Morning Reading List, 06.05.08


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

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Good news for Joe Scarborough: His contract has been extended.

283 years ago, Adam Smith was born. 157 years ago, Harriet Beecher Stowe published “Uncle Tom’s Cabin.” 125 years ago, John Maynard Keynes was born. 61 years ago, George C. Marshall outlined the Marshall Plan. 40 years ago, RFK was shot and killed in California. 31 years ago, Apple created elitist tech snobs by releasing its first personal computer…the Apple II. 4 years ago, Ronald Reagan passed away. And 1 year ago, Scooter Libby was sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison.

It’s the birthday of Bill Moyers. Also, Mark Wahlberg, Kenny G, Pete Wentz and Ron Livingston.

What member of Washington State’s softball team is talking some serious smack to Roll Call’s Edit-Orioles in advance of Monday’s game?

Congrats to Shirley & Banister’s Kevin McVicker and his wife, who welcomed a new baby to the world recently.

FishbowlLA’s Tina Dupuy reports, “LA Humor writer/TV News person, recent transplant to Washington DC, sent us this email: Subject: among the many reasons I’m so cool. I ran into Donald Rumsfeld on the sidewalk today. I said ‘Hey Killer, nice work!’ He looked briefly taken aback, then proceeded on his way. With any luck at all, it ruined his whole morning.”

Anderson Cooper to Donna Brazile: I wanna be your boo.

Slate looks into how the media reported Michelle and Barack Obama’s first pound Tuesday night.

TNR has some alternate backdrops for McCain’s Tuesday speech.

Most of you are not moved by Obama becoming the first Afr-America presidential nominee. WTF…

Today’s “Angry Journalist” rant of the day: “A couple of days ago, a thunderstorm went through our area. I was watching through a window, and in a voice loud enough to carry across much of the newsroom, reported that billball size hail was falling. Several others came over to see, and pointed out there was no hail, only rain. Then someone else noticed the publisher’s name is Bill. Now, I’m in big trouble — but it was worth it.”

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  • Slate reports, “Wal-Mart doesn’t know it yet, but it may be the savior that local newspapers have been praying for. The big-box retailer launched a new service without any fanfare last month and dubbed it Wal-Mart Classifieds. It slunk into’s left navigation bar, where it still sits inconspicuously — a dozen links from the top of the page without a hint of its brand-new status or its potential power. Its promise is well-hidden; as of now, Wal-Mart Classifieds is a clunky marketplace with spotty listings and a poorly designed interface. But its sorry debut doesn’t have to remain its destiny. Wal-Mart can use the tool to liberate newspaper balance sheets from Craigslist — the misunderstood villain of the classified industry.”

  • MarketWatch reports, “Newspapers still have yet to prove that they’re adapting to changing reader habits, according to a new report from Moody’s Investor’s Service, which reiterated its negative outlook on the industry Tuesday.”

  • VF Daily reports, “Like baseball aficionados and stage parents, devoted readers of The New York Times hold their precious paper to impossibly high standards and resist any change that might taint its purity and/or dignity. (Remember the hand-wringing when the paper dared to print photos in color?) A frequent complaint these days is that there is less news in the front section of the Times — after shrinking from 13.5 to 12 inches wide last year, the paper in March expanded its table of contents and added a daily plug for As a result, promotional filler (plus the corrections) takes up fully three pages in section A. Whereas the news used to begin on page A3, it now begins on A6 or A7.”

  • His Extreme-ness writes, “Forget I, Robot … It’s I, Richard”
  • The Denver Business Journal reports, “Denver newspaper investor William Dean Singleton, speaking at an international conference in Sweden, sounded a warning to his battered industry, saying it should prepare to move to a new business model that embraces the Internet while not giving up on the core print product. ‘Once and for all, we’re going to have to quit writing and editing for each other and write and edit for that consumer out there, ‘ he said. Singleton — CEO of MediaNews Group Inc., one of the largest U.S. newspaper chains, and publisher of The Denver Post — chided newspaper people who ‘fondly remember the past as if it will suddenly reappear’ in his remarks at Monday’s opening session of the World Newspaper Congress in Göteborg, Sweden.”

  • reports, “Reuters’ experiment with mobile journalism could be extended to all of its reporters and more ‘citizen experts’, the company’s mobile product manager said today. The news agency, which has trialled the use of Nokia handsets for reporting, hopes to extend the experiment to more of its journalists and ‘citizen experts’ — similar to the delegates at the World Economics Forum who used the devices.”

  • The Hill’s Jim Mills brings us, “Confessions of a serial independent voter”

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  • Huffington Post reports, “ThinkProgress noted today that Fox News has finally identified Karl Rove as an informal adviser to the McCain Campaign, almost four months after hiring him as an on-air political analyst.”

  • “C-SPAN will be featuring a segment on Robert F. Kennedy marking the 40th anniversary of his passing on this Friday’s Washington Journal.”

  • PhillyBurb’s Eric G takes issue with a MSNBC producer’s love of Obama.

  • TVNewser’s Steve Krakauer reports, “After Sens. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton spoke back-to-back at the AIPAC meeting today, and the cablers took their speeches, it was time for Sen. John McCain to take the stage (in Baton Rouge). The big news was likely to be good news for the cablers — more political coverage. McCain urged Obama to agree to a series of 10 joint weekly town hall meetings, beginning next Thursday (in New York City) and continuing until the conventions”

  • TVNewser reports, “ABC gave the longest special report of the night, cutting in at 10:08pmET and taking the Obama speech live until 10:31pmET. Charlie Gibson anchored and was joined by George Stephanopoulos. The report also included clips from McCain and Clinton’s speeches.”

