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TIME Remembers “Teddy”

Ted Kennedy will join Princess Diana, JFK, Jr.and Michael Jackson as one of the few honored with a TIME Magazine commemorative issue.

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Time’s commemorative issue for Sen. Kennedy will hit newsstands on Friday, August 28. Columnist Joe Klein, Bob Shrum, Ted Sorensen, and Mike Barnicle are contributing remembrances to the commemorative issue, which will additionally feature stories by TIME editors. Stories from the issue will appear on

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Morning Reading List 08.03.09

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



How did the NYT print a story about Walter Cronkite with seven errors? Public editor Clark Hoyt says: “Even a newspaper like the Times, with layers of editing to ensure accuracy, can go off the rails when communication is poor, individuals do not bear down hard enough, and they make assumptions about what others have done.”

The newspaper industry may not be in the best shape, but one section is doing just fine- obits, as pointed out by WaPo ombudsman Andrew Alexander.

The New York Post hired a clown, an actual clown to roam the hallways of the New York State Capitol. Who will be the first publication to replicate here in DC??


Do MSNBC and Fox have a truce deal? NYT ran a front-page story Saturday saying that News Corp’s Rupert Murdoch and GE’s Jeffrey Immelt instructed lieutenants to arrange a cease-fire between MSNBC and Fox News. A source tells TVNewser: “There’s more to this story than is being reported.”

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

Jessica Yellin filled in for John King yesterday on CNN’s “State of the Union.” Her first time, by our count. King did pre-tape an interview with Sen. John McCain on Friday.

LAT on Sunday show ratings: NBC’s ‘Meet the Press’ clings to ratings lead but ABC, CBS close fast.

Is Lou Dobbs a publicity nightmare for CNN?

Someone at HuffPost misses David Shuster on MSNBC.


Check out your local news on YouTube.

NYT‘s Maureen Dowd e-interviews Nora Ephron for a piece Saturday.


NYT profiles Philip F. Anschutz, The Weekly Standard‘s new owner.

VF will publish two September 2009 covers- one with Michael Jackson and one with Farrah Fawcett, in eerily similar poses.


LAT takes a look at how carefully President Obama and his team crafted his speech in Cairo.


Just for fun this Monday morning… the Daily Beast asks “Is Disney Losing Its Magic?”

HAT TIPS: mediabistro, TVNewser, Politico

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Morning Reading List 07.09.09

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Happy Birthday to Lani Hay and Blayne Alexander! What we know and what we’re reading this Thursday morning…



More on that salon story… from Slate’s Jack Shafer: “The David Bradley Effect, The corrupting effect of his off-the-record salons” and WSJ: “When Newspapers Peddle Influence, A revealing scandal at the Washington Post.”


NBC’s “Meet the Press” EP Betsy Fischer tweets: If you like to catch the MTP repeat on MSNBC – we’ll be reairing at a NEW time starting this Sunday – 2pmET. This replaces the 5pmET repeat.

President Obama is going to Ghaha- and so are the nets.


MJ numbers via TVNewser: Nearly 31 million U.S. TV viewers watched the Michael Jackson memorial service across 19 networks. 8.9 million watched on the four cable news channels, and another 14.32M watched on the broadcast networks. And the network breakdown: ABC 5.31M, NBC 5.12M and CBS 3.89M.

The Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism found Jackson’s death made up 17% of the news coverage, but accounted for 30% of the airtime on network news and 28% on cable news. The second-biggest story last week was the ongoing economic crisis followed by Iraq, as U.S. troops withdrew from key cities. The 6% coverage of the war in Iraq was the highest level of coverage for that story in all of 2009. More details here.

Lisa Ling heard from her sister, one of the two American journalists imprisoned in North Korea. “It was only the first time I had heard her voice in weeks… I was so relieved, but I feel so helpless,” Lisa Ling said in an interview yesterday, via CNN.

Tucker Carlson interviews Jeb Bush for Esquire.

HAT TIPS: mediabistro

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Shuffle at WaPo Style

In an internal memo, WaPo shuffled Style around naming Rich Leiby Sunday and pop culture editor, “reeling” Scott Vogel from the Travel section and adding WaPo Mag’s Sydney Trent and her new feature, “The Read.” If you’re interested, the very long memo after the jump.

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Morning Reading List 07.08.09

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



The deadline for bids for the Boston Globe has been postponed.


We told you yesterday about Air America’s interview with Todd Purdum. If you missed it, you can listen online here. Purdum discussed Palin’s unpredictability, her lack of curiosity and her “casual” relationship with the truth, all characteristics that came out in last fall’s presidential campaign, and gained traction in recent days as she announced her resignation. As Purdum told Air America’s Jack Rice, “She really is willing to say that black is white and day is night.”


