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Morning Reading List 04.20.09

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Its day 91 covering the Obama administration and week 12 for us. Happy Birthday to Politico’s Carol Lee. What we know and what we’re reading this Monday morning…

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NEWSPAPERS

Former Senator Rick Santorum makes $1,750 per column at the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Politico’s Mike Allen addresses critics over the paper and site’s “torture memo” story here.

TV

On the Daily Beast, 7 Best Moments From Sunday Talk.

ABC’s Sam Donaldson on This Week says he’s like to ask Fidel Castro before he dies if he killed President John F. Kennedy. “In his dying breath I’d like to be at [Castro's] bedside and say, did you do it? Meaning November 22, 1963.”

Is PBS “recklessly promoting” Al Jazeera? Via Romenesko: Fox News’ Eric Shawn is concerned about public TV’s “WorldFocus” airing reports from Al Jazeera English, while PBS ombud Michael Getler isn’t so bothered. “I think it is a plus for American viewers to see and understand what is on Al Jazeera English, and that viewers of public broadcasting are quite able to make up their own minds about whether what they are watching has news value or is propaganda.”

Radio talk show host and regular cable news guest Michael Smerconish was on CNN’s Reliable Sources this weekend to talk about his new book “Morning Drive: Things I Wish I Knew Before I Started Talking.” Check out his dish about Fox News’ Glenn Beck, NBC’s David Gregory and CNN’s Larry King here.

NYT‘s David Carr: Cable news stations have been criticized for “event-izing” all manner of minor news occurrences — President Obama’s first news conference comes to mind. But the Tax Day Tea Party was all but conceived, executed and deconstructed in the hothouse of cable news wars.

CNN’s Wolf Blitzer returned to his grad school at Johns Hopkins last week to deliver a speech “President Obama and the World.” More at Yeas & Nays.

Is the Nanny getting a cable news show? Find out at Washington Whispers.

ONLINE

A lesson in proper Facebook etiquette via FishbowlLA.

NEWS NOTES

DCRTV checks out former WUSA anchor Mike Walter‘s documentary “Breaking News, Breaking Down.

TWT’s “Anguish of story can haunt journlists“: Journalists who peer into the abyss of war, crime, and natural disasters as part of their jobs can end up as emotionally scarred as the victims they never imagined joining. “Journalists can experience powerful frustration and demoralization,” said Dr. Frank M. Ochberg a psychologist who specializes in trauma.

Also from TWT- a sitdown with “State of Play” director Kevin Macdonald. “There have been plenty of Washington-set political thrillers, so he tried to make his new by ‘approaching the characters in a different way” and “showing Washington in a different way.’”

More on “State of Play” from DCRTV: Longtime DC sportscaster Frank Herzog gets a part. Also, Chris Matthews, Lou Dobbs, Jim Vance, Jule Carey, Chris Gordon, Eun Yang, and Denae D’Arcy play TV “reporters” in the movie.

WEST WING REPORTAGE

Richard Wolffe on the Daily Beast: “Inside the Obama Family PR Machine.”

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Morning Reading List, 01.05.09

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Morning Reading List, 11.24.08

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Good morning, Washington. What DC restaurant uses these grape-adorned wine glasses? Think you know? Email us with your best guess. AND: Join us after the jump to find out if you guessed our last contest correctly.

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Morning Reading List, 11.11.08

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Morning Reading List, 09.22.08

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Morning Reading List, 08.15.08

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Morning Reading List, 07.29.08

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Good Morning Washington.
Above, one of the magazines in Frank Luntz‘s collection.

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Morning Reading List, 02.26.08

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  • You do not fake tan.

    REVOLVING DOOR

  • TVNewser reports, “CBS announced today that Joe Trippi is officially joining CBS News as a political consultant. Trippi had served as a senior advisor to the John Edwards presidential campaign.”

