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Morning Reading List 10.20.09

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

NEWSPAPERS | TV | RADIO | NEWS NOTES | IN MEMORIAM

NEWSPAPERS

Cuts at NYT was the topic of discussion on today’s Morning Media Menu with FishbowlNY’s Amanda Ernst.

Duke’s Chronicle catches up with WaPo‘s Dana Priest on investigative reporting.

TV

Booking Wars: Is Don Imus having a hard time booking CNN, MSNBC and CNBC talent on “Imus in the Morning” on FBN?

Former NBC White House and Washington correspondent Kevin Corke has landed a new gig in Miami. He writes on Facebook: “FINALLY GOT A JOB! I am the new main anchor at WTVJ (NBC) in Miami. Thanks to everyone for the well wishes and prayers throughout. Come see me in South Florida!” We’ll have a Q&A with Corke on FBDC later today.

Maryland Public TV celebrates 40 years.

RADIO

NPR’s “Wait, Wait… Don’t Tell Me” is on the road. NBC’s Brian Williams will join the show from Carnegie Hall this week for the “Not My Job” segment.

NEWS NOTES

The debate over health care reform is back as the biggest story last week, according to Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism. This is the highest level of coverage since President Obama’s prime-time speech the week of September 7-13. But, obviously, late in the week, “balloon boy” captivated the media.

IN MEMORIAM

CBS remembered legendary CBS newsman Don Hewitt, who died in August, yesterday at the Time Warner Center. Morley Safer, Andy Rooney, Bill O’Reilly, Diane Sawyer, Charlie Gibson, Mike Wallace, Rome Hartman, “60 Minutes” executive producer Jeff Fager, Les Moonves, actor Alan Alda and Hewitt family were present. “Don was utterly incapable of small talk,” said Safer. “Don liked to boast he could cut the Lord’s prayer in half and make it better.”

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Morning Reading List 08.18.09

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That’s Rob Thomas above- Mix 107.3′s Tommy McFly hosted a concert and Q&A with the musician yesterday at Gibson Guitar Shop in Chinatown.

Happy 21st Birthday to future DC journo Elyssa Dornic! What we know and what we’re reading this Tuesday morning…

TV | ONLINE | WEST WING REPORTAGE | NEWS NOTES | JOBS

TV

According to the Daily Kos/Research 2000 Poll, twenty-somethings aren’t watching cable news. Eighty-two percent of respondents, between the ages of 18 and 29, said they “never” watch Fox, followed by MSNBC (75 percent) and CNN (65 percent). (h/t Calderone)

Daljit Dhaliwal, a former CNN and BBC anchor, will replace Martin Savidge as anchor of the PBS program “Worldfocus” beginning Aug. 31st. Savidge will move to a special correspondent role. “Martin Savidge has been restless to get out in the field,” his EP Marc Rosenwasser said.

ONLINE

Cuts at Salon.

Wikipedia has hit 3 million articles. And still FishbowlDC doesn’t have an entry.

WEST WING REPORTAGE

What is the First Lady reading on her summer vacay? Michelle Obama shares her summer picks for herself and the Obama girls on Oprah.com.

White House Social Secretary Desiree Rogers graces the cover this month of her hometown glossy Michigan Avenue.

White House speechwriter Jon Lovett turned 27 aboard Air Force One, Playbook reports this morning: Press Secretary Robert Gibbs led him to the conference room up front. The President and a cake were waiting, and the boss led a rendition of “Happy Birthday.”

NEWS NOTES

President Obama, former President Bill Clinton, Buzz Aldrin, Nick Clooney (in his son George’s place), Les Moonves, Sean McManus, Bob Schieffer, Katie Couric, Tom Brokaw and Andy Rooney are among those who may speak at the memorial service of Walter Cronkite in September in NY.

Didn’t make the Hill‘s annual 50 Most Beautiful People list? They, the “Fab Fifty’s 50 Most Fabulous People,” feel your pain (via Playbook).

HAT TIPS: mediabistro, TVNewser, Politico

JOBS after the jump…

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CBS Statements On The Death Of Walter Cronkite

Katie Couric, anchor and managing editor, CBS Evening News, correspondent, 60 Minutes: “When I think of Walter Cronkite, I think of his high journalism standards, integrity – but most of all his humanity. I think he was so trusted because he exhibited a sense of purpose and compassion, night after night. He was the personification of excellence.”

