Morning Reading List, 01.05.09


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On this day in 1994, Tip O’Neill passed away. On this day in 1998, Sonny Bono died. Walter Mondale is 81 today. Charlie Rose is 67. Ed Rendell is 65. George Tenet is 56. John Reid and Patrick Ottenhoff are a year older today. Most of you are planning to stay home for New Years Eve. Did Doug Heye somehow incorporate “Blazing Saddles” into his TV appearance last week? Darn, this is too bad. CollegeHumor Classic test drives Google Smart Ass. Congratulations to former Politico James Kotecki and Washington Poster Emily Freifeld who got married this weekend. Check out today’s White House Photo of the Day from Time. Today’s “Angry Journalist” rant of the day: “My column mug makes me look fat.”

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  • This week’s classes include Get Your Fiction Book Published, Travel Writing Boot Camp and Memoir Writing.


  • Politico’s Michael Calderone reports, “The Washington Post’s Zachary Goldfarb will be moving over to the SEC beat, where he’ll be ‘chronicling the efforts of Mary Schapiro, the new head of the SEC, to remake the financial markets’ regulatory system,’ according to a staff memo obtained by Politico.”

  • Variety reports, “FCC commissioner Deborah Taylor Tate is exiting the regulatory org after three years, but outgoing FCC chairman Kevin Martin is keeping mum on his plans after president-elect Barack Obama takes office next month.”

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  • His Extreme-ness reports, “We end 2008 now squarely in the camp of fans of Washington Post columnist Richard Cohen.”

  • Long Island Business News reports, “Washington lobbyist Vicki L. Iseman has filed a $27 million defamation lawsuit against The New York Times for a February article about Iseman and her relationship with Sen. John McCain. The suit, filed in U.S. District Court in Richmond on Tuesday, alleges the article falsely communicated that Iseman and McCain had an illicit “romantic” relationship in 1999 when he was chair of the Senate Commerce Committee and she was a lobbyist representing clients before Congress”

  • Washington Post reports, “Lobbyist Sues N.Y. Times, Saying It Falsely Alleged Affair With McCain.” And Politico’s Michael Calderone reports, “NYT responds to Iseman suit: ‘We fully stand behind the article'”

  • The Times-Union’s Rex Smith explains the paper’s recent changes.

  • The Daily Fix presents, “The Best Sportswriting of 2008”

  • Check out the first part of Scott (Scoop) Butki’s two part interview with Howard Rosenberg, a former L.A. Times reporter, and Charles Feldman, a former television journalist.

  • The Boston Phoenix reports, “Reports of newspapers’ death are exaggerated — but after the changes coming in 2009, will we still recognize them?”

  • Gawker reports, “Village Voice Fires 50-Year Writer, Last Black Writer”

  • Washingtonian’s Harry Jaffe reports, “DC schools head Michelle Rhee has become a darling of the national media. Reporters for Time, the Atlantic, the New York Times, CBS, and other outlets have chronicled her brash crusade to fix the public schools; they all quote her at length. But search for Rhee’s comments in the Post and you’ll come up empty. Post education writer Bill Turque is at war with Rhee.”

  • The Century Foundation’s Peter Osnos writes, “A surprise bestseller this holiday season is The New York Times: The Complete Front Pages 1851–2008 (Black Dog and Leventhal).”

  • reports, “NYTCo Lays Groundwork To Raise Funds Through Debt, Equity”

  • NewsBusters reports, Washington Post columnist Dan Froomkin says, “My Job Is To Watch The White House Like A Hawk”

  • Reuters reports, “Government aid could save U.S. newspapers, spark debate”

  • New York Times’ David Brooks announces The Sidney Awards.

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  • A release announced, “ABC News’ ‘Nightline’ delivered its best 4th quarter total viewer delivery in five years (2003) and its highest Adults 25-54 delivery in four years (2004), according to Nielsen Media Research. ‘Nightline’ also outperformed CBS’ ‘Late Show with David Letterman’ among the key Adults 25-54 demographic for the second consecutive 4th quarter. This also marks the second quarter in a row ‘Nightline’ beat ‘Letterman’ in the demo.”

  • A release announced, “ABC News’ ‘This Week with George Stephanopoulos’ beat CBS’ ‘Face the Nation’ among both Total Viewers and the key Adults 25-54 demographic for the second consecutive 4th quarter, according to Nielsen Media Research. This is ‘This Week’s’ best 4th quarter total viewer and demo delivery in seven years (since 4th quarter 2001).”

  • A release announced, “According to Nielsen Media Research data, ‘NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams’ was the most-watched network evening newscast, winning the week of December 22-28, 2008 in total viewers, homes, and the demo. The Williams-led newscast averaged 9.306 million total viewers for the week, +534,000 more than ABC ‘World News” 8.772 million, and +2.497 million more than CBS ‘Evening News” 6.809 million. Season-to-date, ‘Nightly’ leads ‘World News’ by +453,000 viewers.”

  • TVNewser’s Steve Krakauer reports, “Klein on Layoffs: ‘We Actually Have More People Working at CNN Than Worked Here a Year Ago'”

  • David Bauder reports, “Charlie Rose mistakenly declares friend dead”

  • TVNewser’s Steve Krakauer reports, “If you weren’t entirely satisfied with your New Year’s Eve drink selections, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow has some advice. Maddow gives video instructions to the creation of her favorite cocktail, the Jack Rose, on New York Magazine’s Grub Street blog. She also has bartending advice: ‘Don’t be a wuss about the shaking…you are trying to wake it up, not put it to sleep.'”

