Morning Reading List, 01.13.09


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Michael Jordan announced his retirement ten years ago (but returned in 2001). Patrick Dempsey turns 43 years old today. Squint your eyes and spend days planning your beard stubble in his honor. Birthdays: Alex Nicholson. Rob Redding. You think FishbowlDC should switch to a team of 3, 4 or more bloggers. For all of you who have to work on Monday, check out #86 on Stuff Journalists Like (also, #10 seems about right). Ann Althouse asks, “What would someone have to say on ‘Meet the Press’ to prompt a follow-up question from David Gregory?” And Greta Van Susteren gives readers “a quick idea of type of emails” she gets. Check out today’s White House Photo of the Day from Time. Today’s “Angry Journalist” rant of the day: “Just once I’d like to see top management held accountable for its boneheaded moves. I’d like to see a newspaper fire whoever thought it was a good idea to hire consultants who have never spent a day in a newsroom. If your job does not directly involve putting out tomorrow’s paper, YOU should fear layoffs, not the people filling the paper and feeding the web site.”

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  • Potomac Flacks reports, “Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) has made some changes to his communications team. David Wade, a well-known flack-about-town, will be Sen. John Kerry’s new chief of staff. … Jodi Seth, former communications director for Chairman John Dingell on the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, will join Kerry’s staff as communications director. Frederick L. Jones II has been named communications director for Sen. Kerry at the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.”

  • HRH King Friday XIII, Ret. bids a fond farewell to Why.I.Hate.DC.

  • reports, “Cable network Investigation Discovery has signed former CNN anchor Paula Zahn to an exclusive deal to develop a weekly newsmagazine.”

  • Folio reports, “Tony Case, Adweek Media Group’s executive editor of features and special projects, has resigned, a Nielsen Business Media spokesperson confirmed.”

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  • Miami Herald Ombudsman Edward Schumacher-Matos writes, “Columnists report, decide, delight, infuriate. Do they belong on news pages?”

  • Portfolio’s Mixed Media has a special note for Bono. “Dear Bono, No doubt you are, as Andy Rosenthal describes you, ‘an extraordinary man who thinks deeply about his art and the major issues confronting the world.’ To be sure, your work on AIDS and poverty is just great. Thanks for that. But as a newspaper columnist, you are truly an execrable failure. ‘Glasses clinking clicking, clashing crashing in Gaelic revelry’? Did you come up with that in a freshman writing seminar? It’s cool that you got to hang out with Frank Sinatra and all, but we really don’t care that much. You’re a rock star. It’s expected. Bono, you don’t see us getting on stage at the Meadowlands butchering ‘Where the Streets Have No Name,’ do you? So please return the favor and stay off the op-ed page from now on. Respectfully yours, Journalists Everywhere.”

  • WebNewser’s Chris Ariens reports, “This is Not Your Father’s Associated Press”

  • Politico reports, “NYT reporter warns of one-term Obama”

  • Washington Post’s Howard Kurtz reports, “Little Diversity at White House”

  • Portfolio’s Mixed Media reports, “I’ve noticed a curious thing recently: There’s been plenty of talk about the possibility of a newspaper-sector bailout — as you’d expect, with other dying industries lining up for their handouts — but virtually all the arguments are about why there shouldn’t be one. There are plenty of good ones to choose from: taking money from the government would compromise the press’s independence; subsidizing an inefficient delivery mechanism that consumers have outgrown is a poor use of taxpayer dollars; and so on. But Reason’s Matt Welch hits on another possible reason so many journalists seem lukewarm to the idea of a rescue plan that could preserve their jobs: We know better than anyone how undeserving we (or some of us, anyway) are of a fat life preserver.”

  • Portfolio’s Mixed Media reports, “‘Times’ Deathwatch a Tad Premature”

  • Gawker reports, “New York Times’ Keller in Denial Mode”

  • New York Magazine reports, “The New Journalism: Goosing the Gray Lady — What are these renegade cybergeeks doing at the New York Times? Maybe saving it.”

