Morning Reading List, 01.28.09


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  • FishbowlNY’s Glynnis MacNicol reports, “Time Names Michael Scherer White House Correspondent”

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  • NewsBusters reports, “Washington Post: No Negative Obama Classifieds, But We’ll Take Weird Ones!”

  • AJR asks, “Is There Life After Newspapers?”

  • Recovering Journalist asks, “GateHouseGate: Why Did the New York Times Wimp Out?”

  • Tech Trader Daily asks, “Should Yahoo Buy The New York Times?”

  • The Honolulu Star Bulletin’s Charles Memminger writes, “I hate when this happens. I try to be funny, bring a few smiles to a few faces in a weary world and I always end up hurting someone’s feelings. In this case, I hurt the feelings of a New York Times reporter who I poked a little fun at in a recent column because she mistook President Barack Obama’s shaka sign to the Punahou Marching Band during his inaugural parade as a request to someone in the crowd to ‘call me’ instead of the iconic ‘howzit, brah’ island greeting. Now, you would think a reporter for the mighty New York Times would have a thicker skin than to be offended by what a little humor columnist in Hawaii says about her. But Katherine ‘Kit’ Seelye apparently is the sensitive type.”

  • Eric Alterman writes, “If this were a real blog, I’d have more crowing to do regarding the Times’ decision to drop William Kristol from its op-ed page. I wrote a column about his hiring for the American Prospect last year which has been reposted here. The point I want to reiterate is this, when the Times was overwhelmed by complaints for the insult Kristol represented to its readership, editorial page editor Andrew Rosenthal, speaking to Politico, dismissed all criticism of this ‘serious, respected conservative intellectual’ as ‘intolerant,’ ‘absurd,’ and indicative of a ‘weird fear of opposing views.’ Despite post-Jayson Blair promises of greater transparency, the Times itself offered no new coverage of the controversy, and none of Kristol’s colleagues on the page apparently thought it wise to weigh in, either.”

  • Christian Science Monitor reports, “Amid rumors about Post book section, their critic wins a prize”

  • BusinessDay reports, “Decision time is looming for the Murdoch family”

  • Andrew Breitbart reports, “Iraq War Showdown: Bill Kristol Agrees to Debate Matt Damon After Actor’s ‘Idiot’ Slam”

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  • A release announced, “During the week of the Inauguration, ABC’s ‘World News with Charles Gibson’ averaged 9.17 million Total Viewers and a 2.5/9 among Adults 25-54. This marks ABC’s best demo delivery since the week of the Presidential election (w/o 11/3/08), plus the broadcast’s highest Total Viewer delivery in five weeks (w/o 12/15/08).”

  • A release announced, “More than 10 million viewers turned to ‘NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams’ last week as history was made with the inauguration of President Barack Obama. According to Nielsen Media Research data, ‘Nightly News’ was the most-watched network evening newscast, winning the week of January 19-25, 2009. Drawing 10.125 million viewers, ‘Nightly’ led ABC “World News'” 9.168 million by +957K, and beat CBS ‘Evening News” (the only newscast to drop in viewers from last week’s 7.445) 7.092 million by +3.033 million viewers. Season-to-date, ‘Nightly’ leads ‘World News’ by +598,000 viewers.”

  • TVNewser’s Steve Krakauer reports, “FOX News Sunday anchor Chris Wallace is profiled in Improper Bostonian magazine, and the loose interview sees Wallace delve into some unique topics.”

  • Check out Brian Williams on Letterman here.

  • Huffington Post reports, “Greta Van Susteren Defends MSNBC Ratings Same Day MSNBC Announces Plans To Compete At 10PM”

  • TVNewser’s Chris Ariens reports, “MTP Makes Way For Super-Sized Sunday ‘Today'”

  • The AP reports, “Senate OKs 4-month delay to digital TV changeover”

  • WowOWow reports, “Lesley Stahl Asks Rachel Maddow: What Do You Do at 7 on Sundays?”

  • TVNewser’s Steve Krakauer reports, “Injured Cameraman Receives Navy’s Second Highest Honor”

  • The New York Observer reports, “Gays Go Ga-Ga Over Andrea Mitchell!!!!”

