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Morning Reading List, 07.25.08

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Morning Reading List, 12.10.07


Good morning Washington.

For those of you wondering why we’re not including the Politico, Roll Call and The Hill in our “Pictures of Morning Papers” feature — which we’d love to do — it’s because a.) Politico and Roll Call are usually a day behind in posting theres and b.) The Hill hasn’t put one up since Nov. 28.

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  • You don’t think the Hillary Clinton campaign is sitting on some big story on Obama.


  • Washington Post’s Deborah Howell writes, “Stories about rumors are tricky and easily misconstrued. A Nov. 29 story and headline that explored Barack Obama’s ‘connections to the Muslim world’ and rumors that he is Muslim were met with a swift Internet reaction that left some staffers stunned at its ferocity. Even Post editorial cartoonist Tom Toles was ‘so upset’ that he took the unusual step of taking potshots at the story in an editorial page cartoon.”

  • AP reports, “Newspaper publishers, entering 2008 with some of the worst economic conditions in many years, said Wednesday they hope to bring even more readers — and ad spending — to their Web sites with expanded offerings of news, advertising and video.”

  • New York Times’ Clark Hoyt writes, “On Oct. 12, retired Lt. Gen. Ricardo S. Sanchez, the former top military commander of American forces in Iraq, delivered a scathing denunciation of the Bush administration’s ‘incompetent’ management of the war — and an equally blistering denunciation of the news media.”

  • Bloomberg reports, “Tribune Co., the newspaper publisher being taken private by real estate billionaire Sam Zell, plans to reduce borrowings by $500 million and confirmed the deal will close this year, sending the stock up nearly 8 percent.”

  • Page Six reports, “There’s a reason why it took so long for Ben Bradlee, 86, to receive the Legion of Honor from France, as the legendary Washington Post editor did last week. In the 1950s, when Bradlee was Newsweek’s Paris-based European bureau chief, he was expelled from the country for trying to interview leaders of Algeria’s revolutionary rebel army. His expulsion was repealed many years later, but the French are slow to forgive.”

  • reports, “You know what ails The New York Times Co.–eroding circulation, falling advertising revenue through the first three quarters of the year and the looming threat of stronger competition from The Wall Street Journal and its soon-to-be-owner Rupert Murdoch.”

  • Poynter Online reports, “Adapting to a changing news, information, and advertising economy means that newspapers must adapt the technology they use — not just online, but for print editions too.”

  • “Four veteran black sports journalists are taking a voluntary buyout offered at USA Today, wiping out its NBA coverage team, the USA Today staffers told Journal-isms on Saturday.”

  • SND Update Blog reports, “J. Ford Huffman, deputy managing editor of design at USA TODAY, one of the paper’s original architects and a 25-year veteran, has accepted a buyout — one of as many as 43 rumored to be pending (management sought 45 according to recent media reports).”

  • Slate’s Jack Shafer reports, “The World Health Organization publicly spanked the New York Times last week for breaking an embargoed study about measles. The offending article was a 60-word news brief by Celia W. Dugger in the paper’s Nov. 29 edition. No matter that the Times broke the embargo accidentally and apologized to WHO. The organization issued an e-mail announcing to the press corps the punishment—a two-week suspension of all Times reporters from the WHO media distribution list.”

  • The Center for American Progress reports, “Think Again: Reporting Iraq Is a Lot Harder than it Looks”

  • Bill Walsh, “national copy desk chief at The Washington Post and proprietor of The Slot: A Spot for Copy Editors, offers up the next set of well-edited bites” for Metrocurean.

  • Jeff Gannon writes, “The Old Media barely missed a toe-tapping beat in their relentless coverage of the Larry Craig ‘scandal’ to mention that a staffer for Democratic Sen. Maria Cantwell was arrested last week by the FBI after showing up for a sexual rendezvous with someone he believed to be a 13 year-old boy. The handling of the ‘incident’ by the Old Media provides a textbook example of pervasive liberal media bias I discuss in my book, ‘The Great Media War, A Battlefield Report’.”

