the proportion citing her as the candidate they have heard the most about fell from a high of 61% in November to 41% in the current poll.”

  • A reader writes in, “From a trade journalist who knows a lot of young people at The WaPo: This whole debate about youth at top newspapers is old and totally ill informed. Downie began at the Post — as a summer intern. So did the associate editor (and former managing editor) Bob Kaiser. The Post has been hiring summer interns for decades and keeping them on staff. Summer intern classes have had as many six or seven people stay on board full time after their stints. What’s interesting now is that these interns are no longer having to put several years of their time out in an outer county Metro bureau. Because of buy-outs, younger reporters are assigned beats and huge stories like: the national economy, Iraq, national education, the Sniper shootings, the collegte student loan scandal, the Pat Tillman case, the old Boston/New England bureau, foreign postings in Africa, Pakistan, Eastern Europe, Abu Graib, and then cush Style jobs, too. They’ve written huge stories for the Sunday Post magazine. Oh and they also fill some of the top jobs on Metro, where they routinely get on 1A perhaps more than foreigcorrespondents and have covered top beats like immigration, the area’s largest school systems, DC politics, whatev. Although Mr.Bacon’s piece may have been an abberation from the good work those young reporters do, the age-based argument against him only distracted the debate in a stupid way and raised this silly idea that the Post is erring because it’s all of a sudden relying on young reporters. The Post has ALWAYS relied on young reporters — a testament to its greatness.”

    Top of post

    TV

  • An ABC release announced, “According to Nielsen Media Research for the week of December 3, ABC News’ ‘Nightline” beat CBS’ ‘Late Show with David Letterman’ and NBC’s ‘Leno’ among both Total Viewers and Adults 25-54 for the second week in a row. The last time ‘Nightline’ beat ‘Letterman’ and ‘Leno’ two weeks in a row was May 1995. In addition, ‘Nightline’ continues to close the Total Viewing and Adults 25-54 gaps with CBS and NBC. *Note: CBS’ ‘Letterman’ and NBC’s ‘Leno’ aired repeats due to the WGA strike.”

  • 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, December 9, 2007.”

  • An ABC release also announced, “According to Nielsen Media Research for Sunday, December 9, 2007, ABC News ‘This Week with George Stephanopoulos’ closed the Total Viewing gap with NBC’s ‘Meet the Press’ by a significant 62% and the key Adults 25-54 demo gap by 43% compared to the same week last year. And season to date, “This Week” closed the A25-54 gap with NBC’s ‘Meet the Press’ by 48% and the Total Viewer lead by 39%. Year to date, ‘This Week’ closed the Total Viewer gap with NBC by 25% and demo gap by 21%.”

  • WorldScreen.com reports, “MTV Networks has reached a deal to make available for free on AOL Video clips of a range of its content, culled from, among others, the Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon and Spike TV brands.”

  • B&C reports, “Comcast filed a breach of contract suit against the National Football League in the New York State Supreme Court.”

  • DCRTV reports,News Blues tells us that Caroline Lyders, who quit two weeks ago as morning news anchor at WISN-TV in Milwaukee, was seen in DC this week, auditioning for the co-anchor job opposite Leon Harris at Channel 7/WJLA.”

  • TVNewser reports, “ABC News president David Westin announced that David Reiter will become executive editorial director of ABC News.”

  • The Beacon News reports, “Brokaw: We still feel impact of ’60s”

  • Hotline’s Nora McAlvanah thinks that “Des Moines Register debate moderator Carolyn Washburn, it occured to us, is a dead ringer for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.”

  • Also from yesterday’s TVNewser, “The women of The View welcomed FNC’s Greta Van Susteren today, with the conversation a round-up of the top news stories du jour. ‘I had fun,’ Van Susteren tells TVNewser. ‘These women are having a great time and it is obvious…that is why they are so successful.’”

  • “CNN’s Digital Network, CNN.com, brought more unique users to the site last month than any month before,” reports TVNewser.

  • The “World News” webcast presented the 1st Annual Campaign Ad Awards, courtesy of Rick Klein. Check it out here.

  • ABC News’ Tahman Bradley reports: “The Republican presidential candidates will take the stage first at the ABC News, WMUR-TV and Facebook debates in New Hampshire on Saturday, Jan 5, 2008. The order was selected Wednesday night with a little Granite State flare and tradition. Under the watchful eye of WMUR anchor and political director Scott Spradling, New Hampshire Secretary of State Bill Gardner placed two balls — one blue for the Democrats, one red for the Republicans — into a bottle and mixed them up. Mr. Gardner then positioned the bottle so that a ball would fall out – and the red ball was revealed.”

    Top of post

    ONLINE MEDIA

  • Jeff Jarvis on “Newspapers v. facebook.”

  • The 463 reports, “This sucks. The National Journal’s Technology Daily is shutting down. This means that the country’s only source of focused daily technology policy news will soon be no longer.”

  • Bloggingheads.tv unveiled a drastic redesign. Chcek it out here.

