Morning Reading List 03.11.09

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Its day 51 covering the Obama administration and week six for us. What we know and what we’re reading this Wednesday morning…



A philantropist, Eli Broad, is interested in buying the LATimes and later combining it with WaPo.

The NYT is offering to “retrain” its reporters to produce for the web, but few are interested.

The Observer reports Robert Murdoch’s News Corporation has purchased The Brooklyn Newspaper.

We somehow missed this last week- NYT’s Tom Friedman wrote a column endorsing The Onion? You have to see it to believe it here.


Will liberal talk radio host Ed Schultz get his own shot at MSNBC? The Observer looks into that here. Schultz has filled in for David Shuster on 1600 Pennsylvania Ave this week; Shuster has filled in for Keith Olbermann on Countdown.


More Howard Kurtz on Rush Limbaugh in yesterday’s Media Backtalk, WaPo’s online chat. “It is difficult to measure Rush’s audience across 600 stations- but I don’t believe he is wrong that Limbaugh enjoyed a huge spike in listeners during a week when the Rush vs. White House story line all but dominated the news,” Kurtz said.

DCRTV reports WAMU has signed Diane Rehm to a new five-year deal. The late-morning show, which is syndicated on more than 135 stations, will celebrate its 30th anniversary this fall. “I’m delighted to be with WAMU and NPR for five more years,” said Rehm. “These are historic and monumental times. I’m proud that our program will continue to give voice to the leaders moving our country forward and to our listeners, who have made- and continue to make- this program so successful.”


FBDC has learned Larry Van Dyne was among those cut at Washingtonian magazine. He was a writer/editor at the mag for 30 years. DCRTV reports of the 11 editorial people let go, seven were editorial and four were contract writers.


Several news organizations, including NPR, ABC and the BBC are urging Iranian officials to release detained journalist Roxana Saberi, who has been detained in the country since late January.

NPR asks “Where Were The Media as Wall Street Imploded?”

Submissions are being accepted for the 2009 Knight International Journalism Awards. Deadline is April 13th. Nominations can be made here.


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DC power couples in WaPo– “Rule No. 1 about power couples: They deny that they are power couples.”

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