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  • NBC Now Will Air Freedom’s Watch Ad

  • Satellite TV on the Move, at Fox News” (and more from TVNewser)

  • An ABC release announced, “ABC News Nightline will air original programming next week. Shows for the week include: a story about Oprah Winfrey campaigning with Democratic presidential hopeful Senator Barack Obama, an interview with Kay Warren, wife of famous evangelist Pastor Rick Warren and a profile of Francis Ford Coppola.”

  • BusinessWeek reports, “Federal Communications Commission Chairman Kevin Martin has suffered a number of setbacks in his increasingly lonely fight against the cable companies. Martin, of course, is determined to place tighter regulations on the industry by restricting the reach of companies and allowing subscribers to pay only for the channels they want. Now, Democratic and Republican lawmakers—as well as Martin’s fellow commissioners—are questioning his selective use of data to support his campaign.”

  • USA Today reports, “Here’s a bit of cheery news for media executives concerned about the softening economy. Political campaigns likely will spend more than $4.5 billion on ads and marketing in the 2008 election season, a 64% leap from 2004 — the last cycle with a presidential race — research and consulting firm PQ Media says in a report out Thursday.”

  • Times Online reports,James Murdoch, the chief executive of BSkyB, is expected to step down today to take on the job of running News Corporation’s European and Asian operations. Mr Murdoch will be replaced by Jeremy Darroch, who is the chief financial officer of BSkyB. Sky is 39.1 per cent owned by News Corp, parent company of The Times.”

  • TVNewser reports, “Last week’s CNN/YouTube debate propelled the CNN program into the top 10 in all of cable news programs, the first time in more than two years that a single CNN program has cracked the top 10. The ranking is compiled by total viewers, Live +SD.”

  • B&C reports, “Some 1,500 communications attorneys, lobbyists and their guests, including a few ink-stained scribes, took refuge from the picture-postcard snow to gather at Washington, D.C.’s Hilton hotel Wednesday night for the annual Federal Communications Commission chairman’s dinner.”

  • Reuters reports, “According to the New York Post, the most recent rumblings rise from NBC, which is expected top make cuts in its news division, particularly at NBC News and MSNBC.”

  • A release announced, “MSNBC’s Decision 2008 coverage continues
    with a ‘Super Tuesday,’ Dec. 11, highlighted by in-depth analysis of the latest local and national poll numbers as the Iowa caucus and New Hampshire primary approach and the races heat up.”

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  • Washington City Paper’s Black Plastic Bag reports, “In response to the broken neck suffered by CNN anchor John Roberts, the media-insider blog FishbowlDC went with a Busta Rhymes reference. For the record, we here at BPB would’ve gone Shaolin-style with ‘Protect Ya Neck.’”

  • Slate launched its first portable widget: the official Bushisms Generator. You can read random Bushisms, hand-picked by Slate’s editor Jacob Weisberg by embedding the widget on your site. To embed the widget, visit this URL and hit “code” to copy and paste the HTML code directly on your site:

  • James Brady “is raising the question of just how much help you are allowed to have in putting your own name on the title page of a serious book. Am I nitpicking here or raising a legitimate question?”

  • Arianna Huffington writes, “Huckabee Tries to Shoot the Messenger, But Wounds His Campaign Instead”

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  • A reader says, “scherer worked at salon, mother jones and the nation. hmm, i wonder what his political inclinations are? and yet, if time hired someone who had worked at the weekly standard, national review and wash times, there would be an uproar.”

  • TVNewser reports, “Macrovision, a California-based distributer of digital content, is buying TVGuide in a $2.8 billion deal.”

  • National Journal’s Bill Powers writes, “According to the media, we’re supposed to have learned all kinds of things from the rise of Mike Huckabee. … What I’ve taken away from the Huckabee phenomenon is that we should stop worrying so much about horse race journalism.”

  • NewsBusters reports, “Try to remember a time in September when it was reported that the Hillary Clinton campaign showed its ‘hard-nosed media strategy’ by getting GQ magazine to spike a piece on Clinton team in-fighting by threatening to pull access to Bill Clinton for GQ’s planned December ‘Man of the Year’ cover package. Well, that ‘Man of the Year’ issue is out, and there was no bucking, only fawning.”

  • Can you answer CQ’s Political Trivia for Dec. 7?

