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Howard Kurtz Pimps his New Workplace

Howard Kurtz, Washington Bureau Chief for The Daily Beast and host of CNN’s “Reliable Sources,” is going on two consecutive weeks showcasing his new bosses on the CNN program he hosts. While that no doubt makes for a delightful workplace for him, viewers are getting a raw deal.

He rips competitor HuffPost for a questionable story on MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough teaming up with New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg for a presidential run in 2012 (a story a variety of publications including FishbowlDC wrote days earlier after Scarborough declared the story not even “super secretly” true). In the next breath, Kurtz defends and highlights Newsweek Editor Tina Brown of the newly merged Newsweek-Daily Beast. Last week he featured Brown and Newsweek Owner Sidney Harman and his perfectly crafted, charming sound bites. This week he again featured Brown. Yes, he discloses she is his boss as he defends his new workplace against the heavy critique of Real Estate mogul and Tribune Co. Chairman Sam Zell. Zell remarks that Newsweek isn’t exactly “major media” and says he’s not really familiar with The Daily Beast. He deserves a skeptic’s eye — under his leadership, the Tribune company filed for bankruptcy in 2008.  But here’s the downfall about interviewing a boss, Howie — Brown is your boss and no one should ever believe you’re unbiased about her unless you criticize her as you do the others.

How long viewers will be subjected to this pimping is anyone’s guess. Will there be a Newsweek-Daily Beast segment on Kurtz’s program each week? If so, may we suggest this waist-length fur so we can distinguish that segment from the rest.

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Morning Reading List 08.17.09

Good morning FishbowlDC! Got a blind item, interesting link, funny note, comment, birthday, anniversary or anything of the sort for Morning Reading List? Drop us a line.

Catching up on the Morning Reading List after a week out sick… Belated Happy Birthdays to Nora McAlvanah, Kelley McCormick and Sol Levine who celebrated last week. Happy Birthday today to Ron Bonjean! What know and what we’re reading this Monday morning…

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NEWSPAPERS

The Boston Globe takes a look at filling the void of a city paper after it closes.

Is the Tribune‘s boss Sam Zell on his way out?

TV

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

On CNN’s “Reliable Sources” with Howard Kurtz yesterday: “I always thought that he should have gone on “Oprah,” because, you know, Oprah is a dog lover herself.” -sports columnist Drew Sharp on Michael Vick seeking forgiveness through the media.

For the fourth time this year, Fox News beat the combined totals of MSNBC, CNN, HLN and CNBC in primetime in both Total Viewers and the A25-54 demo. More on how Fox is flourishing during the Obama administration on FBDC later today.

President Obama had a town hall meeting in Grand Junction, Colorado Saturday, where he commented on TV coverage. “Yesterday I held a town hall in Belgrade, Montana. And we had a pretty good crowd. Some were big supporters of reform, some had concerns and questions, some were completely skeptical. And I got tough questions, but even though Montanans had strong opinions, they didn’t shout at one another, they were there to listen and that reflects the American people and what our democracy is about. A lot more than what’s been covered on TV the last several days.”

Jerry Seinfeld will be Jay Leno‘s first guest when his new show debuts on NBC Sept. 14th.

More funny guys in the media news this morning… Steve Harvey‘s joining ABC’s “GMA.”

ONLINE

HuffPost is launching a feature today called “HuffPost Social News” using Facebook Connect, which will allow readers to create a personalized social networking-like HuffPost news page.

Arianna Huffington needs some help picking 100 people who are using new media to change the world.

How’s AOL doing as print news is having a hard time? Pretty OK, according to the NYT.

WEST WING REPORTAGE

Is Gibbs too jolly? Former Nixon and Ford deputy press secretary Jerry Warren visited the White House Friday, where he told Politico White House press secretary Robert Gibbs can be “too jovial about serious things.” “That can be dangerous,” he said. “Otherwise, I think he’s a fine man.”

