Morning Reading List, 03.18.08

Good morning Washington. It’s Liz Gorman’s bday.

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  • You are already over March Madness.


  • B&C reports, “Former Broadcasting & Cable editor in chief J. Max Robins is joining The Paley Center for Media, formerly The Museum of Television & Radio, as vice president and executive director of the center’s Media Council and International Council.”

  • Reuters reports, “The U.S. Supreme Court said on Monday it would take up the issue of foul language on the airwaves for the first time in 30 years, agreeing to review a ruling that undercut the way regulators define indecency on television.”

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  • Radar’s Full Court Press reports,Scott Shane and Steven Lee Myers wrote two of the most offensive stories I have read in a long time. Both appeared in the New York Times last week after George Bush vetoed Congress’ latest attempt to return the United States to the community of civilized nations by banning the CIA (as well as the military) from torturing its prisoners.”

  • Essential Information & Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility are hosting a fundraiser tonight with Jim Hightower, the author of Swim Against the Current, at the The Carnegie Institution Building at 1530 P Street, NW. The event costs $50 per person or $80 a couple for a VIP reception, talk and copy of book. For just the talk and the signing, it is only $20 a person. The reception starts at 6 p.m. and the talk starts at 7.

  • A reader says, “So Glenn rips Politico for this story last week and what do you know McCain makes a trip to Iraq this weekend. I guess Politico was on to something”

  • Ben Smith reports that it seems The New York Times has a form letter for Bill Kristol. The punch line — “You are correct, he was wrong.” And, Marc Ambinder writes, “Kristol Fails To Check His Sources, And So Bungles Key Fact In Anti-Obama Column”

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  • Portfolio’s Howell Raines writes, “Hedge funds are circling, but Rupert may be the one who forces a sale of the Gray Lady.”

  • A Friends of Tucker release announced,John Bertran, the Melbourne Florida investment counselor and insurance salesman who co-chairs Friends of Tucker Carlson today blasted MSNBC for canceling the show of conservative pundit, Tucker Carlson. … ‘The left-wing activists at MSNBC have succeeded in limiting the voice of the one independent minded conservative they have on the air,’ said Bertran. ‘Psycho socialist, Keith Olbermann, Tim O’Neil ‘butt-boy’ Chris Matthews and lefty hit man Dan ‘Danny the rug’ Abrams are trying to limit an important conservative and libertarian voice on MSNBC,’ the conservative activist said.”

  • TVNewser reports, “MSNBC has pushed back the start of Andrea Mitchell’s 1pmET show by a week. Mitchell is traveling this week. The heavy-on-politics hour is part of other programming changes that go into effect today”

  • Melanie Morgan goes “Inside the Green Room at Fox News Network”

  • Variety reports, “Last week, News Corp. firmed its first deal in the Arab TV market, with plans to launch two free-to-air English-language satcasters in the Middle East this year. Like many other News Corp. innovations, this one was engineered by James Murdoch. Just as Pier Silvio Berlusconi has emerged from his father’s considerable shadow to make his own mark on Mediaset, the 35-year-old Murdoch increasingly boosted his own reputation as a potential visionary.”

  • Tucker Carlson has been booked for the Q and A cafe for June 5 — right before Puerto Rico’s primary.

  • TVWeek reports, “CBS Television Stations today launched the CBS Local Ad Network, a partnership between the company’s local TV stations and local bloggers and social media Web sites in CBS-owned stations’ markets.”

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  • Reuters reports, “Slate, the online news and opinion magazine owned by The Washington Post Co, plans to join a bustling business news market with an analysis and commentary site expected to launch this summer.”

  • The AP reports, “Internet users in China were blocked from seeing on Sunday after dozens of videos about protests in Tibet appeared on the popular U.S. video Web site.”

  • Bloomberg reports, “Time Warner Inc.’s purchase of the Bebo social networking Web site may not fix the AOL Internet unit, which will find it difficult to lure new talent and ideas under current management, UBS AG said today.”

  • Silicon Alley Insider reports, “For the past few quarters, we’ve analyzed the amazing rate at which advertising spending is moving online. Now we’re able to look at full-year 2007.” Check out the highlights here.
  • Information Week reports, “YouTube Slowly Uploading High-Quality Videos”

  • Silicon Alley Insider reports, “For the past few quarters, we’ve analyzed the amazing rate at which advertising spending is moving online. Now we’re able to look at full-year 2007.” Check out the highlights here.

  • Information Week reports, “YouTube Slowly Uploading High-Quality Videos”

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  • New York Times reports, “As magazines and newspapers hunt for the new thing they need to be to thrive in the Internet era, some find that part of the answer lies in the old thing they used to be. Publications are rediscovering their archives, like a person learning that a hand-me-down coffee table is a valuable antique. For magazines and newspapers with long histories, especially, old material can be reborn on the Web as an inexpensive way to attract readers, advertisers and money.”

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  • The Hill newspaper is looking for a Business/Politics Reporter.

  • The Institute for War & Peace Reporting is looking for an International Media Development Summer Intern.

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