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Morning Reading List 07.27.09

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From yesterday’s Playbook- David Gregory‘s son Max celebrated his seventh birthday by throwing out the first pitch at Saturday’s Nationals-Padres game. Politico‘s Jonathan Martin‘s in Alaska covering Sarah Palin‘s last day- follow his updates on Twitter. What we know and what we’re reading this Monday morning…



CJR: NYT is now making as much from circulation as from ads.

WaPo apologized in Saturday’s paper for altering an RFK photo: “As many readers noticed, an image of Robert F. Kennedy on the front of the July 8 Style section was reversed, making it appear as though he parted his hair on the opposite side of how he normally wore it. This was an improper manipulation. The Post’s policy is to use the technique only for photo illustrations clearly labeled as such.” (h/t DCRTV)


The Daily Beast brings us the 7 Best Moments from Sunday Talk.

Quote of the weekend: “As so often’s the case in Washington, the debate comes down to a three-letter word ending in X… of course I’m talking about ‘tax!’” -Mike Viqueira on MSNBC Saturday morning (h/t Mediaite).

Are TV ratings affected by the health care discussion? Politico’s Michael Calderone takes a look here.

Political analyst and author Richard Wolffe filled in for Keith Olbermann Friday on Countdown- for the first time.

ABC’s Nightline is thriving in late night.

Willie Geist‘s way, way too early on MSNBC debuted today with White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs as the show’s first guest. NYT profiles Geist and takes a look at the show here.

And Octomom’s getting a reality show.


Washingtonian’s Harry Jaffe profiles TV stations and Politico owner Robert Allbritton in August’s mag. A preview here.

Former WaPo executive editor Len Downie has joined the Board of Directors of the Center for Investigative Reporting.

NYT‘s Frank Rich on why and how Walter Cronkite was “the most trusted man in America.”

And journalism in America after Walter Cronkite, Tim Russert and Peter Jennings, WaPo‘s Howard Kurtz in today’s Media Notes: If there were still a most trusted man in America, in our cynical, irony-drenched, somebody-must-be-lying culture, it sure wouldn’t be a journalist. Too many people find the media to be biased, inaccurate, sensational, simplistic or irrelevant for a Walter Cronkite figure to stride among us today.

AFP: Fifty-nine journalists have been killed around the world so far this year, in an alarming rise from 2008 that has become a “bloodbath” of the media, a watchdog said Thursday.

Could anyone be a photojournalist in DC these days? Mediaite: Out with the Old, In with the New.


Star struck at the White House?

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Awards, Panel & DC Journo A-Listers At The Week‘s Opinion Awards

There were more than plenty DC journos on hand last night at the St. Regis Hotel to see David Axelrod introduce David Brooks as The Week‘s Columnist of the Year Award. The dinner was emceed by The Week‘s Washington editor-at-large Margaret Carlson and Axelrod was the guest speaker. “You’re what the future could be, don’t screw up,” Axelrod joked with the crowd on the future of journalism.

His intro to Brooks included ancedotes about their “parallel lives,” both having attended the University of Chicago and starting out as reporters in the Windy City. “I did want to be David Axelrod. I followed his career every step of the way. The one thing I haven’t done is elected somebody president. Senator Lindsay Graham?” Brooks joked to the politician in the crowd.

More funny lines from Brooks: “I used to have all sorts of human drives, the need for food, for water, for sex. Now I have one drive… the need for column ideas.”

Other honorees of the sixth annual Opinion Awards included Editorial Cartoonist of the Year The Atlantic Journal-Constitution’s Mark Luckovich and Blogger of the Year’s Nate Silver.

A panel discussion “Will There Ever Be a New Politics?” followed, which included Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO), WaPo’s Eugene Robinson (who was applauded for his recently awarded Pulitzer) and MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough. After some back-and-forth moderated by The Week‘s editor-at-large Sir Harold Evans, Scarborough’s Morning Joe co-host Mika Brzezinksi worked the crowd for a Q&A that included queries from Slate’s John Dickerson, MSNBC’s Chris Matthews and WaPo‘s Jonathan Capehart.

Attendees included: Tammy Haddad, Ben Bradlee, Sally Quinn, Andrea Mitchell, Len Downie, Mike Allen, Matt Cooper, Ana Marie Cox, Savannah Guthrie, Mark Whitaker, Jonathan Martin, David Shuster, Steve Clemons, Betsy Fischer, Maureen Orth, Lynn Sweet, Tina Brown, Tucker Carlson and others.

Also: Rep. Jane Harman, Rep. Ed Markey, Sen. Ben Nelson, Rep. John Dingell and Debbie Dingell and Walter Isaacson, among others.

Above is the cover of the program distributed last night. We have a few photos after the jump and more to come…

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Downie: WaPo Series Aided Police In Levy Case

We raised the question earlier this week of whether or not the WaPo series on Chandra Levy aided in leads to an arrest this weekend. Former WaPo executive editor Len Downie addressed that very question with Editor & Publisher this week.

Here are excerpts from that E&P piece:

“I certainly think the series called attention to the problems in the original investigation, including missing clues that pointed to this suspect… I think it did cause the police to redouble their efforts.”

Asked if the latest development vindicates the Post’s series, Downie said the series was worthwhile even without this expected arrest because it pointed out some police investigation missteps: “It had very high readership. It was to remind the public that the police work raised questions and who might be responsible for this. I think it was a real public service.”

He then added, “if it helped get the police moving, that is another public service. I think the series was really good journalism anyway, this just makes me feel better about what we accomplished.”

Updated 3:10pm to reflect that an arrest in this case has not yet been made.