Don Hewitt, executive producer, CBS News, creator of 60 Minutes and Cronkite’s first executive producer on the CBS Evening News: “How many news organizations get the chance to bask in the sunshine of a half-century of Edward R. Murrow followed by a half century of Walter Cronkite?”

Andy Rooney, 60 Minutes commentator: “I’ve been proud over the years to see Walter become, not just one of the best known people on television but one of the best known people in the whole world of people. He was proud of me, too and there’s no better feeling in life than that. I wouldn’t trade Walter Cronkite liking me for just about anything I’ve ever had.”

We posted earlier a statement from Sean McManus, President of CBS News and Sports. After the jump, statements from Les Moonves, Mike Wallace, Morley Safer, Rick Kaplan, Susan Zirinksy, Charles Osgood, and more…

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Morning Reading List, 10.21.08

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Morning Reading List, 09.25.08

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Morning Reading List, 03.13.08

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Good morning Washington. It’s Donald Duck’s birthday!

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

  • Most of you do not know someone who has hired a prostitute before.

    REVOLVING DOOR

  • The Chicago Tribune reports,Lee Abrams, who is credited with inventing FM radio’s album rock format and with giving Howard Stern and Steve Dahl their first major market jobs, has left XM Satellite Radio to become Chief Innovation Officer for Chicago-based Tribune Co., it was announced today.”

  • Neil Adler has left the Washington Business Journal to start up a new media public relations firm with his brother and a friend. His new company is D*MN Good LLC, a creative agency in D.C.

  • The Washington Times has made some internal moves. Maria Stainer is moving from Features to become the new Assistant Managing Editor for Continuous News. Danny Wattenberg is replacing Stainer as Assistant Managing Editor for Features.

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    NEWSPAPERS

  • Ralph E. Hanson reports, “Former USA Today reporter and current WVU journalism professor Toni Locy has won a temporary reprieve from thousands of dollars of fines being levied against her for refusing to identify the sources who spoke to her about former Army scientist Steven Hatfill. According to USA Today, a three-judge federal appeals court blocked the lower court’s fines as Locy pursues an appeal of a contempt order designed to force her to testify as to who her sources were. The fines were to start out at $500 a day, growing from there to $1,000 and eventually $5,000 a day; the fines were set to begin Tuesday.”

  • McCain to media: Let’s stay together

  • The Deal reports, “New York Times Co. CEO Janet Robinson said at a Bear Stearns Conference Tuesday that the company is unlikely to sell The Boston Globe or its stake in the Boston Red Sox. ‘The regionals took many steps to reduce their cost structure, and they will do so this year. There are a number of competitive companies in the market, and they are not selling in this difficult climate,’ she said. ‘We believe that the Red Sox have performed very well,’ she added.”

  • Don’t forget that the America and the World 2008 panel discussion is tonight at the Press Club. For more info, click here.

  • Making Sausage: A Reporter’s Emails

  • How dare they! Express slaps Tucker.

  • Spitzer’s media enablers.”

  • Mark Hemingway thinks that some reporters really had it tough when researching the Spitzer story.

  • The National Archives is hosting a Public Interest Declassification Board Meeting on March 17 to solicit public reaction to its recent Report, “Improving Declassification.” The meeting will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the National Archives and Records Administration, Jefferson Conference Room.

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    TV

  • A release announced, “Smithsonian Channel continues to increase its distribution with the announcement today of a High Definition
    (HD) carriage agreement with RCN Corporation (NASDAQ: RCNI), a broadband, facilities-based competitive telecommunications provider that delivers video, high-speed data, and voice services to residential and small-medium business customers and high-capacity data transport and voice services to large commercial customers”

  • Happy 70th Birthday to CBS’s World News Roundup. Check out the first Roundup ever from from March 13, 1938 here.

  • Why Is Managing NPR So Damn Difficult?”

  • Reuters reports, “An unexpectedly long presidential primary season has helped CBS Corp. avoid the worst of U.S. economic doldrums, Chief Executive Les Moonves told analysts on Tuesday.”

  • The Wall Street Journal reports, “Nielsen will offer a new service that uses cable set-top boxes to shed light on people’s TV-viewing habits. Nielsen has long dominated the U.S. television business with its panel-based ratings. But for the past two years, competitors such as TiVo, TNS and others have begun to chip away at that dominance by packaging second-by-second viewing of TV programs and ads from set-top-box data, something Nielsen has lacked.”

