Morning Reading List 03.19.09

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Its day 59 covering the Obama administration and week seven for us. We’re back after a few day hiatus. What we know and what we’re reading this Thursday morning…



U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said Wednesday preserving a healthy newspaper industry was important and he was open to adjusting antitrust policy if it could help. He was responding to a call by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to give newspapers more leeway to merge or combine operations.

WaPo digs up a 1977 comment from President Jimmy Carter that DC should be granted voting rights.

Slate’s Jack Shafer “debunks” WaPo’s claim that PCP is making a “comeback,” a cover story Tuesday.

From the Daily Beast, “Who Made Frank Rich God?


Women are top picks for TV anchor desk“: Men have been leaving their anchor jobs because of budget cuts forced by the recession and changes in direction at the stations, and women are being elevated to more prominent roles.

From TVNewser: NBC’s Jeff Zucker fired back at Jon Stewart yesterday, saying it was “unfair” and “absurd” for the funnyman to criticize CNBC and question its coverage of financial news. “Just because someone who mocks authority says something doesn’t make it so,” Zucker said.

Tucker Carlson weighs in again, “How Jon Stewart Went Bad.”

Also from the Daily Beast, Glenn Beck on “Why He’s No Rush Limbaugh.” “I think I do something extraordinarily different than Rush. Rush is political thought, I am a guy who’s part rodeo clown. I don’t pretend to be able to plan movements of the parties and the presidents and everything else. I really don;t care that much about the parties…”

This is pretty absurd- David Shuster v. Karl Rove (Via Twitter).


NY Daily News says George Stephanopolous’ Twitter-view of John McCain was a fail. “Now he should step away from his Blackberry, computer, iPhone – whatever – and drop the notion of Twitter as an interview tool cold turkey.”


From the release: Finalists for the 44th annual National Magazine Awards were announced yesterday. The New Yorker leads the list of finalists with a total of 10 nominations, including General Excellence, Reporting and Feature Writing.

Time Inc. is experimenting with a customized magazine that combines reader-selected sections from eight publications as it tries to mimic in printed form the personalized news feeds that have become popular on the Internet.

From Media Jobs Daily: Cuts At Conde Nast Are Imminent.


Former President George W. Bush is writing a book about decisions, scheduled for a 2010 release by Crown. “I want people to get a sense of how decisions were made and I want people to understand the options that were placed before me,” Bush said during a brief telephone interview.

RTNDA President and former VP at CBS News Barbara Cochran and former WaPo managing editor and current senior adviser of media projects Phil Bennett, are among the candidates for Berkeley’s J School dean.


Citysearch is looking for a Washington, DC City Editor

Worldbank is looking for a Web Audience Editor

HAT TIPS: Mediabistro; Romenesko