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Archives: December 2008

That’s One Way To Skip Out Early For Christmas

On December 24, the Washington Times’ editorial page featured whole Bible passages as its lead editorials.

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WaTimes Disses Jenny 8. Lee

Each year, the Washington Times editorial page holds its “Nobles and Knaves” contest, “looking over the year at smart moves and stumbles profiled in our weekly editorial feature.”

One nominee:

    Jennifer 8. Lee, a New York Times reporter who wrote on her blog post that Washington’s nightlife was pathetic and that the Metro map has all the sophistication of Fisher Price. Apparently, she was upset by the mass-transit signs that say “Unlike some subway systems, you don’t see rats the size of house cats roaming the Metro,” cautioning riders not to eat on the Metro. She assumed egocentrically that the signs were a putdown to New York City, causing her to write the nasty criticisms.

(Who’s Jenny 8. Lee?)

Poll of the Day

Year In Review: Bad News Edition

What a great year to be a journalist, right?!?

Oh right: Not so much.

There has been a great deal of bad news in the journalism industry over the last year.

Join us after the jump for our depressing look back…

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Some Posties Get Out, Others Not So Much

..as witnessed by J. Freedom du Lac‘s roundup of his Washington Post colleagues’ top music choices for 2008.

Mike Wise? Barely listens to music. Gene Weingarten? He likes Beyonce?!? Marc Fisher? Kid Rock. And Ally Schweitzer listens to music you’ve never even heard of and probably can’t even pronounce (Lindstrom? Notwist?)

Loads more here.

Morning Reading List, 12.30.08

Good morning Washington.

Got a blind item, interesting link, funny note, comment, birthday, anniversary or anything of the sort for Morning Reading List? Drop us a line or let us know in the tips box below.

We’ve got your morning mix of media Muesli after the jump…

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A Novel Newspaper Idea

Politico’s Mike Allen makes a good point (and a good find) in today’s Playbook:

In the Washington Post’s series, “The Crash: What Went Wrong? The Washington Post examines the origins of the economic crisis”, the paper featured a “How It Was Reported” section, which included this:

    Those speaking on the record in today’s report include, among others, Financial Products’ founders, Howard Sosin and Randy Rackson, and Sosin’s successor as president, Tom Savage. From AIG, on-the-record interviews were conducted with former chairman Maurice “Hank” Greenberg, former vice chairman Ed Matthews and former chief financial officer Howard Smith.

Allen calls it, “An innovation that should be copied for big narratives and series.”

Sorry, Journo: You’re Not On The List

Politico’s Sarah Abruzzese reports on the Senate Press Galleries limited press credentials for Obama’s inauguration:

    Inaugural planners say some journalists may have to sit on the sidelines on the big day.

    Inaugural planners warned the public Monday to be prepared for massive crowds, long delays and the closure of bridges and Metro stations on Jan. 20. There’s a warning for the press, too: Those credentials you requested might not be available.

    While every day seems to bring another report of media layoffs and buyouts, the Senate press galleries say they’ve received an unprecedented number of requests from journalists seeking to cover Barack Obama’s inauguration.

    The galleries plan to start saying no this week to those who don’t qualify for credentials.

    “We’re going to have to be very stingy this year,” said Mark Abraham, the deputy director of the Senate Press Photographers’ Gallery.

Read the rest here.

Pictures Of Morning Papers

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Ricks Takes To The Blog

Former Washington Post military reporter Tom Ricks, who took a buyout from the paper in April and remains a correspondent, will soon launch a blog for Foreign Policy magazine, FishbowlDC has learned.

Under the leadership of Executive Editor Susan Glasser (a longtime Washington Post editor and foreign correspondent), the magazine is set relaunch its website on Monday. The site will include several new features and a more frequently updated, dynamic format. The Washington Post Company purchased Foreign Policy magazine in September.

Think of it as “Fiasco” (Ricks 2006 book on the war in Iraq) on a daily basis.

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