Morning Reading List, 01.22.09


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Heath Ledger died one year ago today. Birch Bayh is 81. Most of you watched MSNBC/NBC for inauguration coverage. Today is birthday of Matt Cooper and Becca Glover. brings us “Change We Can (Mostly) Believe In.” Check out today’s White House Photo of the Day from Time. Today’s “Angry Journalist” rant of the day: “My newspaper almost did not put out a paper on the day of Obama’s inauguration. The managing and city editors called in sick Monday, as did three reporters. The executive editor was at a loss because he has not mastered pagination. Fortunately, the copy editor came in on her day off. It was my weirdest day in more than five years on the job.”

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  • A release announced, “House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer announced today that he is promoting Stacey Farnen Bernards, his Communications Director and Senior Advisor, to Deputy Chief of Staff. In addition, two members of his communications staff, Stephanie Lundberg and Katie Grant, will become his primary spokespersons and assume new responsibilities in working with the media and Member offices.”

  • Variety’s Wilshire and Washington reports, “Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has signed with the William Morris Agency to represent her in all areas. The agency said that Rice will have a primary focus on books, lecture appearances, philanthropic activities, and ‘new business initiatives in the media, sports and communications sectors.'”

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  • 3 news agencies refuse to distribute Obama photo

  • Dow Jones reports, “Google To Stop Offering Print Ads; Didn’t Offer Desired Impact”

  • Portfolio’s Mixed Media reports, “Carlos Slim or no Carlos Slim, these are lean times at The New York Times. On Friday, the paper handed down new, tighter guidelines for employee expenses. Among the new strictures: a $50-per-head limit on meals and an end to reimbursement for entertaining fellow Times colleagues. So there was predictable outrage after op-ed star Maureen Dowd published a travel piece yesterday about her weekend spent scoping the scene at a new high-end spa in Miami. Dowd and another Times writer, TV critic Alessandra Stanley, spent a few day getting massages and detoxifying — taking time out to have dinner with the city’s chief of police at a swanky private club — ostensibly in the name of researching whether the down economy is causing ‘spa guilt’ among the well-to-do”

  • The Huffington Post reports, “Washington Post Promotes Editor Who Dismissed Concerns Of Pre-War Coverage”

  • NAA President and CEO John F. Sturm tells NAA Members, “Yesterday marked a historic day in Washington. Well over 1.5 million people gathered in the nation’s capital to watch Barack Obama become our forty-fourth president, a record number that reflects America’s enthusiasm for its new leader in challenging times. As large as that numbers is, imagine an audience more than 50 times the size of the crowds that gathered in Washington. That’s how many people read a newspaper on a typical weekday.”

  • SND Update provides “A look behind the Obama painting in The Post’s special inaugural section”

  • The Latest Word reports, “Denver Post editor Greg Moore knocks down rumors about move to USA Today”

  • Linda Matchan tells us, “Why dare I not throw out commemorative newspapers, or obituaries of friends and acquaintances, or old address books with names of people I don’t talk to anymore?”

  • E&P reports, “Newspapers In Demand Again! Inauguration Sparks Press Run Boost”

  • A reader tells us, “US News employees are being ROASTED ALIVE as we speak. cooling tower pipe ruptured over the weekend. no ETA on repairs.”

  • The New Yorker reports, “The newspaper is dead. You can read all about it online, blog by blog, where the digital gloom over the death of an industry often veils, if thinly, a pallid glee. The Newspaper Death Watch, a Web site, even has a column titled ‘R.I.P.’ Or, hold on, maybe the newspaper isn’t quite dead yet. At its funeral, wild-eyed mourners spy signs of life. The newspaper stirs!”

  • Chris Glorioso writes, “Tribune Bankruptcy Be Damned: Inauguration or Bust! Bad financial times can’t block me from history”

  • The Press Democrat reports, “Woodward and Bernstein laud Felt’s courage”

