It’s a good morning, Washington, even with the Dupont 5 closing. In honor of Mary J. Blige’s birthday, please have a drama-free day. And Playbook reminds us that it’s Mark Halperin’s birthday today. Which means that Ana Marie Cox has a prank planned. Those crazy Time.com’ers…
Poynter Online reports, “The big news this week was that, despite predictions, Sen. Hillary Clinton won the Democratic primary in N.H. But a few major U.K. papers went to press with a different story — that Sen. Barack Obama won the election.”
The AP introduced “‘Ask AP,’ a Q&A column where The Associated Press answers your questions about the news — anything from ‘What’s a subprime mortgage?’ to ‘What ever happened to Linda Tripp?’ to ‘How does a reporter prepare to be embedded with the military in Iraq?’ AP editors will choose some of the questions sent in by readers like you and get answers from AP reporters and editors — the people who spend their days covering the very issues you’re curious about.”
The Pew Weekly News Interest Index shows, “The presidential campaign dominated news coverage last week, with roughly half of the newshole (49%) devoted to the tight nomination contests in both political parties. Public interest in the campaign has increased but campaign news has not necessarily dominated the public’s focus to the same extent. Just over a third (34%) say the campaign is the story they followed most closely last week, up 12 points from early December (Dec. 2-7). But many also say the assassination of Benazir Bhutto (21%), was the story they followed most closely. Her untimely death was among the top foreign news interest stories over the last year.”
Regarding this a reader writes in, “Don’t forget the Southwest 7 p.m. flight from Manchester to Baltimore. There were the last two presidents of the National Press Club. Jerry Zremski and Jon Salant, chatting it up with Houston Chronicle political reporter Ben Roth.”
Washingtonpost.com will be featuring animated cartoons by Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist Ann Telnaes two to three times per week starting yesterday. Check out the first one here.
His Extreme-ness reports, “One of the enjoyable subplots in Christopher Buckley’s book ‘Boomsday’ is what essentially is a Google zapper — a device that eliminates bad, harmful, or embarrassing links on Google. I was reminded of that all-too-real fictional tool when reading this in Howard Kurtz’s piece today about how the media embarrassed itself in New Hampshire”
An ABC release announced, “According to Nielsen Media Research for Sunday, January 6, 2008, ABC News’ ‘This Week with George Stephanopoulos’ outperformed CBS’ ‘Face the Nation’ among both Total Viewers and Adults 25-54. In addition, ‘This Week’ grew an impressive 24% among the key Adults 25-54 demographic compared to last year, the program’s best A25-54 delivery in almost a year (week of February 25, 2007).”
A NBC release announced, “Just two days before the New Hampshire
primary, ‘Meet the Press with Tim Russert’ was the No. 1 Sunday morning public affairs program, winning on Sunday, January 6, 2008 in all categories.”
The “CBS Evening News” investment in politics — including substantial airtime, new correspondents, sharp embeds and an evident passion for the topic by anchor Katie Couric — is paying off.
On Jan. 8, the night of the New Hampshire primary, Katie’s live broadcast from Manchester beat the “NBC Nightly News” in the 25-54 demo in New York, San Francisco, Atlanta and Houston, per CBS.
And the “CBS Evening News” was the Des Moines ratings leader in the November sweeps among households, views and the demo, per CBS.
NewsBusters reports, “To riff off the Alice Roosevelt Longworth line: if you don’t have anything nice to say about Rupert Murdoch, go sit next to David Shuster. The MSNBCer and former Fox Newser has no love lost for his old employer.”
The Wall Street Journal reports, “Doug Byles has had it with his cable-television bill. The 44-year-old Walnut Creek, Calif., home builder said he’s paying more than $130 a month for basic service with two premium and eight high-definition channels.”
Comcast announced three major content initiatives at the 2008 Consumer Electronics Show. “Comcast CEO Brian L. Roberts unveiled the Company’s plan to give consumers more than 1,000 HD choices in 2008, its strategy to begin adding additional HD movies, and announced Project Infinity — its vision to give consumers the ability to watch any movie, television show, user generated content or other video that a producer wants to make available On Demand.”
Variety reports, “Federal Communications Commission chairman Kevin J. Martin affirmed his commitment to a la carte cable subscriptions and to striking a balance between the need to protect digital content and ensure consumer rights to fair use of it.”
The AP reports, “U.S. TV broadcasters will be ready to start transmitting signals for portable electronics like cell phones next year, the developers of the technology, LG Electronics Inc. and Harris Corp., said Sunday. The technology represents a chance for broadcasters to challenge cell-phone carriers, who are trying to sew up the market for mobile TV with their own transmissions.”
Wonkette presents “the first-ever dance competition between a White House Correspondent and a candidate for the White House: David Gregory vs. Barack Obama! Once you view the video, please play judge and vote in our poll.” So far, Gregory is in the lead.
The Press Gazette reports, “Celebrity interviewer Rob McGibbon has launched a website business which aims to provide a comprehensive index of journalistic interviews. McGibbon, a freelance who has previously written celebrity interviews for Press Gazette, launched the aggregation website AccessInterviews.com last week.”
A release announced, “The Center for Public Integrity has assembled an award-winning team of journalists and researchers to build one of the most comprehensive, illuminating, and frequently updated websites on presidential politics and fundraising, The Buying of the President 2008. The site provides current and historical facts and figures, along with stories that explore a variety of issues related to money in presidential politics.”
WebProNews reports, “Video sharing websites watched their typical daily traffic double through 2007, with nearly half of US Internet users stopping by YouTube and similar sites.”
Online Media Post reports, “A majority of journalists say that blogs and other forms of social media are not affecting the quality of traditional news — for better or worse — but that the blogosphere is definitely having an impact on the speed, tone and editorial direction of their reporting. Almost 180 reporters and editors across multiple industries responded to the e-mail survey sent out by Omnicom’s Brodeur in mid-December. And while roughly 43% of respondents said that “new media” (blogs and social networks) had a ‘very’ or ‘somewhat’ significant impact on the quality of news coverage, most journalists (56%) said that the impact of new media was ‘not very’ or ‘not at all’ significant.”
ABC’s Nitya Venkataraman was mistaken for John McCain’s 16-year-old adopted daughter of Bangladeshi origin. Check out the split screen here.