  • Washington Business Journal reports, “Radio One Inc. has been dealt another blow. A day after the Lanham-based broadcaster announced fourth quarter losses, Radio One disclosed its vice president of operations has resigned. Zemira Jones has stepped down, and no replacement has been made, the company said Friday. Radio One did not release where Jones is going and could not be immediately reached for comment.”

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    NEWSPAPERS

  • Anne Kornblut and Jess Yellin both celebrated birthdays yesterday.

  • The NAA Announces Digital Edge Award Winners. Check out the winners here.

  • NAJP reports, “Nobody’s reading newspapers anymore. And yet they are. And in record numbers. … The online audience is soaring”

  • The Nation reports, “Since the New York Times endorsed John McCain, the newspaper was obviously not biased in reporting on his conflicts of interest. That’s one view you won’t hear much in the raging debate over the Times article about McCain. Media insiders don’t say it, since they believe in a ‘wall’ separating news and editorial staff. Most readers overlook it, instead focusing on the substance of the actual article. And in the bizzaro world of the paper’s insatiable conservative critics, the endorsement is cited to demonstrate a media conspiracy against McCain. ‘The liberal Times had endorsed McCain as the best Republican in the presidential race. Were they just setting him up for the kill?’ asks Cliff Kincaid, an operative at the right-wing pressure group Accuracy in Media.”

  • Content Bridges asks, “Is it Time for the Times to Get Out of Local Paper Business?”

  • Michael Signer writes in the Washington Post, “challenges at the United States. We deployed an additional 30,000 troops to Iraq. Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez and Iran’s Mahmoud Ahmadinejad blustered their way across the world stage. Russian President Vladimir Putin flirted with a new cold war with Washington. Benazir Bhutto was assassinated in Pakistan. And, of course, we all continue to live in the chilly shadow of 9/11. You might imagine that such red-hot foreign policy issues, combined with a wide-open presidential election, would spark a journalistic fire so intense it would force candidates up into trees and out on limbs to defend their foreign policy positions. But you’d be dreaming.”

  • The Philadelphia City Paper’s Tom Namako says “Why Time Mag and Attytood are just plain wrong”

  • The Project for Excellence in Journalism’s Campaign Coverage Index shows, “Barack Obama (57%) won the race for media exposure and cemented his status as frontrunner in the Democratic primary fight, according to the campaign media narrative last week. Hillary Clinton was a close second, registering as a significant or dominant factor in 50% of the coverage. But much of that coverage suggested a campaign in trouble, one that might not be capable of stopping Obama’s momentum.”

  • Bloomberg reports, “New York Times Co. fell for a second day on the New York Stock Exchange after a Goldman Sachs Group Inc. analyst said that asset sales advocated by hedge funds may not be financially practical.”

  • The Wall Street Journal reports, “An investor group that has nominated four candidates to the New York Times Co.’s board plans to report it has raised its stake in the publisher, according people familiar with the matter.”

  • E&P reports, “They may not have the national attention of the Barack Obama/Hillary Clinton nomination fight, but to members of The Newspaper Guild, presidential candidates Linda Foley and Bernie Lunzer are waging a war of words, grassroots campaigning, and even music videos that rivals anything in the union’s recent history.”

  • Washington Post reports, “Who is this muscleman with the sword who wants to fight his way onto the board of the New York Times Co.? His name is Scott Galloway, he’s 43, and he was unknown to the Times Co. two weeks before Christmas. Since then, he has purchased more than 15 percent of the company’s stock and proposed a slate of four directors — including himself — that was effectively shot down by the company yesterday”

  • NMA reports, “The Financial Times this morning launched a social network aimed at senior business people from the media and technology sectors.”

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    TV

  • A release announced, “As part of a special edition of ‘It’s Your Call With Lynn Doyle,’ CN8, The Comcast Network will get inside the minds of young voters at a Rock the Vote party held at Todd English’s Olives Restaurant and Lounge in Washington, D.C. The program will air on Wednesday, Feb. 27 at 9 p.m. as CN8 Host and Political Director Lynn Doyle explores all aspects surrounding race and the 2008 election, addressing some of the tough questions and issues facing youth and minority voters today. Doyle will be joined in studio by a panel of experts who will discuss the influence of the youth vote in the 2008 election, as well as voter reaction to female and black candidates running for office.”

