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Morning Reading List, 03.13.08

Good morning Washington. It’s Donald Duck’s birthday!

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  • Most of you do not know someone who has hired a prostitute before.


  • The Chicago Tribune reports,Lee Abrams, who is credited with inventing FM radio’s album rock format and with giving Howard Stern and Steve Dahl their first major market jobs, has left XM Satellite Radio to become Chief Innovation Officer for Chicago-based Tribune Co., it was announced today.”

  • Neil Adler has left the Washington Business Journal to start up a new media public relations firm with his brother and a friend. His new company is D*MN Good LLC, a creative agency in D.C.

  • The Washington Times has made some internal moves. Maria Stainer is moving from Features to become the new Assistant Managing Editor for Continuous News. Danny Wattenberg is replacing Stainer as Assistant Managing Editor for Features.

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  • Ralph E. Hanson reports, “Former USA Today reporter and current WVU journalism professor Toni Locy has won a temporary reprieve from thousands of dollars of fines being levied against her for refusing to identify the sources who spoke to her about former Army scientist Steven Hatfill. According to USA Today, a three-judge federal appeals court blocked the lower court’s fines as Locy pursues an appeal of a contempt order designed to force her to testify as to who her sources were. The fines were to start out at $500 a day, growing from there to $1,000 and eventually $5,000 a day; the fines were set to begin Tuesday.”

  • McCain to media: Let’s stay together

  • The Deal reports, “New York Times Co. CEO Janet Robinson said at a Bear Stearns Conference Tuesday that the company is unlikely to sell The Boston Globe or its stake in the Boston Red Sox. ‘The regionals took many steps to reduce their cost structure, and they will do so this year. There are a number of competitive companies in the market, and they are not selling in this difficult climate,’ she said. ‘We believe that the Red Sox have performed very well,’ she added.”

  • Don’t forget that the America and the World 2008 panel discussion is tonight at the Press Club. For more info, click here.

  • Making Sausage: A Reporter’s Emails

  • How dare they! Express slaps Tucker.

  • Spitzer’s media enablers.”

  • Mark Hemingway thinks that some reporters really had it tough when researching the Spitzer story.

  • The National Archives is hosting a Public Interest Declassification Board Meeting on March 17 to solicit public reaction to its recent Report, “Improving Declassification.” The meeting will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the National Archives and Records Administration, Jefferson Conference Room.

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  • A release announced, “Smithsonian Channel continues to increase its distribution with the announcement today of a High Definition
    (HD) carriage agreement with RCN Corporation (NASDAQ: RCNI), a broadband, facilities-based competitive telecommunications provider that delivers video, high-speed data, and voice services to residential and small-medium business customers and high-capacity data transport and voice services to large commercial customers”

  • Happy 70th Birthday to CBS’s World News Roundup. Check out the first Roundup ever from from March 13, 1938 here.

  • Why Is Managing NPR So Damn Difficult?”

  • Reuters reports, “An unexpectedly long presidential primary season has helped CBS Corp. avoid the worst of U.S. economic doldrums, Chief Executive Les Moonves told analysts on Tuesday.”

  • The Wall Street Journal reports, “Nielsen will offer a new service that uses cable set-top boxes to shed light on people’s TV-viewing habits. Nielsen has long dominated the U.S. television business with its panel-based ratings. But for the past two years, competitors such as TiVo, TNS and others have begun to chip away at that dominance by packaging second-by-second viewing of TV programs and ads from set-top-box data, something Nielsen has lacked.”

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  • Do you know your news IQ? Check out the Pew News IQ test.

  • A release announced, “Reporters Without Borders is making a new version of its Handbook for Bloggers and Cyber-Dissidents available to bloggers today to mark Online Free Expression Day.” Check out the report here.

  • Bloomberg reports, “Time Warner Inc. Chief Executive Officer Jeffrey Bewkes, who took the helm of the world’s largest media company on Jan. 1, left open the possibility of a merger for its AOL Internet unit.”