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  • Fenty offers part of budget surplus for Radio One development

  • From DCRTV:

      WAMU’s Diane Rehm picks up a CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield Palliative Care Award from the Greater Washington Partnership For Palliative And End-of-Life Care. For a January 2007 interview with author Calvin Trillin concerning “About Alice.” The award will be presented tonight during a reception at DC’s Sibley Hospital…..

  • In a recent online chat, Going Out Gurus took “a moment to remember Tom Terrell, the critic, promoter and DJ, who passed away last week after a long battle with prostate cancer.”

  • Public Eye reports, “You probably don’t know this, but there was yet another presidential debate the other day. You didn’t see it. But don’t feel bad — not that you would — but nobody saw it. It was on National Public Radio. And the reviews have been positive, save for the little ‘it put me to sleep’ factor. But all the plaudits got this writer thinking how you could repackage the debate, draw a crowd and inform a potentially large size of the electorate.”


  • Texas Monthly interviews Dan Bartlett.

  • The New York Post reports, Karl Rove, the controversial and long-time senior adviser to President George W. Bush, is shopping a memoir in an auction that will kick off today and likely result in a seven-figure payday.”

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  • A tipster tells us that the new Communications Director for Rep. Brian Baird is Rachel Irwin, former Maine Press Secretary for Senator Olympia Snowe.

  • Maura Judkis is the newest addition to U.S. News as a web producer. “She will be working closely with Ben Harder on the new Science site and with Sara Clarke on the Money & Business site.”

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  • Nationaly Syndicated Radio is looking for Top level support staff.

  • National Journal is looking for a Staff Correspondent.

  • Regent University is seeking a Journalism Professor for Interactive Journalism program.

  • AARP is looking for a Multimedia Producer and a Daily News Editor.

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

  • Morning Reading List, 12.07.07

    Good morning Washington. It’s Friday and you wanna know what? We like you (and won’t you please learn to like Tony Cord, too?)

    Today, Johnny Bench turns 60, Larry Bird turns 51 and T.O. turns 34. And, 220 years ago today, Delaware became the first state to ratify the U.S. Constitution. But Delaware, schmelaware: You want to know who’s really original? John C. Flood (the original). John C. Flood (John C!).

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  • Who throws the best parties? It’s a toss up between the Dems and GOPers.


  • The AP reports, “Newspaper publishers, entering 2008 with some of the worst economic conditions in many years, said Wednesday they hope to bring even more readers — and ad spending — to their Web sites with expanded offerings of news, advertising and video.”

  • Dan Froomkin isn’t a fan of the “sycophantic tone” of the Politico’s recent interview of Dick Cheney.

  • Foreign correspondent may teach journalism seminar

  • News Corp. Duo Set To Lead Dow Jones As Zannino Resigns

  • B&C reports, “It didn’t take long for Tribune to take the Federal Communications Commission to court over its decision to grant temporary waivers for the company’s newspaper-broadcast cross-ownerships in five markets.The company filed suit in the D.C. Court of Appeals Wednesday, saying the decision was ‘contrary to law, arbitrary and capricious, an abuse of discretion, and not supported by substantial evidence.’”

  • Romenesko reports, “Romenesko asked the Wall Street Journal’s PR people about a tipster’s report that about 20 newsroom staffers are being offered buyout packages. Dow Jones PR director Robert Christie says in an e-mail: ‘I can confirm that WSJ is doing some optional buyouts and a bit of restructuring in the news department.” He adds that he doesn’t have an exact number. News Corp.’s buyout of Dow Jones is expected to close by the end of 2007.”

  • Interview: Tom Curley, CEO, Associated Press; Portals, Local Content–’The Mother of all Battles’”

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  • An NBC release announced, “According to Nielsen Media Research data, ‘Meet the Press with Tim Russert’ was the most-watched Sunday morning public affairs program, winning the week ending Sunday, December 2, 2007. On Sunday, the Russert-moderated program was No. 1, averaging 4.040 million total viewers,” 39 percent more than second place ABC ‘This Week”, a 58 percent advantage over third place CBS ‘Face the Nation”, and a 239 percent lead over FOX “News Sunday.”

  • Watch Wolf Blitzer shake his rump like a rump shaker.

  • Dobbs, Schieffer, Stephanopoulos To Speak At TRS

  • From DCRTV: “Univision has appointed Bert Gomez as its vice president of federal government relations. He comes from the same gig at RJ Reynolds…..”

