Morning Reading List, 01.06.09


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It’s the anniversary of George H.W. and Barbara. Louis Harris is 88. Most of you think that the Senate should not seat Roland Burris. Check out today’s White House Photo of the Day from Time. Today’s “Angry Journalist” rant of the day: “My goals for 2009: Get a new chair.”

Today’s FishbowlDC comment of the day (with regards to yesterday’s post on “The Gazette Goes Broadsheet“: Reader DCRussell writes, “I wish I could read the Gazette, either tabloid or broadsheet. But that’s not possible because my PG neighborhood has apparently been redlined. And copies are not available at my nearest library, either.” Keep the FishbowlDC discussion going by dropping your comments here.

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  • The Washington Post announced “that Zachary Goldfarb will be our new SEC reporter. Zach has done impressive work this year, first on the Bubble series and then on Fannie and Freddie, breaking important stories and writing with insight. Zach will continue, along with others, to monitor Fannie and Freddie, where critical decisions about the future of these important local institutions are now being made. But Zach’s major focus will be chronicling the efforts of Mary Schapiro, the new head of the SEC, to remake the financial markets’ regulatory system.”

  • Pharmalot’s Ed Silverman says goodbye.

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  • E&P reports, “Bennett Says Departure as ‘Wash Post’ M.E. was his Decision — Brauchli Promises Restructuring”

  • Washingtonian’s Harry Jaffe asks, “Bennett Heads for Post’s Ninth Floor — Its New Gulag?”

  • Fox News reports, “Former President George H.W. Bush said his son Jeb should run for president and blasted the New York Times for its ‘grossly unfair’ criticism of another son, President George W. Bush.”

  • Chicago Tribune reports, “Radler recalls the ‘good times'”

  • The New York Times reports, “The Times to Sell Display Ads on the Front Page”

  • TVNewser’s Chris Ariens reports, “CBS Becomes First Front-Page Advertiser in the New York Times”

  • The AP reports, “Former newspaper rivals cooperate as jobs are cut”

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  • A release announced, “Face The Nation with Bob Schieffer beat ABC in all key demographics for the Sunday, Dec. 28 broadcast. Compared to the same week last year, the program was up +5% in viewers (2.71m from 2.59m), +11% in households (2.0/06 from 1.8/05) and +14% in adults 25-54 (0.8/04 from 0.7/03).”

  • A release announced, “According to Nielsen Media Research data, ‘Meet the Press’ was the most-watched Sunday morning public affairs program, winning its 45th consecutive quarter for 4Q’08 in total viewers and homes — its best showing since at least 1980. For 4Q’08, the program was No. 1, averaging 4.595 million total viewers”

  • A release announced, “President-elect Barack Obama and many members of the soon to be installed Congress have identified problems with the nation’s health care system as a priority. However, the recent economic downturn has exacerbated those problems. Betty Ann Bowser, health and health policy correspondent for The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, traveled around the country to explore the ‘Tough Choices’ Americans are making about their health care in a 3-part series” that began last night.

  • B&C talks to Kevin Martin. “The outgoing FCC chairman looks back on his hits and misses”

  • Bloomberg reports, “Some TV Stations to Lose Viewers in Shift to Digital, FCC Says”

  • Check out the latest “How To Pitch” column — up this time is The Reporters Roundtable.

  • Washington Post’s Howard Kurtz reports, “Fox Business’s ‘Bell’ Sounds A New Start For Liz Claman”

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  • A release announced, “Tapping into one of the most popular Apple innovations ever, ABC News Digital today announced a new application for iPhone and iPod Touch users. The application is a one-stop-shop for top news, text and video reports from ABC News and local video from its owned stations across the nation — including up-to-the-minute weather and video programming from ABC News’ broadcast platforms. The ABC News application is now available free of charge in the Apple App Store.”

  •’s Simon Dumenco writes, “It’s Time to Apply Some Brutal Logic to Web 2.0 Valuations (Sorry, Venture Capitalists!)”

  • Politico’s Mike Allen reports, “Another first; Obama to webcast inaugural ball”

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  • The New York Times reports, “Prominent Magazines Lose Weight, Shedding Nearly Half Their Ads”

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  • A release announced, “After a 2008 economic crisis that left few unscathed, CNN’s chief business correspondent Ali Velshi kick starts the new year with a weeklong series of CNN Radio programming guiding listeners through the financial challenges of the moment and the months to come. ‘The Ali Velshi Show: Gimme My Money Back’ will be available for CNN Radio affiliates starting today and continuing through Friday, Jan. 9. The series, based on Velshi’s new book Gimme My Money Back: Your Guide to Beating the Financial Crisis, airs each day from 1:06 p.m. to 2 p.m. (ET) and is available on”

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  • Dave Marash will be hosting Journopalooza this Friday at the National Press Club where “four of DC’s best bands — composed of journalists from the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, McClatchy Newspapers, the Washington Independent, Bloomberg News, among others — will try to claim the title of Best Reporter-Based Washington Rock Group.” Tickets are on sale now at Half of the money raised will be designated for the Journalist Assistance Program of the Committee to Protect Journalists, their emergency resource to help save journalists in immediate danger. The other half will help fund the National Press Club’s array of training programs and scholarships.

  • MediaWeek reports, “M&A Report: Deal-Making at Lowest Level in Eight Years”

  • The AP reports, “First lady Laura Bush has sealed a deal worth millions with Scribner to publish a memoir that will encompass her recollections of personal and historical moments, including her eight years in the White House.”

  • BusinessWeek presents, “Media Predictions 2009: What Won’t Happen”

  • The Business Sheet reports, “Still think media is a recession-proof business? Tell that to these 24 moguls and execs, some of whom have lost more in the past year than you knew they even had.” Check it out here.

  • John Battelle shares his “Predictions 2009”

  • USA Today presents, “2008 Media Prognostication Contest results and winners”

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  • The Atlantic is looking for a Political Reporter/Web Producer.

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