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Atlantic/NJ Poll of Prominent Journos Says Journalism Hurt By Internet; Obama Coverage “Right”

The Atlantic and National Journal turned to the big dogs to get a read on the state of traditional journalism.

They polled 43 prominent journalists on whether journalism has been helped or hurt by the Internet- 65 percent said it has been hurt more, while 34 percent said it has been helped more.

On the coverage of President Obama- of 45 respondents, 71 percent say it has been “about right,” 22 percent say it’s been “too easy” and 7 percent say it has been “too tough.”

Those polled include: Peter Beinart, Gloria Borger, David Brooks, Carl Cannon, Tucker Carlson, Jonathan Chait, Roger Cohen, Steve Coll, Sam Donaldson, Bob Edwards, James Fallows, Howard Fineman, Frank Foer, Ron Fournier, Jeffrey Goldberg, Jeff Greenfield, Glenn Greenwald, David Gregory, Mark Halperin, Christopher Hitchens, Al Hunt, Mort Kondracke, Jim Lehrer, Ruth Marcus, Joshua Micah Marshall, Chris Matthews, Jane Mayer, Doyle McManus, John Micklethwait, Dana Milbank, Markos Moulitsas, Katherine McIntire Peters, Todd Purdum, Cokie Roberts, Eugene Robinson, Tom Shoop, Roger Simon, Scott Simon, Ray Suarez, Nina Totenberg, Linda Wertheimer, Leon Wieseltier, Juan Williams, Judy Woodruff, Fareed Zakaria.

Read the rest of The Atlantic/NJ’s findings here.

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Morning Reading List, 04.11.08

Good morning Washington. RIP Bob Greene. And PostTalk turns one.

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  • For a vacation, the most time you’d want to stay away from work is at a close tie between 1-2 weeks and 2+ weeks.

  • Today’s “Angry Journalist” rant of the day: “The problem with most modern journalism is Woodward & Bernstein and their reporting in Watergate in that succeeding generations of reporters dream so much of emulating them — having their effect and achieving their fame — that they have internalized a self-prescribed mission to ‘make a difference’ instead of doing what journalists are supposed to do: dryly report facts. What happened to the traditional news story that reports the ‘Five Ws’ in the first paragraph. So many stories read more like human-interest stories and novels than like the hard reporting of uncolored facts.”


  • The Atlanta-Journal Constitution reports, “Cox Newspapers President Jay Smith on Tuesday said he would step down as head of the privately owned chain that owns The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and 42 other newspapers around the country. Smith, 58, will be succeeded by Sandy Schwartz, president of Cox-owned Auto Trader, a provider of auto classifieds online and in print. Schwartz will take the post May 1.”

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  • Wonkette: “New Washington Times Poll Will Blow Your Mind

  • MarketWatch reports, “Newspaper Web sites dominate local online-advertising revenues with a three-to-one lead in market share, an industry trade group says, despite precipitous losses in print ad sales in recent years.”

  • reports, “As part of his campaign to remake newspapers, Sam Zell is first revolutionising another print institution — the corporate press release. Since taking control three months ago of Tribune Company, publisher of the Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune, among other papers, Mr Zell has taken to peppering the typically bland company announcements with zany jokes and parodies more commonly displayed at an amateur comedy club.”

  • Reuters reports, “Newspaper company valuations will remain depressed until the industry figures out how to connect with younger readers, private equity firm Quadrangle Capital Partners said on Wednesday.”

  • Journal-isms reports, “‘An Iraqi judicial committee has dismissed terrorism-related allegations against Associated Press photographer Bilal Hussein and ordered him freed after nearly two years in U.S. military custody,’ the AP reported on Wednesday.”

  • On Gene Weingarten’s prize winning piece, DCeiver writes, “The piece is basically a high-falutin’ version of ‘Jaywalking,’ that cheap laff comedy bit that Leno does on his show where he wanders around the streets looking for people who don’t know that George Washington was the first POTUS.”

  • Politico presents, “50 greatest political moments: The scoops”

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  • Tough Question For CBS: Who’ll Follow Couric?