  • The AP reports, “The CEO of The New York Times Co. said Tuesday that the company has an ‘absolute priority’ on expanding its operations online as a large shareholder is stepping up pressure on the Times to do even more.”

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  • Crain’s New York Business reports, “Magazine publishers are once again trying to wean media buyers from circulation models to new models that measure their success based on audience engagement. On Tuesday, following a year of discussions between magazine executives from Hachette, Meredith, TV Guide, Time Inc., and others, the Magazine Publishers of America (MPA) and consultants McKinsey & Co., the MPA announced a new initiative to introduce readership metrics that are closer to TV, radio and Web than current circ-based measurements.”

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  • Washington Business Journal is looking for a Reporter.

  • The Baltimore Sun is looking for a Web Producer.

  • 1105 Media, Inc. is looking for a Reporter, Technology Trade Publication.

  • National Public Radio is looking for a Supervising Senior Editor.

  • Washingtonpost.Newsweek Interactive is looking for a Producer, Arts and Living.

  • Society of American Florists is looking for a Senior Editor.

  • Pew Research Center is looking for a Communications Associate.

  • CATO Institute is looking for a Marketing Coordinator.

  • National Fish and Wildlife Foundation is looking for a Marketing Communications Manager.

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    Morning Reading List, 02.28.08


    Good morning Washington. On this day in 1991, the first Gulf War ended.

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  • You think the Obama/Muslim garb photo will have a negative affect on Obama’s campaign.


  • In a release, The Education Writers Association (EWA) “announced the winners of the 2007 National Awards for Education Reporting, the prestigious national competition for education writing.” Among the winners was The Roanoke Times for “Virginia Tech Shootings.” Check out all the winners here.

  • Some Gridiron details!

  • How the ‘Times’ almost didn’t back Hillary

  • On the now famous Obama pic, Howard Kurtz says, “I think this is a tempest in a turban. I doubt it will hurt Obama in the slightest. And while some Clinton staffer might have peddled it, Hillary Clinton herself pooh-poohed the matter, saying she’s done the same thing many times. (Still, the image was all over TV.)”

  • The New York Observer reports, “Over the next week, Newsday reporters and editors are expecting an announcement about job cuts. … On Feb. 13 Sam Zell — who bought Newsday’s parent company for $8.2 billion in December — wrote in an e-mail that there would be job cuts at every Tribune paper. The L.A. Times made its announcement the next day—100 to 150 jobs would be lost — and the Baltimore Sun and Hartford Courant put their estimates at about 45 jobs. Newsday has yet to make its decisions on job cuts.”

  • Reuters reports, “The New York Times Co is expected to meet with four board candidates backed by a dissident investors group ‘within the next week or so,’ a company spokeswoman said on Tuesday, as the publisher braces for a second shareholder uprising in three years.”

  • Tsk tsk to Page Six: Mr. Llloyd Cutler has passed, despite what yesterday’s piece suggests.

  • E&P reports, “Chicago Tribune Washington Bureau Chief Michael Tackett welcomed new Tribune Company Chief Sam Zell’s challenge to reorganize the D.C. bureau and said his staff is ‘locked, loaded and ready to change.’”

  • His Extreme-ness reports, “Poor members of Congress. Polls show everybody hates ‘em. They seem more focused on talking sports than solving problems. So where can they turn for relief? Alas, now even the funnies are off limits.”

  • The Pew Weekly News Interest Index shows, “An overwhelming majority of Americans (82%) are aware of news reports that John McCain may have had an improper relationship with a female lobbyist several years ago. About half (48%) of the public has heard a lot about this story, which first appeared in the New York Times late last week. Another 33% has heard at least a little about the story. By a nearly two-to-one margin those who have heard about the McCain story think the New York Times was wrong to publish it — 57% say the Times did the wrong thing in publishing the story, 33% say the paper did the right thing.”

