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Morning Reading List 08.27.09: A Kennedy Edition

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NEWS NOTES

Yesterday, we saw countless commentators and anchors recall memories of Senator Kennedy in the daytime, and hour-long specials produced in the evening. WaPo‘s Howard Kurtz notes that much of the coverage has a “personal tone” lent to it by the reporters who brought us that coverage. He wrote:

“There was an unmistakably personal tone to the tributes, the anchors and correspondents sounding as though they, and the country, had lost a friend. Diane Sawyer talked about Kennedy’s megawatt smile. Andrea Mitchell called him “the greatest senator of our generation.” Brian Williams, who had flown during the night to Hyannis Port, observed: “I hope his Irishness… isn’t lost in all this.” Geraldo Rivera called him a “mentor.”

…Washington can be the smallest of towns, and many in the media recounted touching encounters with the late senator. Chris Matthews, a Type 2 diabetic, spoke of Kennedy calling him with advice after the “Hardball” host had an attack of hypoglycemia. Paul Begala, a Democratic strategist, recalled on CNN that when his father had received a cancer diagnosis, Kennedy called and “gave me the name of one of the world’s foremost experts in cancer treatment. He said, ‘He’s expecting your call. I just talked to him.’ And he helped pave the way to get my father the treatment that, frankly, saved his life.”"

And from Slate‘s Jack Shafer: “Not everybody in the press adored the Kennedys, of course. But those who did-like famed New York Times reporter, editor, and columnist James “Scotty” Reston-attended to the family’s legend like priests on retainer.”

Politico captured these Kennedy memories from various Washingtonians, including CBS’ Bob Schieffer and former Kennedy press assistant Terri Robinson.

NEWSPAPERS

E&P: The Boston Globe literally stopped the presses at about 1:30am to change the paper’s front page and several inside pages to include the Kennedy’s death yesterday.

E&P‘s blog takes notes of where leading newspapers placed the first mention of the Chappaquiddick accident in their Senator Kennedy obits.

FamousDC poked fun at Politico yesterday for its extensive coverage of Senator Kennedy’s death on the web. Today, the paper was out with a special edition, “Remembering a Legend.” (h/t Playbook)

TV

The Daily NewsDavid Hinckley commentates that yesterday’s cable coverage “lined up as neatly as the punch line in a joke about the alleged political agendas of those channels.” He writes:

“On the left: MSNBC, which went wall-to-wall Kennedy the entire day, interspersing fresh reactions with warm remembrances of his life and times.

On the right: Fox News, where Kennedy was the main story all day – but where it was often used as an opener to discussions of the health-care plan he endorsed, which faces heavy criticism and an uncertain fate.

In the middle: CNN, which stayed wall-to-wall longer than Fox and incorporated more Kennedy features, but broke off as well for other stories.”

C-SPAN has already announced that it will air live coverage Senator Kennedy’s Celebration of Life memorial service from 7-9pm tomorrow and on Saturday, the funeral mass from 10:30am-12:30pm and the burial service at 5:30pm at Arlington National Ceremony. We’ll have more coverage plans on FBDC later today.

RADIO

Nancy Reagan joined “The Ron Reagan Show” on Air America last night to discuss Senator Kennedy. You can listen in now here.

And former CBS News correspondent Roger Mudd, who famously asked Senator Kennedy why he wanted to be president just before officially announcing that he would run, called into Sirius XM Radio’s POTUS show. You can listen to that interview here.

ONLINE

WebNewser takes notes of Kennedy video coverage on the web.

And msnbc.com is opening Kennedy coverage to their readers with FirstPerson.msnbc.com.

BOOKS

Senator Kennedy’s memoir “True Compass” will go on sale September 14th, according to the publisher and via NYT. The autobiography has been five years in the making.

HAT TIPS: mediabistro

Morning Reading List 08.25.09

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.

In honor of DC’s Restaurant Week, we’re bringing back a little Patrick Gavin flavor. Photo above- what restaurant did FBDC dine at for lunch yesterday? Send us your guesses and we’ll share who go it right in tomorrow’s Morning Reading List. What know and what we’re reading this Tuesday morning…

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TV

Anna Wintour graced David Letterman‘s “The Late Show” yesterday.

VH1 has cancelled “Megan Wants a Millionaire” and “I Love Money 3,” both which featured dead murder suspect Ryan Jenkins.

RADIO

We’re really hoping NPR keeps this feature… “Dumbest Story of the Week.” First up, the fuss over Michelle Obama’s “short” shorts.

