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Morning Reading List 07.01.09

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

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

NEWSPAPERS

WSJ: Gannett Co., the largest U.S. newspaper publisher by daily circulation, will cut between 1,000 and 2,000 jobs out of its 41,500-person work force in response to continuing revenue declines. The cuts will come from the U.S. Community Publishing division, which consists of more than 80 local dailies.

TV

Check out mediabistro’s Laurel Touby on Carlos Watson‘s 11am hour on MSNBC today.

The Pew Research Center reports TV news devoted 28 hours to Michael Jackson coverage and 93% of cable airtime (h/t TVNewser). Early in the week the media gave ongoing attention to protests over the Iranian election. And by the end of the week Iran filled 19% of the newshole, making it the No. 1 topic of the week. By Wednesday attention shifted to the third biggest story of the week – the affair of South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford. But the passing of the “King of Pop” on Thursday, the #2 story of the week, dominated late week coverage. The TV nets devoted more than 28 hours to Jackson’s life and death. The cable nets devoted 93% of their airtime to Jackson on Thursday and Friday.

Tom Shales‘ in WaPo on why TV critics are needed more than ever: “Sadly, there are people who maintain that TV critics are anachronisms, unnecessary luxuries in a fidgety digital age. Unfortunately, some of those people happen to be newspaper editors. At more than just a handful of papers around the country, the job has simply been abolished.”

ONLINE

TVNewser profiles Aaron Brown and asks about Twitter. He’s doing a PBS series “Wide Angle.” “My students made me open a Twitter account, but I have never Twittered or read a Tweet,” he says. “It’s self-indulgent nonsense. I don’t get it. I’m 60. I’m not sure I’m supposed to get this stuff.”

MAGAZINES

Vibe Magazine is shutting down.

NEWS NOTES

About that Todd Purdum piece on Sarah Palin in VFPolitico: “A hard-hitting piece on Sarah Palin in the new Vanity Fair has touched off a blistering exchange of insults among high-profile Republicans over last year’s GOP ticket — tearing open fresh wounds about leaks surrounding Palin and the internal wars that paralyzed the campaign in its final days.”

And Craig Crawford in CQ: “Now they tell us. John McCain’s staffers are lining up to anonymously trash Sarah Palin and feed a news media assault against the 2008 GOP running mate. These pathetic wimps offer nothing but unattributed quotes to Vanity Fair saying they felt she wasn’t up to snuff and whining that she refused to properly study up on policy issues.”

WEST WING REPORTAGE

AP’s David Bauder writes about the selective coverage of the Obama girls, Sasha and Malia. “Images are great when they can be controlled. And when it comes to the Obama kids, the White House can be very controlling. Sasha and her 10-year-old sister Malia have been shielded carefully from the public, but they are by no means invisible.”

HAT TIPS: mediabistro

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Morning Reading List 06.30.09

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Happy Birthday to Jane Chick! What we know and what we’re reading this Tuesday morning…

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NEWSPAPERS

USA Today is also publishing two Michael Jackson commemorative publications- a 96-page glossy “Michael Jackson: King of Pop” and a 40-page tabloid “Michael 1958-2009″. Purchasing dets here.

ONLINE

Is Facebook trying to be Twitter?

Regardless, our favorite recent Facebook status- Chuck Todd: “RIP Billy Mays, the secret to his success? The beard!”

MAGAZINES

Magazine editors scrambled to get Michael Jackson on their covers, including Time, Newsweek, In Touch Weekly, Entertainment Weekly, Ebony, Billboard, Rolling Stone and OK!. According to the AP, Time put out a 64-page edition, separate from its regular weekly issue, exclusively covering Jackson- this was Time’s first special edition since the 9/11 attacks.

BOOKS

Former embeds Scott Conroy and Shushannah Walshe‘s book on Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin has a title- “Sarah from Alaska: Inside the Political Arrival That Rocked American Politics- What Really Happened, What It Means, and What’s Next for Sarah Palin.”

NEWS NOTES

LAT asks a good question- what is TMZ had been wrong about Jackson? “Has technology’s ability to deliver information at such a rapid pace corrupted us? It’s one thing to marvel at how social media sites have helped spread Iranian news that might otherwise have been censored; it’s quite another to become a culture that prizes speed over confirmed facts.” Read on here.

AP takes a look at the challenges foreign broadcasters face covering Iran.

WEST WING REPORTAGE

President Obama’s campaign scored two top prizes at Cannes Lions International Advertising Awards.

Also check out President Obama get interrupted yesterday by a quacking ringtone at an event at the White House.

HAT TIPS: mediabistro

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Michael Jackson: DC Reflects

“The King of Pop Dies at 50″ WaPo cover didn’t actually run, but for up to $249.95, you can own a commemorative print edition.