President Obama has issued an “informal edict” for White House profiles, in light of long pieces on Valerie Jarrett and other staffers in the NYT magazine. From Peter Baker and Jeff Zeleny online Saturday: “But when a New York Times Magazine profile of Ms. Jarrett last month explored the old scratchiness [between her and Emanuel], White House officials said the normally calm Mr. Obama erupted with anger. An informal edict went out: no more cooperating with staff profiles. As a result, Mr. Emanuel declined a formal interview for this article.” (h/t Politico‘s Calderone)

President Obama had this editorial “Why We Need Health Care Reform” in NYT Saturday.

NEWS NOTES

Laura Ling and Euna Lee posted a video to say thank you on CurrentTV.

And just for fun this morning… like “Mad Men?” Like media? Mediaite combines your loves here.

HAT TIPS: mediabistro, TVNewser

JOBS after the jump…

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Morning Reading List 06.08.09

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

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NEWSPAPERS

Chicago Tribune: Tribune Co. and its creditors are in the early stages of negotiating a plan of reorganization in U.S. Bankruptcy Court that likely would transfer control of the troubled media conglomerate from Chicago billionaire Sam Zell to a group of large banks and investors that holds $8.6 billion in senior debt.

NYT: Free newspapers have been hit especially hard by the economic downturn because they rely entirely on advertising, which is more volatile than revenue from newsstand sales and subscriptions. Analysts say ad revenue at many free newspapers has fallen by more than a third in recent months, compared with a year earlier.

Boston Globe: The union representing more than 200 Boston Globe delivery truck drivers today approved $2.5 million in wage and benefit cuts, leaving only one major union to ratify concessions that the Globe’s owner, the New York Times Co., says it needs to continue to operate the paper.

TV

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

Also- Marc Ambinder‘s “The Sunday Shows in Seven Sentences Or Less.”

That was CBS Early Show anchor Maggie Rodriguez emceeing the opening ceremonies at the 20th annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure Saturday.

NBC’s Ann Curry was in Iran for a Dateline special “Inside Iran.”

Check out MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough’s Q&A about his new book “The Last Best Hope” in NYT Magazine here.

The landscape of local media is changing in this economic environment. Baltimore Sun takes a look here.

MAGAZINES

Stephen Colbert (in Iraq this week visiting troops and taping his show) is guest-editing Newsweek- “A Reader’s Guide to the Colbert Issue” from Newsweek here.

NYT: Just days after changing editors, the New York Observer laid off a significant chunk of its employes on Friday, including as much as a third of its editorial staff. The Observer did not disclose the number of people let go, but one person briefed on the matter said it was 15, including 10 in the newsroom, while another said the total was “in the low teens.”

NEWS NOTES

WaPo: A North Korean court sentenced two U.S. journalists to 12 years in a labor camp Monday. Laura Ling and Euna Lee, television reporters from Current TV detained in March along North Korea’s border with China, received harsher sentences than many outsiders had expected.

The Morning Media Menu was joined today by mediabistro’s associate director of education Jessica Eule to discuss this summer’s upcoming classes. Listen in here.

WEST WING REPORTAGE

Richard Wolffe was a guest of Howard Kurtz on CNN’s Reliable Sources Sunday, where Political Ticker points out he denied that writing his book meant trading objectivity for access. “It certainly meant that I would have an access and a relationship with him and his inner circle that gave me an insight into him and his campaign that was I think better than anybody else,” Wolffe said. Read on here.

HAT TIPS: Mediabistro, Playbook

JOBS after the jump…

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Morning Reading List: 04.30.09

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It is day 101 covering the Obama administration and week 13 for us. Happy Birthday to The Hill‘s White House correspondent Sam Youngman. What we know and what we’re reading this morning after the 100th day…

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NEWSPAPERS

What exactly does the NYT City Room Bureau Chief do? mediabistro.com catches up with Sewell Chan here.

AP reported yesterday The Baltimore Sun laid off nearly 60 people, including veteran editors and managers, columnists, photographers and designers.

Chicago Tribune: “Financially strapped Tribune Co. plans to pay the legal bills of Chairman and Chief Executive Sam Zell, who has been interviewed as a potential witness in the federal corruption investigation of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich, according to a company filing Tuesday in bankruptcy court.” Btw, we’re pretty sure Zell’s a millionaire.