ONLINE

Time.com managing editor says long form journalism is not working online. (h/t BeetTV)

MAGAZINES

Readers Digest Association Inc. has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

BOOKS

The latest in publishing… books without jackets.

WEST WING REPORTAGE

What is Kal Penn up to while everyone else at the White House is vacationing on Martha’s Vineyard? NJ fills us in… he “has been given new busywork responsibilities like opening mail and answering Politico interview requests.”

And what do President Obama’s book picks say about him? Slate’s John Dickerson here.

NEWS NOTES

Stars & Stripes: As more journalists seek permission to accompany U.S. forces engaged in military operations in Afghanistan, many of them could be screened by a controversial public relations firm contracted by the Pentagon to determine whether their past coverage has portrayed the U.S. military in a positive light.

HAT TIPS: mediabistro, TVNewser

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Morning Reading List 08.11.09

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.

Check out Washington Examiner Yeas & Nays columnist Kiki Ryan enjoying truffle fries at Poste wrapped in her own column…

Speaking of good eats, Playbook spotted Wolf Blitzer dining with Rahm Emanuel at BLT last night. And for the newest edition of Washington Unplugged‘s series “Unplugged and Under 40,” CBS was at Good Stuff Eatery on Capitol Hill yesterday to interview celebrity chef Spike.

Get ready to wish Qorvis’ Kelley McCormick a happy birthday tomorrow. Until then, what we know and what we’re reading this Tuesday morning…

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NEWSPAPERS

NYT points out the downturn in print media is really hurting photojournalists. “Newspapers and magazines are cutting back sharply on picture budgets or going out of business altogether. Pictures and video shot by amateurs on cellphones are posted to Web sites minutes after events occur. Photographers trying to make a living from shooting the news are calling it a crisis.”

E&P has announced ten newspapers that “do it right,” including: Las Vegas Sun, Sioux City Journal (IA), Briefing (Dallas, TX), The Post-Star (Glen Falls, NY), East Bay Express (Emeryville, CA), Star Tribune Minneapolis, St. Petersburg Times (FL), The Daily Independent (Ridgecrest, CA), New Times (Phoenix) and the Cincinnati Enquirer.

More on saving newspapers in the Atlantic today.

TV

In last night’s “Talking Points Memo” segment, Bill O’Reilly highlighted Fox’s ratings surge. “Fox News explodes, while the liberal media burns.” He goes on, “A major reason is the healthcare debate… When we cover the town hall meetings we don’t describe the protesters as loons. We don’t denegrate people who disagree with Pres. Obama. That’s the difference between FOX News and all the others… The Factor also gives voice to both sides, something you will never see on NBC News.”

Meanwhile, on MSNBC, Keith Olbermann delivered a special comment on the healthcare debate, specifically the “orgy of fantasized violence and imagined revolution whose fires have been stoked for weeks, for months, for years by conservatives,” highlighting Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck and Lou Dobbs.

(h/t TVNewser)

Octomom is packing up the kids and coming to primetime.

RADIO

Fox Business Network executives are in talks with Don Imus to bring his radio show to the 22-month-old network. AllYourTV.com, which first reported the news Friday night, reports the show “could make the move as early as September 1.” A FBN spokesperson said, “We’re always talking to interesting talent.” (h/t TVNewser)

BOOKS

Julia is beating Julie in book sales post opening weekend of “Julie & Julia.”

NEWS NOTES

Looking for something to do now that Congress is in recess? Past Tense yoga studio offers Congressional staffers and reporters a chance to unwind, with a special “restorative recess” of their own. The studio is extending a special discount to all journalists and Congressional staffers with a valid ID to take a single yoga class for $10, instead of the regular price of $15 a session. More info here.

HAT TIPS: mediabistro, TVNewser

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Morning Reading List 08.07.09

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.

The latest Auto-Tune the News (featuring Pat Buchanan!) above. Plenty of upcoming birthdays to celebrate this morning- Alex Baldinger, Marc Ambinder and David Bass, plus a special birthday we’ll celebrate more on the blog later. For now, what we know and what we’re reading this Friday morning…

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NEWSPAPERS

NYT has finally confirmed that the Boston Globe is up for sale.

TV

Judge Sonia Sotomayor was confirmed by the Senate yesterday just after 3pm- what it looked like on cable.

More on Richard Wolffe on and not on MSNBC’s “Countdown with Keith Olbermann.”