  • Washington Post reports, “Leveraging new technologies and the growth of social networking Web sites, several online-giving pioneers have been trying to expand the pool of potential donors by democratizing philanthropy and making it more transparent.”

  • Lucy Kafanov (2007 Hottest Media Types) has a reporter’s blog with PBS NewsHour with Jim Lehrer. Check it out here.

  • CNet News.com reports, “A top Republican in the House of Representatives is demanding that Google answer a barrage of questions about privacy, some of which are related to the company’s proposed purchase of the DoubleClick advertising firm.”

  • AJC.com reports, “Supporters of “citizen journalism” argue it provides independent, accurate, reliable information that the traditional media don’t provide.”

  • “Jayson Blair’s” blog is up and running. Check it out the latest post — “Enough updates, iTunes

  • Huffington Post’s Lawrence O’Donnell writes, “After the Today Show used video clips of me talking (ranting, to some) about the racist history of the Church of Latter Day Saints as a lead-in to Matt Lauer’s interview of Mitt Romney, I feel compelled to clarify the obvious: religious affiliation is not a good reason to vote for or against a candidate for president.”

  • E&P presents, “Our Monthly List of 30 Most Popular Web Sites — With First Year-Over-Year Comparison.”

  • NewsKnife.com reports, “Newsknife found New York Times 168 times as the top source for a major news item at Google News during 2007. This makes it our Top News Site of the year.”

  • One reader takes issue with our polls. “bathroom polls on shampoos, conditioners, showers. what’s next – how often do you wipe?” We invite suggestions!

  • E&P’s Greg Mitchell writes, “The Best Movie About a Reporter Ever: A Real ‘Ace’ Forget ‘The Front Page,’ ‘All the President’s Men’ and all the others. Take a good look at Billy Wilder’s 1951 cult classic, ‘Ace in the Hole,’ starring Kirk Douglas, finally available on DVD.”

    Top of post

    MAGAZINES

  • Is Newsweek “days old news, competently delivered“?

  • Brian Stelter reports, “Discovery Holding to Become Public in 2008 Offering.”

  • Gary Weiss.com reports, “A list of the people laid off and bought out at Business Week has just appeared on Talking Biz News, and I must admit that I am shocked. The casualties include some of the best biz journalists around, people I’ve worked with in the past and admire: Tony Bianco, Jeff Laderman, Gail Edmonson, Larry Lippman and Amy Dunkin. (No offense to the rest, but I’m just mentioning the ones I’ve worked with directly on stories.)”

  • WWD.com reports, “BusinessWeek on Wednesday unveiled a reshuffling of its editorial team and layoffs of a dozen staffers on the business and editorial sides, cuts staffers had expected for months. The move is an effort to integrate Business Week’s online operations more efficiently with the print effort.”

  • Folio reports, “There were 389 new magazines launched in 2007. There were also 636 magazines launched in 2007. Exactly how many depends on who’s doing the counting.”

    Top of post

    RADIO

  • Defiant FCC chief refuses to delay vote

  • FMQB reports, “Just when it looked like the merger of XM and Sirius Satellite Radio was becoming closer to reality, lawmakers on the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee have expressed concern about the Justice Department’s review of the proposal.”

  • FT.com reports, “Sirius and XM, the top two US satellite radio providers, yesterday faced growing doubts over their ability to secure antitrust clearance for a $13bn merger announ-ced in February. The jitters on Wall Street about the deal were reflected in a sharp drop in the shares of the two companies, with XM falling 9.9 per cent to $13.21 and Sirius losing 6 per cent to close at $3.29.”

    WEST WING REPORTAGE

  • Politico’s Michael Calderone writes, “Huck camp backtracks on Mormon question”

    Top of post

    REVOLVING DOOR

  • A tipster tells us, “NBC loses another hot media type to CBS… Christine Delargy finished up at NBC last week and starts at CBS next week as an assistant and researcher for DC bureau chief Chris Isham. Hot media type Jen Yuille also made the move from NBC to CBS earlier this year.”

    Top of post

    JOBS

  • The Council for Excellence in Government is looking for an Outreach and Communications Director.

  • Roll Call Group seeks a staff writer for USBudget.

  • National Real Estate Magazine is looking for a Sales Manager.

  • Smithsonian Magazine is seeking a Staff Writer.

  • The Chronicle of Higher Education is seeking a Business and Policy Reporter.

  • U.S. News & World Report is seeking a Freelance Editor.

  • Campaigns & Elections magazine is looking for undergraduate students who are studying journalism or political science (best if both). The ideal candidates should have experience at print publication, a strong interest in politics, completed at least two years of college coursework, a GPA of 3.0 or higher and experience in an office setting. Must have proven ability to write clear, concise articles about politics. Experience with HTML is a plus. Please submit a resume and writing samples. Please submit cover letter, resume and writing samples to tblanchfield@campaignline.com with the subject line “Internship”

    Top of post

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

  • NEXT PAGE >>