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Morning Reading List, 12.17.07


Good morning Washington. It’s the birthday of Chris Matthews and Bill Safire and, on this day in 1989, “The Simpsons” premiered (hat tip: MicCheckRadio).

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  • Most of you have “computer problems” more than a few times a month.


  • Regarding this, a reader writes in, “Downie’s memo looks like a Pulitzer-submission list, doesn’t it? Everything he mentions in the memo is likely to be nominated, I would think.”

  • USAToday ends Hawaii printing, distribution.

  • The Business and Media Institute reports, “Newspaper makes outrageous claim 600,000 born annually with brain damage due to fish-eating mothers. Despite industry evidence, USA Today won’t correct.”

  • A Semi-Nude Minor? In The Times?

  • Deb Howell catches up on complaints.

  • Fox Business Network profiles the Politico. Also, check out their Christmas Carol Contest.

  • Thoughts on the City Paper, Chicago Reader layoffs.

  • The Hollywood Reporter reports, “News Corp. chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch on Thursday predicted a U.S. recession, commented on the writers strike, took shots at Hillary Clinton and the Financial Times and joked about the importance of his newly acquired Wall Street Journal not getting scooped — and all that within a couple of hours.”

  • Bloomberg reports, “The New York Times Co. may suffer if News Corp. Chairman Rupert Murdoch aggressively challenges its flagship newspaper by cutting the Wall Street Journal’s cover price and boosting its national distribution, the Financial Times said in its ‘Lex’ column.”

  • Fortune reports, “As Rupert Murdoch claims his hard-won prize The Wall Street Journal, his News Corporation conglomerate is planning an unprecedented newspaper advertising campaign that at least two newspapers that usually have little in common — the Financial Times and the China Daily — have so far declined to run.”

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  • SRN News’ Linda Kenyon, running for re-election for the Senate Radio and TV Gallery Committee, wants to know if you have the balls to re-elect her.

  • A NBC release announced, “Monday, December 17, ‘NBC Nightly
    News with Brian Williams’ will debut a new, very special announcer who will introduce the program and Williams nightly. The announcer, who has a rich, extensive, award-winning theatrical career for nearly forty years, will be revealed Monday night at the end of the program, allowing viewers the chance to submit their guesses throughout the broadcast at

  • The PEJ Talk Show Index for December 2-7, shows, “Thanks to Mitt Romney’s big speech on his Mormon faith, the presidential race was the biggest story of the week in the talk universe last week.”

  • Denver Business Journal reports,John Malone’s Discovery Holding Co. and a part of private media giant Advance/Newhouse have agreed to convert their combined ownership of Discovery Communications television holdings into a single, publicly traded business, the companies announced.”

  • Washington Post reports, “Despite a grilling from a Senate committee yesterday, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Kevin J. Martin said he would not postpone a Dec. 18 vote on a controversial media-ownership rule.”

  • Citizens United filed a complaint against the FEC in Disttrict Court. Check out the official complaint here.

  • His Extremeness points out, “Des Moines Register editor Carolyn Washburn, who moderated the recent Republican and Democratic presidential debates to such dismal failure, gives her side of the disasters in a Register piece.”

  • TVNewser reports, “Fox News Channel won the head-to-head-to-head Iowa GOP debate simulcast by a significant margin on Wednesday. FNC had more total viewers than CNN and MSNBC combined. In the A25-54 demo, FNC had slightly less than the two other nets combined.”

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  • A TNR Editor’s Covert Conversation With Scott Beauchamp

  • Do Political Bloggers at Newspaper Sites Now Drive 2008 Campaign Coverage?”

  • The Times reports, “Google is to go head-to head with Wikipedia, the web’s largest reference work, setting up a clash between two of the web’s biggest brands.”

  • A release announced, “MySpace, the world’s most popular social network, today announced the results of the new ‘Impact Presidential Poll,’ the first monthly results in a series of political polls to be conducted exclusively of the MySpace community leading up to the 2008 general presidential election. The Impact Presidential Poll unveils the political views and engagement of the ‘MySpace Generation,’ providing an early view into the perspective of America’s young adults.”

  • Layoffs at”

  • Silicon Alley Insider reports, “Now that another round of surgical layoffs is done, the new buzz in Dulles is whether AOL investor Google will exercise its right to force Time Warner to take AOL public or buy its AOL stock back (with the choice between the two being Time Warner’s).”