And WaPo‘s Howard Kurtz‘s Media Notes on the Olbermann/Bill O’Reilly feud: “Out and a Bout.”

Lastly in TV, why Joe Scarborough is cool.

RADIO

GWU is launching a radio and web-based educational series exploring the role of press in democracy. “This Just In,” produced in association with the Newseum, will air weekly for an hour and will be hosted by veteran network correspondent Sam Litzinger with support from GWU students in the School of Media and Public Affairs. More dets here.

ONLINE

Slate‘s Jack Shafer hasn’t been served enough “Mouthpiece Theater” just yet.

More this morning from Shafer: “Will Marcus Brauchli Please Grow a Spine?

And on that note- Dana Milbank‘s loss has been Andy Cobb‘s gain. Politico reports “Two Dudes and a Web Cam” hasn’t been a wild YouTube success- that is, until Milbank’s beer summit video flopped, opening the door for Cobb’s satire.

FT looks to introduce a pay-per-article system by next summer.

Politico‘s Jonathan Martin‘s filling in for Ben Smith on the blog (h/t Playbook).

BOOKS

Playbook also reports this morning that Mitt Romney has named his book due out in March- “No Apology: The Case for American Greatness.”

NEWS NOTES

Anderson Cooper had the first interview with Lisa Ling on CNN’s “360″ last night. Ling revealed that her sister Laura Ling and Euna Lee, American reporters for Current TV who were detained in North Korea until this week, did “very briefly” cross into the country.

HAT TIPS: mediabistro, TVNewser

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Morning Reading List 07.02.09

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.

Happy Birthday to NYT‘s Peter Baker and a big congratulations to Roll Call‘s David Meyers, whose daughter Sophie Rose Meyers was born on June 16th– coincidentally Roll Call‘s birthday!

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

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NEWSPAPERS

David Rohde, the NYT reporter who escaped the Taliban returned to his newsroom to thunderous applause.

TV

TVNewser: As viewers for two of the three network newscasts drop off, NBC “Nightly News” with Brian Williams has grown in viewership over the last year, and had its best Q2 in three years. The broadcast added 86,000 viewers in the second quarter of 2009 vs. Q2 ’08. Not huge growth, but growth nonetheless.

CBS’ Bob Schieffer tells Washington Whispers he’s not sure why his “Face the Nation” ratings are going up. “I have no idea. We have not changed a thing… We are doing what we’ve always done, just to try to get the key newsmaker of the week and ask them the obvious question.”

NBC “Today” show anchor Matt Lauer, CNN’s Larry King and ABC “Nightline” anchor Cynthia McFadden are all heading to Neverland.

RADIO

TWT editor John Solomon will join NPR’s Kojo Nnamdi Show in the noon hour to discuss the local and national media landscapes and where he see the Times fitting in.

ONLINE

AP: Is Twitter the news outlet for the 21st century?

BOOKS

CNN: Prior to revelations of an extramarital affair that effectively brought an end to his political career, Mark Sanford was preparing to publish a book outlining his policy beliefs. Sentinel, a conservative imprint of Penguin Group, has included a book by Sanford in their Spring 2010 catalogue.

NEWS NOTES

How TMZ gets scoops.

Politico‘s Patrick Gavin is out in Aspen for the 2009 Ideas Festival we told you about earlier this week. He fills us in on a panel on the future of journalism with Aspen Institute President (and former CNN President) Walter Isaacson, WaPo‘s Katharine Weymouth and ABC News President David Westin. “We will look at anything and are taking a wait-and-see approach,” said Weymouth. “We think about a ton of things. Everything is open.” When asked whether print papers will always be around, Weymouth said, “I don’t know. I don’t predict. Nobody knows.”

NPR points out that “as some newspapers are going out of business and many more are shedding costs, a lot of investigative journalists who have devoted years to exposing government corruption and corporate scandals are leaving their newsrooms,” some even pursuing careers as private investigators.

Slate‘s Jack Shafer: Michael Jackson‘s death isn’t the first time the press has woven a wardrobe of flimsy garments from thin threads. Editors everywhere appreciate that readers always love to read about Topic A and are intent on being served truckloads of Topic A when Topic A is red hot, even if the product is dross.

HAT TIPS: mediabistro

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Morning Reading List 06.30.09

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.