TV

About the news crawl… From NYT: In theory, cable networks that keep their news and information tickers rolling during commercial breaks could upset advertisers, which might feel that viewers are being distracted from their message. But media agency buyers and creative executives say they embrace the concept.

Hardball host Chris Matthews, asked by Jay Leno to grade the first 100 days, (h/t Playbook): “The first family has got an A+, as a family. [Applause] Well, I give the dog an A. I’d give [the president] an A-, because I’m still worried about some of these numbers.”

MAGAZINES

The Daily Beast’s Tina Brown on “The Quake at Conde Nast.”

Folio: Operating income at Time Warner’s publishing division, Time Inc., plummeted 92 percent to $12 million through the end of March.

Speaking of Time, the magazine with the 100 list hits stands tomorrow. Managing editor Richard Stengel: “We tried to… match our subjects with pitch-perfect writers: Oprah Winfrey on Michelle Obama, Ted Turner on T. Boone Pickens (and vice versa), Roger Federer on Tiger Woods, Angelina Jolie on Cambodian activist Somaly Mam.”

WEST WING REPORTAGE

TVNewser live-blogged the President’s press conference last night.

NEWS NOTES

Time Warner filed a report yesterday that confirmed rumors that AOL is going to be spun off into its own company. “Although the Company’s Board of Directors has not made any decision, the Company currently anticipates that it would initiate a process to spin off one or more parts of the businesses of AOL to Time Warner’s stockholders, in one or a series of transactions.” (h/t MediaJobsDaily)

HAT TIPS: Mediabistro, Playbook

JOBS after the jump…

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Morning Reading List 04.16.09

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Its day 87 covering the Obama administration and week 11 for us. What we know and what we’re reading this Thursday morning…

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NEWSPAPERS

Tribune Co. Chairman and Chief Executive Sam Zell said his heavily leveraged 2007 acquisition of the company was “a mistake.” “By definition, if you bought something and it’s now worth a great deal less, you made a mistake and I’m more than willing to say I made a mistake,” Zell said.

WSJ, one of the few newspapers that charges for content online, released an app for the iPhone yesterday which sets their content free, poking another hole in one of the Internet’s oldest pay walls.

TV

On TVNewser, how the cablers covered the tea parties here and how evening news did here.

Is Glenn Beck the right’s Keith Olbermann? From the AP, “‘If Charlie Rose was the way to get your point across, Charlie Rose would have higher ratings,” Beck said in an interview less than two hours after putting away the gas can.”

“Channel 4 doesn’t have a pulse.” -ABC 7 anchor Gordon Peterson, overheard by Yeas & Nays, responding to Capitol Police officers who joked that he constantly sets off the magnetometer, even though it never happens to Channel 4 anchors and reporters.

WaPo: Oprah Winfrey is in the clear: Inviting then-Sen. Barack Obama onto her show last year did not amount to a political donation to his presidential campaign, the Federal Election Commission has ruled.

ONLINE

Ashton Kutcher has challenged CNN to a popularity contest on Twitter. The celebrity and the network are racing to get 1 million followers on the micro-blogging site. If he wins, Kutcher says he will “ding-dong ditch” CNN founder Ted Turner‘s house.

MoDo on Google here and Katie Couric on Twitter here.

NEWS NOTES

Slate’s Jack Shafer: “I personally don’t like the way the Huff Post ‘showcases’ the work of other journalists, but I don’t get heated about it, either. Borrowing, sponging, lifting, scrounging, leaching, pinching, and outright theft of other publications’ work is firmly in the American journalistic tradition.”

HAT TIPS: Mediabistro, Romenesko

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Morning Reading List, 12.16.08

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Good morning Washington. The above picture is from what DC restaurant? Think you know? Then email us with your guess and we’ll publish the correct guessers in tomorrow’s Morning Reading List.

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Morning Reading List, 12.12.08

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Good morning Washington. Where in DC can you find the above mural? Think you know? Then email us with your guess and we’ll publish the correct guessers in tomorrow’s Morning Reading List.

Good morning Washington.

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Morning Reading List, 12.11.08

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Morning Reading List, 12.02.08

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Morning Reading List, 08.11.08

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