  • TVNewser reports, “ABC’s Bob Woodruff, in North Korea along with other U.S. reporters covering the New York Philharmonic’s concert in Pyongyang, became the first Western journalist to go inside the country’s Yongbyon Nuclear Facility, according to ABC News.”

  • Huffington Post’s Sam Stein reports, “MSNBC-Clinton Feud Continues: Tucker Goes Off”

  • Dow Jones reports, “The three Republican members of the Federal Communications Commission have voted to approve the transaction swapping effective control of DirecTV Group Inc. (DTV) from News Corp. (NWS) to Liberty Media Corp. (LCAPA), several agency officials said Thursday.”

  • 23/6 has The Situation reduced to one minute.

  • TVNewser reports, “CNN/U.S. president Jon Klein announced today that Ed Litvak is leaving American Morning as the executive producer. He’s also parting company with CNN. Insiders tell us Litvak was interested in moving on from the 2 a.m. wake-up calls. But American Morning has struggled to find an audience.”

  • Former CNN-er Chez Pazienza looks into Litvak’s departure from the network.

  • New York Times reports, “Looking to strike a blow against the proliferation of digital video recorders, the ABC network, its affiliated broadcast stations, and Cox Communications’ cable systems are establishing an on-demand video service that would allow viewers to watch ABC shows like ‘Lost’ and ‘Desperate Housewives’ any time they choose.”

  • TVNewser reports, “Only one of the regular Fox & Friends Weekend team was back on set this weekend, as it appears some of the moves may be more permanent than first thought. Last weekend, an entirely new crew graced the Saturday morning screen on FNC. Ainsley Earhardt, Adam Housley and Clayton Morris occupied the morning show seats. This morning, Earhardt and Morris were back, as was Greg Kelly, who returned after a two week absence to his usual position.”

  • “Discovery Turns Its Spotlight Inward,” Washington Post reports.

  • PBS Ombudsman Michael Getler asks, “Is The New York Times Still Necessary?”

  • TVNewser’s Debate Ranker shows, “CNN Has Top Six Cable Debates”

  • New York Observer reports,Jim Lehrer Won’t Have to ‘Do Fisticuffs’ on Chip McGrath After All”

  • TVNewser looks into “Raised “Volume” in 2008 Election Coverage”

  • TVNewser reports, “Rove on CBS: ‘The National Enquirer of Network News’”

  • Dow Jones reports, “The Federal Communications Commission on Friday took the next step in an indecency enforcement action against News Corp. (NWS) over a 2003 episode of a short-lived reality TV show. The Commission said it would fine each Fox television station that aired an episode of ‘Married By America’ in April 2003 that resulted in a complaint against it.”

  • TVNewser reported after last week’s debate, “Last night’s Democratic duel in Austin was a ratings winner for CNN. 7,576,00 total viewers watched the debate, making it the second most watched debate in cable history (behind the last CNN debate, from Los Angeles). In the A25-54 demo, the debate drew 2,986,000 viewers, also enough for second place on cable. This means that CNN now has the top six debates on cable this season in total viewers, and the top seven in the demo.”

  • Politico’s Ben Smith calls into question CNN’s, umm, questionable question of the day. Huffington Post reports, “CNN Re-Legitimizes ‘Scurrilous’ Obama Email”

  • The New York Post reports, “Cablevision has been quietly working with Bear Stearns on ways to enhance shareholder value, including putting a value on its Rainbow Media unit ahead of a possible sale and drawing up a list of targets for potential acquisitions, The Post has learned.”

  • The Los Angeles Times reports, “MSNBC serves political news with a side of opinion”

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    ONLINE MEDIA

  • The AP reports, “Time Warner Inc.’s AOL said Thursday that it launched a Web site for users in Mexico that combines its free e-mail and instant messaging features with local content in Spanish. AOL partnered with fixed-line company Alestra for distribution and Mexican magazine company Grupo Editorial Expansion for content. Grupo Editorial Expansion is owned by Time Warner’s magazine publishing unit, Time Inc.”

