Morning Reading List, 07.08.08

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Big congrats to my colleague at the Washington Examiner’s Yeas & Nays column, Jeff Dufour, and his be-freckled girlfriend, Capitol File Associate Publisher Jayne Sandman, who were engaged over the weekend up in Massachusetts. God I feel old: Kevin Bacon is 50. 119 years ago, the Wall Street Journal was first published. It’s the birthday of Phil Gramm and John Dingell (Anna Quindlen, too). On this day in 1841, the Senate Press Gallery was founded. What journalist was recently surprised to discover that plastic eyeballs had been placed under her pillow? Check out pictures from WMAL’s “630 Day” festivities. Mike Emanuel is “looking forward to an action-packed Tuesday of rock-n-roll TV news!” See Sunday’s talkiest heads for the first six months of 2008. Dogs are a little inclined to lick their whats?!? Ana Marie Cox Twitters: “I am no longer enjoying this election.” TechCrunch reports, “Voicemail is dead. Please tell everyone so they’ll stop using it.” Gawker has “The Fifteen Most Useless Internet Euphemisms.” New York Magazine reports, “Lewis Lapham isn’t happy with political journalism today. … ‘The press was supposed to speak on behalf of the people. The new tradition is that the press speaks on behalf of the government.’ An example? ‘Tim Russert was a spokesman for power, wealth, and privilege,’ Lapham said.” FamousDC reports, “John Stanton Eats Fireworks for Breakfast.” Most of you watched fireworks this weekend. Today’s “Angry Journalist” rant of the day: “I’m angry because a co-worker went into PR for a six-figure salary and had the guts to tell me, ‘Its not about the money.’ What a joke, its always about the money.” Check out today’s White House Photo of the Day from Time.

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  • A release announced, “The Root, an online magazine featuring perspectives from prominent and emerging black thought leaders, today announced that Omar Wasow will be the site’s Product Strategist, joining recently named Publisher Donna Byrd.”

  • Richard Leiby is now a features editor for the Washington Post’s Style section, a job formerly filled by Peter Kaufman, who returns as music editor.

  • LA Observed reports, “Investigative reporters Charles Ornstein and Tracy Weber, who won a Pulitzer Prize in 2005 for reporting on the deaths at King-Drew Medical Center, are leaving the Los Angeles Times for ProPublica, the non-profit investigative startup that is collecting top newspaper diggers.”

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  • Business Week reports, “Ignoring his critics, new Managing Editor Robert Thomson plots a global strategy”

  • reports, “Murdoch Lifer Mans Main Street Journal”

  • In The Miami Herald, Ed Wasserman asks, “Is nonprofit newsroom’s shaky start an omen?”

  • Joel Achenbach presents, “News We Remembered to Report”

  • Content Bridges presents, “7 Dirty Words You Can’t Say In Newspaper Buildings”

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  • What’s in a Name?: The AC360 Debate

  • A release announced, “CNBC’s flagship morning show, ‘Squawk Box’ (6AM-9AM ET), presents ‘Your Money, Your Vote Debates,’ a five-week special event debating the top issues in the 2008 Presidential race including job growth, trade, taxes, energy and healthcare and entitlements. The debates will feature the top advisors to the 2008 Presidential candidates Senator John McCain and Senator Barack Obama. Hosted by ‘Squawk Box’ anchors Joe Kernen, Becky Quick and Carl Quintanilla along with CNBC Chief Washington Correspondent John Harwood, CNBC’s ‘Your Money, Your Vote Debates’ begins Thursday, July 10th at 7:30 AM ET and will broadcast once a week for five consecutive weeks.”
  • TVNewser’s Gail Shister writes, “Michael Smerconish’s Multi-Channel Tryout For ‘The Big Leagues'”

  • New York Times reports, “At this point no one could blame ABC’s ‘Good Morning America’ for developing a Wile E. Coyote complex: Every time it gets so close to NBC’s ‘Today’ that it can all but taste victory, its nemesis bolts off, leaving only the taste of dust.”

  • PBS Ombudsman Michael Getler writes, “As so often happens when even small mistakes or missteps are made, the cover-up turns out to be worse than the crime. It can be even more perplexing when it is not clear that a crime actually was committed.”

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  • Splice Today writes, “Christopher Hitchens, Watered Down. If only one of our country’s great nonfiction talents would stick to writing.”

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  • reports, “It’s time once again for the quarterly-ish Media Guy Media Studies Pop Quiz.” Check it out here.

  • Next Monday (7/14), the Peter G. Peterson Foundation will host a press screening of the new documentary, “I.O.U.S.A.” “The nonpartisan film by director Patrick Creadon (‘Wordplay’) uses candid interviews, archival footage, and economic data to present a vivid, alarming profile of America’s current financial status. Interview subjects include Warren Buffett, Alan Greenspan, Paul O’Neill, Robert Rubin, and Paul Volcker, along with Foundation CEO David Walker, the former US Comptroller General. … Former NBC political director Elizabeth Wilner, now head of public affairs at the foundation, has details. You can reach her at”

  • E&P reports, “5 Years Ago Today: Fateful ‘NYT’ Op-Ed Kicked off Plame Outing and ‘CIA Leak Case'”

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