  • E&P reports, “A shake-up at The Washington Times has editorial page editor Deborah Simmons moving to the news department after about a year at the helm — and all 12 editorial page and commentary employees required to reapply for their jobs.”

  • The Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports, “After 146 years of delivering news, the Seattle P-I faces becoming what it has chronicled: history. The Seattle P-I’s parent company, The Hearst Corp., said Friday that it has put the paper up for sale and will stop publishing unless someone buys it in 60 days. If no buyer emerges, the paper would either become a Web-only publication or cease all operations.”

  • The Guardian reports, “Financial Times signals 80 job losses”

  • to syndicate content to newspapers

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  • A release announced, “Face The Nation with Bob Schieffer once again beat ABC in all key demographics for the Sunday, Jan. 4 broadcast. The program has beaten ABC in total viewers for six of the last seven weeks, in households for five of the last six weeks and has either tied or beaten ABC in the adults 25-54 demographic for six of the last seven weeks. Last week’s broadcast also scored Face The Nation’s best total viewers and adults 25-54 for the entire season. This was CBS’ largest margin of victory over ABC in those key demographics, and in households matched the largest margin of victory for the season.”

  • A release announced that The CBS Evening News with Katie Couric debuted a new series, “Road to the Inauguration,” last night. “The five-part series profiles people who have been invited to participate in the Inauguration, including the Tuskegee Airmen; contemporary American poet, Elizabeth Alexander, who has accepted the challenge of writing a poem for Obama’s Inauguration; float maker Earl Hargrove who has been creating the floats for the inaugural parade since Harry Truman was in office; pastor Rick Warren; and the Bonnie Brae Knights, a 12-member drum corps from New Jersey and one of 49 bands selected from a pool of 1400.”

  • A release announced, “FOX News Channel (FNC) will provide live continuous coverage of Inauguration Day beginning at 6:00AM ET on Tuesday January 20th with FOX & Friends through the inaugural balls until 1:00AM ET on Wednesday January 21st. Bret Baier will kick off the pre-Inauguration coverage of the day from 8:30 to 10:30AM ET and will be joined by Shepard Smith who will be live from the Newseum and Chris Wallace who will anchor the Inauguration and the Inaugural Parade from 10:30AM to 3:00PM. FNC’s Brit Hume, Fred Barnes and Bill Kristol from The Weekly Standard, Juan Williams of National Public Radio, and Nina Easton of Fortune magazine will contribute to the coverage while FNC contributor Karl Rove will provide insight and perspective to the day. Megyn Kelly and Bill Hemmer will report from the inaugural balls in DC beginning at 9:00PM ET with Bret Baier anchoring. FNC correspondents Molly Henneberg, James Rosen, and Griff Jenkins will also provide updates from the various balls.”

  • A release announced, “On Inauguration Day, ABC’s ‘World News with Charles Gibson’ will air an expanded 90-minute edition of the broadcast, originating from Washington, D.C. The program will air from 6:30-8:00 p.m., ET. Tuesday’s special edition of ‘World News’ will feature team coverage of the events surrounding this historic day — from the swearing-in ceremony and President Obama’s Inaugural Address to reaction from around the nation and the world. The extended broadcast will also feature a personal look at the First Family and their new life in the White House.”

  • TV Anchor Babes asks, “Is CNN Cute Pie Brianna Keilar Getting Younger?”

  • The Buzz reports, “Scarborough’s not interested in Senate”

  • USA Today reports, “Coming soon to cellphones: Free, over-the-air TV”

  • The AP reports, “Conyers opposes CNN’s Gupta for surgeon general”

  • Reuters reports, “Obama backs extending digital TV cutoff date”

  • FishbowlNY’s Glynnis MacNicol reports, “Did everyone catch SNL’s cold open the other night featuring Rachel Maddow interviewing Roland Burris and Gov. Blago? Looks like Rachel Maddow did (no doubt on her online machine)! During the segment Blago addresses Maddow as, among other things, Billie Jean King, Ellen, K.D. Lang, Chachi, and Kyle McLaughlin. Not so, according to Maddow’s Twitter! Turns out she relates to an entirely different Happy Days character.”