  • New York Times reports, “Of the many landmarks along a journalist’s career, two are among those that stand out: winning an award and making the government back down. Last week, Joshua Micah Marshall achieved both.”

  • MassLive’s Red Sox Monster reports, “In what came as quite a shock to me, Bruce Allen of Boston Sports Media Watch, the preeminent sports media critic in the market, named its Top 5 mainstream media sports blogs today… and Red Sox Monster placed third, beating out a few huge heavy hitters.”

  • CNet News talks toBill Gates on the future of journalism and more.”

  • Open Forum’s John Battelle writes, “Today, I’ll assert, no matter what business you think you’re in — be it making widgets or providing a service, you’re now in the media business, plain and simple. Those that recognize this shift will succeed, those that ignore it will atrophy and eventually become irrelevant.”

  • AP reports, “Yahoo Inc. said Thursday it added four publishers to its network of newspaper partnerships. The Internet search engine’s newspaper consortium now includes 634 newspapers. The company recently added Shaw Newspapers, The Buffalo News, the Times Publishing Co. and the Columbia Publishing Co.”

  • Military Times Photographer Sheila Vemmer was asked to delete pictures in Kenya and she reports, “When journalists like Michelle and I embed with the military, we are given a long set of rules and instructions that we have to initial and abide by. Whether it is in Iraq or Kenya, a ‘kinetic’ environment or not, the rules are pretty much the same.”

  • The Times Online reports, “Web socialites succumb to ‘Facebook fatigue’”

  • Beltway Confidential reports, “White House spokeswoman Dana Perino warned early in the day today that President Bush was in “a really good mood” and might do an interview on the AF1 flight home from Liberia. Sure enough, POTUS and Mrs. had the press pool brought to the front of the plane where he discussed his trip to Africa, fondness for napping, and plans to vote in the Texas Republican primary. And he expressed concern for Ben Feller of the AP, who is apparently puking his way across the continent.”

  • “Fox Said To Be Exploring Termination Of Google Advertising Deal,” Tech Crunch reports.

  • RTTNews reports, “The New York Times Co. is launching ShifD, an application that enables users to seamlessly shift content between their computers and mobile devices.”

  • Boston Herald reports, “Comcast and its critics are gearing up for a showdown that some say may determine the future ability of people to navigate freely around the Internet without corporate restrictions. In an unusual move, the full board of the Federal Communications Commission will hold a special hearing next week at Harvard Law School in Cambridge to review charges that Comcast has deliberately interfered with attempts by high-speed Internet subscribers to share files online.”

  • The Wall Street Journal reports, “Getty Images Inc., one of the world’s premier photo agencies, agreed to a $2 billion buyout from private-equity firm Hellman & Friedman LLC. Hellman will pay $34 a share, a 55% premium to its closing price on Jan. 18, the day before it announced it was exploring a possible sale. The offer is 39% higher than Friday’s closing price of Getty’s shares. Including debt, the deal is valued at $2.4 billion.”

  • Reuters reports, “The head of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission said on Monday he is ‘ready, willing and able’ to stop broadband providers that unreasonably interfere with subscribers’ access to Internet content.”

  • The Wall Street Journal reports, “Could television be the next industry to become Internet roadkill? Online video has been a hit. Americans watched more than 300 million videos on Google’s YouTube in December alone, and the amount of time spent watching video online grew 34% last year.”

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    MAGAZINES

  • A reader writes, “Oscar night was good for Atlantic Media: The Atlantic’s James Fallows was featured in one of the documentary clips, and Alex Gibney, brother of Atlantic Editor James, took home the prize for best documentary for Taxi to the Dark Side. Maybe Oscar can come visit the magazine’s Ellies…”

  • E&P reports, “USA Today has launched a new lifestyle magazine, Open Air, covering topics from workout tips to athletic gear to travel destinations. The magazine will publish quarterly in the Friday editions of USA Today. Open Air ‘geared towards the busy, well-informed, affluent consumer,’ as described in a statement. Content is designed for readers with a healthy, active lifestyle and a taste for adventure, with many articles about travel and outdoor activities.”

