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Friedman Praises ABC, Warns CNN of Loss

Christiane Amanpour.jpg Whatever you think about CNN, ABC and the decision for Christiane Amanpour to host “This Week,” there’s no doubt it’s causing a stir.

Yesterday we had WaPo’s Tom Shales knocking the choice of Amanpour for host, today we have MarketWatch’s Jon Friedman praising ABC’s choice and informing CNN of its loss.

Friedman assesses the personalities of CNN’s talent:

John King: hardworking, earnest
Anderson Cooper: displays empathy
Candy Crowley: authoritative

Read Friedman’s piece here.

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Afternoon Wrap-Up: White House Edition

All the more fitting after the President’s surprise visit to the briefing room today, two piece that may be of interest…

NYT White House correspondent Peter Baker has a piece today headlined “Obama Complains About the News Cycle but Manipulates It, Worrying Some.” He writes, “perhaps no other president has been more attuned to, or done more to dominate, the news cycle he disparages.” And quotes White House press secretary Robert Gibbs: “You worry about overexposure maybe very deeply in the back of your mind,” Mr. Gibbs said. “But the way the media is structured these days and the fact that it is so segmented and split up means that in order to get something to go through, you’ve got to do multiple platforms.”

• And MarketWatch’s Jon Friedman asks “Does Obama talk too much for his own good?

Morning Reading List 07.22.09

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CNN’s Megan Grant, Edie Emery and Meryl Conant at the Washington Kastles game last night. Edie and Meghan meet “Slice” after the jump.

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

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MarketWatch’s Jon Friedman‘s review of MSNBC’s Dylan Ratigan: he’s “still getting in your face.”

TVNewser asks Just How Dominant is Fox News? Also on TVNewser: Evening News Ratings.

Why does CNN’s John King have a shiner? Dana?? No, find out the real reason his eye is puffy on the CNN blog.

RADIO

FishbowlNY has four questions for NPR’s Andy Carvin on what’s next in citizen journalism.

ONLINE

HuffPost has launched what they’re calling the “Real Misery Index,” an online gauge of how Americans are affected by the economic times. According to the release, it will combine “a more accurate unemployment statistic (the U6 formulation), with the inflation rate for three essentials (food and beverages, gas, medical costs), and year-over-year percent increases in credit card delinquencies, housing prices, food stamp participation, and home equity loan deficiencies.” Check it out here.

MAGAZINES

NYO: The September ad page numbers are out for Conde Nast, and they are grim. The monthly magazines at the company, as a whole, are down 37 percent. Vogue tumbled to 427 pages total, down 36 percent from last September. W is down 53 percent; Allure and Gourmet are down 51 percent; and Vanity Fair dropped 36 percent.

NEWS NOTES

Craig Crawford‘s take on the CQ-Roll Call merger: “We might need to brush up on our British accents — The Economist Group is London based. (I’ll do that once I’ve mastered an American accent.)”

Newspaper readers vs. web surfers: who’s better informed? Check out Slate’s News Junkie Smackdown.

No bidders on the Watergate Hotel (AP).

How affluent is Howie Kurtz?

Co-founder of BET Sheila Johnson is crossing her party lines to endorse Republican Robert McDonnell for governor in Virginia (WaPo).

HAT TIPS: mediabistro, TVNewser, Politico

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Morning Reading List 07.16.09

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

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NEWSPAPERS

Senator John Kerry (D-MA) on the future of newspapers in The Hill: “There also is still some question of whether online journalism will sustain the values of professional journalism, the way the newspaper industry has for decades. And will the emerging news media be more fragmented by special interests and political partisanship?” Senator Kerry chairs the Senate Subcommittee on Communications, Technology and the Internet, which held hearings on the future of journalism last month.

E&P: A Hearst-wide investigative project that includes participation from seven of the chain’s newspapers, as well as many of its television stations, is set to be published in less than two weeks, according to editors.

We already have a Newseum so does WaPo need a museum too? One isn’t in the works, but MarketWatch’s Jon Friedman imagines one here.

TV

How was it covered- yesterday’s shooting on Capitol Hill.

ABC News political commentator Cokie Roberts will be the recipient of the 2009 WNBA Inspiration Award.

Check out CNN’s Christiane Amanpour‘s Harper’s Bazaar makeover.

ONLINE

Twitter was hacked.

NEWS NOTES

MoveOn.org has used Sarah Palin‘s WaPo op-ed as a fundraising tactic. Greg Sargent notes that this tactic has brought in more than $100,000 in 24 hours.

More than 100 journalists from nearly 50 countries, including Christiane Amanpour, Mariane Pearl, Ted Koppel and Tom Friedman, have sent a petition to the Iranian government calling for the release of Maziar Bahari, the Newsweek reporter held hostage in Iran.

HAT TIPS: mediabistro, Politico

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Morning Reading List 07.10.09

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Happy Birthday to Shawna Thomas and to Garrett Graff, who celebrates tomorrow. Kudos also to Jill Jackson, Brian Haefeli and Mark Preston who also correctly guessed where the C-SPAN bus was parked. We asked you earlier this week what you thought of the latest National Review cover- 92% say just fine, 8% think it’s too much.