Happy Birthday to Jane Chick! What we know and what we’re reading this Tuesday morning…

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NEWSPAPERS

USA Today is also publishing two Michael Jackson commemorative publications- a 96-page glossy “Michael Jackson: King of Pop” and a 40-page tabloid “Michael 1958-2009″. Purchasing dets here.

ONLINE

Is Facebook trying to be Twitter?

Regardless, our favorite recent Facebook status- Chuck Todd: “RIP Billy Mays, the secret to his success? The beard!”

MAGAZINES

Magazine editors scrambled to get Michael Jackson on their covers, including Time, Newsweek, In Touch Weekly, Entertainment Weekly, Ebony, Billboard, Rolling Stone and OK!. According to the AP, Time put out a 64-page edition, separate from its regular weekly issue, exclusively covering Jackson- this was Time’s first special edition since the 9/11 attacks.

BOOKS

Former embeds Scott Conroy and Shushannah Walshe‘s book on Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin has a title- “Sarah from Alaska: Inside the Political Arrival That Rocked American Politics- What Really Happened, What It Means, and What’s Next for Sarah Palin.”

NEWS NOTES

LAT asks a good question- what is TMZ had been wrong about Jackson? “Has technology’s ability to deliver information at such a rapid pace corrupted us? It’s one thing to marvel at how social media sites have helped spread Iranian news that might otherwise have been censored; it’s quite another to become a culture that prizes speed over confirmed facts.” Read on here.

AP takes a look at the challenges foreign broadcasters face covering Iran.

WEST WING REPORTAGE

President Obama’s campaign scored two top prizes at Cannes Lions International Advertising Awards.

Also check out President Obama get interrupted yesterday by a quacking ringtone at an event at the White House.

HAT TIPS: mediabistro

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Morning Reading List 06.24.09

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.

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

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NEWSPAPERS

NYT: After months of bitter struggle that included a threat to shut down The Boston Globe, the New York Times Company and the paper’s largest union reached a tentative contract settlement on Tuesday night, with employees agreeing to significant cuts in wages, benefits, and job security.

WaPo’s Katharine Weymouth spoke Saturday at the Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism’s commencement- the school also honored Roxana Saberi with its Medal for Courage. Weymouth said, “I believe firmly that great journalism – the need for good old-fashioned beat and enterprise reporting — has never been more important. Certainly no one would argue that there isn’t enough news to report anymore. Nor do I believe that people’s interest or engagement in the news has changed. What has changed is the number of voices out there, the role that media plays in our lives and the business model that has supported journalism. This is a time of great transformation — but it’s also a time of great anticipation and creativity.” Read her speech here.

TV

Playbook reports this morning that there are “so many technicians and journalists are on the grounds that the Secret Service ran out of laminated “PRESS” passes and was giving “TOUR” tags to reporters.”

See how cable news ratings increased with coverage of Iran- Fox News ranked third in all of cable in primetime last week.

“Real World” is coming to DC, as you’ve heard, but there are major cuts coming to MTV.

ONLINE

The Iran election has increased new traffic to Twitter. Hitwise notes traffic to Twitter.com rose 13% June 12 compared with the previous Friday and was up 23% June 17 versus the prior Wednesday. (h/t WebNewser)

ABCNews.com has announced it is producing a daily half-hour program about the crisis in Iran. “Nightline: Iran in Crisis” will be broadcast at 11:30am and available on the Nightline section of ABCNEWS.com and on ABC News NOW, the network’s 24-hour digital channel.

BOOKS

Roxana Saberi is working on a memoir of her arrest, sentence and release in Iran, to be published by HarperCollins in March 2010, according to the AP.

Former Vice President Dick Cheney is penning a memoir expected out in spring 2011, a few months after former President George W. Bush’s book comes out, the AP points out. In an interview with the AP, Cheney said, “I want my grandkids, 20 or 30 years from now, to be able to read it and understand what I did, and why I did it.”

NEWS NOTES

We seriously did not believe this when we first heard it, but now there’s video proof. Remember Buzz Aldrin, the second man to set foot on the Moon, an American icon? Just in time for the moon-landing anniversary, he’s teaming up with Snoop Dog and Talib Kweli to record his latest track, “Rocket Experience.” You have to see this for yourself at FishbowlLA.

WEST WING REPORTAGE

Peter Osnos asks on The Daily Beast, “Does the Press Love Obama More Than Reagan?” Osnos checks in with ABC’s Sam Donaldson and WaPo’s Lou Cannon and David Hoffman.

HAT TIPS: mediabistro, Politico

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