  • Ouch! The Daily Show’s Eviscerating “Documentary” About Fox News

  • Dan Rather’s CBS Lawsuit Partially Dismissed, All Damages Remain

  • The World’s Most Dangerous Job: TV Reporter

  • Mutlichannel News reports, “Verizon Communications filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday against Time Warner Cable, alleging the cable operator’s TV ads make ‘blatantly false’ statements about its FiOS services in an attempt to dissuade customers from switching. Verizon — which is seeking a temporary restraining order to stop Time Warner Cable from running the ads — said the Time Warner Cable ads falsely assert that Verizon’s FiOS TV service requires a satellite dish; that the phone company was later to adopt fiber-optic networking technology; and that Time Warner Cable’s fiber-optic network is superior.”

  • From TVNewser’s Chris Ariens: “CNN’s John King will moderate a breakfast session at the RTNDA confab next Tuesday. Ron Allen of NBC News and Sam Donaldson of ABC News are panelists for “Election 2008, The Home Stretch.” TVNewser will be in Vegas for the conference so look for our reports beginning Sunday.”

  • Media Matters’ Eric Boehlert writes, “Last week, relying solely on his sense of smell, Tapper basically accused Sen. Barack Obama of being a liar because, seven months ago, Tapper, who claims to be a bloodhound of sorts, got a whiff of smoke on Obama when he ran into the senator for ‘a second’ outside the Senate chamber in the Capitol. When Tapper inquired whether the candidate had smoked any cigarettes after announcing he was going to try to kick the habit, the campaign, after checking with Obama, insisted he had not. The reporter never saw Obama light up, but Tapper ‘knew what [he'd] smelled.’ After Obama last week conceded on television that he’d slipped off the nicotine wagon a couple of times, Tapper had his a-ha moment: He’d been right all along! (Although Tapper still had no proof Obama had been smoking last August.)”

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  • Reuters reports, “Yahoo Inc and Time Warner Inc are “closing in” on a deal where Yahoo would merge with Time Warner’s AOL Internet unit, brushing aside Microsoft’s bid for Yahoo, a source familiar with the talks said on Wednesday.”

  • New York Times reports,Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation is in talks with Microsoft about joining in its contested bid for Yahoo, according to people involved in the discussions. The combination, which would join Yahoo, Microsoft’s MSN and News Corporation’s MySpace, would create a behemoth that would upend the Internet landscape.”

  • Dow Jones reports, “A division of Time Warner Inc.’s (TWX) AOL is launching a system that will allow small Web publishers to sell and manage ads on their sites. AOL’s said the self-service tool, called PubAccess, makes it simpler for Web site owners to make more money from their sites. Site owners can tap into’s huge base of online advertisers, and will have control over which ads appear on their Web properties.”

  • Reuters reports, “Yahoo Inc may have played its top two cards by pulling out possible deals with AOL and Google, but it does not seem to have changed Wall Street’s view that Microsoft will eventually win the takeover battle.”

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  • Folio reports, “Nielsen Business Media is laying off a number of staffers across the company, FOLIO: has learned. It was not immediately clear how many employees have been let go. A Nielsen Business spokesperson told FOLIO: that ‘some positions were eliminated today at Nielsen as part of our ongoing, previously announced restructuring effort,’ but would not confirm the exact number of layoffs nor the departments in which the cuts were made. One source indicated that some of the layoffs were scattered across editorial departments of Adweek, Brandweek, Mediaweek and the Hollywood Reporter. As many as three dozen jobs were eliminated, the source said.”

  • Reason’s David Weigel writes, “Tonight I scored an invite to one of those innumerable D.C. meet-and-greets, The Week magazine’s Opinion Awards. Journalists, think-tankers and policy geeks from the high and low circles of the city gathered in a Georgetown hotel, downed free drinks, and ate free food, as The Week handed out prizes for cartooning (Mike Lukovich), blogging (Joshua Micah Marshall) and column writing (Ruth Marcus). Mingling around the small ballroom, seemingly seated at random, were figures from all over the political spectrum. Karl Rove, seated next to Ben Bradlee and across from Ana Marie Cox, was right next to the stage as The Week editors awarded journalists who’d exposed his misdeeds. And they joked while they did so.”