  • Concurring Opinions writes, “So, Lawrence O’Donnell seems to have an interesting set of beliefs about Mormons and Romney. His discussion is a little disjointed, but as far as I can tell from his interview, his Hewitt interview, and his Huffington Post column, his beliefs can basically be distilled into some major ideas.” Check out O’Donnell’s post here.

  • White House reporter Connie Lawn’s latest blog about Wounded Warriors Week is up at

  • In response to Nora McAlvanah’s suggestion that Des Moines Register debate moderator Carolyn Washburn “is a dead ringer for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg,” one reader counters with Ginsburg and Amy Klobuchar.

  • A reader writes in, “Correction about Lucy Kafanov’s ‘reporters blog’ at The NewsHour — many NewsHour reporters and online staff members post to that blog. They share it, covering different candidates.”

  • “You can now sign up for the twice-weekly video Note via iTunes. Go to the ABC News section in iTunes, where you can subscribe to The Note podcasts (and Politics Live, in addition to plenty of other great ABC segments), for free.”

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  • From Mike Allen’s Playbook: “The White House press office said goodbye yesterday to Ryan Graham, who’s always good karma.”

  • WTOP reports, “The top spokesperson for the District’s troubled Department of Transportation is stepping down just as the agency is preparing for its most difficult time of the year. Erik Linden is leaving government service after five years and two administrations.”

  • FCW reports, “Earlier this week, an FCW competitor, Government Executive, went through something of a organizational reorg this week. Long-time editor Tom Shoop this week was named as the editor of Government Executive. Tim Clark, the long time editor and president, will stay on as editor in chief, ‘providing guidance to the management team and representing Government Executive toward the federal government and contractor communities.’ Apparently it has not been decided whether Shoop will continue Go Exec’s Fed log, which is immensely readable and almost always interesting.”

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  • FOX News Channel is looking for a Senior Producer, Weekend Live, a Production Assistant, an Associate Producer and a Package Producer.

  • CEO Update is looking for an Editor-in-Chief.

  • Golden Living is looking for a Public Relations Specialist.

  • Congressional Quarterly is looking for a Newsroom Technology Manager.

  • Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is looking for a Science Writer.

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    Morning Reading List, 12.14.07

    Good morning Washington. On this day in 1799, George “Big Poppa” Washington passed away. Pour out some of whatever you got at the George Washington distillery.

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  • Newsday reports, “The owner of TV’s graphics-rich, fast-paced Fox News Channel could transform the staid Wall Street Journal into a paper with shorter pieces and eye-catching graphics while also expanding its coverage of hard news and politics, experts said.”

  • Eat The Press reports, “TVNews Throwdown! Brian Stelter’s Non-Compete Officially Expires”

  • DCRTV reports, “Now, we hear from Newseum Director Of Communications Mike Fetters, who tells us that all is on track to open the facility to the public sometime during the spring of 2008. Much of the Newseum’s staff has already relocated to the architecturally stunning Pennsylvania Avenue building, from office space in Arlington.”

  • News Corp. Completes Takeover of Dow Jones

  • The National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association is hosting Cocktails & Conversation this Saturday December 15, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Busboys and Poets with special guest Ambassador Michael Guest. For more info, click here.

  • The Pew Weekly News Interest Index shows,Oprah Winfrey’s well-publicized appearances with Barack Obama have raised Obama’s visibility, especially among African Americans. Roughly a quarter of Americans (26%) say they have heard more about Obama recently than any other presidential candidate, up from just 10% in November. Meanwhile, though Hillary Clinton remains the most visible candidate overall, the proportion citing her as the candidate they have heard the most about fell from a high of 61% in November to 41% in the current poll.”

  • A reader writes in, “From a trade journalist who knows a lot of young people at The WaPo: This whole debate about youth at top newspapers is old and totally ill informed. Downie began at the Post — as a summer intern. So did the associate editor (and former managing editor) Bob Kaiser. The Post has been hiring summer interns for decades and keeping them on staff. Summer intern classes have had as many six or seven people stay on board full time after their stints. What’s interesting now is that these interns are no longer having to put several years of their time out in an outer county Metro bureau. Because of buy-outs, younger reporters are assigned beats and huge stories like: the national economy, Iraq, national education, the Sniper shootings, the collegte student loan scandal, the Pat Tillman case, the old Boston/New England bureau, foreign postings in Africa, Pakistan, Eastern Europe, Abu Graib, and then cush Style jobs, too. They’ve written huge stories for the Sunday Post magazine. Oh and they also fill some of the top jobs on Metro, where they routinely get on 1A perhaps more than foreigcorrespondents and have covered top beats like immigration, the area’s largest school systems, DC politics, whatev. Although Mr.Bacon’s piece may have been an abberation from the good work those young reporters do, the age-based argument against him only distracted the debate in a stupid way and raised this silly idea that the Post is erring because it’s all of a sudden relying on young reporters. The Post has ALWAYS relied on young reporters — a testament to its greatness.”