  • PBS Ombudsman Michael Getler writes, “Last month, Jim Lehrer, the editor, part-owner, father and anchor of PBS’s flagship news offering, the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, was honored by Oklahoma University’s College of Journalism and Mass Communications for another one of his accomplishments: a role model for young journalists. Among the things Lehrer told the gathered students was to stick to the basics of news. ‘If you want to be entertained, go to the circus,’ he said. ‘Don’t watch the NewsHour.'”

  • TVNewser’s Chris Ariens reports, “CNN’s New Year’s Eve Tops on Cable”

  • TVNewser’s Steve Krakauer reports, “Steve Sando, Formerly of CBS News, Dies”

  • Washington Whispers tells us “Where David Gregory, the New ‘Meet the Press’ Host, Cools Off on Sundays”

  • TVNewser’s Steve Krakauer reports, “2008 Ratings: FNC’s Best Year Ever”. Also, “2008 Ratings: MSNBC Fastest Growing Once Again.” And, “2008 Ratings: CNN Wins Demo At 5pm and 10pmET.”

  • Vote now for the TVNewser Challenge 2009.

  • TVNewser’s Chris Ariens reports, “CNBC To Celebrate 20 Years in 2009”

  • The Los Angeles Times reports, “Fox News, CNN and MSNBC see record ratings in 2008”

  • Ashleigh Banfield makes the NY Post’s list of “Five Faces with Something to Look Forward to”

  • Cast your vote in TVNewser’s poll, “What Was the Biggest TV News Story of 2008?”

  • reports, “NBC keeps news ratings leads”

  • TVNewser’s Chris Ariens reports, “MTP Wins Fourth Quarter With 1.3M Viewer Lead”

  • Huffington Post’s Jason Linkins reports, “Zbigniew Brzezinski Calls Joe Scarborough ‘Stunningly Superficial'”

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  • Washington Post’s Jose Antonio Vargas asks, “Obama Won With Web’s Help. Now, How to Govern Using That Community?”

  • PR reports, “60 New York Times profiles on Twitter”

  • Wired PR Works reports, “Twitter IDs for 88 Top Public Relations Blogs from PR to Eternity”

  • Connecting.the.Dots asks, “Will Obama Be Bad For Blogging?”

  • Fimoculous presents, “30 Most Notable Blogs of 2008”

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  • Check out “min’s Exclusive Review of 2008 Magazine Launches: Enough ‘Spry’ For ‘Food Network’/’WSJ.’ To Stick A ‘Future Claw’ In “Open Air.'”

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  • The New York Times reports, “An NPR Reporter Becomes the News”

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  • Gannett Blog reports, “As Freedom Forum stumbles on big Newseum bet, documents reveal spending often veered far afield”

  • The Seattle Post Intelligencer reports, “PR 101: Top 10 Tips to Pitch Your News to the Media”

  • Kathleen Parker writes, “Let me be the first in the new year to declare that the mainstream media are dead. Now, can we please move on?”

  • BizBash presents, “The Year’s Smartest Strategies and Most Innovative Ideas”

  • Gannett Blog reports, “A non-profit adoption agency in Florida led by the wife of Freedom Forum founder Al Neuharth paid her more than $76,000 in wages in 2004-2007, after getting nearly $66,000 in grants from the charitable journalism foundation, newly emerged public documents show.”

  • Firedogleg reports, “From the Department of Wishful Thinking: Your GOP Media in Action”

  • Gawker reports, “The Top Ten People Who Should Be Unemployed in a Just 2009”

  • Josh Gerstein writes, “Reading about some recent difficulties encountered by the press pool assigned to monitor President-elect Obama’s doings in Hawaii leads me offer this advice: maybe next time the reporters need to bust a move.”
  • Politico looks at “Obama’s paparazzi presidency”

  • David Brooks presents, “The best journalism of 2008”

  • reports, “Bad year for media stocks”

  • AlterNet is “Announcing the 2008 P.U.-litzer Prizes”

  • Bob Franken presents, “The Very First Year-in-Review for 2009”

  • His Extreme-ness shares the “Top Ten Marketing Flops Bigger Than Caroline Kennedy”

  • Reporters Without Border presents, “Press Freedom Round-up 2008”

  • Huffington Post presents, “50 Most Fascinating People of 2008”

  • Arianna Huffington says, “Bye-Bye 2008: Things I Want to Forget”

  • The San Francisco Bay Guardian asks, “The traditional media is in a tailspin, but can a new generation of visionaries revive the watchdog press?”

  • Rachel Sklar reports, “Journalists will moonlight as bloggers. Bloggers will moonlight as investigative reporters. And other predictions you can bank on for 2009 — if we still have banks”

  • Lake Superior State University presents the “2009 List of Banished Words”

  • “ Predicts Top 5 Trends for Political Communications Under the Obama Presidency”

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  • The Brookings Institution is looking for a Director of Communications.

  • General Dynamics Information Technology is looking for a Discussion Forum Editor.

  • Stephens Media is seeking help to cover Inauguration.

  • The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom is accepting applications for a Director of Communications.

  • SNL Financial, LC is looking for a Copy Editor.

  • SmartBrief, Inc. is looking for a Copy Editor.

  • Disaster News Network is looking for an Intern.

  • Raw Story Media is looking for an independent, driven reporter.

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    Hat Tips: DCRTV, Michael Calderone, TVNewser, IWantMedia, Romenesko, MediaBistro, JournalismJobs, JournalismNext, Mic Check Radio, New York Times’ On This Day