  • Time’s Ana Marie Cox writes, “Last night, The Week magazine presented its ‘Opinion Awards,’ which it likes to bill as the only prize in journalism for opinion writing. Except for the Pulitzer. The awards are, of course, also an occasion for a fancy dinner party and much elbow-rubbing and — because this is Washington — there is a panel. Last night’s panel consisted of moderator Sir Harold Evans, Howell Raines, Karl Rove, and Doug Schoen. Jay actually took notes, and I believe he’ll be posting on some of the details of the conversation, but I just wanted to comment on a couple of things.”

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  • Richard Belzer To Fill In During Randi Rhodes’ Air America Time Slot

  • The Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) announced “the winners of the 2008 David Burke Distinguished Journalism Award. Named for former BBG Chairman David Burke, the award recognizes courage, integrity, and originality in reporting by journalists within the BBG broadcast organizations. This year’s winners are: Adrian Criscaut and John Miller of Voice of America (VOA), the Baghdad bureau of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL), the Burmese Service of Radio Free Asia (RFA), and Mohamed Mokhtari of Alhurra.”

  • Orbitcast reports, “The merger between Sirius Satellite Radio Inc. and XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc. could likely see approval from the FCC within 2-4 weeks, says analyst Robert Peck at Bear Stearns.”

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  • UW Oshkosh Today reports,Jim Dykstra, ’68, and Jim VandeHei, ’95, will host an alumni reception April 29 in Washington, D.C. The event will be held from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at the National Press Club, 529 14th St. NW. Alumni and friends of UW Oshkosh will enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres and UW Oshkosh giveaways. A cash bar will be available.”

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  • Disney ABC Television Group is looking for a Financial Analyst.

  • AFGE — American Federation of Government Employees — is looking for a Web Content Specialist.

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

  • An International Law Firm is looking for a PR Team Member.

  • is looking for a Section Editor, Politics/Business.

  • Defense Daily is looking for a Reporter.

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  • Morning Reading List, 02.20.08

    Good morning Washington.

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  • Most of you did not have to work on Monday.


  • Wonkette takes a look at the latest David Brooks column calling it “the worst column in American History”.

  • Gawker reports, “Alt-weekly crusader and Washington City Paper editor Erik Wemple wrote the definitive story on the battle between traditional newsrooms and their web counterparts, where ‘definitive’ means ‘extraordinarily long and often forgetting to make a larger point in its various attempts to embarrass the Washington Post.’ It’s still entertaining though, as a case study in precisely how, over and over again, one should not roll out and maintain the web side of a major publication.”

  • Portfolio reports, “The new (and only) woman on Rupert Murdoch’s board is a 27-year-old fledgling opera diva. Murdoch may have gotten more than he bargained for.”

  • Media Life reports that Sam Zell “who recently took over Tribune Co., matters these days because he’s a new kind of newspaper owner, of the sort that has a lot of journalists worried. Their worry is that he will trim costs even closer to the bone at the once-proud Los Angeles Times and Baltimore Sun, among others in his portfolio, pulling out profits even if it’s at the risk of killing these papers.”

  • Deuzeblog reports, “Sometimes you do not want to be right. And I certainly do not want to claim credit. To a large extent many have written about it, signaled it at various talks and debates, blogged about it, and heard about it from many sources throughout the industry: the media workforce is steadily shrinking. Via Patrick Phillips, editor at IWantMedia, comes this report on AdAge: ‘Media Work Force Sinks to 15-Year Low. Newspaper Slump and the Shift to Digital, Direct Take Toll on Employment.’ This follows last year’s reports by IWantMedia and by Challenger, Gray & Christmas (as reported by UPI) on media industry job cuts, signaling a rise of 88% of job cuts throughout the US media industry in 2006 over the year before.”

