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Morning Reading List 06.19.09

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Tonight’s the Radio & TV Correspondents Association Dinner. Scroll down FBDC for all the dets. What we know and what we’re reading this Friday morning…

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

NEWSPAPERS

The Boston Globe union has set a date to vote on a new contract, though no agreement has been met with the newspaper’s owner, NYT.

NYT executive editor Bill Keller on his reporting on Iran in E&P. “Do people in the media crit game really think editors are supposed to be desk jockeys who never go get a sense of the story?” he writes. “Or is the idea that when a big, exhausting news breaks visiting editors should hole up in the hotel?”

TV

Long Live the Nightly News! Fortune: Despite a steady erosion in their collective audience and an aging viewership, the big three nightly newscasts are hardly dead. Actually, they draw an average 21 million viewers every night. Andrew Tyndall says there’s a good reason for that — they’re still the best daily snapshot of news on television.

Vice President Joe Biden just isn’t pulling the ratings for Sunday shows that he used to. TVNewser has the numbers of his last appearances on “Meet the Press” versus past appearances on “This Week” and “Face the Nation.”

ONLINE

Today was TVNewser’s Steve Krakauer‘s last day on the Morning Media Menu. Listen in here.

NEWS NOTES

It appears the legendary Walter Cronkite is gravely ill. He is 92.

WEST WING REPORTAGE

Daily Finance “Obama takes on Fox News, loses“: When is Barack Obama going to learn that presidents shouldn’t play press critic? It didn’t work for Richard Nixon. It didn’t work for Bill Clinton or George W. Bush. It didn’t help John McCain win the White House, and it won’t help Obama, who vented his frustration with Fox News Wednesday.

CNN’s keeping tabs on WH Press Secretary Robert Gibbs‘ tardiness. “Gibbs was a total of 13 hours and 46 minutes late to his own press briefings in the month of May alone. Of the 19 briefings held by Gibbs in May, the White House officially pushed the scheduled start time back 14 times (although: one time they actually made it earlier.) That averages out to a delay of roughly 28 minutes a day – a total of 8 hours and 50 minutes for the month.”

There was speculation yesterday that President Obama would make a surprise appearance in Gibbs’ daily press briefing. When he didn’t, a few reporters were left disappointed, including CBS’ Mark Knoller. Read through here.

Also at the WH yesterday- Bob Woodward. Mike Memoli tweets his run-in.

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JOBS after the jump…

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This Week In Pool Reports

In this week’s episode, President Bush tries his hand as an artist, weird book choices in NW and President Richard Nixon gets egged.

  • “The two men sat on straight-backed chairs in front of the fireplace, and the mood in the room was warm, even without a fire. POTUS in striped shirt and red tie, clasped his hands throughout the remarks, exchanged diplomatic eye contact and kept his legs casually and comfortably crossed.” — Caroline Daniel, Financial Times

  • “After the remarks, Ban must either have been so speedily dispatched after the pool was ushered out, or he must have jogged through the White House because within seconds of the pool arriving outside the Brady briefing room, he was quietly holding forth at the stake-out,optimistically using the word ‘strong’ three times to describe the relationship between the UN and the US.” — Daniel

  • “Before he spoke Warner told a story about being a young advance man for VP Nixon during a visit to Michigan where some rowdy youngsters egged Nixon. Warner described how then-Rep. Ford helped him clean the egg off of Nixon and how Ford later consoled the despondent young Warner, telling him it would not be the end of his career.” — Jim Rutenberg, New York Times

  • “POTUS and FLOTUS had signed the books that POTUS handed to school Principal Barbara Childs as gifts to the school library. The books were: ‘An American Plague’ by Jim Murphy, about the yellow fever outbreak of 1793; and ‘Frontier House’ by Simon Shaw, a companion piece to the PBS program on living in a Montana frontier house in the 1880s.” — Anne C. Mulkern, Denver Post

  • “At the high school POTUS walked slowly through a hallway where students and volunteers were painting on a wall, inspirational sayings and scenes of historic DC. Wearing dark pants and a light blue, stripped shirt with the sleeves rolled to the elbows and the collar open, POTUS talked to the painters. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales walked behind, wearing a navy polo shirt. ‘Good to see you. How are you?’ POTUS asked someone the pool couldn’t see. He stopped where volunteers and/or students were painting a picture of the famed Ben’s Chili Bowl restaurant. POTUS took a paintbrush and helped out. ‘Gettin’ the drift of this thing here?’ POTUS asked as he painted. The pool was then ushered out and the president remarked, ‘Sure, now that I’m making progress.’” — Mulkern

  • “Your pool was called off just before 7 a.m., then called back an hour later, then forced to sprint across the south driveway as word came that POTUS was on his way out. The morning drizzle could not deter the president from his Sunday bike ride.” — Sudeep Reddy, Dallas Morning News