  • American University School of Communication is hosting a panel on March 5 on media and the military presented Dart Society, “a group of journalists dedicated to improving the coverage of violence and tragedy.”

  • WJLA reports that after some angry readers have logged complaints for getting unwanted Examiners delivered to their homes, “Maryland Delegate Tanya Shewell has introduced legislation to stop this. If the bill passes, publishers of free papers would have to listen. They’d get 7 days to stop delivery or face fines up to 100 dollars for each time the request is not honored.”

  • Slate’s Jack Shafer writes, “The Times Plagiarizes the Miami Herald”

  • A release announced, “The National Press Club joins other journalism organizations in expressing concern about a decision to hold a newspaper reporter in contempt of court for failing to disclose her news sources. Former USA Today reporter Toni Locy is being held in contempt of court by U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton for failing to reveal her sources for stories she wrote about the federal government’s investigation of former Army scientist Steven J. Hatfill’s potential connection to the 2001 anthrax attacks. Hatfill is suing the government.”

  • A reader tells us, “and, the times sports section got honorable mention in the APSE competition.”

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  • Today, Nathan’s Q&A is featuring NBC 4 weatherman Bob Ryan.

  • From DCRTV:

      Marc “Nigel” Sterne (right), who is an on-air sidekick on and producer of 3WT’s morning shows, won Wednesday night’s third annual Funniest Sports Celebrity Contest at the DC Improv. Sterne, a Brit, is a past successful participant in the event. The runner-up was Monica Livingston, a retired DC Divas running back. Sportstalk 980′s Frank Hanrahan and Channel 9′s Levan Reid, both making their stand-up comedy debuts, made positive impressions on the DC Improv crowd and the judges, but could not overtake Sterne and Livingston, we’re told. The judges included Channel 4′s Lindsay Czarniak and Dan Hellie, Washington Post sports blogger Dan Steinberg, and SportsTalk 980′s Holly Fantaskey. Net proceeds will benefit Funniest Celebrity Charities…..

  • A NBC release announced, “MSNBC’s telecast of last night’s
    Democratic candidates debate drew 7.8 million viewers (9-10:36 p.m. ET), becoming the most watched broadcast in the eleven year history of the network, according to Nielsen Media Research.”

  • Check out The PBS Pledge Drive Drinking Game.

  • FisbowlNY reports, “Media giant Comcast was caught red-handed packing an FCC hearing on network neutrality in Boston with random people picked up off the street in order to keep critics of the corporation from attending.”

  • The AP reports, “The organizer of a federal hearing at Harvard Law School on Comcast Corp.’s treatment of subscriber Internet traffic on Wednesday said ‘seat-warmers’ apparently hired by the company prevented other attendees from getting in. Comcast has acknowledged that it hired an unspecified number of people to fill seats, but said the seat-warmers gave up their spots when Boston area Comcast employees who were advised about the hearing arrived.”

  • A BIG FishbowlDC fan writes in about our earlier post on “Morning Joe” and says that: “The stats you cite show that Morning Joe is getting lower ratings today than Imus got last year. Morning Joe’s ratings aren’t falling, because Morning Joe didn’t exist last year. I’d argue that dropping only 17% from Imus, who grew his audience both on radio and TV over years, is pretty impressive.”

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  • Dow Jones reports, “The chief executive of Time Warner Inc.’s (TWX) AOL Internet unit said Tuesday that Microsoft Corp.’s (MSFT) controversial $41.8 billion bear-hug offer for Yahoo Inc. (YHOO) is a ‘mistake.’”

  • CNet reports, “Facebook first announced last year that it was working on a redesign of members’ profiles; now, the social-networking site has unveiled previews of its upcoming new look. The Facebook profile redesigns will start rolling out in the next few weeks.”