  • An ABC release announced, “According to Nielsen Media Research for the November 2007 sweep, ABC News’ ‘Nightline’ beat CBS’ ‘Late Show with David Letterman’ among both Total Viewers and Adults 25-54. The last time ‘Nightline’ beat ‘Letterman’ in a November sweep in both Total Viewers and A25-54 was November, 2000. ‘Nightline’ also posted its best November Sweep since 2004 in both Total Viewers and the Adults 25-54 demo.”

  • An ABC release announced, “ saw record high unique visitors in November 2007. The site garnered 16.3 million uniques, an increase of 28% versus the same time last year, according to ABC’s measurements. November 2007 uniques were also the highest month on record for had 148.1 million page views, up 7% from the previous year.”

  • An ABC release announced, “According to Nielsen Media Research for Sunday, December 2, 2007, ABC News ‘This Week with George Stephanopoulos’ beat CBS’ ‘Face the Nation.’ This is the seventh time this season ‘This Week’ beat ‘Face the Nation’ among Total Viewers and the fifth time this season in the key Adults 25-54 demographic. In addition, ‘This Week’ is the only Sunday discussion program to increase in the fourth quarter among Adults 25-54 and Total Viewers while the competition was down.”

  • Check out the latest Green Room Girl photo.

  • A release announced, “‘On numerous newscasts yesterday, the indictment of Norman Hsu warranted only brief mentions,’ said L. Brent Bozell, President of the Media Research Center and co-author of Whitewash: What the Media Won’t Tell You About Hillary Clinton, But Conservatives Will. ‘Those that did mention it downplayed Hillary Clinton’s connection to Hsu and made her appear contrite for returning contributions that were, according to prosecutors, obtained by fraud.’”

  • TVNewser reports, “The Center for Constitutional Rights took their case all the way to the Supreme Court today. But getting their message through the media was a little more daunting. The group backed this ad featuring Danny Glover and the mock shredding of the U.S. Constitution. The CCR apparently hoped it would air on cable news networks prior to today’s arguments related to a Guantanamo Bay detainee case. FNC, for one, turned them down.”

  • TVNewser reports, “The NYTimes’ Jacques Steinberg says Nightline is on a ratings roll, and it’s not just beccause the WGA strike has sent Leno and Letterman into reruns.”

  • TVNewser reports, “Insiders tell TVNewser another series of layoffs is expected to hit NBC News and MSNBC beginning as early as today. A source close to the news division has confirmed the total number is expected to be around 20 staffers. Half are expected to come from NBC News the other half from MSNBC.”

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  • CBS’s Public Eye reports, “Former White House aide Dan Bartlett has drawn a MediaLand of attention for an interview he did with Texas Monthly, disputing the notion that the media wasn’t aggressive enough with pre-war reporting.”

  • Media Life reports, “The U.S. ad economy may be struggling but globally the media business is in a major boom, reflecting the growth of media economies of emerging nations such as China. That’s the finding of GroupM, the media and advertising conglomerate, in its latest ad spending forecast.”

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  • Come meet Michael Barone, principal author of The Almanac of American Politics, at the Potomac Yards Barnes & Noble on December 12 at 7 pm.

  • Mother Jones moves to augment its investigative output and Web presence with a new seven-member Washington bureau.”

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  • An interview with Ann Compton in New York Social Diary.

  • “The policy debate over the Iraq war and 2008 Presidential campaign were the leading stories in the third quarter of 2007. But three other subjects, each suggesting a threat to the nation’s well-being, also grabbed the media’s attention according to a new study by the Project for Excellence in Journalism.”

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  • The new Press Secretary for Sen. Maria Cantwell is Ciaran Clayton, the former communications director for Rep. Brian Baird.

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  • National Geographic Society is looking for an Associate Art Director.

  • American Council on Education is looking for a Public Affairs Coordinator.

  • The Advisory Board Company is looking for an Associate Editor.

  • Kiplinger Washington Editors, Inc. is looking for a Researcher-Reporter.

  • Army Times Publishing Co. is looking for a Deputy News Editor.

  • The Advisory Board Company is looking for an Associate Editor for Top Health Online Daily.

  • E&ETV is looking for a Production Assistant.

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