Morning Reading List, 05.27.08

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Good morning Washington. Sunburnt? Sadly our dream of a President Tucker Carlson will have to remain just a dream

On Friday’s picture, two readers — Elizabeth Cronen and Matt Wuerker — correctly guessed the location: the campground at the Gorge Amphitheater in George, WA.

Test your Bush twin knowledge. Rob Curley tells you a bit more about what he’s going to be up to in Las Vegas (although one Postie wonders: “so if rob curley *doesn’t* mention you in this post, does that mean he hates your effin guts? why no mention of Len Downie and ame/metro bob mccartney?”)and Peter Carlson writes his farewell Magazine Reader column. Find out what 15 Things Ana Marie Cox learned from her Mom. This weekend, “Doug McKelway had a chance to meet an idol and practice his banjo skills in Cumberland, Maryland.” MTV’s “The Paper” comes to an end. Tomorrow is the birthday of Katharine Weymouth and Jim Snyder.

Do you also think there should be more bikinis in political reporting? HONK!

Check out all the pictures from the Mediabistro Circus.’s City Guide launched the ultimate resource for interns in the D.C. area this summer.

Congrats to Dana Bash and John King, who were married over the weekend (congrats also to Kristen Silverberg and Paul V. Lettow). Politico looks into “How small stories become big news”

And, “Pac-Man movie in development. No, seriously

  • Today’s “Angry Journalist” rant of the day: “I’m angry because I work 60 hours a week and have very little free time, and my editors have certainly kept me so busy that I haven’t had time to balance my checkbook. I had an opportunity this weekend to stop and catch my breath and try to balance it … and learned I had an overdraft … which wasn’t hard to do, considering how little I make.”

    We’ve got your morning mix of media Meusli after the jump…

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  • Most of you had the day off yesterday.

  • This week’s classes include “Food Writing Boot Camp, Boot Camp for Print and Online Magazine Editors and Op-Ed Writing”


  • A tipster tells us, “After almost 11 years at the Gazette Newspapers in Montgomery County, Tom Madigan has decided to leave. On June 16, he will join the National Journal group, a Washington-based publisher of political and government news, as chief copy editor for the National Journal website.”

  • Gorkana Alert reports, “Sholnn Freeman will cover labor for The Washington Post as of June 2nd. Sholnn joins the business desk after a six month stint in Baghdad as one of the paper’s Middle East correspondents”

  • B&C reports, “Ben Grossman was named editor of Broadcasting & Cable, overseeing both digital and print initiatives for the authoritative brand.”

  • An internal Politico email announced Beth Frerking “is taking on a new leadership role at Politico: assistant managing editor for partnerships.”

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  • Fox News answers, “Why the Release of McCain’s Medical Records Has a Major Newspaper Steaming”

  • David Carr: “The Wars We Choose to Ignore

  • Politico reports, “Yesterday, it was reported that media outlets selected to view John McCain‘s medical records wouldn’t start until 10 a.m. eastern time. But the A.P. published several hours earlier. The NY Times — which requested to view the documents but was denied by the campaign — had AP’s dispatch leading the Web site. When asked for explanation, AP spokesperson Paul Colford said it was ‘good aggressive reporting’ and declined to comment on what arrangement the news organization had with the campaign.”

  • Reuters reports, “The Wall Street Journal is moving uptown. Nearly 6 months after being bought by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp, the business daily’s news staff will move to the company’s headquarters at 1211 Sixth Avenue in midtown Manhattan.”

  • Salon reports, “The Politico’s John Harris admits now what he denied last year”

  • The Wall Street Journal reports,Hillary Clinton‘s mention on Friday of the assassination of Robert Kennedy to a South Dakota newspaper’s editorial board continued to dominate the political discussion into the holiday weekend. Perhaps most notably, the Clinton campaign issued a statement from Robert Kennedy Jr. on Friday night in which he said Clinton’s reference to his father’s death was ‘clear from the context that Hillary was invoking a familiar political circumstance in order to support her decision to stay in the race through June.”‘

  • learns what it is like “Being Bob Woodward

  • The Washington Post’s Deb Howell writes, “The Post’s op-ed page is too male and too white. And there aren’t a lot of youthful opinions, either.”

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  • AP reports, “CNN is starting a weekly talk show on international issues led by Newsweek’s Fareed Zakaria that will debut next Sunday with former British Prime Minister Tony Blair as an interview subject.”

  • TVNewser’s Steve Krakauer
    reports, “Media Matters Calls Out Dobbs, He Calls Back”

  • May Ratings: Weekend Today, CBS Sunday Morning Tops

  • A Comcast release announced, “Friends and family members unable to attend the graduation ceremonies of loved ones can now watch the commencements ON DEMAND thanks to a unique offering from Comcast and the Pentagon Channel. The two have partnered to bring coverage of this year’s U.S. Service Academy graduations, including the U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Air Force Academy and U.S. Military Academy at West Point, to Comcast Digital Cable customers throughout New Jersey, Delaware, southeastern and central Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. via Comcast’s signature Local Video On Demand service”

  • Wall Street Journal reports, “Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes has met the first hurdle of his tenure as CEO by spinning off the company’s cable business and reaping as much cash from it as humanly possible. What can he do next to keep shareholders happy? Deal Journal takes a look at the future.”