  • The Los Angeles Times reports, “A coalition of media and public interest organizations went to federal court in San Francisco on Tuesday urging a judge to reconsider his order to shut down a muckraking website that publishes leaked documents from businesses and government agencies worldwide. Lawyers for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the American Civil Liberties Union, Public Citizen and several news organizations, told U.S. District Judge Jeffrey White that two orders he issued last week against were prior restraints that violated the 1st Amendment.”

  • Wonkette declaresAndrew Sullivan Wins Cleveland Debate”

  • Check out The New York Times’ Baghdad Bureau blog.

  • reports, “YouTube said it is testing a new experimental personalized homepage with a small group of users it has selected at random.”

  • The Wall Street Journal reports, “Internet advertising may be showing itself more vulnerable to a consumer slowdown than many in the industry had hoped, according to new search-ad data released this week. The report from research firm comScore Inc. showing a decline in the number of consumer clicks on Google Inc. search ads in January amplified existing concerns about the effect of a broader economic slowdown on the Internet.”

  • Slate just launched a pledged Delegate Calculator: you can plug in your own predictions and find out whether it’s possible for Clinton to catch Obama, and other possibilities.

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  • reports, “At least one major media conglomerate has ruled itself out of the running to buy Reed Business Information, the Reed Elsevier division that puts out Variety, Publishers Weekly and Broadcasting & Cable, among others. A spokeswoman for Condé Nast Publications (which also owns WWD) said Tuesday that the company isn’t interested.”

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  • Washington Post reports, “Sirius Satellite Radio said yesterday that it gained subscribers in the fourth quarter and lost less money, signs that its business is improving even as the company’s merger with XM Satellite Radio Holdings remains stuck in a regulatory limbo more than a year after it was proposed.”

  • Capitol News Connection is now offering custom promos for Ask Your Lawmaker and a web-driven new Ask Your Lawmaker show!

  • Chip Scanlan asks Poynter Online’s Steve Myers what he learned while editing this article about David Folkenflik’s transition from print to radio.” Listen here.

  • DCRTV reports, “Presidential cousin Billy Bush, who once did mornings on the now defunct Z104 in DC, has inked a deal with Westwood One to host a talk and music radio show airing weeknights. ‘The Billy Bush Show,’ slated to debut in April, will be produced by Rob Silverstein, who produces TV’s ‘Access Hollywood,’ which Bush co-hosts — and will continue to do so. The new radio show will focus on entertainment news, celebrity guests, and listener calls, and feature a website with live streams and a Bush blog…”

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  • A release announced, “Can a business law anthology provide a window into seismic cultural change? Such is the case with the just-released book on User-Generated Content: New Business Models and Legal Issues. Edited by prominent music industry attorney Jeff Liebenson of New York’s Herrick, Feinstein LLP and published for the International Association of Entertainment Lawyers, User-Generated Content taps the insights of 28 executives and attorneys working at some of the most creative and pivotal media companies worldwide, including Yahoo, EMI Music Publishing, The New York Times, Comcast, Clear Channel, Boston Consulting Group, Fremantle, RealNetworks, Orange/France Telecom, Gracenote and Saatchi & Saatchi. The book is a beacon for anyone following the sea change caused by the democratization of content creation across every major entertainment and information medium.”

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  • BizBash Media is looking for Freelance News Reporters.

  • Georgetown University is looking for a Senior Writer/Editor.

  • International Center for Journalists is seeking an Assistant to the President.

  • One Economy Corporation is looking for an Executive Web Producer and a Senior Web Designer.

  • Fenton Communications is looking for an Account Coordinator and a Senior Vice President.

  • National Journal Group is looking for an Online Producer.

  • Carnegie Endowment is looking for a Communications/Web Coordinator.

  • Northwestern University/ Medill DC is looking for a Training Tech Support Mgr Wash.

  • A national television talk show is looking for a TV Sales Manager.