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    ONLINE MEDIA

  • Do you know your news IQ? Check out the Pew News IQ test.

  • A release announced, “Reporters Without Borders is making a new version of its Handbook for Bloggers and Cyber-Dissidents available to bloggers today to mark Online Free Expression Day.” Check out the report here.

  • Bloomberg reports, “Time Warner Inc. Chief Executive Officer Jeffrey Bewkes, who took the helm of the world’s largest media company on Jan. 1, left open the possibility of a merger for its AOL Internet unit.”

  • The AP reports, “The CEO of The New York Times Co. said Tuesday that the company has an ‘absolute priority’ on expanding its operations online as a large shareholder is stepping up pressure on the Times to do even more.”

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    MAGAZINES

  • Crain’s New York Business reports, “Magazine publishers are once again trying to wean media buyers from circulation models to new models that measure their success based on audience engagement. On Tuesday, following a year of discussions between magazine executives from Hachette, Meredith, TV Guide, Time Inc., and others, the Magazine Publishers of America (MPA) and consultants McKinsey & Co., the MPA announced a new initiative to introduce readership metrics that are closer to TV, radio and Web than current circ-based measurements.”

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    JOBS

  • Washington Business Journal is looking for a Reporter.

  • The Baltimore Sun is looking for a Web Producer.

  • 1105 Media, Inc. is looking for a Reporter, Technology Trade Publication.

  • National Public Radio is looking for a Supervising Senior Editor.

  • Washingtonpost.Newsweek Interactive is looking for a Producer, Arts and Living.

  • Society of American Florists is looking for a Senior Editor.

  • Pew Research Center is looking for a Communications Associate.

  • CATO Institute is looking for a Marketing Coordinator.

  • National Fish and Wildlife Foundation is looking for a Marketing Communications Manager.

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

  • Morning Reading List, 01.14.08

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    Good morning Washington.

    On this day in 1952, the “Today” show premiered, in 1973 the Dolphins became the only one of only two NFL teams to go undefeated during the regular season, and in 2004, President Bush announced we’re going to Mars. (Hat tip: MicCheckRadio).

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  • You think Bono is both great and sorta annoying.

    REVOLVING DOOR

  • Mike Allen’s Playbook reports, “Jim Pinkerton quit his Newsday column and resigned his Fox News contract to join Gov. Huckabee as a senior adviser to help fill out his policy proposals. Pinkerton tells Playbook he was lured by Ed Rollins, his boss in the Reagan White House political-affairs office, who said it was a chance to ‘restore the Reagan coalition,’ Pinkerton recalled. ‘I thought, ‘I’m not going to turn THAT down,’ Pinkerton recalled.”

  • Howell Raines joins Portfolio.

  • Sharon Waxman announced she is not returning to the New York Times.

  • Voxant, the new media network announced the appointment of Marcien Jenckes, formerly Senior Vice President of Messaging, Community and Voice at AOL, as its new CEO.

  • Chris Bodenner has joined The Hotline.

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    NEWSPAPERS

  • The National Press Foundation is hosting a free, half-day seminar on Thursday to help journalists make sense of the federal budget. Reservations are required by Wednesday. For more info, click here.

  • AP: Covering Britney Spears is a big deal, people.

  • PFAW reports that the Virginian-Pilot has reported that Pat Robinson is interested in purchasing the Norfolk based newspaper.

  • Fox Business reports, “The New York Times Company’s stock on Wednesday hit a price it hasn’t seen in almost two decades. Shares of the company known for its namesake flagship newspaper hit a low of $15.12 yesterday, a price the stock has not seen since 1988. The stock recovered slightly on Thursday, however.”

  • Business Week’s Jon Fine writes, “You’ve Got Tribune. Now Do Something — How new owner Sam Zell can breathe life into newspapers amid widespread malaise”

  • Reuters spoke with Gannett’s newspaper division chief Sue Clark-Johnson about her departure from the company. Check out the interview here.

  • The LA Times wonders if Mike Allen ever sleeps.

  • “The National Press Foundation welcomed three journalists to its Board in 2007, including Jim Brady of washingtonpost.com, Amy Walter of the National Journal’s The Hotline, and Wendy Wilkinson of NBC News.” For the full release, click here.

