Morning Reading List, 06.11.08

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Good morning Washington.

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

MicCheckRadio tells us that, 30 years ago, “‘Grease’, starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John opened in theaters.” 26 years ago, E.T. opened in theaters. 12 years ago, Bob Dole left the U.S. Senate. 89 years ago, Sir Barton won the Triple Crown for the first time in horse racing history. 29 years ago, John Wayne passed away. 45 years ago, Gov. George Wallace confronted federal troops at the University of Alabama. 7 years ago, Timothy McVeigh was executed. Six years ago, Paul McCartney married Heather Mills. 5 years ago, David Brinkley passed away.

The lede to this story is priceless: “‘I love the guy,’ professed New York Times columnist David Brooks one Sunday on The Chris Matthews Show, that church service of chipmunk chatter.”

A press conference “announcing a grassroots push to get the required number of signatures on the discharge petition to require a vote on the Broadcaster Freedom Act to kill the so-called Fairness Doctrine once and for all” will take place today at the Terrace of the Cannon House Office Building at 2:30 p.m. has recently launched Summer Guide 2008.

Media Matters reports, “On the June 6 edition of Fox News’ America’s Pulse, host E.D. Hill teased a discussion of a gesture Sen. Barack Obama shared with his wife, Michelle, saying, ‘A fist bump? A pound? A terrorist fist jab? The gesture everyone seems to interpret differently.’ Thousands of people have signed our petition and called Fox News to demand an apology from E.D. Hill. Today, June 10, at the opening of her show, Hill gave a weak apology, claiming that while people thought she was suggesting the Obamas were doing a ‘terrorist fist jab,’ she was really just reporting how it ‘had been characterized in the media.'” TVNewser has more.

A release announced that Pulitzer Prize winning film critic Roger Ebert is the new syndicated Film Critic of The Alexandria Times.

“AAN and Medill Announce AltWeekly Awards Winners”

ProPublica launched!

“On May 27, Boonsboro High School English students from Cindy Ours’ and Sarah Hamilton’s classes visited the Newseum, a museum of journalism and media in Washington, D.C.” Check out some “student reflections on the trip.”

From Media Matters: Maureen Dowd repeatedly uses gender to mock Democrats

You don’t believe that Sen. John Kerry’s 2004 loss was worth Sen. Barack Obama’s win.

Today’s “Angry Journalist” rant of the day: “I’m beyond angry that I gave 28 years of my life to this business, only to end up wearing bifocals, broke, loathed by people in the general public and unemployed without any notice, warning or severance. Or hope for any future employment. Anywhere”

Check out today’s White House Photo of the Day from Time.

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  • Washington Post’s S. Mitra Kalita is currently on leave and working in at the Delhi business daily, Mint, as a columnist and editor.

  • From DCRTV:

      Joseph Camp will be the new director of “The NewsHour With Jim Lehrer,” Sharon Percy Rockefeller, president and CEO of WETA, announced today. With more than 34 years of public broadcasting experience at Channel 26, Camp is a veteran director of news and public affairs programming for public broadcasting. Camp joined WETA in 1973 as a studio technician and technical director. One of his first assignments was as a cameraman at the Senate Watergate Committee hearings. He soon began directing many WETA productions, notably serving from 1983 to the present as the director of “Washington Week” and “National Journal”…..

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  • Multichannel News reports, “When Cablevision Systems agreed to pay $650 million to buy Newsday, optimists hoped it might pave the way for other cable companies to invest in — and rescue — the newspaper business, while potentially boosting cable’s local ad sales and local content.”

  • From the National Press Club:

      Freshen up your writing by joining NPC Young Member Natasha Nadel for a new set of exercises to boost your creative spirit on WEDNESDAY, JUNE 11 at 7 p.m. in the Murrow Room. Natasha is Associate Director of the American Jewish Press Association and Senior Account Executive at The Dershowitz Group. She writes a monthly column for The Washington Jewish Week and her work has appeared in a number of U.S. newspapers and national magazines, including Presentense and Lilith. Her career began as a political reporter and then columnist for the University of Illinois’ Daily Illini. To sign up, RSVP to

  • The Chronicle of Higher Education reports, “Despite going through a period of unprecedented upheaval, the news business is likely to emerge richer and more responsive to its readers, the executive editor of The New York Times, Bill Keller, told a gathering of college and university leaders here on Monday.”

  • Slate’s Michael Kinsley reports on “A brilliant new scheme for measuring the productivity of journalists.”

  • BusinessWeek reports, “Dean Singleton’s Speech In Sweden: 19 Of The Top 50 US Newspapers Are Losing Money”

  • “The long and hard-fought battle for the Democratic nomination was settled last week, with the winner, Barack Obama, generating the most coverage. However, the media narrative centered largely on Hillary Clinton the week of June 2-8, according to a Project for Excellence in Journalism study.”

  • USAToday reports, “Gannett Co. (GCI), the nation’s largest newspaper company, will write down its assets by $2.5 billion to $2.8 billion this quarter to reflect the declining value of its operations in the United Kingdom and the United States.”

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  • A NBC release announced, “MSNBC continued its ratings surge last
    week, with viewers flocking out of the ‘No Spin Zone’ and to ‘The Place for
    Politics.’ For the first time ever, MSNBC’s ‘Countdown with Keith
    Olbermann’ was the #1 show at 8 p.m., out-drawing Fox News’s ‘O’Reilly
    Factor’ head-to-head among Adults 25-54. This is the first time since June
    2001 that MSNBC has out-rated ‘The O’Reilly Factor’ at 8 p.m.”