  • “The Washingtonian has obtained this industry planning memo documenting some of the cruise ideas that didn’t happen this year.” Check them out here.

  • Folio reports, “An attempt by The Economist to gain rights to the domain name TheEconomist.com has been denied by the World Intellectual Property Organization. The Economist filed its claim with WIPO on November 9, 2007. The magazine’s Web site is registered as simply economist.com.”

  • Jon Friedman writes, “Newsweek and Time should end a stodgy practice”

  • The AP reports, “Time Warner Inc. said in its annual regulatory filing Friday that it expects to cut more jobs in its magazine publishing division in the first quarter, resulting in $10 million to $20 million in expenses.”

  • The American Spectator looks at “The Sources of Our Discontent”

  • MoveOn.org has “partnered with Mother Jones magazine — if you sign up as a monthly donor to Operation Democracy, you’ll get a year’s subscription to their excellent investigative reporting on progressive issues and the right wing”

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    RADIO

  • Matthew Felling will be “The Kojo Nnamdi Show” today on DC’s National Public Radio affiliate WAMU 88.5 from 12-2pm EST.

  • Bloomberg reports, “Clear Channel Communications Inc., the largest U.S. radio broadcaster, is in talks with Providence Equity Partners Inc. about revising an agreement to sell its television stations, said two people briefed on the discussions.”

  • A release announced, “Talk show host Robert ‘Rob’ Redding Jr.’s brand new two-hour weekly radio show, named after his Web site Redding News Review, will go national on March 1st. Redding’s company Redding Communications, Inc. (RCI) is teaming with the Genesis Communications Network to distribute Redding News Review, now heard exclusively on the show’s flagship station Talk 540-AM KNOE in Monroe.”

  • DCRTV reports,Jeff King leaves his producer gig at the DC-based ‘Bill Press Show’ to be an account exec with DC’s Strauss Radio Strategies. King used to work for ABC (now Citadel) talker WMAL (630 AM), where he produced Michael Graham’s show. Press’s Jones Radio Network show is heard mornings on Clear Channel talker WWRC (1260 AM)…”

  • DCRTV tells us that Kornheiser may have been referring to one of his recent rants.

  • Radio Ink reports, “FCC Commissioner Deborah Taylor Tate says the FCC is looking into how its indecency regulations could extend to the increasing availability of audio and video content delivered to mobile devices.”

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    BOOKS

  • The Los Angeles Times reports,Paul Haggis and Michael Nozik with Hwy61 Films, based at Paramount, option Joseph Weisberg’s ‘An Ordinary Spy,’ a novel about the realities of day-to-day work in the CIA, and the emotional damage participants can wreak on each other”

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    JOBS

  • The Advisory Board Company is looking for Staff Writers for an Online Daily Health Publication.

  • API is looking for a Web Content Administrator.

  • Goldman & Associates Public Relations is looking for a Public Relations Associate.

  • Buffalo Communications (A Division of Billy Casper Golf) is looking for someone to work in Public Relations and for a PR Manager.

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  • Morning Reading List, 01.22.08

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    Good morning Washington. Eleven years ago today, the Senate confirmed Madeleine Albright as secretary of state. And it’s Diane Lane’s birthday! (Hat Tip: MicCheckRadio).

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    Morning Reading List, 01.15.08

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    Good morning Washington. It’s the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Wikipedia. (See King’s Wikipedia entry here.)

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  • You think Hillary Clinton was “edgy” on “Meet”

    REVOLVING DOOR

  • The Washington Business Journal reports, “Gannett Co. Inc. has named the chief executive of online ad company PointRoll Inc. to be its new chief digital officer, as it seeks to expand its online operations. Chris Saridakis, who was named PointRoll chief executive after McLean-based Gannett acquired the company two years ago, will oversee digital operations at Gannett’s newspapers and television stations. He will report directly to Gannett chief executive Craig Dubow.”