  • The Hill reports, “Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) is criticizing NBC for disinviting him from an upcoming Nevada presidential debate, and says he is considering legal action. NBC had invited the long-shot candidate on Jan. 9 but rescinded its decision Friday morning, when NBC Political Director Chuck Todd informed the Kucinich camp that the network was ‘redoing’ its participation criteria, according to the campaign”

  • Entries for the Thomas L. Stokes Award for Best Energy Writing are due on January 31. For more info, click here.

  • The Chronicle for Higher Education announced, “The Chronicle has joined with Gallup in a new partnership. The first venture of the Chronicle/Gallup Poll Alliance is designed to help colleges use polling to learn more about how they are perceived by the public.”

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    TV

  • A C-SPAN release announced, “C-SPAN, the political network of record, will air LIVE coverage of the House Oversight and Government Reform hearing on the Mitchell Report and the illegal use of steroids in Major League Baseball. Live coverage will begin Tuesday, January 15th at 9:30 AM ET on C-SPAN2 and C-SPAN Radio. The hearing will also be available LIVE through streaming video at: www.c-span.org.”

  • David Carr on Election 2008 being a runaway hit.

  • An NBC release announced, “‘NBC Nightly News’ anchor Brian Williams will moderate a debate among the Democratic presidential candidates Tuesday, Jan. 15, 9-11 p.m. ET, live on MSNBC from the Cashman Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. Sen. Barack Obama, Sen. Hillary Clinton and former Sen. John Edwards will participate. The debate, to focus on issues important to minority voters, is sponsored by the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, 100 Black Men of America, IMPACTO, the Democratic African-American Leadership Council, the College of Southern Nevada and the Nevada Democratic Party.”

  • “MASN grabs ‘Rookie of the Year’” writes The Examiner’s Jim Williams.

  • Media Matters on Chris Matthews’ “problem”: “Put simply, Matthews behaves as though he is obsessed with Hillary Clinton. And not ‘obsessed in a charming, mostly harmless, Lloyd-Dobler-with-a-boom-box kind of way. ‘Obsessed’ in a this-person-needs-help kind of way.” Feministing also joins the anti-Matthews movement. CJR reports on “The Anti-Chris Matthews Vote” and AP’s David Bauder also joins in.

  • Mixed Media writes,Bill O’Reilly thinks he knows why everyone gangs up Fox News: because it’s so darn successful.”

  • “If MSNBC anchor Keith Olbermann were to write a book about Office Politics 101, he’d call it ‘Do As I Write, Not As I Did for 20 Years.’ Olbermann discusses office politics and other issues in the February issue of Men’s Journal magazine, out yesterday.” TVNewser has the details.

  • Bloomberg reports, “Time Warner Inc., the world’s largest media company, arranged $2 billion in three-year, unsecured financing to repay debt that will be coming due.”

  • Reuters reports, “CBS Corp will see growth in 2008 in ‘every single division’ and no short-term effects from a looming economic downturn or Hollywood’s writers strike, Chief Executive Les Moonves told analysts on Thursday.”

  • Bloomberg reports, “A group that includes Google Inc. and Microsoft Corp. accused broadcast-industry lobbyists of interfering with U.S. regulators’ tests of mobile Internet devices that operate on unused television airwaves.”

  • FOX News Channel tell us it had its highest-rated debate/event so far this ’07-’08 political season, according to Nielsen Media Research with the South Carolina Republican event from last Thursday. Check out the AP’s analysis of the debate. TVNewser reports, “In early Nielsen estimates, Fox News Channel’s airing of the GOP debate last night drew 3.6M Total Viewers and 1.04M in the A25-54 demo. If the numbers hold, it will be FNC’s highest rated debate yet and the 5th most watched of this election cycle.”

  • Kucinich Invited, Then Uninvited, to MSNBC Debate

  • TVNewser reports, “FNC Chief Political Correspondent ‘Campaign’ Carl Cameron tells TV Guide’s Stephen Battaglio he still thrives on Presidential campaign coverage: ‘There is absolutely no story anywhere in the world that is this significant. It’s the struggle for leadership in the free world. That’s better than any adrenaline or Red Bull you could possibly imagine.’”

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    ONLINE MEDIA

  • Check out the special edition of American Observer put together by the AU journalism students while they were on the campaign trail in New Hampshire.

  • Former Gannett-er Jim Hopkins tell us “10 things” about him.