Happy Friday! What we know and what we’re reading this morning…

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NYT‘s considering a $5 a month web-access fee, according to Bloomberg.

Ten questions for NYT‘s Bill Keller via Time: “It was partly the insatiable desire for scoops people in the Administration were feeding about the potential threat in Iraq,” said Keller of The New York Times’ coverage ahead of the Iraq War. “But a lot of it was just that we floated along with the conventional wisdom, the worst enemy of journalism.”

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Twenty questions from The Hill for Fox News’ Shannon Bream. “Q: What’s the most embarrassing thing that’s happened to you on-air? A: How do I narrow that down? I think honestly the worst thing is when you cannot find a word that is incredibly common but for some reason you have a brain freeze. I remember doing a report outside a restaurant about E. coli, and I couldn’t remember the word meat.” More on her reign as Miss Virginia 1990, her resume in local news and outlook for Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor’s hearings next week here.

Congrats to MSNBC’s Willie Geist and his growing family who welcomed baby George William this wee.

NEWS NOTES

The Daily Show‘s John Oliver made a visit to DC this week, taking the opportunity to rip on a few TV newsers, including Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck and Wolf Blitzer. Check out TWT‘s take here.

Katie Couric, Cindy McCain, Elizabeth Edwards and Kate Gosselin are lined up to attend Maria Shriver‘s annual Women’s Conference this fall.

How did the media do covering the Michael Jackson “saga?” MarketWatch’s Jon Friedman takes a look.

What does Ana Marie Cox really think of Politico? Washington Whispers gets the scoop here.

HAT TIPS: mediabistro

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CNN’s Wash Bureau Chief: “I Think John’s Program Will Come to Dominate Sunday Talk”

“I think John’s program will come to dominate Sunday talk.” That was CNN SVP and Washington Bureau Chief David Bohrman on the Morning Media Menu earlier today. Listen in below.

State of the Union‘s John King was also the latest Sunday show anchor to be profiled by Marketwatch’s Jon Friedman. He spoke of the benefit of having a four-hour block (“I bet [Bob] Schieffer would give me a million dollars for one of my hours,” he said.) and the importance of reporting outside the Beltway (“Let’s not just sit in Washington and be self-important,” he said.).

Morning Reading List 05.13.09

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It is day 114 covering the Obama administration and week 15 for us. Happy birthday to Jeff Dufour! What we know and what we’re reading this Wednesday morning…

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NEWSPAPERS

A member of NYT Co. Board says they haven’t been in discussions with Google.

TV

Can Ed Schultz improve MSNBC’s 6pm ratings? Politico takes a look here.

What tvnewser donned a skull cummerbund at this weekend’s WHCD? FishbowlLA has the answer here.

RADIO

IndieWire reports that as Kirby Dick‘s new documentary, Outrage, opened, NPR trimmed its review of the film, cutting mentions of the American political figures depicted in the movie. Critic Nathan Lee subsequently removed his byline from the article in protest and lodged a comment on the NPR site.

ONLINE

Mediaweek: Fox News’ online ascent continues, as the network’s formerly lightly-trafficked Web site FoxNews.com has significantly improved its numbers for several key engagement scores over the past year as its audience has steadily climbed, according to newly-released data.

TheStimulist.com, a news site created by MSNBC anchor and Air America radio host Carlos Watson for “the change generation” went live yesterday. WebNewser caught up with him here.

paidContent reveals Twitter.com had more unique visitors last month than WSJ.com and NYTimes.com. Why? Two words: Ashton and Oprah.

MAGAZINES

NYO profiles Jon Meacham- “Jon Meacham, with his recessive posture, his slow gait, his bone-dry jokes, may not strike you immediately as the man who can make your magazine look good. But he has become the embodiment of Sunday-schooled fogeyish integrity in a journalism industry looking for heroes.”

NEWS NOTES

Sarah Palin has landed a book deal- a memoir with HarperCollins to come out spring 2010, the year she’s up for re-election. In an AP piece, she says, “This will be a wonderful, refreshing chance for me to get to tell my story… unfiltered.”

Also Marketwatch’s Jon Friedman on why Sarah Palin still befuddles the media here.

HAT TIPS: Mediabistro

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Morning Reading List 05.08.09

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It is day 109 covering the Obama administration and week 14 for us. What we know and what we’re reading this Thursday morning…

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NEWSPAPERS

WSJ: The proposal under consideration by the Boston Globe‘s largest union includes a pay cut of 8.4 percent and the elimination of lifetime job guarantees held by 190 members in exchange for a $33,000 payment plus severance for each of those guaranteed employees who gets laid off.

TV

How CNN can beat back Fox and MSNBC, from BusinessWeek: In prime time it’s not enough for CNN to lean on its advantages: its bigger reporting staff and middle-course sensibilities. It’s time to embrace a new prime-time ethos for CNN, which encompasses the bona fides of the brand CNN and the fact that, like it or not, on-screen combat is good TV.