  • The Observer reports, “On the morning of Inauguration Day, while Barack Obama and George W. Bush were traveling in a motorcade from their White House coffee talk to the Capitol for the Big Event, Dean Baquet was scarfing down his second plain bagel and cream cheese of the morning in the offices of the New York Times Washington bureau on I Street. Out one window, Mr. Baquet could see a mob of people lining up for the inaugural ceremony; out the other, he watched two dozen or so of his reporters reading and passing around copies of Mr. Obama’s embargoed address. He’s been the bureau chief here since March 2007, but this is the day his bureau goes from covering a lame-duck Republican to Barack Obama, the most popular president to take the oath of office in decades. The transition has not been without its disappointments for Mr. Baquet: Between the time Mr. Obama won the election and today, the incoming president had yet to sit down with him or any of his reporters. That reward was claimed instead by their big rivals, The Washington Post, and their not-so-big rivals, USA Today. ‘He’ll talk to us, he just will,’ Mr. Baquet told The Observer. ‘Unless there’s some animosity that we have not heard of, he’ll talk to us.’ Mr. Obama’s press team has been proud of its tight management of powerful media players like The Times, but Mr. Baquet was making clear that he does not intend his bureau to be managed. ‘I’m not throwing the gauntlet at him, but I’m just suggesting that it would be wise for him to talk to us,’ he said.”

  • Politico’s Michael Calderone reports, “With suspicious envelopes containing white powder found at the Wall Street Journal today, Washington Post executive editor Marcus Brauchli — previously the Journal’s top editor — informs staff to be on alert, in a memo obtained by Politico.” Check out the memo here.

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  • Chris Matthews’ Inaugural Jib-Jabbery

  • A release announced, “More than 18.76 million Americans turned to NBC News to witness history being made as Senator Barack Obama became the first African American ever to be sworn in as President of the United States. With Brian Williams anchoring coverage along with Tom Brokaw and Lester Holt, NBC News was the #1 broadcast network in all key measurements drawing 12.21 million viewers from 12 — 1 PM, and 8.65 million viewers from 10 AM — 5 PM, according to Nielsen Fast Nationals. NBC News also won in A25-54 from 12 — 1 PM, with 5.18 million viewers, compared to ABC’s 4.52 million viewers and CBS’s 3.21 million viewers.”

  • Toobin follows in his mom’s footsteps.

  • More Inauguration Ratings: Who Peaked When?”

  • An ABC release announced, “More than 11 million people watched Barack Obama’s swearing in and inauguration speech on ABC on Tuesday, January 20th. For the day, the network’s combined multi-daypart total viewership of the Inauguration coverage surpassed 47 million people. From 11-12:30pm, ABC averaged 11, 036,666 Total Viewers and a 3.5 rating among Adults 25-54.”

  • A release announced, “During a busy news week as the country anticipated the inauguration of President Barack Obama, and a flight did an emergency landing in New York’s Hudson River, viewers turned to ‘NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams.’ According to Nielsen Media Research data, ‘Nightly News’ was the most-watched network evening newscast, winning the week of January 12-18, 2009 by a landslide. Drawing 10.475 million viewers, ‘Nightly’ had its best total viewer delivery since the week of January 2, 2006, and its best advantage over ABC since the week of August 18, 2008. Excluding the Olympics, it was the best advantage over ABC since the week of January 2, 2006. On the Thursday of the emergency plane landing, ‘Nightly’ topped ABC by a tremendous 2.024 million viewers — its biggest single day advantage since January 20, 2005 (the last inauguration), excluding the Olympics.”

  • An ABC release announced, “ABC was the most-watched network on Inauguration Day. The network’s combined total viewership of the Inauguration coverage surpassed 47 million people, representing a 48% advantage over NBC and a 185% advantage over CNN. Compared to George Bush’s 2nd Inauguration in 2005, ABC was up 107% compared to four years ago when ABC broadcast from 10am-5pm.”

  • TVNewser’s Steve Krakauer reports, “CNN is Top-Rated Cable Channel For Inauguration”

  • Variety looks at “What’s next for post-Bush ‘Daily Show’?”

  • Richard Prince reports, “BET Anchor Defends Fairness of Black Journalists”

  • MSNBC Wants to Add a 3rd Prime-Time Show

  • The AP reports, “Comcast Corp., the nation’s biggest cable TV operator, is being investigated by the Federal Communications Commission over concerns that it is giving preferential treatment to its phone service at the expense of similar services from competitors.”

  • Regarding this post, a reader tells us, “I thought that Nielsen number you just posted was funny though. My parents live in Raleigh/Durham. The reason it was so high there is they got a huge snowstorm the night before, and I guess everyone stayed home. Fate, maybe, for a state that went blue for the first time since Carter.”