  • A release announced, “‘ABC’s World News with Charles Gibson’ placed 1st in both the Adults 25-54 and Households rating and share last week, tying NBC’s ‘Nightly News’; the two broadcasts averaged a 1.9/8 among Adults 25-54 and a 5.3/11 among Households. Among Total Viewers, ‘World News’ averaged 7.62 million, placing second.”

  • A release announced, “According to Nielsen Media Research data, ‘NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams’ was the most-watched network evening newscast, winning the week of June 2, 2008 in total viewers, the key demographic adults 25-54, and homes. For the week, ‘Nightly News’ attracted 7.777 million total viewers”

  • Variety reports, “Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes said Monday the media giant has ‘no agenda’ regarding the acquisition of a television network, despite renewed speculation over a possible hook-up with NBC Universal.”

  • Fox News Changes: ‘Terrorist Fist Jab’ Anchor E.D. Hill Loses Her Show, Laura Ingraham In At 5PM

  • “Richard Engel: ‘I Have The Best Job In The News Business'”

  • TVNewser reports, “The NYPost’s Michael Starr picks up our story from Sunday about Martin Bashir’s health scare. Doctors recently discovered a growth on the ABC Newsman’s pituitary gland. Bashir ‘has an excellent prognosis for a complete recovery,’ Starr writes.”

  • TVNewser’s Steve Krakauer reports, “NBC and FOX are two of the networks named in the cease and desist order against RedLasso, but their cable networks don’t seem to have a problem reaping the benefits of the site.”

  • TVNewser’s Chris Ariens reports, “The final week of the democratic primary also was one of MSNBC’s best weeks in years. The network is touting ratings successes it hasn’t seen in almost seven years. It’s good news for Hardball, Countdown and the prime time (8pm-11pmET) average”

  • TVNewser answers, “How Bill Moyers Became the Get of the Week”

  • TVNewser reports, “Just In with Laura Ingraham is the name of the new (and most likely temporary) 5pmET show launching next week on Fox News Channel. TVNewser has learned the show will fill out FNC’s late afternoon schedule for at least the next few weeks.”

  • The Los Angeles Times reports, “ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC and CW sell nearly $9.2 billion in ‘upfront’ advertising”

  • TVNewser reports, “Hours after the offer was made, the campaigns of Sens. John McCain and Barack Obama are passing on ABC’s offer for a Diane Sawyer-moderated town hall meetings at New York’s Federal Hall.”

  • TVNewser’s Chris Ariens reports, “ABC’s Diane Sawyer has been awarded the 2008 Casey Medal from the Journalism Center on Children & Families for her reporting on poverty in America.”

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  • Newspapers and Technology reports, “Dow Jones & Co. tapped EidosMedia for its Methode publishing app to manage the print and Web editions of The Wall Street Journal, its weekly Barron’s magazine and MarketWatch Web site.”

  • A release announced, “The New America Foundation is pleased to announce a new online resource for journalists covering education, student loans, education-related tax policy, and the federal budget in general. The Federal Education Budget Project (FEBP) is an independent, authoritative source of easily accessible information on the size, distribution, effectiveness, and efficiency of federal education funding.” To access the site, click here.

  • Lloyd Grove talks to Jared Kushner, “The fast-rising young owner of the New York Observer talks about becoming a media figure, Manhattan real estate, political websites, and his father’s time in prison.”

  • Reuters reports, “Viacom Inc’s Comedy Central will begin offering full episodes of ‘The Daily Show with Jon Stewart’ and the ‘Colbert Report’ on on Tuesday as part of a test, reversing an earlier position that it would mainly focus on offering its shows on its own sites.”

  • Los Angeles Times reports, “Blogger’s Silicon Valley clout gets politicians talking”

  • reports, “Webbys lure top talent”

  • B&C’s John Eggerton reports, “‘President’ John McCain would not support network-neutrality legislation, but would push for a regulatory regime that did not draw boundaries between broadcast and cable and perhaps even the Internet.”

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  • reports, “Journal’s Mag So Far Has Landed More Than 28 Advertisers Ahead of September Launch”

  • MarketWatch reports, “The weakened U.S. economy will pose ongoing problems for the New York Times Co. in 2008, the company’s chief executive said Tuesday, but there are encouraging signs that sales of luxury-related advertising are improving thanks to the recent online launch of T: The New York Times Style Magazine.”

  • A release announced, “U.S. News & World Report, one of the nation’s leading sources of news analysis and service journalism, today announced the launch of U.S. News Media Group, reflecting the organization’s evolution from a weekly magazine with a discrete website to a multi-platform digital publisher of news and analysis with a highly regarded premium magazine.”

  • The 2008 James Beard Foundation Awards Winners have been announced and include The Atlantic’s Corby Kummer.

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  • The AP reported yesterday, “AOL is revamping its popular online radio service Tuesday, adding streams from all 140 CBS Corp.-owned radio stations and upgrading its player to add more functions and expand the service’s reach.”

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  • A release announced, “Chamber Urges FCC to Reconsider Broadcast Localism Report”

  • Jack Shafer writes about “The Bilderberg ‘Blackout'”

  • Peter Osnos of The Century Foundation writes, “The release of Scott McClellan’s book, What Happened: Inside the Bush White House and Washington’s Culture of Deception, was a sensation. As the founder of PublicAffairs, the book’s publisher, I was understandably gratified that our judgment on the importance of McClellan’s story was validated by the furor and its position as the #1 best seller on the New York Times nonfiction list for June 15. But, for the purposes of this column, as an observer of how the media now works, I was fascinated on a completely different level.”

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  • Population Reference Bureau is looking for an Editor.

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