Are Murdoch and Google eyeing a Twitter purchase?


Michael Jackson memorial notes: Mediaite’s Glynnis MacNicol and Steve Krakauer joined the mediabistro Morning Media Menu to discuss coverage. Listen in here. From TVNewser: Jackson Notes, Gathering at the Crossroads of the World for Michael Jackson Memorial and Inspired By The Coverage of One King’s Funeral, Shepard Smith Now Anchors Another’s.

And WaPo’s Tom Shales: Never Can Say Goodbye, Even in Death, Jackson Is Good TV.

In Sunday’s WaPo, the aunt of a solider killed in Afghanistan on the same day as Michael Jackson decried the lack of TV news coverage for the soldiers as the media went in to overdrive on the Jackson story. She wrote: “Mr. Jackson received days of wall-to-wall coverage in the media. Where was the coverage of my nephew or the other soldiers who died that week?”


Some notes on President Obama’s trip overseas from Politico‘s Josh Gerstein via Playbook: “Morning for the White House Press Corps kicked off with an enervating 3 a.m. bus call at the hotel in Moscow. (Some TV folks basically went straight from standups to the buses).”

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TVNewser’s Live Blogging The Michael Jackson Memorial

Michael Jackson‘s memorial service is just getting underway at the Staples Center in LA, and on network TV, cable news, live streaming online, Facebook, in movie theaters…

TVNewser is live-blogging the memorial’s coverage with guest appearances by Mediaite’s Glynnis MacNicol, Rachel Sklar and Steve Krakauer and drumroll please… new TVNewser editor Kevin Allocca.

Follow along here.

President Obama In Russia, Talking MJ

We told you earlier President Obama would sit down with the five nets this morning for interviews in Russia.

With Michael Jackson‘s memorial all but taking over the airwaves today, the White House correspondents couldn’t resisit getting a question in to the President. With one exception– Fox’s Major Garrett. He said on “Fox & Friends” this morning he didn’t bring up Jackson. “That either makes me a very good reporter, or today, one of the worst in all of America,” Garrett said. “I’ll let our audience decide for themselves.” (h/t Politico)

ABC’s Jake Tapper, CBS’ Chip Reid, NBC’s Chuck Todd and CNN’s Ed Henry all went there. Tapper blogged Obama “joked that he’d have to discuss Michael Jackson in order to get media coverage of the U.S.-Russian summit” and that he “wasn’t at all irritated by the media attention to the funeral of the King of Pop.”

And CBS’ Mark Knoller tweets:

Asked again about Michael Jackson, Obama likened the public outpouring of grief to the deaths of Elvis, Sinatra and John Lennon.

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TV Coverage Plans For Michael Jackson Memorial Service

Michael Jackson‘s memorial service is tomorrow at the Staples Center in LA. Here’s how the nets and cable will cover the service, via TVNewser:

• ABC: Charlie Gibson will anchor live coverage “Remembering Michael Jackson” at 1pmET, joined by “Nightline” anchor Martin Bashir. Some updates: Diane Sawyer, in NY, and Barbara Walters, at the Staples Center, will co-anchor a special edition of “20/20″ at 9pmET. Sawyer and Elizabeth Vargas will also co-anchor “Primetime: Family Secrets,” a report on Michael Jackson’s children at 10pmET. Cynthia McFadden will also anchor “Nightline” from the Staples Center.

• CBS: Maggie Rodriguez and Harry Smith will anchor the “Early Show” from the Staples Center tomorrow. Katie Couric will anchor special coverage of the memorial at 1pmET and the CBS “Evening News” from the Staples Center. Couric will also do “48 Hours” at 10pmET.

• NBC/MSNBC: NBC will televise the memorial service at 1pmET, anchored by Brian Williams. Chris Jansing will anchor MSNBC’s live coverage. Meredith Vieira will broadcast live tomorrow at the Staples Center for “Today” and Williams will anchor “Nightly News” from LA Tuesday.

• CNN: Anderson Cooper, Larry King, Don Lemon and Soledad O’Brien will host coverage live from LA, with Campbell Brown and Roland Martin anchoring live from New York, starting at NoonET on CNN and simulcast on CNN International.

• HLN: Robin Meade, A.J. Hammer and Jane Velez-Mitchell will anchor live coverage for HLN.