The House held a moment of silence Friday in a tribute to Michael Jackson. Reps Diane Watson (D-CA) and Jesse Jackson, Jr. (D-IL) spoke, paying tribute to the culture he left behind.

In Friday’s press briefing, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs also relayed condolences from the President to the Jackson family and his fans.

Morning Reading List 06.29.09

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Happy Birthday to Erin McPike who turned 26 yesterday! What we know and what we’re reading this Monday morning…

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NEWSPAPERS

From AdAge: Why the NYT Co. will be in business until at aleast 2012.

NYT sets a July 8th deadline for bids for the Boston Globe.

TV

In memoriam: TV infomercial star Billy Mays was found dead in his Tampa home this weekend.

The DailyBeast brings us the 7 best moments from Sunday talk. Sen. Mitch McConnell on Mark Sanford, Tony Blair on Iran, and of course, Dana Milbank vs. Nico Pitney.

Dr. Nancy Snyderman‘s hour medical show debuts today on MSNBC. WaPo‘s Howard Kurtz takes a look here.

Other changes at MSNBC to debut today: Dylan Ratigan‘s two-hour show, Contessa Brewer will anchor the 2pm hour with rotating co-anchors and Norah O’Donnell will fill in anchor and continue to do Today and Weekend Today. MSNBC also revealed new HD graphics this weekend.

Al Jazeera debuts in Washington July 1st- will Americans tune in?

Go inside the home of Fox’s Bret Baier in WaPo here.

ONLINE

NBC Nightly News‘ website reached an all-time record with more than 3.4 million video streams Thursday due to the death of Michael Jackson, according to WebNewser.

NYT asked the co-founder of Wikipedia for his help when David Rohde to keep the news off of the website.

MAGAZINES

Forbes profiles Philip Anschutz, the man who owns the Examiner and who just purchased The Weekly Standard. “Worth an estimated $5 billion, billionaire Philip Anschutz founded Qwest Communications and owns or controls stakes in some 100 businesses. He is now quietly building a small empire of social-networking sites, newspapers and a leading conservative weekly.” Read on here.

NEWS NOTES

NYT: “”Check the source” may be the first rule of journalism. But in the coverage of the protests in Iran this month, some news organizations have adopted a different stance: publish first, ask questions later. If you still don’t know the answer, ask your readers.”

AP also reports dozens of journalists are among those jailed in Iran.

Will Michael Jackson be the turning point for TMZ? LATimes takes a look here. And the AP on how his death was Twittered, texted and Facebooked.

WEST WING REPORTAGE

John Dickerson on Slate: How Obama is using the media to destroy and improve the traditional press conferece.

HAT TIPS: mediabistro

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Weekend Show Preview 06.27.09

NBC’s Meet the Press with David Gregory: Senior White House Adviser David Axelrod, Mitt Romney and Lindsey Graham. Roundtable with David Brooks, E.J. Dionne, Mike Murphy and Dee Dee Myers.

CBS’ Face the Nation with Bob Schieffer: UN Ambassador Susan Rice and Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour.

ABC’s This Week:

Fox News Sunday: Topics: Health care, with Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, and Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.; Iraq, with Gen. Ray Odierno, Commanding General, Multi-National Force, Iraq.

CNN’s State of the Union with John King: Gen. Ray Odierno, Commander, Multi-National Force-Iraq and Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R-MN)on Iraq, Iran and war on terrorism. Mary Matalin and James Carville on health care debate and Obama’s response to Iran and T. Boone Pickens, chairman and CEO, BP Capital on energy.

CNN’s Reliable Sources with Howard Kurtz: WaPo’s Dana Milbank, HuffPo’s Nico Pitney and TWT’s Amanada Carpenter for media analysis. Diane Dimond, former reporter for Court TV, CNBC and MSNBC and pop culture commentator, Toure to discuss the coverage of Michael Jackson.

CNN’s GPS with Fareed Zakaria: Former Prime Minister Tony Blair and Robert Baer, author, “The Devil We Know: Dealing with the New Iranian Superpower” on Iran and election. NYT’s Paul Krugman and Hoover Institute’s John B. Taylor on economy and health care.

NBC’s The Chris Matthews Show: Dan Rather, HD Net; Helene Cooper, NY Times Washington correspondent; David Ignatius, Washington Post columnist; and Katty Kay, BBC Washington correspondent.

Washington Week with Gwen Ifill and National Journal: NBC’s Pete Williams, NYT‘s David Sanger, Slate’s John Dickerson and CNN’s Gloria Borger

Bloomberg’s Political Capital with Al Hunt: Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and interviews with former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and former National Security Adviser Sandy Berger.

Will update as we learn them.

Morning Reading List, 01.09.09

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Morning Reading List, 12.19.08

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