  • TVNewser’s Steve Krakauer asks, “Another Obama/Osama Slip-up…or Worse?”

  • Washington Post’s Howard Kurtz reports, “The makers of ‘Recount’ tout their reliance on several books about the crisis, and hired as consultants CNN’s Jeffrey Toobin, ABC’s Jake Tapper, Time’s Mark Halperin and David Von Drehle and Newsweek’s David Kaplan.”

  • The New York Times reports, “Under the banner of Setting the Record Straight, Ed Gillespie, counselor to the president, publicized a letter he sent to the president of NBC News, Steve Capus, accusing the network of ‘deceitful editing’ of an interview with Mr. Bush. The White House complained that NBC had distorted Mr. Bush’s response to a question about a speech widely interpreted as an attack on Senator Barack Obama.”

  • Fortune’s Richard Siklos writes, “Why a Time Warner-NBC Universal combination is now an enticing prospect.”

  • B&C reports, “Media General is laying off a number of employees at the station level. Reportedly, 10 of Media General’s 22 stations are affected by the cuts, which range from a couple to seven or eight.”

  • reports, “Time Warner will shed Time Warner Cable and, in doing so, will raise a bunch of cash. Then, CEO Jeff Bewkes foreshadowed big changes on the content side of the business. All this, naturally, had media experts reviving some old rumors that TW might want to purchase NBC Universal.”

  • The Boston Herald reports, “CN8 has fired veteran TV journalist Barry Nolan for publicly protesting the decision by the local Emmy Awards to honor Fox News blowhard Bill O’Reilly. Nolan tells MediaBiz he was fired Tuesday following a two-week, unpaid suspension.”

  • Playbook reports, “WATCH YOUTUBE FOR: A sporting Senator Clinton dancing playfully with Fox embed Aaron BRUNS at a bar in Puerto Rico.”

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  • Check out New Media Strategies’ William Beutler in his debut.

  • Washington Times reports, “The Washington Times has partnered with the Internet company on a new project that transforms Washington’s Vietnam war memorial wall into an interactive, personal journey on the Web. The Interactive Vietnam Veterans Memorial allows you to search the names on the wall and to drill down into the government’s official war records to learn details about each of the 58,000-plus heroes enshrined on the wall.”

  • Democrats’ Convention Pool: Is It All Wet? Bloggers Say DNC List Lacks Racial Diversity

  • Business Week’s Roben Farzad writes, “I hereby propose we smack a windfall-profits tax on, yes, Google (GOOG). A cartel unto itself, the Internet megaplayer wields a $180 billion market cap, has boatloads of cash, and enjoys Pablo Escobar-ian profit margins. Moreover, Google’s ‘don’t be evil’ credo is an expired link. Its profiteering, in fact, brings pain to many — and cries out for the healing and justice of a targeted fiscal transfer.”

  • AP’s David Bauder writes, “NBC News has managed to achieve the near-impossible this election season in getting Hillary Rodham Clinton and George Bush to agree on something. That something, however, is antipathy toward NBC News.”

  • TVNewser reports, “The Lucky Few: The TVNewsers Who Got to See McCain’s Medical Records”

  • The New York Times Archives + Amazon Web Services = TimesMachine

  • BusinessWeek looks “Beyond Blogs”

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  • Washington Post reports, “XM Satellite Radio Holdings warned in a regulatory filing last week that its financial position may be threatened if it cannot find $120 million worth of financing to adhere to the terms of its high-profile contract with Major League Baseball.”

  • Chris Core writes, “The Real Scoop on Why I Lost My Show”

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  • The Boston Phoenix reports, “Never mind the complaints about how the media are not focusing on the issues. Historically, they never have.”

  • Check out the Dean Nicholas Lemann‘s commencement speech at Columbia.

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  • PETA is looking for a Nonprofit Campaigns Media Coordinator.

  • Transport Topics Publishing Group is looking for a Staff Reporter, Online Editorial Manager and a Managing Editor, TT Magazines.

  • The Gazette and Star is looking for a Copy desk-design editor.

  • The Current Newspapers is looking for a full-time reporter.

  • Connection Newspapers has an opening for a Reporter.

  • The McLaughlin Group is looking for a Manager of Public Television Distribution

  • NPR is looking for a Senior Editor, Overnight.

  • Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting is offering a Web Development and Outreach Internship.

  • Bisnow on Business is looking for a NY-based Commercial Real Estate Reporter.

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