  • AFP reports, “FCC head opposes Obama bid to delay US shift to digital TV”

  • Bloomberg reports, “Vivendi SA, France’s biggest media company, may write down its stake in NBC Universal Inc. because of declines in media values in the U.S., a spokesman said.”

  • The Los Angeles Times reports, “Television is starting to look beyond the 18-to 49-year-old demographic”

  • PC World reports, “On the heels of Audiovox’s announcement of an automotive version of the MediaFlo TV service for cell phones, AT&T has revealed plans for its own robust, satellite-based in-car TV service. AT&T Cruisecast, slated to launch this spring, promises 22 channels of satellite TV at launch and 20 more of satellite radio-but will cost serious money: $1299 for the system, and $28 a month for the satellite TV service (developed in conjunction with satellite industry veteran RaySat).”

  • FishbowlNY’s Noah Davis reports, “Columbia University announced its Alfred I. duPont awards, given for excellence in broadcast journalism. WFAA-TV in Dallas won the top award — the Gold Baton — for its continued commitment to investigative journalism. It’s the first time in 20 years that a local TV station has been given the Gold Baton. Other winners included ABC News’ Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger, CNN’s Christiane Amanpour, and NPR’s Laura Sullivan.”

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  • A release announced, “, an award-winning news and information Web site, today announces an in-depth special on the legacy of President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney, including video interviews with Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporters Bob Woodward and Barton Gellman, a timetable of significant news events and policy decisions, and opportunities for users to submit their own views.” Check it out here.

  • PressThink tells us, “Why the Internet Weakens the Authority of the Press”

  • Media Week reports, “Survey: Online Media Losing Luster”

  • The Boston Globe reports, “The Christian Science Monitor, which last fall said it would halt its daily print edition and shift to online coverage, will reduce its 90-person editorial staff by about 7 percent.”

  • The Wall Street Journal reports, “MySpace and The Wall Street Journal are teaming up to offer a user on the social-networking site the chance to win an all-expenses-paid trip to report from the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. The competition, called ‘MySpace Journal,’ marks the first partnership between the companies — both owned by News Corp. — since News Corp. acquired Dow Jones, publisher of the Journal, in December 2007. It comes as MySpace is trying to expand its audience among more upscale professionals and the Journal, meanwhile, is trying to boost its readership among younger readers.”

  • AP’s David Bauder reports, “In all their planning to cover Barack Obama’s inauguration as the nation’s 44th president, television networks have paid particular attention to people who must spend their day in front of a computer. CBS News has built a special inauguration Web site to show its coverage on Jan. 20. will have four live streams and will allow Facebook users to connect through its site. ABC is offering online archived speeches of past presidents. Fox News and MSNBC Web sites will both stream the inauguration live online”

  • Beet.TV reports, “San Francisco Videographer Wins First Pulitzer/YouTube Award”

  • AdWeek reports, “Well-connected bloggers are creating content on behalf of sponsors thirsty for buzz”

  • AFP reports, “China shut down 50 additional websites over the weekend as authorities crack down on online porn, ordering Internet giants such as Google to cut links with such material, state-run media said Sunday.”

  • Roger Stone writes, “MSNBC’s Chris Matthews would have you believe that he is a regular guy from a modest background who hasn’t lost touch with his roots. Unfortunately, Matthews continues to demonstrate that he is an elitist snob and insufferably pompous egomaniac.” Find out why here.

  • E-Commerce Times reports, “Consumers increasingly expect device independence in accessing content, indicates a new survey from Deloitte. The trend is most pronounced among younger people, but Baby Boomers and older adults — those likely to be bigger spenders — are also mixing it up. What’s an advertiser to do?”

  • The Boston Globe reports, “Foreign news website hopes readers will pay for quality”

  • The New York Times reports, “Quietly, AOL Becomes an Overseer of Niche Sites”

  • The New York Post reports, “New York Observer owner Jared Kushner, the scion of a wealthy and politically entangled New Jersey real estate family, is having a bumpy ride in the media world. His one-year excursion into building a national network of local political Web sites with Politicker Network came to a crashing halt late last week when he was forced to shut down three more state sites — in New Hampshire, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts. Only a month earlier, with politics one of the hottest sectors in pop culture, he had shut down 12 state sites and insisted the plan was to continue with a ‘regional’ approach to coverage. ‘We’re going to drive for profitability in 2009,’ Kushner said to at the time. That was then. Now, the network is dead.”