  • J. Peter Freire is the new Managing Editor of The American Spectator. Freire first came to the Spectator as an intern and editorial assistant under a journalism fellowship from the Intercollegiate Studies Institute.

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    NEWSPAPERS

  • The real Dowd scandal

  • Washington Post’s Deb Howell writes, “Here’s what happened in New Hampshire: Reporters lost their natural skepticism and took what they thought was happening and projected it far past the facts. The experts were wrong, the polling a disaster. The Post, luckily, didn’t poll late in New Hampshire and wasn’t among those making a bad call.”

  • The Virginian-Pilot’s Joyce Hoffman writes, “Coming on board as public editor with the news that Landmark Communications, and with it The Virginian-Pilot, is likely to be sold is a daunting endeavor. An end to the century-old tradition of leadership by a family with a historic commitment to public service journalism is a troubling prospect for Hampton Roads.”

  • Richard Just writes, “What happened at the Supreme Court 20 years ago tomorrow has been long forgotten by most Americans — if they ever heard about it at all. Unlike the better-known decisions of the last century, the ruling handed down on Jan. 13, 1988, had nothing to do with race or abortion rights. It didn’t become fodder for presidential candidates and hasn’t galvanized voters on either the left or right. Yet over the past two decades, the court’s ruling in Hazelwood School District v. Kuhlmeier, which concerned high school newspapers, has had far-reaching consequences. Not only has it changed the way journalism is taught at many schools, it has made it more difficult for high school students to learn the important lessons about democracy that come from publishing — or simply reading — serious newspapers.”

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    TV

  • A release announced, “MSNBC presents special live coverage
    … of the Michigan primary, as well as the Democratic presidential debate live from Nevada. Coverage begins with ‘Hardball with
    Chris Matthews’ live from Las Vegas at 5 and 7 p.m. ET, ‘Tucker’ live at 6 p.m. ET and ‘Countdown with Keith Olbermann’ at 8 p.m. ET.”

  • A CNN release announced the network “will dedicate the 8 p.m. hour each weekday to the latest election news coverage from the campaign trail in a new program, CNN Election Center. Building on CNN’s successes and ratings wins from both the Iowa caucuses and the New Hampshire primaries, CNN Election Center will be anchored by members of the ‘Best Political Team on Television’ from the New York-based CNN Election Center and on the trail by CNN anchor John Roberts.”

  • TVNewser reports, “Broadcasting & Cable published an editorial today that served as a call to the networks to focus more energy on presidential news coverage. It also applauded ABC News for its debate coverage, which rated extremely well, and its New Hampshire special, which didn’t, but was the only network that gave the primary a half-hour.”

  • The Washington Times reports, “A legal battle over advertisements for a new documentary about Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton illustrates the folly of current campaign-finance laws, says the attorney for the producers of the film, which premieres tonight in Washington. ‘Hillary: The Movie’ is ‘a political documentary like Michael Moore or Al Gore has made,’ said James Bopp, who went to federal court last week to represent the movie’s producers. Yet the conservative group Citizens United, which produced the Clinton film, must ‘go to court to get permission to advertise the film… because of McCain-Feingold,’ he said.”

  • His Extreme-ness reports, “If you saw John Kerry on ‘This Week with George Stephanopoulos’ Sunday morning, you saw him talking about his endorsement of Barack Obama. And you probably also saw him successfully pull off a tough stunt — banning something he didn’t want from the show.”

  • TVNewser reports, “Rep. Ron Paul took part in last Thursday’s GOP debate on Fox News after being excluded in the New Hampshire forum. His supporters were, well, less than happy with Fox News over the decision to leave out Paul from the N.H. forum, as Frank Luntz explained.”