Morning Reading List 02.23.09

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Its day 35 covering the Obama administration and week 4 for us. FBDC wishes a Happy Birthday to John Stanton, who celebrated a bday this weekend. Celebrating with Stanton Saturday night: Michael Calderone, Angela Valdez, Jackie Kucinich, Erin McPike, Emily Heil and Jared Allen.

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



The owner The Philadelphia Inquirer and the Philadelphia Daily News has filed for bankruptcy. AP reports that an email to staffers says “the company is still in business, the papers are still publishing” and that members should report to work. Philadelphia Newspapers Inc. joins the ranks of the Journal Register Co., Chicago’s Tribune Co. and the Star Tribune of Minneapolis, all who have filed for Chapter 11.

Cartoonist treading lightly when drawing Obama… “Editorial cartoonists are bending over backwards a lot these days, as they try to satirize the nation’s first black president. And when they don’t, the result is the kind of outcry that erupted this week after a New York Post cartoon featured a bloody chimpanzee- intentionally or unintentionally evoking racist images of the past.”

Len Downie spoke with USC Annenberg’s Neon Tommy Digital News about the future of journalism, whether Politico has changed Washington reporting and if Watergate-style reporting still exists. Check out the interview here.


AP’s David Bauder looks at whether or not TV News missed the point in covering the stimulus package.

More on why MSNBC’s Chris Matthews won’t run for Senator from Washington Whispers. According to colleague Chuck Todd, “Because [Chris] had a really good friend of his say to him, ‘What are you going to do when you get there?’ and he couldn’t answer the question and he realized that, and that’s why he didn’t run.”


Portfolio reports on NYT’s efforts to reach out the Twittering community.


Who cares which female politican would best run a daycare center? US News & World Report, apparently. A poll on its website has Michelle Obama and Sarah Palin neck-in-neck, and Hillary Clinton and Nancy Pelosi drag far behind, with less than 5 percent combined.


James Rainey at the LA Times looks at President Obama’s relationship with the ethnic press here. “I suspect these niche operators will also be used by the Obama administration– maybe something like President George W. Bush used evangelical Christian radio– because the White House believes they are more likely to funnel the chief executive’s message with little scrutiny or criticism.”

Essential reading for anyone covering Washington, Ryan Lizza‘s latest in the New York, “The Gatekeeper: Rahm Emanuel on the job.”

Former White House Press Secretary Dana Perino says email has changed the way news is gathered.

Has all this Oscar excitement got you thinking about leaving DC for Hollywood? Find out what exactly a Hollywood producer does from Slate.

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Morning Reading List 02.10.09

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Morning Reading List, 01.09.09


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Sunday Show Preview

  • Meet The Press: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and a roundtable with The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg, BBC World News America’s Katty Kay, Al-Arabiya’s Hisham Melhem, NBC’s Andrea Mitchell and The New York Times’ David Sanger.

  • This Week: Senators Richard Durbin (D-IL) and Mitch McConnell (R-KY), U.S. Senate Appointee Roland Burris (D-IL) and a roundtable with The Nation’s Katrina vanden Heuvel and ABC News’ Jonathan Karl, Cokie Roberts, and George Will.

  • Fox News Sunday: Former President George H.W. Bush and a panel with Brit Hume, Washington Managing Editor of Fox News, Mara Liasson, National Public Radio & Fox News, Bill Kristol, Weekly Standard & Fox News and Juan Williams, National Public Radio & Fox News.

  • Late Edition with Wolf Blitzer: Saeb Erakat, chief Palestinian negotiator, Gov. Jon Corzine (D), Governor of New Jersey, Gov. Mark Sanford (R), Governor of South Carolina, Mitt Romney (R), former presidential candidate; former Governor of Massachusetts, Ed Rollins, Republican strategist; CNN political contributor, James Carville, Democratic strategist; CNN political contributor, Amy Walter, CNN political contributor; editor-in-chief, The Hotline, Gloria Borger, CNN senior political analyst and Ed Henry, CNN senior White House correspondent.

  • Chris Matthews Show: Erin Burnett of CNBC; David Brooks of the New York Times; Joe Klein of Time magazine; and Norah O’Donnell of MSNBC.

  • Reliable Sources: Jonathan Martin, Politico, Carol Marin, anchor, WMAQ Chicago, Michel Martin, host, “Tell Me More” NPR, Jim Warren, former managing editor, The Chicago Tribune, Phil Bronstein, executive editor, The San Francisco Chronicle, Len Downie, executive editor, The Washington Post and Jessi Klein, writer and comedian.

  • C-SPAN’s In Depth: Author and journalist Bill Gertz

  • Inside Washington: Newsweek’s Evan Thomas, The Washington Post’s Colbert King, Politico’s Jeanne Cummings, and syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer.

  • Fareed Zakaria — GPS: Sam Palmisano, CEO, IBM and Gilles Kepel, author, “Beyond Terror and Martyrdom”

  • Who Knew Downie Was So Sexy?!?

    From Washingtonian magazine’s “Post Watch” column:

      If sex sells, former Post executive editor Len Downie‘s novel about a female reporter uncovering a Washington scandal might have legs.

      By the middle of chapter two, a reporter has bedded his source: “Then she turned toward him, reached back and unhooked her bra, freeing her breasts. Mark stood there awkwardly, staring at this effortlessly sexy woman.”

      Early sex scenes are a bit of a tease as Downie’s narrative builds into a potboiler reaching from the newsroom to the White House to the CIA. Sources meet hot reporter Sarah Page — a combination of Karen Silkwood and Dana Priest — at the Monocle and the Hay-Adams; the bad guy lives on the St. Mary’s River, where Ben Bradlee and Sally Quinn have a place.

    Morning Reading List, 11.14.08


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    Morning Reading List, 09.29.08


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