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  • Bloomberg reports, “AOL, the Internet division of Time Warner Inc., is developing ways to increase revenue from Bebo, the social-networking Web site acquired in May for $850 million.”

  • The AP reports, “Comcast Corp., under fire for the way it treats subscriber Internet traffic, will start tests this week to see if it can avoid traffic jams by targeting neighborhood bandwidth hogs rather than file-sharing programs.”

  • The Washington Blogger Meetup is meeting Wednesday, June 18 at 7:00PM at Regional Food and Drink. To RSVP, click here.

  • CNet reports, “Starting Tuesday, Starbucks coffee shops across the country are offering two hours of free Wi-Fi Internet service through AT&T. In order to get the free service, customers must buy a Starbucks Reward Card with a minimum of $5 credit on it. Customers also must sign up for the free Wi-Fi online at To keep the card active, customers must also use their Starbucks Card at least once a month.”

  • Tech Crunch reported yesterday, “We’ve got confirmation that CBS is going to announce an important partnership with Yahoo tomorrow morning. While we don’t yet know exactly what it will entail, we are confident that Yahoo will be joining the CBS Audience Network, which distributes CBS content to destinations such as YouTube, AOL, MSN, Joost, Veoh, Fancast, Bebo, and TVGuide.”

  • CNet’s The Social reports, “Typically, the monthly New York Tech Meetup is an opportunity for the unpolished founders of brand-new local start-ups to go up onstage, talk about their companies for five minutes, and risk heckling from an audience of 400. But for the Internet Week New York installment of the gathering on Tuesday evening, host (and founder) Scott Heiferman invited a handful of Gotham tech success stories to talk about the state of their companies. Needless to say, the presentations were a little bit slicker, and the ‘How’re you going to make money?’ question, a staple for the green Tech Meetup regulars, was understandably absent.”

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  • TechCrunch reports, “Vanity Fair writes a rambling eight-part 22 page story on history of the Internet called ‘How The Web Was Won’ for its latest edition. The article pays tribute to Internet pioneers, including Al Gore, as well as some of the companies that have defined the commercial Internet (Amazon, Ebay, PayPal, Ning, MySpace, Friendster, YouTube). It’s going to be fairly easy to nitpick the list of companies included in the photo slideshow. No Google, for example. No Firefox, Yahoo or Microsoft. Nary a word on Facebook. Or any non-U.S. companies for that matter. And the history of computer networking and the Internet is, necessarily, somewhat abridged and leaves a lot of people out.”

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  • E&P reports, “A week after former White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan’s book revealed he misled reporters, and was himself misled, those covering the president disagree over how such revelations will affect future press-spokesperson relations.”

  • Media Matter’s Eric Boehlert has a confession to make, “Now that Scott McClellan has come clean in his book about the real nature of the Bush White House, I’ll confess my own secret: Scott McClellan was a ghostwriter for my 2006 book, Lapdogs: How the Press Rolled Over for Bush.”

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  • A release announced, “WAMU 88.5 will host a Fulbright Student from Sri Lanka, Nishantha Mallawaarachchi, to work with the station’s Youth Voices program, which trains the next generation of public radio journalists. He has been awarded a five-month grant to study ‘Youth Empowerment’ through traditional and new media as part of the Fulbright Student Program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and through a pilot program administered by the Council for the International Exchange of Scholars (CIES).”

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  • The Washington Times reports, “‘The American President’ is the title of a new exhibit of Associated Press news photos that went on display yesterday at the National Press Club capturing U.S. presidents at war and at ease”

  • Check out Access to Life, the Corcoran’s newest photography exhibition, produced by Magnum Photos. June 14-July 20, “Access to Life pictures the lives of AIDS patients in nine countries before and after they receive free treatment.”

  •’s The Fix reports, “Less than 24 hours after securing the Democratic presidential nomination, Barack Obama is putting in place six teams of campaign consultants that will handle advertising, polling and direct-mail efforts for the general election campaign. Much of the expanded structure is built on an existing core of consultants Obama has relied on throughout his primary bid, although the expansion is significant and includes many (although not all) of the up-and-coming firms on the Democratic side.”

  • Washington Post’s Dan Balz reports, “Hillary Clinton is ‘absolutely ready’ to discuss the vice presidency with Barack Obama and has authorized supporters to encourage Obama to pick her if he feels that will help unify the party and help Democrats win the White House, according to Robert Johnson, the founder of Black Entertainment Television and a prominent Clinton supporter.”
  • The Los Angeles Times reports, “Campaign reporters have a nose for conflict — real or imagined”
  • BBC reports, “Media marvel at Obama phenomenon”

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  • Hanley Wood, LLC is looking for a Art Director — Multi-Family Executive and Developer.

  • National Journal Group is looking for a Research Associate, Almanac of American Politics.

  • Gallup is looking for a Web Analyst/Web Traffic Specialist.

  • National Geographic Society is looking for a Specialist, Renewals.

  • Forbes Media is looking for an Advertising Sales Assistant.

  • Gallup is looking for a Web Designer.

  • International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) is looking for a Persian Editor, International Journalists’ Network.

  • b free daily is looking for a Art/Graphic Designer.

  • The Associated Press is looking for a Business Editor — Washington. D.C.

  • Politico is looking for a Media and Special Projects Assistant

  • The Advisory Board Company is looking for a Staff Writer for HIV/AIDS Report.

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