  • AOAC International is seeking Freelance Technical Writer

  • Human Rights Campaign is seeking an Editorial & Web Content Manager

  • General Dynamics is looking for English and Foreign Language Editors/Writers

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  • Locy: Held In Contempt

    From the NYT:

      A federal judge found a former reporter for USA Today in contempt of court on Tuesday for refusing to name her confidential sources who had discussed a former Army scientist’s possible role in the 2001 anthrax attacks.

      The reporter, Toni Locy, now faces fines of up to $5,000 a day for refusing to comply with an earlier order issued by the judge, Reggie B. Walton. Judge Walton said he would decide in coming days whether a second former reporter, Jim Stewart, should also be held in contempt of court for refusing to reveal the sources for his accounts on the anthrax inquiry, broadcast on CBS News.

      The two journalists are being pressed to reveal their sources by Dr. Steven J. Hatfill, a onetime bioterrorism expert for the Army, who is suing the federal government, saying his reputation was ruined by leaks to the news media from law enforcement officials linking him to the attacks. In 2002, the F.B.I. and John Ashcroft, then the attorney general, described Dr. Hatfill as a “person of interest” in the investigation into the attacks, which killed five people and remain unsolved.

    BREAKING: Opinion In Hatfill Case Handed Down


    In the case of Steven Hatfill v. Alberto Gonzales, et al., United States District Judge for the District of Columbia Reggie Walton issued a ruling today that will compel six reporters to “provide full and truthful responses to questions propounded to them by Dr. Hatfill’s attorneys.”

    Hatfill, you’ll recall, is the scientist deemed a “person of interest” by the Justice Department in the wake of the 2001 anthrax attacks. Walton will want these reporters to reveal the names of law enforcement sources who provided details of the Hatfill investigation.

    Download the full .pdf here.

    In his conclusion, Walton writes:

      Based on the foregoing analysis, the plaintiff’s Motion to Compel Further Testimony from Michael Isikoff, Daniel Klaidman, Allan Lengel, Toni Locy, and James Stewart [D.E. # 157] is granted. These reporters are therefore ordered to comply with the subpoenas issued to them by Dr. Hatfill and to provide full and truthful responses to questions propounded to them by Dr. Hatfill’s attorneys. On the other hand, the motions to quash the subpoenas of ABC, The Washington Post, Newsweek, CBS, The Associated Press, the Baltimore Sun, and The New York Times are granted.

      SO ORDERED this 13th day of August, 2007.


      United States District Judge

    Klaidman and Iskioff work for Newsweek, Ross works for ABC, Lengel for the Washington Post, Stewart for CBS and Locy for USA Today.

    (More Background)

    Hatfill To Subpoena Journos…Again

    The first time around, scientist Steven Hatfill subpoenaed Newsweek’s Michael Isikoff and Daniel Klaidman, ABC’s Brian Ross, The Washington Post’s Allan Lengel, CBS’s Jim Stewart, and USA Today’s’ Toni Locy.

    But he ain’t done yet:

      This time, Hatfill has subpoenaed eight news organizations, including three that he didn’t before — The New York Times, The Baltimore Sun, and the Associated Press. The subpoenas require organizations to turn over documents relating to Hatfill, from email contacts to notes to company policies about confidential sourcing. They also mandate that a representative of each company appear for a deposition at the office of Hatfill’s lawyers on various dates over the next two weeks.

      Hatfill has yet to ask Walton to compel the individual reporters to identify their sources. It’s unclear whether he will subpoena more individual reporters this time around, but court documents indicate the names of 22 journalists whose bylines appeared on articles related to Hatfill.

      For the Justice Department, this is already going too far. “The court should reject this attempt to expand discovery,” prosecutors wrote.

      Lawyers for the various news outlets say they have yet to decide how they’ll respond to the subpoenas. For now, says Kevin Baine, a partner at Williams & Connolly who represents the Post, Newsweek, and ABC, “We’re not going to be in initial responses handing over anything or giving testimony that identifies sources.”