  • TVNewser reports that MSNBC announced in a press release how it plans to handle hosting a debate and covering the Michigan primary tonight. The debate will take place at 9 p.m.
  • PBS Ombudsman Michael Getler writes, “The press, the pundits and the polls all got a big black eye this week after forecasting, with considerable certainty, a big victory for Sen. Barack Obama in the Democratic primary in New Hampshire. Much has already been written and broadcast about this episode. Newspapers and television networks have had stories about how everybody got it wrong and what the various reasons may have been. I don’t have much to add to this other than to wonder if individual news organizations — aside from their obvious, next-day follow-up stories — took some time to conduct their own in-house post-mortems to figure out if this glaring error in polling and news judgment should alter in some fundamental way the manner in which they approach political coverage. It’s not as though it hasn’t happened before.”

  • This Wednesday at Nathan’s Q&A cafe will feature Amy Holmes, described as “a three-fer: female, black and republican. There’s not much we won’t be able to politically slice and dice.”

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    ONLINE MEDIA

  • Hotline’s On Call is covering the Michigan primary live tonight.

  • Poynter’s Steve Klein reports, “No one has been more supportive of bloggers and more critical of mainstream media than Ted Leonsis, the former AOL executive who owns the NHL Washington Capitals. (OK, well maybe Mark Cuban is close.) Leonsis has paid to send independent bloggers to cover Caps prospects in Russia, and when long-time Washington Times hockey writer Dave Fay died late last year, no one was kinder. So when Leonsis shelled out $124 million over 13 years last week to keep his franchise player, Alex Ovechkin, in town — it was the biggest contract in Washington D.C. sports history — Leonsis had a right to expect some accurate coverage in the MSM and some honest passion from the bloggers. But to read the owner’s very active blog, Ted’s Take, it doesn’t appear he got a great deal of either.”

  • Christopher Hitchens Watch reports that Hitchens has quit smoking. No, really.

  • Be sure to c heck out Breitbart TV. Ed Driscoll reports, “About a minute into the latest B-Cast by Liz Stephans and Scott Baker of Breitbart.TV (whom we interviewed a few weeks ago on PJM Political), they casually mention that their previous show attracted about 400,000 views.”

  • Marc Fisher reports, “Living in a city without a full-time jazz station, I have to rely on CDs and downloads to hear my fill of Miles Davis and John Coltrane. But to discover new jazz from singer Madeleine Peyroux or pianist Bruce Barth, it’s necessary to reach past broadcast radio to online music services, music blogs and pay satellite radio. But now comes NPR Music, a sprawling Web site from National Public Radio on which I can listen to the NPR jazz (or classical or folk or indie rock) shows that don’t air on Washington’s public stations — as well as tap into song lists, video and audio of concerts, music-related stories from NPR’s news shows and a raft of programs from public stations across the country.”

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    MAGAZINES

  • Wonkette reports, “Campaigns & Elections magazine was one of those old insider trade magazines for people that simply couldn’t get enough of campaign tactics and other campaigners in the off-season — but there’s nary an off-season anymore. So, C&E redesigned the magazine (it’s shiny!), started writing about politics and threw a swanky party with an open bar in a big black room to celebrate.” For pics, click here.

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    RADIO

  • Former CBS Public Eye editor Matthew Felling is hosting “The Kojo Nnamdi Show” today at noon on WAMU 88.5, talking Macs and Movies.

  • The Redskins’ Tumultuous Season Didn’t Gain Yardage on Sports Radio

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    JOBS

  • CommunicationWorks is looking for a Media Manager.

  • mediabistro.com is looking for mediabistro.com Instructors.

  • Widmeyer Communications is looking for an Account Manager and a Senior Associate/Assistant Vice President.

  • The Chronicle of Higher Education is looking for a Technology Writer.

  • WTOP Radio is looking for a Reporter.

  • WFED Radio is looking for a Reporter.

  • AARP is looking for a Managing Editor — AARP Bulletin.

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

  • Strauss Radio Strategies, Inc. is seeking PR Pros Specializing in Broadcast.

  • Youth Today is looking for a Publisher and a Managing Editor.

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