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Afternoon Reading List 11.05.13

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Press secretary spars with reporter: HuffPost reported yesterday that during a heated White House briefing, reporter Jon Karl of ABC News pressured White House press secretary Jay Carney pretty hard for answers regarding the trail of Obamacare applications that are not submitted through the online system. After Carney has had enough, he actually sounds like a fed up middle school substitute teacher when he retorts with, ”Jon, I get it!” as he mockingly copycats Karl’s aggressive finger-pointing and incessant badgering.

Why you should read/watch it: Watch Carney get flustered. It’s hilarious. He takes it with stride, as any professional in his position would, and the back and forth is worth catching. Read/watch more here.

MSNBC host gets sassy: BuzzFeed’s Dorsey Shaw posted a clip yesterday of Abby Huntsman, co-host of “The Cycle” on MSNBC, as she responds to Mark Halperin and John Heilemann‘s gossipy “Double Down,” and its portrayal of her family in the 2012 presidential race (Huntsman’s father, Jon Huntsman Jr., was a candidate vying for the GOP nod). She drops a sass bomb on the authors, but still half-way recommends the book for its bubblegum appeal, because it’s the flavor D.C.’s media loves to chew.

Why you should watch it: Huntsman’s voracious rebuttal is one long insult directed towards Heilemann and Halperin, and she’s sprinkled it with some pleasant imagery as well. Watch more here.

Whose biblical insight gave Glenn Beck a run for his money?

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Malcolm Gladwell at Sixth & I

Come Oct. 16, Politics & Prose presents NYT bestselling author Malcolm Gladwell at Sixth & I synagogue in downtown Washington. He will discuss his latest book, David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants. In it, a description on Amazon reads, “the #1 bestselling author challenges how we think about obstacles and disadvantages, offering a new interpretation of what it means to be discriminated against, or cope with a disability, or lose a parent, or attend a mediocre school, or suffer from any number of other apparent setbacks.” He examines murder, revenge and the troubles in Northern Ireland “all to demonstrate how much of what is beautiful and important in the world arises from what looks like suffering and adversity.”

One book and one ticket costs $40 ($35 for members). The event begins at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m. Visit here to purchase tickets. Gladwell also wrote The Tipping Point, Blink and Outliers.

Here’s to hoping this hairdo shows up and not a clean cut Gladwell.

 

Sunday Show Preview

NBC’s Meet the Press: Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen, U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Karl Eikenberry, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) and a roundtable with PBS’ Tavis Smiley and MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough

CBS’ Face the Nation: Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Sen. Kent Conrad (D-ND) and former DNC Chairman Howard Dean

ABC’s This Week: Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and a roundtable with 2008 Nobel Prize winning economist Paul Krugman, WaPo‘s Kathleen Parker, former Clinton Labor Secretary Robert Reich and ABC News’ George Will

Fox News Sunday: Former White House Faith-Based Initiative Director and St. Vincent College President Jim Towey, Sen. Arlen Specter (D-PA), Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), Assistant Secretary of Veterans’ Affairs Tammy Duckworth and a panel with former senior advisor to Kerry and Gore campaigns Tad Devine, former senior advisor to McCain campaign Nicolle Wallace and Fox News contribtors Weekly Standard‘s Bill Kristol and NPR’s Juan Williams

CNN’s State of the Union: Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen, U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Karl Eikenberry, Sen. Richard Lugar (R-IN), Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I-CT), Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD) and CNN contributors Republican strategist William Bennett and Democratic strategist Donna Brazile

CNN’s Reliable Sources with Howard Kurtz: NewMajority.com editor David Frum, WaPo‘s Anne Kornblut, Chicago Tribune‘s Clarence Page, CBS “60 Minutes” correspondent Steve Kroft and CBS “60 Minutes” executive producer Jeff Fager

CNN’s GPS with Fareed Zakaria: China Premier Wen Jiabao and “Outliers” author Malcolm Gladwell

NBC’s The Chris Matthews Show: WaPo‘s Bob Woodward, the Daily Beast’s Tina Brown, Time‘s Joe Klein and CNN’s Gloria Borger

Washington Week with Gwen Ifill and National Journal: WaPo‘s Ceci Connolly, NYT‘s Peter Baker, Politico‘s Jeanne Cummings and WSJ‘s Naftali Bendavid

Bloomberg’s Political Capital with Al Hunt: Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Bloomberg’s John McCormick, Margaret Carlson and Kate O’Beirne

Will update as we learn them.