MSNBC has announced a new one-hour program hosted by NBC News chief medical editor Dr. Nancy Snyderman. The program will air at NoonET beginning June 29. More at TVNewser.

Jon Friedman on Chris Wallace here: Chris Wallace has a simple philosophy about interviewing his guests on Fox News Sunday, a precept he has followed throughout his distinguished journalism career. “I’m an equal opportunity inquisitor,” he grinned. “My instinct is to go after them with the high hard one.”

PBS’ Jeffrey Brown interviews Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner this afternoon about the results of the bank stress tests. It airs tonight on The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer.

Katie Couric is in Afghanistan- check out pics of her trip on her Facebook page.

NEWS NOTES

Eric Alterman at The Nation thinks the media has ignored Bush-era war crimes. “Even after the disgraceful performance of so many armchair warriors during the run-up to the invasion of Iraq, who would have dared predict the willingness, nay, eagerness, of respected journalists and pundits to argue in favor of purposeful ignorance to potential war crimes?”

NYT: The Amazon Kindle, which not only displays the news but also speaks it with a computerized voice, has been lavished with praise by hopeful newspaper and book executives. But if the Kindle needs to bone up on its pronunciation. In particular, the voice of the Kindle mispronounces “Barack” and “Obama.”

HAT TIPS: Mediabistro, Playbook

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Morning Reading List 05.01.09

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It is day 102 covering the Obama administration and week 13 for us. What we know and what we’re reading this Friday morning…

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More on the print/digital combo at WaPo here.

AP: Reporters at the Chicago Tribune say they believe the marketing department in recent weeks solicited subscribers’ opinions on stories before they were published, a practice they said raises ethical questions, as well as legal and competitive issues.

Named president and publisher of the Gannett Co. flagship earlier this week, David Hunke — former CEO of the Detroit Media Partnership — says some paid content could emerge on the USA Today Web site and he is not shy about making other innovations if they are required. (E&P)

TV

Market Watch’s Jon Friedman: “So far, so good for Meet the Press host David Gregory. He has kept the show on top in the ratings war, after directly following the interim host, Tom Brokaw. Still, it could be argued that NBC handed him a glamorous, high-profile, no-win job.” Read on here.

Former White House press secretary Ari Fleischer, BBC’s Katty Kay, Al-Jazeera Josh Rushing and Daily Beast’s Tina Brown on the White House Press Corps and the cable news “landscape” here.

Politico reports CNN staffers were warned of protestors of Lou Dobbs‘ immigration.

WEST WING REPORTAGE

Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly says the White House press corps has been “neutered.”

NEWS NOTES

More on Ben Bradlee, Sally Quinn and Quinn Bradlee in Washingtonian here. “After reading A Different Life, you might understand Sally’s need to hover. Quinn Bradlee’s is a brutally honest tale of how he grew up hampered by physical and mental maladies in a world of wealth and privilege.”

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Morning Reading List 04.24.09


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Its day 95 covering the Obama administration and week 12 for us. What we know and what we’re reading this Friday morning…

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Boston Globe: Janet L. Robinson, chief executive of the New York Times Co., today said the company intends to stick to its May 1 deadline to gain $20 million in concessions from unions at the Boston Globe. Without concessions, the Times Co. has threatened to shutter the money-losing newspaper.

And from NYT: The New York Times Company Foundation announced on Thursday that it was suspending grant-making and the company’s matching gift program. “This is a difficult but necessary step,” said Michael Golden, vice chairman of the company and a board member of the foundation.

Jon Friedman weighs in on why the New York Times will be sold.

TV

ABC was the only broadcast network to win an Overseas Press Club Award Wednesday. World News with Charles Gibson won for the David Kaplan Award for best TV spot news reporting from abroad. The winning series of segments, “China’s Earthquake,” featured correspondents Stephanie Sy and Neal Karlinsky.

Ted Koppel won an Edward R. Murrow Award for his Discovery Network series, “The People’s Republic of Capitalism.” All winners here.

TVNewser also reports NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams was awarded an FDNY Humanitarian Award last night.

CBS News has revived its CBS Reports brand for “CBS Reports: Children of the Recession,” a multi-platform initiative to raise awareness about the effects of the economic meltdown on America’s youth. WebNewser has more.

ABC’s David Muir joined today’s Morning Media Menu.

NEWS NOTES

North Korea will put two US journalists on trial- Laura Ling and Euna Lee. They have been under arrest since they were detained on March 17 on North Korea’s border with China. The pair, who work for Current TV, were reporting on Korean refugees living in China.

The NYP reports Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jon Meacham, whose day job is running Newsweek, has already picked his next project. He will write a biography of former President George H.W. Bush. The book is not an authorized biography, but the Bush family is believed to be cooperating.

David Plouffe and Steve Schmidt go back to school.

HAT TIPS: Mediabistro, Romenesko

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