  • Dow Jones reports, “News Corp. (NWS) denied Thursday making any offer for Monster Worldwide Inc. (MNST), calling a report on the Seeking Alpha blog untrue. Seeking Alpha reported that News Corp. head Rupert Murdoch sent a letter to the board of the online-recruitment company offering $4.8 billion for it. Monster has a market cap of $3.6 billion.”

  • Bloomberg reports, “Yell Group Plc, the publisher of the U.K.’s Yellow Pages phone books, had its biggest gain in London trading in a month on speculation about a bid from Google Inc. Yell rose as much as 4.4 percent, the biggest increase since Dec. 10. The stock climbed 5.50 pence, or 1.7 percent, to 331.25 pence at 8:37 a.m. in London, valuing the company at 2.6 billion pounds ($5.1 billion).”

  • Mickey Kaus continues to hate on Ezra Klein, asking “Is Ezra Klein young enough to be this pompous?”

  • Today, “MonkeySee.com (Great Falls VA) will officially launch a new how-to video site. Visitors to MonkeySee.com can access both free professionally-produced content as well as user-generated video of real experts sharing knowledge, demonstrations, and tips for more successful living on topics that range from fitness to finance and cooking to careers.”

  • Wonkette reports, “we were very pleased this morning to see that Peggy Noonan, our nation’s most beloved newspaper columnist since 1911, mentioned our New Hampshire coverage and a particularly Victorian bit of high-minded satire we dropped along the way”

  • E&P reports, “Calling it a “nationwide experiment,” The New York Times on Thursday launched a new program asking online readers to submit photos of polling places during the ongoing primaries and general election. Dubbed the Polling Place Photo Project, the online initiative hopes to get photos from every polling place in the nation, according to a release.”

  • Street Insider asks, “Could Microsoft (MSFT) Buy Yahoo (YHOO)?”

  • “After a year-long hiatus, NPR’s Office of the Ombudsman is back in business with a weekly Wednesday column, radio appearances and talks.”

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    MAGAZINES

  • The Washington Note reported Friday, “An American journalist, Nicholas Schmidle, who authored the article ‘Next Gen Taliban’ that appeared in Sunday’s New York Times Magazine has been deported from Pakistan. He was forced to leave today — Friday, 11 January.”

  • National Journal’s William Powers writes, “Meet the new twit, same as the old twit. It’s the media, of course. They got it wrong again this week, covering the Democrats in New Hampshire. The think-tankers will be mulling this one for years. After all, they’ll say, we’re not just talking about a few bad predictions here and there. The best brands in the business led the public astray

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    JOBS

  • The HealthCentralNetwork.com is looking for an Executive Producer.

  • www.HealthCentral.com is looking for a Web content producer.

  • AARP is looking for a Managing Editor.

  • MarketWatch is looking for a Financial Regulation & Housing Reporter.

  • SourceMedia is looking for a Reporter, The Bond Buyer (Washington Bureau.

  • Bloomberg is looking for a Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac Reporter.

  • National Geographic Society is looking for a Specialist, Renewals.

  • Modern Luxury Media, LLC is looking for an Advertising Account Executive.

  • Leading Authorities Inc is looking for a CEO Update Editor-in-Chief.

  • National Geographic Society is looking for a Manager, Group Planning.

  • National Geographic Society is looking for a Director, Associate Creative.

  • National Public Radio is looking for a Marketing Manager, Digital Media.
  • The Chronicle Newspapers is looking for an Editor.

  • NPR is looking for a Producer 1, Digital News, News & Information, Editor l, ll, or lll, Digital News, News & Information and a Production Assistant, NPR Music.

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

  • The Atlantic is offering an Editorial Internship.

  • FDAnews is looking for an Executive Editor.

  • Petersburg Progress-Index is looking for a Sports Reporter/Paginator.

  • FoxSports/Scout.com is seeking a Baseball Reporter.

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

  • Imus Is Back!

    Highlights in bold.

    6:00 A.M.: Charles McCord opens the program. “The Imus in the Morning program has returned to the air following a hiatus of nearly 8 months.” Wild applause from the live audience assembled in Times Square’s Town Hall.

    6:06 A.M.: Imus debuts to the sound of “Sirius” by the Alan Parsons Project (famous for also being the Chicago Bulls theme song).

    6:07 A.M.: Imus announces today’s guests: Doris Kearns Goodwin, Sen. John McCain, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Sen. Chris Dodd, James Carville, Mary Matalin.

