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Washington Monthly’s Charlie Peters: This is Your Life

photo-29Washington Monthly‘s founding editor, Charlie Peters, short and slightly hunched over with a shock of white, silken Washington hair, was a man of few words Thursday afternoon at the New America Foundation as he watched a documentary about his own life.

A little like showing up for your own funeral. But his reaction didn’t require words, really. It was all in his shoulders.

Sitting in the front row of a small packed room with a screen, his shoulders shook up and down in dramatic spasms as he laughed and laughed while reporters recalled what it was like to have him as their editor.

And it wasn’t always pretty. Read more

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Morning Reading List 04.09.09

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Its day 80 covering the Obama administration and week ten for us. What we know and what we’re reading this Thursday morning…



Why the Boston Globe is on deathwatch: With a weekday circulation of about 350,000, the Globe is reported to be on track to lost $85 million in 2009. A high proportion of Boston’s residents are college students, who tend not to read newspapers, and a high proportion of its businesses are financial institutions, which, of course, have gotten hammered over the past two years.

More on Boston Globe from NYT: Perhaps most controversial, the Times wants to do away with lifetime job guarantees for Globe employees who were on board when the Taylor family sold the paper to the Times in 1993. “How long and how hard we negotiate is based on your feedback tonight,” union president Daniel Totten told Guild members at a Wednesday meeting.


It takes a real TV anchorman to cry. The NY Observer’s Felix Gillette writes about this trend in the cover story for yesterday’s paper. “Not long ago, television news was a no-cry zone,” he writes. “The top newsmen were celebrated for their emotional control in the face of gut-punching developments.” Gillette notes Glenn Beck‘s “We Surround Them” special, Roland Martin‘s tears after President Obama’s election, Rick Santelli‘s rant, Chris Matthews‘ “thrill” and Anderson Cooper‘s Katrina reports as just some of the examples of a changing cable news style.

I’ve heard of drunk dialing, but drunk online shopping? MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow buys a TV.


WSJ is planning to launch a “premium iniative” to sell “narrower information services” at a higher subscription rate to subsets of its readership.

Tucker Carlson joined the gang on the Morning Media Menu yesterday. Topics du jour: bailouts (“I don’t think anybody has a right to a federally subsidized job. I certainly didn’t. I bounced around over the past 20 years in journalism and the taxpayers have never stepped in to save my job.”), ratings sensation Glenn Beck (“If you’re doing those numbers at 5:00, you’re doing something remarkable.”) and coverage of President Obama’s Europe trip (“fawning and childish”).

Is Yahoo a better friend to news than Google?


Baltimore Sun sat down with predictions guru and founder Nate Silver: “People like Chuck Todd at NBC are pretty good. But I don’t think the election coverage is all that strong necessarily, in part because people have very short memories… In politics, you may have Capitol Hill correspondents who are thrown on the election trail every four years and maybe don’t have expertise in that area. It’s kind of like Olympic coverage. Where do you find a good curling analyst, you know?”


More on beat-sweetener’s from Slate: “At a time when readers are abandoning newspapers and magazines in droves, it hardly behooves reporters to bore them” with pieces designed to suck up to government officials, says Tim Noah. “What’s the value of access if you have no public to share it with?”

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WaPo Whoopsies

Two interesting pieces from Slate:

Tim Noah says, “The Washington Post published a huge hint about its Watergate source on the break-in’s first anniversary. Nobody noticed.”

Jack Shafer: “The Kennedy Center Dishonors: The award program the Washington Post loves to slobber over.”

(Also good from Slate: Shafer’s review of the Galin/Gibson interview and see which journos –*cough*HelenThomas*cough*– made Slate’s list of the 80 most powerful people over 80)

Imus Here In D.C.


    Putting things in perspective. Don Imus in the DC radio market. Despite all the Washington “power players” he has on his show, and all the press he gets, almost no one inside (or outside) the Beltway listens to him. In the latest Arbitrends, Imus, via Clear Channel talker WTNT, was tied for 25th place in morning drive with Fredericksburg country outlet WFLS. He posted a 0.6 share of the age 12+ demo, down almost 50 percent from his 1.0 share a year ago. His national cable TV audience is said to be less than 300,000. That’s the population of Loudoun County. Yes, I agree, what Imus said was in terrible taste. But, we must remember, this big controversy surrounds someone almost no one listens to.

From Sridhar Pappu’s piece in today’s Post, “For Don Imus’s Frequent Guests, A Moral Dilemma”:

    “Will I go back on?” said Schieffer, who called Imus’s description of the team as “nappy-headed hos” indefensible. “If it were anyone else, I wouldn’t have anything to do with them. But I’m not going to sever a relationship with someone who has apologized for what he said. He’s my friend. I hate what he did, but he’s still my friend.”

    Others can’t be so certain. This is particularly true of Newsweek (owned by The Washington Post Co.), which has a “cooperative” relationship with NBC and MSNBC. Several of the magazine’s writers have “contributor” contracts with the network. And while none have formal, paying gigs with Imus, Newsweekers including Jonathan Alter, Evan Thomas, Howard Fineman and top editor Jon Meacham have become frequent contributors. Newsweek now has its brand to consider in deliberating whether to allow its people to joust once again with the “I-Man.”

  • From Paul Farhi and Frank Ahrens’ piece in today’s Post, “Advertisers Pull Out of Imus Show“:

      Although Imus has hosted some of Washington’s most famous figures on his show, ratings suggest that he’s actually a marginal figure among viewers and listeners in the region. But Imus’s show, which last year generated as much as $20 million in total revenue for flagship station WFAN in New York, is low-cost, high-revenue programming for MSNBC.

  • Slate’s Tim Noah has “A guide for Washington’s power crowd” to “The Wit and Wisdom of Don Imus”