Morning Reading List 06.02.09

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That’s the top of a ferry boat on the shore of Nassau in the Bahamas- can’t escape politics or DC on vacation. Happy Birthday to Jon Favreau! What we know and what we’re reading this Tuesday morning…



American newspapers experienced the worst quarter in modern history, according to blog “Reflections of a Newsosaur.”


In preparation for NBC’s “Inside the Obama White House” airing tonight, click here to see the Twitpics from the last several days via @InsideObamaWH.

And more of a preview from Brian Williams on the Daily Nightly: “I can promise you this: We will show more of the inner-workings of the White House than ever before. Yes, it will be the view the Obama Administration wanted us to see — but they didn’t get to control all that we recorded, and I’m anxious for our viewers to make their own judgements on what they see.”

ABC’s GMA anchor Chris Cuomo is traveling with the President and broadcasting live from Cairo tomorrow and Thursday morning.

Check out CBS’ Katie Couric’s address at Princeton’s Class Day yesterday on HuffPost. “I am moved to be sharing this special moment with parents and professors who may have woken up to me on the Today show… and with students who MAY wake up in time for the CBS Evening News,” she said. “Although based on the average age of our viewers, I think you’re probably watching ‘Shot at Love with Tila Tequila’ instead.”

Speaking of which… CBS Evening News will be the first nightly newscast to be live streamed on the web, as reported by The Business Insider.

Fox’s Glenn Beck kicked off his comedy tour “Common Sense” last night. He’ll do five shows in five nights around the country- including a stop in Richmond. Learn more about the act here in The Denver Post.

Bill O’Reilly responded on Fox last night to the murder of George Tiller: “When I heard about Tiller’s murder, I knew pro-abortion zealots and Fox News haters would attempt to blame us for the crime. That is exactly what has happened.” More on TVNewser.

MSNBC’s Morning Joe, now officially brewed by Starbucks. TVNewser has the dets here.

WaPo‘s Tom Shales on Conan O’Brien’s NBC Tonight Show debut last night: “By now The Tonight Show is like the White House; it belongs not to its occupant of the moment but to the American people. So it was not encouraging last night to see Conan O’Brien devoting the entire first half of his first Tonight Show to himself.”


NPR’s Planet Money is reinventing business reporting. Find out how here at mediabistro.


Daily Candy has partnered with Target.


New York asks Is Conde Nast’s Si Newhouse the Last Old-Media Tycoon? “In the last two years, Newhouse has had to close Jane, House & Garden, Men’s Vogue, Golf for Women, Domino, and finally Portfolio. At Conde Nast, the rumor mill, accurate or not, continues to grind. Which will be next? Wired? Architectural Digest? Does the company really need two food magazines? The grim work has taken a toll.”

E&P: The New York Times Magazine, considered the top revenue producer of newspaper Sunday magazines and often ranking among the best ad revenue magazines in the country, is cutting its size by 9 percent. The smaller version of the glossy magazine will debut in two weeks with the June 14th issue.


So where are Tucker Carlson, Jeffrey Goldberg, Betsy Fischer and Sally Quinn vacationing this summer? Politico takes a look here.


President Obama travels to Saudi Arabia today and the State Department issued these instructions to members of the traveling WH press corps yesterday (via Swampland): The Saudi government is permitting journalists accompanying President Obama entry into the country without a visa or the usual customs procedures. While in Saudi Arabia, therefore, journalists are expressly prohibited from leaving the hotel or engaging in any journalistic activities outside of coverage of the POTUS visit. Those who do so risk arrest and detention by Saudi authorities.

A correction from the State Department this morning: “Correction: U.S. Embassy Guidance for Journalists – The U.S. Embassy in Riyadh Saudi Arabia would like to recall the inaccurate guidance issued to the White House press corps on June 1.”

And this message from Saudi Ambassador Adel-Al-Jubeir (via Politico): “Journalists are free to go wherever and report on whatever they want,” emails Karen Hanretty of Qorvis Communications, which represents the Kingdom. “As evidence, [Qorvis’s] Michael [Petruzzello] is going to help facilitate media inquiries and requests.”

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From The New York Observer: David Margolick, the ex-New York Times star and Vanity Fair contributor who found himself without a job after Portfolio folded, has a new home: Newsweek.


Healthcare group FierceMarkets is looking for a senior product manager.

Check out MediaJobsDaily.