  • TVNewser’s Steve Krakauer reports, “January Ratings: FNC’s 85th Month in First”

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  • USA Today’s The Oval reports, “NBC posts e-mails from GOP sources inside Obama meeting as it was happening”

  • A release announced, “On the heels of the historic election of America’s first African American President, and in the midst of a worsening U.S. financial crisis, economist and Publisher Darrell Williams today announced the launch of The Loop 21,, an interactive website providing in-depth analysis of economics, politics, social issues and the day’s top stories from a minority perspective. Led by Williams and a diverse team of journalists, The Loop 21 helps readers understand how global and national events — especially economic events — affect their daily lives.”

  • CJR has a “Q & A: Former McCain Blogger Michael Goldfarb”

  • Newsweek asks, “Can Obama’s new deliver all that it promises?”

  • NewMediaAge reports, “Thomson Reuters to run social media coverage from World Economic Forum”

  • AFP reports, “Online encyclopedia Wikipedia may tighten editing rules”

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  • The Swamp reports, “Obama gets Mad mag treatment”

  • Politico reports, “Time’s current issue is chock-full of Callie Shell photos, the news magazine benefiting from her incredible access to the first family … … on inauguration day. But on Jan 5, Shell took pictures in a very different role than her journalistic one—allowing her work to be sent out as official White House transition press releases. Shell’s dual roles have blurred the lines of journalism, leaving Time embarrassed and White House photographers stewing. Shell defended her work, telling Politico that she works for Time and has never worked for the Obamas, whether during the administration, transition or campaign.”

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  • ASU reports, “The White House decision to restrict access to events such as the second swearing-in while distributing White House photos to the wire serves is one of those press issues most press people will care deeply about. Regular citizens, like the person who shares my name and sleeps with me, not so much.”

  • Ana Marie Cox tweets, “I think Obama is *perfecting* the Bush model of media relations, while MSM hasn’t changed its WH *coverage* model much at all.”

  • Media Matters’ Eric Boehlert writes, “Right on cue, the White House press awakens from its Bush slumber”

  • A release announced, “FotoWeek DC and The Newseum, the world’s most interactive news museum, proudly announce fotobamaweek, an international photography contest celebrating the Presidential campaign and the Inauguration of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States of America. The fotobamaweek contest is worldwide, open to anyone, including professional photographers, amateurs, students and children. The top 100 winning images, selected by The Newseum’s panel of judges, will be exhibited at The Newseum, located on historic Pennsylvania Avenue between the U.S. Capitol and the White House. In addition, the 100 winning images will be published in a limited edition book sponsored by FotoWeek DC, and grand prize winners will be announced at a reception at The Newseum, and receive cash prizes totaling $5,000. All images submitted will be on display at FotoWeekDC’s on-line gallery, along with People’s Choice winners. … Proceeds from the fotobamaweek contest will help continue to fund FotoWeek DC’s nonprofit core activities, including community programs shared with visitors from around the world. fotobamaweek Contest Entry Period Opens January 15, 2009 at 12:01 am Pacific Daylight Time (PDT) and ends March 15, 2009 at 11:59 pm PDT.”

  • Crain’s New York Business reports, “American Media bondholders face debt deadline”

  • The Press Gazette reports, “Sun editor Rebekah Wade: ‘Invest in journalism or die'”

  • The Boston Globe reports, “Media chains settle lawsuit”

  • Washington Post takes us “Inside the West Wing”

  • Slate is “‘unmasking’ of White House Counsel Gregory B. Craig.

  • Politico reports, “Republican National Committee chairman candidate Chip Saltsman blamed the media Tuesday for the uproar over a CD he sent out in December that included a song titled ‘Barack the Magic Negro.'”

  • Daryn Kagan will in town today for her first book signing in DC at the Ritz Carlton in Crystal City. Leon Harris will introduce her at the event which begins at 7PM.

  • Check out The Press List, Mediabistro’s “weekly newsletter alerting you to upcoming media events worth knowing about. This week, there will be plenty of panels, parties, and networking events to help media people get back to business after a week full of partying in the nation’s capital.”

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  • Medley Global Advisors is looking for a Writer/Analyst.

  • International Center for Journalists is looking for applicants to be an Arthur F. Burns Fellow.

  • UrbanDaddy is looking for an Editor For New Email Magazine.

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