  • The Los Angeles Times reports, “‘Well, again, we’re wondering here whether or not Barack Obama in fact is the president of the United States,’ Chris Wallace told Fox News viewers, well over an hour after Obama had taken the oath of office today. Fox News replayed the swearing-in moment when President Obama and Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. each bobbled the words to the constitutional oath. ‘They had a kind of garbled oath,’ Wallace said. ‘It’s just conceivable that this will end up going to the courts,’ Wallace speculated. A bit of wishful thinking on behalf of (presumably conservative) Fox viewers? Perhaps. But Wallace quickly added: ‘As Brit Hume rightly pointed out, if it goes to the Supreme Court, certainly Chief Justice Roberts will say that he took the oath.'”

  • The Los Angeles Time reports, “BET’s Jeff Johnson tries to balance objective coverage with the event’s emotional appeal”

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  • A release announced, “The Associated Press provided eight million live video streams through its online video services for the historic swearing-in of Barack Obama as the 44th president of the United States”

  • The San Francisco Chronicle reports, “New media rewrites inaugural coverage”

  • A release announced, “ABC News Digital delivered an all-time high total of 8.3 million videos views on and across its partner sites including Yahoo! and Verizon VCast throughout Inauguration Day, January 20. had a record high of video views — up more than 96 percent versus its previous high on the site.”

  • The Fresno Bee gives CNN “the headline of the day”

  • Wired looks at “The Plot to Kill Google”

  • reports, “IAA Finds Advertisers Wary of Google”

  • E&P reports, “The Huffington Post continues to attract more readers, despite the end of election season. According to the latest figures from Nielsen Online, the number of unique visitors to the Huff Post grew 244% to 6.1 million in December compared to the same month a year ago.”

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  • Orbitcast reports, “Word has come out over recent days that Sirius XM Radio Inc. is planning a price increase for multiple satellite radio subscription packages, according to a report on Digital Radio Central. Additionally, Orbitcast’s own sources have received word confirming these reports and adding further details about the rumored subscription price increases.”

  • NPR Ombudsman Alicia Shepard looks at “NPR’s Arab-Israeli War Coverage”

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  • CJR looks at the “New FOIA Rules”

  • Vanity Fair looks “Inside D.C.’s Best Inaugural Balls”

  • The Huffington Post reports, “Palin to media: Leave my kids alone”

  • Check out Carl M. Cannon’s take on the inauguration.

  • Reuters reports, “President Barack Obama’s inauguration generated an unprecedented 35,000 stories in the world’s major newspapers, television and radio broadcasts over the past day — about 35 times more than the last presidential swearing-in — a monitoring group said on Wednesday.”

  • Jay Rosen has “Advice to Barack Obama”

  • PR News Channel reports, “Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute Fellow Matt Thompson ignites firestorm of journalistic conversation with ’10 questions.'”

  • ZDNet’s Mitch Ratcliffe writes, “Let’s talk about the economics of great journalism”

  • Check out Jerry Miller’s new book of journalism, “Whole Truths: Evocative Journalism from the Other America.” For more info, click here.

  • Politico’s Michael Calderone reports, “During last night’s Huffington Post Ball at the Newseum, Ben Affleck spoke with Politico about several challenges facing Barack Obama, and how the media covers politics. Affleck, standing near a bar overlooking the party below, said that Obama’s ‘got more wind in his political sails than any president in modern history’ and is a ‘leader of genuine political courage and conviction.’ But at the same time, he acknowledged there have been some slip-ups during the transition, often covered extensively in the press.”

  • Dan Froomkin writes, “For those of us who closely follow activities at the White House, the transition from George W. Bush to Barack Obama is not just a remarkable and historic event — it’s also an occasion for us to rethink our relationship to the presidency.”

  • Howard Kurtz reports, “It’s Party Time for Media Stars, Too”

  • Salon’s Glenn Greenwald asks, “How will the David Gregory theory of journalism apply to the Obama administration?”

  • A release announced, “A poll of Campaigns & Elections’ Politics magazine subscribers shows political insiders pick both expected winners and some surprises in evaluating the 2008 election and the political season ahead. Among the results to be presented by Mark J. Penn at the Politics magazine Reed Awards and conference on Thursday, January 22: Sarah Palin is seen as the “Best Villain” of the 2008 election, named by 23% of respondents. Joe Lieberman (17%) and John Edwards (16%) split the second-place votes.”

  • Fox reports, “Obama Press Shop Off to Slow Start”

  • “An ASU journalism professor using satellite images calculated that 800,000 people attended President Barack Obama’s inauguration ceremony.”

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  • Bisnow Media Corp is looking for a Sales Executive.

  • Save the Children is looking for a Manager, Media & Communications.

  • A DC-based public relations agency is looking for a Freelance Oped Ghostwriter.

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