Morning Reading List, 06.13.08

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Good morning Washington.

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

Two years ago yesterday, Phillip Merrill died and Linda Douglass joined National Journal.

You guessed it. The mystery reporter is Craig Crawford. Congrats to Jamie Rubinm, Producer, Yahoo! News and Eric Wong, California Democratic Party.

Readers had a lot to say about yesterday’s picture, including: “Did you pay extra for the finger on the right side?” and “Is that picture taken before or after the meal was regurgatated?” And finally, “that food looks disgusting! Hope you didn’t have to eat it.” But
Steve Hagenbuch
, Web Producer,, Margaret McElligott, Producer,, Torrey Shearer, LA, Federal Government Affairs, BNSF Railway Co. and Michael Corones, Opinions producer, all guessed correctly with Dukem.

It’s the birthday of Ban-Ki Moon, Steve-O, Siegfried and the Olsen twins.

Politico had a retreat here (just the editors): Jim VandeHei, John Harris, Danielle Jones, Bill Nichols, Jeanne Cummings, Beth Frerking, David Mark, Mike Allen, Barbara Martinez, Bob Hillman, Erika Compart, etc., etc. Now who’s got pictures? One Politico’r says they have a picture of VandeHei doing keg stands.

You don’t think that Al Gore will serve in a potential Obama Administration.

Today’s “Angry Journalist” rant of the day: “I’m angry that the internet is killing print and we’re facing layoffs because of it.”

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

Quickly navigate Morning Reading List:



  • Sam Dealey has been named a contributing editor at Reader’s Digest

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  • E&P reports, “Gannett this afternoon announced it is freezing the pensions of company employees, according to a memo on the plan sent today from Gannett CEO Craig Dubow.”

  • The Chronicle Herald’s Peter Duffy writes, “Students tell me that newspapers do have a future.”

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  • A NBC release announced, “‘Meet the Press’ did not air at its normal time
    last Sunday, June 8 due to the French Open coverage on NBC. According to
    Nielsen Media Research data, the program was labeled a special, and
    therefore this edition of ‘Meet the Press’ will not be included in the week
    or season-to-date average.”

  • A release announced, “As this summer’s national political conventions take place (Democratic National Convention in Denver, CO; August 25 to 28; Republican National Convention in St. Paul, MN; September 1 to 4), The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer will produce 24+ hours of live, prime time coverage to be broadcast in high-definition nationwide on PBS. These eight nights of convention coverage will be the only complete broadcast coverage made available by a U.S. broadcast television network.”

  • Howard Kurtz reports, “Mike Huckabee may have flamed out as a presidential candidate, but his glibness and humor did not go unnoticed. The former Arkansas governor has signed a one-year deal as a political commentator for Fox News, where he will sound off on a variety of programs. A knowledgeable source says an announcement is expected soon.”

  • Was the coverage of Hillary Clinton sexist?

  • TVNewser’s Alissa Krinsky reports, “Lee Cowan Responds To Couric Criticism”

  • Washington Post reports, “Discovery Communications chief executive David M. Zaslav made more than $18 million in cash-and stock-related compensation during his first year helming the Silver Spring cable television company, according to a securities filing yesterday that spells out Discovery’s transition to a publicly traded company.”

  • TVNewser’s Chris Ariens reports, “MSNBC Covers the ‘List,’ But Not Themselves”

  • TVNewser points out a chyron malfunction that prompts the question, “Which Network is This Again?”

  • Politico’s Michael Calderone reports, “Fox addresses baby mama drama: Producer used ‘poor judgment'”

  • TVNewser’s Gail Shister writes, “Brian Williams Keeps a ‘Smart Head’ in an ‘Unforgiving Place'”

  • TVNewser reports, “In an unusual political programming move (but then, what’s been usual about this campaign?), John McCain will get nearly an hour of airtime tonight exclusively on Fox News Channel.”

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  • The New York Times reports, “Those political aficionados wondering whether Senator Barack Obama looks better from the right or left, take note: in August visitors to the official Web site of the Democratic National Convention will be able to choose from a menu of camera angles as they tune in live, high-definition video streamed from the party gathering in Denver.”

  • “Four Guardian contributors discuss their debt to the net”

  • Huffington Post reports, “On Wednesday, Clinton’s former deputy communications director shed a little light on the lingering animosity that developed between the candidate and the Internet opportunist. Speaking at National Journal and Google’s ’21st Century Campaign’ symposium, Phil Singer, who has started a consulting firm since the primary ended, discussed how Drudge had, in some ways, ‘bastardized’ the media, spurring reporting that was ‘incomplete, inaccurate’ and sometimes ‘false.'”

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  • Bloomberg reports, “The chief executives of Sirius Satellite Radio Inc. and XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc. met with a member of the Federal Communications Commission to press for approval of their plan to combine the companies.”

  • DCRTV reports, “All-news WTOP picked up a batch of Dateline Awards last night from the Society Of Professional Journalists. Including first place statues for Kate Ryan, Mark Segraves, Neal Augenstein, and Colbert King…”

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  • Campus Progress is “now accepting applications for the 2008-2009 school year. The priority deadline for applications to become part of Campus Progress’s Publications Network is June 30.”

  • Crain’s New York Business reports, “Following a sluggish 2007, when spending saw the tiniest uptick of 0.2%, expenditures in the advertising marketplace rose just 0.6% for the first quarter of 2008, according to a Wednesday report from TNS Media Intelligence.”

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  • Daily Journal Corporation is looking for a Reporter.

  • Pew Research Center is looking for a Graphics Designer/Mapping Analyst.

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    Hat Tips: DCRTV, TVNewser, IWantMedia, Romenesko, MediaBistro, JournalismJobs, JournalismNext, Mic Check Radio, New York Times’ On This Day