  • Reuters reports, “Canadian electronic publisher Thomson Corp won conditional permission from the European Commission on Tuesday to buy Reuters, a deal that will create the world’s leading provider of news and data for professional markets.”

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  • An ABC release announced, “ABC News’ Senior Foreign Correspondent Jim Sciutto, producer Angus Hines, and field producer/cameraman Tom Murphy won a 2007 George Polk Award for Television Reporting, Long Island University announced today. ABC News was the only television news organization to receive a Polk Award.”

  • CNN is sweet: They were the only network to go back and rebroadcast Hillary Clinton’s concession speech that Obama cut short.

  • Fired for his Huffington Post blog posts, former CNN producer Chez Pazienza writes about the experience on Huffington Post.

  • The Boston Globe calls Brit Hume “the biggest romantic on television”.

  • Spend an evening with Tucker!

  • TVNewser reports on the latest “Obama/Osama Confusion”. Also, Gawker asks, “Verbal slips are one thing, but how the hell does this make it from the graphics department to the air without anyone noticing?”

  • A C-SPAN release announced that this Saturday, Tavis Smiley Presents, “State of the Black Union 2008: Reclaiming our Democracy, Recasting our Future” from 9:00 A.M.-5:30 PM live Coverage From Ernest E. Morial Convention Center, New Orleans, LA.

  • Slate’s Troy Patterson says Karl Rove “offers clarity, concision, humility, good humor, good posture…”

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  • Gawker reports, “The George Polk awards — described by blogger Will Bunch as the ‘Golden Globes of American journalism’ — were announced early this morning. One of them went to a blogger who blogs! Far out! An army of Davids has stormed the gates! Joshua Micah Marshall of Talking Points Memo (a blog!!) won the Polk Award for Legal Reporting, for his role in exposing the US Attorneys scandal that eventually brought down Attorney General Alberto Gonzales.”

  • Christopher Hitchens asks, “What is the point of a paper of record that decides the untarnished record is too much for readers?”

  • The latestWashington Social Diary is up.
  • His Extreme-ness points out the latest in “Must See” facial hair.

  • Beltway Confidential’s Julie Mason says, “Nothing says ‘congressional dinner’ like Miss America.” Check out her pics here.

  • Variety reports, “Variety, in association with Jobster, today launches the Biz (, the first social networking website for the entertainment business.”

  • Don’t forget — The Washington Blogger February Meetup is tonight! To RSVP, click here.

  • The Telegraph reports, “Broadcasters and popular websites will have to flag up material deemed unsuitable for children under a code of conduct published on Monday. The guidelines, which have been endorsed by the BBC, Channel 4, Bebo, Google and Yahoo, are designed to protect children from accessing harmful, violent or pornographic sites on the internet and on mobile phones.”

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  • The R&R 2008 News/Talk/Sports Award Nominees have been announced! Check out the nominees here, including WTOP!

  • reports, “But last year, a doozy of a merger was announced while most traders were sleeping in — Sirius Satellite Radio (SIRI) and XM Satellite Radio (XMSR) unveiled plans to combine. At the time, the two companies said they expected to complete the $13 billion merger of equals by the end of 2007, pending regulatory approval. Flash forward to today. Although shareholders of both companies have approved the merger, the Department of Justice and Federal Communications Commission have yet to give their blessing.”

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  • Arcom Publishing, Inc. is looking for Top Sales People and an Accounts Payable Clerk.

  • Bisnow on Business is seeking a Technology Reporter with Flair.

  • The Associated Press is looking for an ENPS Project Manager.

  • Freedom House is looking for an Editorial/Program Assistant (Iran Programs).

  • FDAnews is looking for an Editor/Proofreader.

  • Washingtonpost.Newsweek Interactive is looking for a News Producer, Overnight.

  • BNA is looking for a Reporter.

  • Landmark Community Newspapers of Maryland Inc. is looking for an Editor.

  • The Bay is looking for a Local/Breaking News Reporter.

  • International Reporting Project is looking for a Communications Coordinator/Webmaster.

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