Morning Reading List, 01.26.09


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11 years ago, Bill Clinton said, “I did not have sexual relations with that woman.” Ellen DeGeneres is 51. Bob Uecker is 74. Check out today’s White House Photo of the Day from Time. Today’s “Angry Journalist” rant of the day: “I’m out. Not my choice. Still angry. Back in school. Supposedly graphics and web design will grow jobs until at least 2015. Classes end in June. Then we’ll see how angry I have to be.”

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  • This week’s classes include Intro to Copy Editing, Grammar, Punctuation, and Meaning and Intro to Fashion Careers.


  • A release announced, “Jordan Lieberman has been promoted to the position of President of Political World Communications, LLC, a multimedia company that publishes Campaigns & Elections’ Politics magazine in addition to managing seminar and online business units.”

  • Playbook reports, “EXCLUSIVE: The well-liked and well-respected Dag Vega will be director of broadcast media in the White House Communications Office, under Ellen Moran and Dan Pfeiffer. Dag, formerly of the Democratic National Committee, had a similar role during the campaign.”

  • The Washington Post reports, “President Obama appointed Michael J. Copps as acting chairman of the Federal Communications Commission. Copps is a Democratic commissioner of the agency who has championed media diversity, rules that would prevent consolidated ownership of newspapers and broadcast stations by the same entity in one town, as well as the blocking of Internet traffic by network carriers. The appointment is expected to be temporary.”

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  • The New York Times reports, “The New York Times Company is in advanced negotiations to sell a substantial portion of its 52-story headquarters building on Eighth Avenue in Midtown Manhattan to W. P. Carey & Company, an investment and management firm that specializes in so-called sale-leaseback transactions, the newspaper company confirmed on Thursday.”

  • TVNewser’s Chris Ariens reports, “NBC News specials executive producer Phil Alongi, who’s been with NBC for more than 30 years, is leaving the network at the end of February. Alongi, who’s been with the specials unit since 1987 and before that with NBC Nightly News, says simply the time has come to try something different. ‘After this exciting and exceptional two-year run with this election, now’s the time to step aside,’ Alongi tells TVNewser.”

  • The AP reports, “Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim is calling his $250 million investment in The New York Times a keen business move and not a foray into journalism.”

  • OJR reports, “Newspapers may seek philanthropy to support news-gathering”

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  • An ABC release announced, “ABC News ‘Nightline’ continues to experience growth season and quarter to date, and year to year, according to Nielsen Media Research for the week of January 12 2009. Among Total Viewers, ‘Nightline’ posted 3.90 million, increasing a significant 25% compared to the same week last year.”

  • A release announced, “According to Nielsen Media Research, for Sunday, January 18, 2009, ABC News’ ‘This Week with George Stephanopoulos’ posted 3.64 million total viewers, cutting the total viewing gap (810,000) with NBC’s ‘Meet the Press’ by 50% versus the same week last year. ‘This Week’ also cut the Adults 25-54 demo gap (160,000) with ‘Meet’ by 69%.”

  • “Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich will give his first national television appearances exclusively to ABC. On Monday, January 26th, he will be live on ABC News’ Good Morning America — the day his impeachment trial begins in his home state. Following his interview with GMA, Blagojevich will appear live on ABC’s ‘The View’. He will also be joined by his wife Patricia.”

  • Dow Jones reports, “Senate Expected To Pass Digital TV Delay To June 12”

  • The Huffington Post reports, “On ‘Hardball’ Thursday, Chris Matthews issued a stern rebuke to NY Daily News reporter Liz Benjamin when she cited blogs on the possible ‘affair question’ with regard to Caroline Kennedy’s withdrawal from consideration for the New York Senate seat.”

  • Matthew Yglesias reports, “Here’s a good one. A right-wing caller to C-SPAN identifies himself as a big Fred Barnes fan and asks a question during the course of which he refers to Barack Obama as ‘monkey boy.’ Barnes doesn’t bat an eye and just moves to answer the question”

  • John Gibson discusses MSNBC, and what Phil Griffin said to him in a chance meeting

  • Portfolio’s Mixed Media asks, “MSNBC wants to create a new show to fill its 10 p.m. hour. Might Bill Maher be its host?”

  • The New York Times reports, “CBS Puts Its Prime Time in the Service of Couric”

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  • San Francisco Chronicle reports, “Google reports sharp decline in profits”

  • A release announced, “The CNN Digital Network’s distinctive and innovative Inauguration Day coverage — from live streaming video to 3-D interactive maps to intimate contributions from users — catapulted the site to the No. 1 position among all news and information sites in every Nielsen Online metric. Additionally, Live, the Internet’s only multi-stream live video news service, served a record-breaking 1.3 million concurrent live streams in the moments leading up to President Barack Obama’s inaugural address on Tuesday, Jan. 20, nearly doubling what is believed to be the previous Internet record of an estimated 700,000 concurrent live streams served during a YouTube event, as reported by the Los Angeles Times.”

  • The New York Review of Books looks at “Google & the Future of Books”

  • The Sydney Morning Herald reports, “Watch out Wikipedia, here comes Britannica 2.0”

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  • MarketWatch’s Jon Friedman writes, “The media try not to fall under the spell of Obamamania”

  • Mother Jones looks at “Obama and the Media”

  • The Huffington Post reports, “Elisabeth Hasselbeck Tells Media: Lay Off Michelle Obama”

  • The AP reports, “News organizations that cover the White House sparred with the Obama administration on Thursday over access issues for photographers and rules for briefings. Representatives from Obama’s press office held a conference call with photo editors, who are concerned that the administration prefers distributing photos taken by a White House photographer in cases where photojournalists have been permitted access in the past. It was unclear whether the two sides had reached any accommodation.”

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  • From an internal notice:

      Ken Mellgren has agreed to take over the chairmanship of the National Press Club’s Broadcast Committee. Ralph Malvik, who has led the radio team and its production for XM over the past two years, is the new vice chair. These gentlemen have a wealth of industry experience in radio, TV and cable and possess a common spirit of kindness and collegiality. Mark Hamrick will remain active on the committee, serving as the liaison from the Board of Governors.

  • Last week, “The Campaigns & Elections’ Politics magazine Reed Awards were presented … to dozens of the most creative political professionals in the world. ‘The Reed winners have been judged by politicos at the top of their game. This is not an easy award to win, as evidenced by the tremendous quality of the many finalists for each category,’ said Jordan Lieberman, publisher. ‘It’s an honor to recognize such incredible talent in our industry.'” For more information, click here.

  • Forbes looks at “The 25 Most Influential Liberals In The U.S. Media”

  • Pew Research Center’s News Interest Index shows, “Americans last week followed the dramatic emergency landing of US Airways flight 1549 in New York’s Hudson River as closely as they followed news about the nation’s number one problem: the troubled economy.”

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  • C-SPAN is looking for an Executive Producer, Washington Journal.

  • RTNDA/RTNDF is looking for a President.

  • The Conservation Fund is seeking an Online Content Manager.

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