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Posts Tagged ‘William Arkin’

Morning Reading List, 05.23.07

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  • An ABC release announced, “For the fourth consecutive week, ABC’s ‘World News with Charles Gibson’ was the #1 evening newscast among Total Viewers, Households and Adults 25-54″ for the week of Week of May 14-18. “The last time that ABC won four straight weeks in these categories was more than ten years ago in November 1996.”

  • Talking Biz News reports, “Allan Sloan, the Newsweek Wall Street editor who announced last week he was leaving to work for Fortune magazine, said Monday that the decision was partly based on working with an old colleague and the demand for high-end business journalism caused by the launches of Portfolio magazine and Fox Business News.”

  • A CNN release announced, “CNN Worldwide puts the spotlight on the on-going needs of the Fisher House Foundation this Memorial Day weekend, airing news reports on its networks and services as well as promotions to encourage its audiences to donate their frequent flyer airline miles to the Fisher House’s ‘Hero Miles’ program. Airlines participating in the foundation’s ‘Hero Miles’ program have agreed to match donations made from 6 a.m. (ET) on Friday, May 25, through 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Monday, May 28.”

  • The 2007 Gerald Loeb Award finalists were announced by UCLA Anderson School of Management. Among the finalists were Dan Morgan, Gilbert M. Gaul and Sarah Cohen for “Harvesting Cash” in The Washington Post.

  • PEJ News Coverage Index for May 13-18 shows, “It’s a rare week when the situation in Iraq attracts more coverage than the political debate over the war. But that’s what happened last week thanks to one dramatic story line. And when it comes to the 2008 Presidential race, the media are busy wondering whether 19 (the number of current candidates) are enough.”

  • A reader asks, “how many actual reporters care about yglesias or any other bloggers and their pissing contests? answer: zero.”

  • Not only is Amanda Long leaving the Washington Business Journal, but she is now available to freelance.

  • A reader tells us, “On the Star-Tribune issue: Some applicants for the DC job received this e-mail last week. ‘I am sorry to tell you we have decided not to interview you for our current Washington Bureau reporter opening. Thank you for your interest and please consider the Star Tribune again in the future. Brenda Rotherham News recruiting & training manager’”

  • TVNewser tells us, “CNN.com Adding Local Content; Redesigned Web Site Launches Over The Summer.”

  • Also from TVNewser, “CBS To Partner With Discovery Times?”

  • William Arkin writes, “I went to a Red Sox game on Saturday, and up above home plate I couldn’t help but notice the press box: five, six, seven tiers of desks, filled with print, radio, television and who knows what other media all reporting every move and anomaly. It dawned on me that there are more reporters covering the Sox, just one baseball team, than cover the Pentagon.”

  • TPM Cafe asks, “Is it just us, or is The New York Times essentially covering the Democratic Presidential primary as little more than a two-person race between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama?”

  • Newsday’s Spin Cycle reports, Media Matters “has made a subtle but significant philosophical shift, criticizing not only reporters’ stories or broadcast utterances but the questions journalists pose.”
  • AJR’s Rachel Smolkin explores, “What the Mainstream Media Can Learn from Jon Stewart

  • David Blum writes, “Last Friday night at 8 p.m., when no one in America was looking, CBS broadcast an hour-long tribute to its former anchorman, Walter Cronkite, on the occasion of his 90th birthday. It was a classic backhanded gesture by CBS, the kind that demonstrates just how callous and insensitive the network has become to its great traditions and legacies.”
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  • NPR is looking for a Producer for All Things Considered.

  • The Newspaper Association of America is looking for a Managing Editor.

  • National Guard Association is looking for a Staff Writer.

  • ARCOM is looking for a Technical Editor.

  • UCG is looking for an Editor for Decision Health.

  • The Baltimore Sun is looking for a Web Producer, a Sports Web Producer and a News Producer.

  • Campaigns & Elections magazine is looking for a Staff Writer.

  • The U.S. Green Building Council is looking for a Consumer Website Marketing Manager and a Manager of Publications & e-Marketing.

  • FierceMarkets is looking for a Publisher for FierceBiotech Group

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    Separated At Birth: Laura Sessions Stepp

    With a new book just out, Washington Post’s Laura Sessions Stepp is this week’s Separated at Birth.

    According to MyHeritage.com’s nifty face recognition database:

    Stepp…
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    … looks like, Kate Winslet?
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    Julia Roberts?
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    And, Charlotte Church?
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    Did you miss our earlier Separateds? Or just want to see them again? Check out William Arkin, Paul Singer, Ben Bradlee, John Yang, Armstrong Williams, Howard Kurtz, Tony Kornheiser, John Harris, Len Downie, David Corn, Bob Woodward, Jeff Zeleny, John McCaslin, John Hendren, Lesley Lopez, Elizabeth Shogren, Norah O’Donnell, Chris Matthews, Tim Russert, Brit Hume, Wolf Blitzer and David Gregory

    Separated At Birth: William Arkin

    Washington Post’s William Arkin is this week’s Separated at Birth.

    According to MyHeritage.com’s nifty face recognition database:

    Arkin…
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    …looks like, Steve Jobs?
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    Colin Farrell?
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    And, Colin Mochrie?
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    UPDATE: A reader writes in to add James Lipton to the list.
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    Did you miss our earlier Separateds? Or just want to see them again? Check out Paul Singer, Ben Bradlee, John Yang, Armstrong Williams, Howard Kurtz, Tony Kornheiser, John Harris, Len Downie, David Corn, Bob Woodward, Jeff Zeleny, John McCaslin, John Hendren, Lesley Lopez, Elizabeth Shogren, Norah O’Donnell, Chris Matthews, Tim Russert, Brit Hume, Wolf Blitzer and David Gregory

    Arkin Sparks Some Controversy

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    Making the email rounds is this post by William Arkin, who blogs about national security at “Early Warning.” He’s also an NBC News Analyst. As of this writing it has generated 535 comments.

    Some of the more controversial comments from his post, “The Troops Also Need to Support the American People.”

    • These soldiers should be grateful that the American public, which by all polls overwhelmingly disapproves of the Iraq war and the President’s handling of it, do still offer their support to them, and their respect.

    • Through every Abu Ghraib and Haditha, through every rape and murder, the American public has indulged those in uniform, accepting that the incidents were the product of bad apples or even of some administration or command order.

    • So, we pay the soldiers a decent wage, take care of their families, provide them with housing and medical care and vast social support systems and ship obscene amenities into the war zone for them, we support them in every possible way, and their attitude is that we should in addition roll over and play dead, defer to the military and the generals and let them fight their war, and give up our rights and responsibilities to speak up because they are above society?

    • But it is the United States and instead this NBC report is just an ugly reminder of the price we pay for a mercenary – oops sorry, volunteer – force that thinks it is doing the dirty work.

    What do you all think?