  • The New York Times reports, “Three bloggers who had sued New York City after the Police Department denied them press credentials because they work for online or nontraditional news outlets were issued credentials on Friday after the police relented, the bloggers’ lawyer, Norman Siegel, said.”

  • In The Fix vs. Chuck Todd, who will come out on top. Read the details here.

  • ProPublica responds to Dave Kopel’s recent criticisms.

  • Min Online reports, “Like an East Coast Arianna Huffington, New York-based FIRST30DAYS.COM founder Ariane de Bonvoisin’s alluring European accent shows up just about everywhere these days in promoting a new cross-platform media model in venues large and small. ‘I am doing either tv, radio, print, or speaking events nearly every week…even a local shelter in Baltimore for women, ‘ says the former managing director of Time Warner’s Digital Media Venture Fund and advice author of The First 30 Days: Your Guide to Any Change (Harper One; see min, May 5, 2008). She extended her ‘change movement’ online a year ago with a site about handling life’s many challenges, from divorce to retirement. ‘I am pretty active in finding and connecting with people.'”

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  • The Washington Independent reports, “I really hate writing posts about the media. It seems to me that complaining about the press is a distraction from engaging with the actual issues at hand. Yes, more often than not the press sucks, everyone knows it, the point is made, we factor it into our reasoning and now we can move on, etc. But sometimes there are exceptions. Like this Newsweek piece on President George W. Bush, President-elect Barack Obama and torture.”

  • FishbowlNY’s Glynnis MacNicol reports, “Essence Names First-Ever Washington Correspondent”

  • Media Week reports, “Single-Copy Mag Sales Trending Downward”

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  • Washington Post’s Reliable Source reports, “Hey, Isn’t That . . . Sasha and Malia Obama pretending to be weathercasters at the Newseum’s interactive ‘Be a TV Reporter’ exhibit Saturday morning while their dad taped an interview with George Stephanopoulos in ABC’s adjoining ‘This Week’ studio. (Malia: green sweater; Sasha: pigtails.) Among other issues, the prez-elect teased out details of the future First Dog pick in the interview: Either a Labradoodle or a Portuguese water dog. ‘This has been tougher than finding a commerce secretary,’ he said”

  • reports, “Layoffs in U.S. up 59% from 2007 — Media industry made most cuts since 2001”

  • New York Times’ David Carr suggests, “Let’s Invent an iTunes for News”

  • BusinessWeek asks, “Who Will Be the Last Media Giant Standing? Look for the likes of News Corp. and Time Warner to hunker down and wait for rivals to fold first”

  • Mark your calendars. The SWIT Briefing: Covering the Federal Budget, is Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2009 from 8:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Sixth-Floor Boardroom of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. RSVP here.

  • A release announced, “Qorvis Communications announced today that it has been named a finalist by PRWeek for the category of Midsize PR Agency of the Year 2009. ‘Being nominated for Agency of the Year really caps off what has been a great 12 months for the entire Qorvis team, ‘ said Qorvis’ Managing Partner Michael Petruzzello. ‘Qorvis is well positioned for 2009, for a whole new slate of opportunities — for us and our clients.'”

  • A recent pool report reveals, “President Bush will deliver a primetime farewell address to the nation Thursday evening from the East Room, White House Press Secretary Dana Perino announced on a conference call with the pool at about 4:15p.m today. No time has been set for the address and the White House has not yet received word on whether the broadcast networks will carry the speech live. Perino said it would be about 10-15 minutes in length and be delivered before a live audience of people, including ‘courageous people’ President Bush has met with during his eight years in office. No names of the audience members were given, but Perino said it would be like the President’s box at the State of the Union address, and said the White House would release more details later. ‘This would be the last scheduled public event before the president-elect arrives at the North Portico on Inauguration Day,’ Perino said.”

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