Morning Reading List 03.03.09

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Its day 43 covering the Obama administration and one month down for us. Happy Birthday to Patrick Gavin.

What we know and what we’re reading this Tuesday morning…



WaPo tops Fortune’s most admired companies 2009 list in the publishing, newspapers and magazines industry. NYTimes follows.

More on George Will’s column on global warming and omsbudsman Andrew Alexander’s response on a science blog The Loom, “When Fact-Checking Is Not Fact-Checking.”

Future “health czar” Nancy-Ann DeParle is married to NYT reporter Jason DeParle, the paper disclosed yesterday. Jason does not cover healthcare and Politico reports Washington bureau chief Dean Baquet does not foresee any issue, saying DeParle is “one of the most important people in the bureau.”

A look at the future of newspapers, “What Comes After a Golden Age,” including five reasons why the death of print is not impending.


TVNewser wants to know “Where are TV’s Women Chief White House Correspondents?” All the major TV nets and cablers- ABC, CBS, NBC/MSNBC, CNN, FNC -have male Chief White House Correspondents. Is this significant? Sam Donaldson thinks “it’s a big deal,” Ann Compton calls it “a quirk of the moment,” and Andrea Mitchell finds it “unusual.”

Media Matters asks, “Matthews’ ‘Oh God’ vs. Santelli’s rant: Which told us more about the press?” “…the idea that the [Chris] Matthews live-mic moment should be pounced on as an “aha” moment for the unprofessional press corps is absurd. Not when Rick Santelli, a reporter for CNBC, went on live TV and uncorked an anti-Obama rant and then paraded around on right-wing radio shows for days while concocting stories about being targeted by the White House. Despite crossing all normal bounds of journalism, Santelli was celebrated in the press as a populist… And CNBC seemed to do everything it could to market and hype the rant.”

NY Magazine calls ABC’s Jake Tapper a tool here.


In today’s Media Notes, Howard Kurtz contends the “White House Lets Rush Limbaugh Be Voice of GOP Opposition.” He calls Limbaugh a “master at drawing media attention,” filling a vacuum in the Republican party since the election.


A discussion on fair use from the NYT here. Copyright and infringement cases against bloggers and online publishers seem to be increasing. An interesting quote from Arianna Huffington, “we are at the beginning of developing the rules of the road” online and Times piece says she said the site’s editors were “constantly talking” about appropriate excerpting conduct.


From Newsweek, “Confessions Of A Pundit, Economic commentators may be insightful, but they’re not neutral. Market forces shape their views.”

In an interview with ABC’s Jonathan Karl former First Lady Laura Bush commented that she wasn’t getting her newspaper on time in the morning. It’s actually security that’s the problem, not her hometown paper, the Dallas Morning News. The paper’s publisher and chief executive tells Dallas News, “Because the police won’t let anyone past the roadblock near the Bush Dallas residence without security clearance, we leave the paper with the police guards near the house bright and early every morning.”


Slate is looking for an editorial intern.

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