    6:09 A.M.: Levon Helm performs.

    6:14 A.M.: New “Imus in the Morning” jingle.

    6:10 A.M.: “I want to take a second to introduce this new incarnation of ‘Imus in the Morning’ and the cast.” They are: Bernard McGuirk, Rob Bartlett, Tony Powell, Cara Foster, Larry Kinney, Lou Ruffino.

    6:20 A.M.: “I want to take a second to talk about what happened back on April 12th. … what it means … what it means for this program and what it means for the young women out of Rutgers.

    “In thinking about what happened… I didn’t see appoint in going on some Larry King tour to offer a bunch of lame excuses for making a reprehensible remark about innocent people who did not deserve to be made fun of.

    “I think what happened is about what should have happened. I think one has to realize …that you don’t get to decide nor should you how the news media is going to treat you a remark you make. …

    “Every time that I got pissed off about that I reminded myself that if I hadn’t said what I said then I wouldn’t be having this discussion. …

    Les Moonves could not have been more honorable and decent and honest in dealing with me. …

    6:23 A.M.: “Whether you’re a good person or not is completely unrelated and it doesn’t give you any license to make any kind of remark you feel like making, and doesn’t minimize the impact it has on who you make it about. …”


    6:25 A.M.: Describes meeting with Rutgers basketball team as close to a life-changing experience.

    6:28 A.M.: “As I was talking to these young women, I realized that, other than placing in context for them who I was and that I wasn’t some vicious racist and this is what we did for a living — make fun of people — that was so irrelevant to how they felt. … It sounded to me as I listened to myself talk and as I looked at them, it just sounded like one lame excuse after another. …

    “They didn’t think I was calling them prostitutes, but they didn’t think it was funny either.

    “One woman was this close to my face, just screaming. You could feel her heart break. And I realized how fortunate it was that I was fired. If I had been there apologizing and offering these excuses and still had my job, they would have thought that I was there to save my job and that may have been true. But I was there to save my life. I had already lost my job … They forgave me, they accepted my apology and they said that they would never forget. And I said that I would never forget.”

    6:32 A.M.: “I analogized it to being an alcoholic and a drug addict, which I also am. If you get into recovery, which I am, for 20 some years now, you have an opportunity to be a better person and to have a better life than you ordinarily would have. And that’s true in this situation because it was demonstrated to these young women that there are consequences for things you say. Would I rather have not gone through it? … Absolutely.”

    6:33 A.M.: “We now have the opportunity to have a better program, to obviously diversity the cast — I mean that just makes sense. But the program is not going to change. … It is a great radio program. It’s on a better radio station. … I will never say anything in my lifetime that will make any of these young women at Rutgers regret or feel foolish that they accepted my apology and forgave me. And no one else will say anything on my program that will make anyone else think that I didn’t deserve a second chance.”

    6:34 A.M.: Imus takes national media to task. “They said we were going to have an ongoing discussion about race relations in this country as soon as I left the room. … I must have missed that.”

    6:35 A.M.: “Not much has changed. Dick Cheney is still a war criminal, Hillary Clinton is still Satan and I’m back on the radio!”

    6:38 A.M.: At the end of Imus’ speech, he plays Montgomery Gentry’s “Some People Change”:

      Here’s to the strong; thanks to the brave.
      Don’t give up hope: some people change.
      Against all odds, against the grain,
      Love finds a way: some people change.
      Some people change.

    6:45 A.M.: Goodwin: “I’m so excited you’re back.” Imus tells her at 6:55 that she’s “a great friend.”

    6:47 A.M.: Salutes Sean Hannity and Opie & Anthony for their support during Imus’ tough time.

    6:48 A.M.: “We signed for five years because that’s how long it’s going to take to get even with everybody.”

    6:49 A.M.: Someone wrote Imus a letter and said, “Since the Rutgers team forgave you, can’t you forgive” those whom Imus feels betrayed him. Imus: “I probably can.” But: “I didn’t think that these various folks who I was making famous and rich had a lot of courage. I don’t know what you think about Al Sharpton, but if I’m going to pick somebody to be in a foxhole with, I pick him before I pick a lot of them people.”

    7:01 A.M.: Any reason MSNBC still has its Imus page up?

    7:36 A.M.: Sen. John McCain tells Imus, “Glad to have you back.”