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  • An ABC release announced, “According to Nielsen Media Research for the week of December 3, ABC News’ ‘Nightline” beat CBS’ ‘Late Show with David Letterman’ and NBC’s ‘Leno’ among both Total Viewers and Adults 25-54 for the second week in a row. The last time ‘Nightline’ beat ‘Letterman’ and ‘Leno’ two weeks in a row was May 1995. In addition, ‘Nightline’ continues to close the Total Viewing and Adults 25-54 gaps with CBS and NBC. *Note: CBS’ ‘Letterman’ and NBC’s ‘Leno’ aired repeats due to the WGA strike.”

  • 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 9, 2007.”

  • An ABC release also announced, “According to Nielsen Media Research for Sunday, December 9, 2007, ABC News ‘This Week with George Stephanopoulos’ closed the Total Viewing gap with NBC’s ‘Meet the Press’ by a significant 62% and the key Adults 25-54 demo gap by 43% compared to the same week last year. And season to date, “This Week” closed the A25-54 gap with NBC’s ‘Meet the Press’ by 48% and the Total Viewer lead by 39%. Year to date, ‘This Week’ closed the Total Viewer gap with NBC by 25% and demo gap by 21%.”

  • reports, “MTV Networks has reached a deal to make available for free on AOL Video clips of a range of its content, culled from, among others, the Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon and Spike TV brands.”

  • B&C reports, “Comcast filed a breach of contract suit against the National Football League in the New York State Supreme Court.”

  • DCRTV reports,News Blues tells us that Caroline Lyders, who quit two weeks ago as morning news anchor at WISN-TV in Milwaukee, was seen in DC this week, auditioning for the co-anchor job opposite Leon Harris at Channel 7/WJLA.”

  • TVNewser reports, “ABC News president David Westin announced that David Reiter will become executive editorial director of ABC News.”

  • The Beacon News reports, “Brokaw: We still feel impact of ’60s”

  • Hotline’s Nora McAlvanah thinks that “Des Moines Register debate moderator Carolyn Washburn, it occured to us, is a dead ringer for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.”

  • Also from yesterday’s TVNewser, “The women of The View welcomed FNC’s Greta Van Susteren today, with the conversation a round-up of the top news stories du jour. ‘I had fun,’ Van Susteren tells TVNewser. ‘These women are having a great time and it is obvious…that is why they are so successful.’”

  • “CNN’s Digital Network,, brought more unique users to the site last month than any month before,” reports TVNewser.

  • The “World News” webcast presented the 1st Annual Campaign Ad Awards, courtesy of Rick Klein. Check it out here.

  • ABC News’ Tahman Bradley reports: “The Republican presidential candidates will take the stage first at the ABC News, WMUR-TV and Facebook debates in New Hampshire on Saturday, Jan 5, 2008. The order was selected Wednesday night with a little Granite State flare and tradition. Under the watchful eye of WMUR anchor and political director Scott Spradling, New Hampshire Secretary of State Bill Gardner placed two balls — one blue for the Democrats, one red for the Republicans — into a bottle and mixed them up. Mr. Gardner then positioned the bottle so that a ball would fall out – and the red ball was revealed.”

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  • Jeff Jarvis on “Newspapers v. facebook.”

  • The 463 reports, “This sucks. The National Journal’s Technology Daily is shutting down. This means that the country’s only source of focused daily technology policy news will soon be no longer.”

  • unveiled a drastic redesign. Chcek it out here.

  • Washington Post reports, “Leveraging new technologies and the growth of social networking Web sites, several online-giving pioneers have been trying to expand the pool of potential donors by democratizing philanthropy and making it more transparent.”