• Fox: Shepard Smith will anchor live coverage of the memorial service on Fox News starting at 1pmET. Megyn Kelly will anchor live coverage of the memorial on FOX broadcast also beginning at 1pmET. Greta Van Susteren will also be in LA on Tuesday, and will host her show from there Tuesday night.

FishPoolDC: Our Insider’s Notes from Today’s Press Briefing

A truly brief pre-holiday weekend briefing started with Press Secretary/WH School Marm Robert Gibbs‘ scolding of NBC’s Chuck Todd for another late entrance (though no one heard a two-minute warning). “Three times — you’ve got to go to detention hall,” RG announced. (Chucky T was allowed to stay.)

But… Free Ice Cream?!: With more grim economic numbers out this morning, Gibbs continued to keep the bar low on short-term employment data. Asked if the WH still expected to see 10% unemployment this year, Gibbs said, “Absolutely,” adding, “in the next two to three months — I think it’s quite clear that we’ll hit that number.” He noted POTUS’s “impatience” and said, “He sees this economy through the eyes of the American people, and obviously the American people are continuing to hurt.” (On a completely unrelated up side, Gibbs wondered aloud if a ringing cell phone was an ice cream truck. “Ice cream sandwiches are on me,” he said. So… at least we have that going for us.)

Salons are for Hair and Nails: When Gibbs recognized WaPo‘s Michael Shear after an unusually early “thank you” from AP’s Liz Sidoti to close the briefing, Shear’s intro of “On healthcare…” drew laughs from all corners. Rumors of WaPo‘s salon-style healthcare gatherings with Obama officials and the controversial $25,000 price tag for lobbyist tickets has sparked a significant journalistic ethics debate around town. “The Counsel’s office has advised me to ask Mike exactly how much each of these questions is costing,” Gibbs cracked. NYT‘s Jeff Zeleny, next to Shear, made his seatmate squirm as he asked Gibbs to weigh in on the salon idea. RG said no verdict had been rendered but that the salons “would likely exceed what the Counsel would feel, in this case, would be appropriate.”

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Morning Reading List 07.02.09

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Happy Birthday to NYT‘s Peter Baker and a big congratulations to Roll Call‘s David Meyers, whose daughter Sophie Rose Meyers was born on June 16th– coincidentally Roll Call‘s birthday!

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



David Rohde, the NYT reporter who escaped the Taliban returned to his newsroom to thunderous applause.


TVNewser: As viewers for two of the three network newscasts drop off, NBC “Nightly News” with Brian Williams has grown in viewership over the last year, and had its best Q2 in three years. The broadcast added 86,000 viewers in the second quarter of 2009 vs. Q2 ’08. Not huge growth, but growth nonetheless.

CBS’ Bob Schieffer tells Washington Whispers he’s not sure why his “Face the Nation” ratings are going up. “I have no idea. We have not changed a thing… We are doing what we’ve always done, just to try to get the key newsmaker of the week and ask them the obvious question.”

NBC “Today” show anchor Matt Lauer, CNN’s Larry King and ABC “Nightline” anchor Cynthia McFadden are all heading to Neverland.


TWT editor John Solomon will join NPR’s Kojo Nnamdi Show in the noon hour to discuss the local and national media landscapes and where he see the Times fitting in.


AP: Is Twitter the news outlet for the 21st century?


CNN: Prior to revelations of an extramarital affair that effectively brought an end to his political career, Mark Sanford was preparing to publish a book outlining his policy beliefs. Sentinel, a conservative imprint of Penguin Group, has included a book by Sanford in their Spring 2010 catalogue.


How TMZ gets scoops.

Politico‘s Patrick Gavin is out in Aspen for the 2009 Ideas Festival we told you about earlier this week. He fills us in on a panel on the future of journalism with Aspen Institute President (and former CNN President) Walter Isaacson, WaPo‘s Katharine Weymouth and ABC News President David Westin. “We will look at anything and are taking a wait-and-see approach,” said Weymouth. “We think about a ton of things. Everything is open.” When asked whether print papers will always be around, Weymouth said, “I don’t know. I don’t predict. Nobody knows.”

NPR points out that “as some newspapers are going out of business and many more are shedding costs, a lot of investigative journalists who have devoted years to exposing government corruption and corporate scandals are leaving their newsrooms,” some even pursuing careers as private investigators.

Slate‘s Jack Shafer: Michael Jackson‘s death isn’t the first time the press has woven a wardrobe of flimsy garments from thin threads. Editors everywhere appreciate that readers always love to read about Topic A and are intent on being served truckloads of Topic A when Topic A is red hot, even if the product is dross.

HAT TIPS: mediabistro

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