Morning Reading List, 03.19.08

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Good morning Washington.

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  • Most of you read the Drudge Report every single day.

    REVOLVING DOOR

  • Helen Fessenden is joining Congress Daily as managing editor of the PM edition.

  • Former Technology Daily Staff Writer Michael Martinez has moved onto WAMU, where he is now a producer at the Kojo Nnamdi Show.

  • Why isn’t your local newspaper surviving on the Web? Because there are too many media outlets selling the exact same news.”

  • Mark Carter Named CCJ Executive Director and Goldenson Chair at the Missouri School of Journalism

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    NEWSPAPERS

  • “In a week when the Democrats dominated campaign coverage, presumptive Republican nominee John McCain may have been the candidate to fare the best in the media, according to a Project for Excellence in Journalism study of campaign coverage from March 10-16.”

  • Somewhere East of Eden: Why the St. Pete Times model can’t save newspapers

  • McClatchy sees revenues fall

  • Too Much Access? McCain Campaign Reporter: ‘It Gets To The Point Where You Just Want Them To Shut Up Sometimes’

  • Former GW University President Stephen Joel Trachtenberg tells us that free newspapers have returned to GW’s campus. “Two years after the ‘second termination’ students once again have access to free newspapers. I confess I am delighted as I trust are Donald Graham and Arthur Sulzberger. I know that newspaper readership is going down all over the country but I’m pleased at least on my campus, it is not going down without a fight.”

  • Newspaper Marketing Taking a Hit from the Do-Not-Call List?

  • Thomson Financial reports, “Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services said the US economic slowdown will hurt some media and entertainment companies, as the cutbacks in consumer discretionary spending could be reflected in as diverse areas as the number of attendees at The Walt Disney Co’s amusement parks and ad revenue at Time Warner Inc’s magazines or News Corp’s newspapers.”

  • Newspapers Should Focus on Local News — But Not Forget Bigger Picture

  • The New York Times reports, “The New York Times Company has struck a deal with a pair of hedge funds that want to shake up the company, giving the funds two seats on the board in order to avoid a proxy fight, the two sides announced Monday. The agreement with Harbinger Capital Partners and Firebrand Partners marks the first time since the Times Company went public in 1967 that it has accepted directors nominated by outsiders, Times Company executives said.”

  • Market Watch reports, “The New York Times Co. said Tuesday that its advertising revenue for February fell 6.6% to $148 million.”

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    TV

  • Candy Crowley: “I was so sleep deprived once that I found myself brushing my teeth with moisturizer.”

  • Jay Rosen: “Obama Tells the Best Political Team on Television: You Guys Have a Choice…

  • From DCRTV:

      DCRTV hears that Tucker Carlson is planning to heard straight to Fox News as soon as his NBC/MSNBC contract is up, and his non-compete clause expires. Carlson ain’t happy that his MSNBC show got axed. Also, look for former WMAL News Director John Matthews to also wind up at Fox News, in some behind-the-scenes gig, we’re told. More soon…..

  • Study finds TV’s war coverage is way down

  • Ben Stein explains how business news became the new Victoria’s Secret catalog

  • An ABC release announced, “ABC’s World News with Charles Gibson’ placed first among Adults 25-54 for the week of March 10-14. The ABC News broadcast averaged a 2.0/8 and 2.51 million, outperforming NBC’s ‘Nightly News’ by 60,000 demo viewers and tying in the demo rating/share. Among Total Viewers, the ABC News broadcast averaged 8.1 million, placing second.”

  • Check out The Arch Campbell Variety Show at the Arlington Drafthouse, “a monthly fun and unique live stage show hosted by Arch Campbell.” It is this Friday, March 21. Doors open at 6:15 p.m.

  • Media Daily News reports, “Big video content producers need to come up with aggregate ratings that combine television viewing with online video consumption, says Patrick Keane, vice president and chief marketing officer for CBS Interactive, speaking Monday morning at MediaPost’s OMMA Global conference in Hollywood. The combined rating would provide media buyers with a cross-platform option that’s simpler and more detailed in terms of data, because of online metrics.”

  • Washington Post reported yesterday, “The Supreme Court announced yesterday that it will rule on the government’s standards for policing the public airwaves for the first time since the court agreed 30 years ago that a midday radio broadcast of comedian George Carlin’s ‘seven dirty words’ monologue was indecent.”