  • Lucy Kafanov (2007 Hottest Media Types) has a reporter’s blog with PBS NewsHour with Jim Lehrer. Check it out here.

  • CNet reports, “A top Republican in the House of Representatives is demanding that Google answer a barrage of questions about privacy, some of which are related to the company’s proposed purchase of the DoubleClick advertising firm.”

  • reports, “Supporters of “citizen journalism” argue it provides independent, accurate, reliable information that the traditional media don’t provide.”

  • “Jayson Blair’s” blog is up and running. Check it out the latest post — “Enough updates, iTunes

  • Huffington Post’s Lawrence O’Donnell writes, “After the Today Show used video clips of me talking (ranting, to some) about the racist history of the Church of Latter Day Saints as a lead-in to Matt Lauer’s interview of Mitt Romney, I feel compelled to clarify the obvious: religious affiliation is not a good reason to vote for or against a candidate for president.”

  • E&P presents, “Our Monthly List of 30 Most Popular Web Sites — With First Year-Over-Year Comparison.”

  • reports, “Newsknife found New York Times 168 times as the top source for a major news item at Google News during 2007. This makes it our Top News Site of the year.”

  • One reader takes issue with our polls. “bathroom polls on shampoos, conditioners, showers. what’s next – how often do you wipe?” We invite suggestions!

  • E&P’s Greg Mitchell writes, “The Best Movie About a Reporter Ever: A Real ‘Ace’ Forget ‘The Front Page,’ ‘All the President’s Men’ and all the others. Take a good look at Billy Wilder’s 1951 cult classic, ‘Ace in the Hole,’ starring Kirk Douglas, finally available on DVD.”

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  • Is Newsweek “days old news, competently delivered“?

  • Brian Stelter reports, “Discovery Holding to Become Public in 2008 Offering.”

  • Gary reports, “A list of the people laid off and bought out at Business Week has just appeared on Talking Biz News, and I must admit that I am shocked. The casualties include some of the best biz journalists around, people I’ve worked with in the past and admire: Tony Bianco, Jeff Laderman, Gail Edmonson, Larry Lippman and Amy Dunkin. (No offense to the rest, but I’m just mentioning the ones I’ve worked with directly on stories.)”

  • reports, “BusinessWeek on Wednesday unveiled a reshuffling of its editorial team and layoffs of a dozen staffers on the business and editorial sides, cuts staffers had expected for months. The move is an effort to integrate Business Week’s online operations more efficiently with the print effort.”

  • Folio reports, “There were 389 new magazines launched in 2007. There were also 636 magazines launched in 2007. Exactly how many depends on who’s doing the counting.”

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  • Defiant FCC chief refuses to delay vote

  • FMQB reports, “Just when it looked like the merger of XM and Sirius Satellite Radio was becoming closer to reality, lawmakers on the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee have expressed concern about the Justice Department’s review of the proposal.”

  • reports, “Sirius and XM, the top two US satellite radio providers, yesterday faced growing doubts over their ability to secure antitrust clearance for a $13bn merger announ-ced in February. The jitters on Wall Street about the deal were reflected in a sharp drop in the shares of the two companies, with XM falling 9.9 per cent to $13.21 and Sirius losing 6 per cent to close at $3.29.”


  • Politico’s Michael Calderone writes, “Huck camp backtracks on Mormon question”

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  • A tipster tells us, “NBC loses another hot media type to CBS… Christine Delargy finished up at NBC last week and starts at CBS next week as an assistant and researcher for DC bureau chief Chris Isham. Hot media type Jen Yuille also made the move from NBC to CBS earlier this year.”

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  • The Council for Excellence in Government is looking for an Outreach and Communications Director.

  • Roll Call Group seeks a staff writer for USBudget.

  • National Real Estate Magazine is looking for a Sales Manager.

  • Smithsonian Magazine is seeking a Staff Writer.

  • The Chronicle of Higher Education is seeking a Business and Policy Reporter.

  • U.S. News & World Report is seeking a Freelance Editor.

  • Campaigns & Elections magazine is looking for undergraduate students who are studying journalism or political science (best if both). The ideal candidates should have experience at print publication, a strong interest in politics, completed at least two years of college coursework, a GPA of 3.0 or higher and experience in an office setting. Must have proven ability to write clear, concise articles about politics. Experience with HTML is a plus. Please submit a resume and writing samples. Please submit cover letter, resume and writing samples to with the subject line “Internship”

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