  • The Philadelphia Inquirer reports, “Comcast Corp. is asking a federal appeals court to overturn a Federal Communications Commission rule enacted in December that bars it from making a major cable acquisition.”

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    ONLINE MEDIA

  • A Slate release announced, “Slate, the daily online magazine, today launches a legal blog featuring some of the most prominent voices in law. ‘Convictions,’ the law blog, will include daily commentary from a wide range of legal professionals, including Slate’s Jurisprudence columnists Dahlia Lithwick and Emily Bazelon and top litigators and law professors across the country.”

  • We should have online rules.

  • CNet News.com reports, “It might not be Austin’s South by Southwest Interactive, but New York City will be getting its own digital-culture festival. Called Internet Week New York (OK, they could have picked a better name), it will span June 3 to 10 and encompass several existing events like Federated Media Publishing’s Conversational Marketing Summit, Advertising Age’s Advertising 2.0 conference, and the 12th annual Webby Awards.”

  • Norman Geras writes, “Was Czechoslovakia in 1975 a better place politically than the US is in 2008? I know what my answer to that question would be. But what is Tim Dowling’s answer? I couldn’t tell you. All I can do is point you towards the set of comparisons he offers. … There you go — low approval ratings for both Husak and Bush.”

  • Terry Heaton writes, “When the Internet bubble burst early in the new millennium, many smart people learned the harshest of all business lessons: when the money’s gone, there is no business. Great ideas aren’t self-sustaining, and when the investors decide they’ve given enough, it’s over, unless you can actually make money. Business is business, and while many of us frolicked in the coolness of innovation, those who paid attention to the bottom line were stressed to the max. In the end, it’s always about the money.”

  • Pulitzer Prize nominee George Archibald has had another run in with the Middleburg, Virginia police. This time he was received a “misdemeanor citation for having a quiet backyard barbecue.” If you missed the earlier police episode, check it out here.

  • Huffington Post takes a look at “The Reporting Team That Got Iraq Right”

  • The Press Gazette reports, “Reuters today launched a unique multimedia online documentary called ‘Bearing Witness’ which pays tribute to its 100 correspondents who have reported from Iraq over the last five years of war.”

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    RADIO

  • Pajamas Media reports, “Four short segments of conservative views were enough to flood NPR with angry phone calls and email. So much for ‘fairness,’ writes Pam Meister.”

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    MAGAZINES

  • ABC Pushes Mags to File Sales Figs. Faster

  • Random Mumblings reports, “In what could only be viewed as a perverse and often baffling development, author and New Yorker magazine writer Malcolm Gladwell said last week a story he told in an early February segment of public radio’s ‘This American Life’ is, well, a complete tall tale. In the story, recorded at a New York club called the Moth, Gladwell recounts his early days as a cub reporter at that august bastion of journalism, Ben Bradlee’s The Washington Post.”

  • Jury Still Out on Future of Newsweeklies

  • On The Media’s Brooke Gladstone talks to The Atlantic’s David Samuels who penned the cover story that featured Britney Spears on the magazine’s cover. Also, listen to New Yorker correspondent Seymour Hersh discuss the “on-the-ground reporting behind his Pulitzer Prize winning scoop” from 1968.

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    JOBS

  • Financial Week is looking for a Reporter.

  • National Geographic Society is looking for a Researcher, Senior NGM.

  • Scholastic is looking for an Event Associate — Part-time.

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  • Gladwell On Life At The Post

    It’s taken us a while to get around to this, but it’s still worth it…

    Malcolm Gladwell recently appeared on “This American Life” and had some interesting things to say about the Washington Post (he used to work there), including his own “Jayson Blair” moments.

    He tells a long and funny story, which you should listen to in full, but here are some other random side notes:

  • “I still don’t know how I got hired, because I didn’t have any newspaper experience. I didn’t even work at my high school paper.”

  • “They put me at the business desk which is where you put people at the Washington Post who don’t know anything about journalism.”

  • “I just sat there for the first six weeks and didn’t do a thing.”

  • “I got moved to the health and science desk which is where they put you at the Washington Post when you know even less than business.”

    >UPDATE: Gladwell says to take his story with a grain of salt. Sure, we doubt he pulled off all those pranks that he said he did. But is his assessment of the Business, Health and Science desks still fairly spot-on?