Morning Reading List, 07.17.08

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It’s the birthday of David Hassellhoff. Another split decision on facial hair. You are torn, but by a hair (ha), most of you think that Wolf Blitzer should not lose the beard. Today’s “Angry Journalist” rant of the day: “My company’s stock is hovering around a dollar, and has been called ‘worthless’ by analysts… Google it and you shall learn who. This in itself is demoralizing but not surprising. A year ago, it unveiled a gimmick that an employee that came up with a money-generating idea would win $50 million. Yes, $50 million. They sent out e-mail flyers to everyone that were done up like ‘Deal or No Deal.’ At the time, we could smell the desperation — and the obvious flaw of how does one collect $50 million from a company with $1.2 BILLION in debt. Now of course, we can laugh at the good old days.” Check out today’s White House Photo of the Day from Time.

Today’s FishbowlDC comment of the day (with regards to yesterday’s post on “Deb Howell’s Column About Copy Editors Could Have Typos In It“): Reader ‘thefrontpage’ writes, “No nuwspapier shuld be kutting bak on copee edditers. Wi knead kopy edditers moar then evur thesse daze.” Keep the FishbowlDC discussion going by dropping your comments here.

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  • A NBC release from yesterday announced, “Phil Griffin, a veteran of NBC News for more than 25 years, has been named President of MSNBC. The announcement was made today by NBC News President Steve Capus, to whom Griffin will continue to report.”

  • Folio’s Dylan Stableford reports, “Greg Osberg, Newsweek’s president and worldwide publisher, is leaving the Washington Post Company, FOLIO: has learned. Osberg told FOLIO: Tuesday that he plans to stay on at Newsweek until early fall. No successor has been named, though Jon Meacham, the magazine’s editor, would figure to be a prime candidate.”

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  • The Century Foundation’s Peter Osnos writes, “What is happening to newspapers is a tragedy. The layoffs and cutbacks in staff and content are an incalculable loss to the core mission of journalism: keeping a beady eye on government, business, and society as a whole. The gutting (because that is what it is) of newspapers such as the Baltimore Sun and Hartford Courant, with long and distinguished histories, means that Maryland and Connecticut will no longer get the coverage so essential to our public balance-of-powers. The same pattern with the same probable outcome is happening all over the country, in San Jose, Minneapolis, and Miami, among many other places. Trees will fall in the forest, as the old saying goes, and there won’t be reporters around to record the consequences, and that, in itself, has consequences.”

  • Slate’s Jack Shafer writes, “Ombudsmen, editors (PDF), and entire publications love to hold forth on the importance of limiting anonymous sources, yet masses of anonymice continue to nibble on the credibility of many major dailies.”

  • reports, “Rupert Murdoch, whose News Corporation owns The New York Post, and Mortimer B. Zuckerman, the real estate developer and owner of The Daily News, who for years have been bitter tabloid competitors, are considering the unthinkable: cooperation.” The AP reports, “The New York Post, Wall Street Journal and Daily News are in talks to combine some business operations including delivery services, a spokesman for the participants said Tuesday.”

  • Pew Weekly News Interest Index shows, “Jackson’s Comments Top Campaign Event of the Week”

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  • A release announced, “PBS’ award-winning public affairs series, FRONTLINE, has joined forces with Newsweek to tell the inside story of the 2008 presidential campaign. FRONTLINE producers will work side by side with the magazine’s reporting team, its writers and editors, to produce The Race 2008, a FRONTLINE/Newsweek special report that will take PBS viewers inside the Republican and Democratic campaigns for the White House. The Race 2008 airs one week after Election Day on Tuesday, Nov. 11, from 9 to 11 P.M. ET on PBS (check local listings).”

  • Howard Rosenberg writes in the Los Angeles Times, “Media wonks are now wondering who will leave office first, George W. Bush or Couric.”

  • TVNewser’s Steve Krakauer reports, “FNC anchor Bill O’Reilly unleashed a four minute Talking Points at the top of The O’Reilly Factor last night aimed at news organizations and web sites who were ‘disrespectful’ to Tony Snow over the weekend.”

  • TVBarn reports, “‘Fox News Sunday’ anchor Chris Wallace, who cut short a vacation to pay tribute to Tony Snow on Sunday’s show (my tribute to Tony), flew out here to TCA to play straight man on a panel that features ‘Outfoxed’ villain John Moody, Bush advisor Karl Rove and Hillary’s bulldog Howard Wolfson. Before the panel, he chatted with me about Rove and expanded on his previous criticism of a certain other cable channel. He also — happily — put to rest conflicting reports about Mike Wallace’s supposed retirement. You’ll want, in particular, to hear what Wallace says right after this: ‘I think people are taking a second look at Fox, especially given how extraordinarily biased the coverage has been our main competitors … especially MSNBC.'”

  • TVNewser’s Chris Ariens reports, “The blogosphere has been burning up for nearly a week since Bill O’Reilly told his viewers there are portions of that Jesse Jackson tape that are ‘more damaging than what you heard.’ What we all heard was that Jackson wanted to cut Barack Obama’s n*ts off for ‘talking down to black people.’ David Tabacoff, an executive producer of the O’Reilly Factor shot down the report from the blog Hybrid Nation. Tabacoff tells TVNewser that in the un-aired portions of the tape, Jackson never used the words ‘half breed n—–‘ and never called Obama the ‘n’ word either.”

  • Eric Pfeiffer tweets, “When will the networks disclose their satanic pact with the jib jab ‘masterminds?'”

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  • Huffington Post Founder Arianna Huffington writes, “The Latest Media Blind Spot: Viewing All Criticism of Obama Through a Right/Left Prism”

  • Check out the “new blogger” on WhyIHateDC.

  • James Joyner writes on Outside The Beltway, “Bloggers and Journalism: False Dichotomy”

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  • The New York Times’ Bill Carter writes, “On Monday, The New Yorker magazine tried dipping its toe into broad satire involving Senator Obama with a cover image depicting the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee and his wife, Michelle, as fist-bumping, flag-burning, bin Laden-loving terrorists in the Oval Office. The response from both Democrats and Republicans was explosive. Comedy has been no easier for the phalanx of late-night television hosts who depend on skewering political leaders for a healthy quotient of their nightly monologues. Jay Leno, David Letterman, Conan O’Brien and others have delivered a nightly stream of jokes about the Republican running for president — each one a variant on the same theme: John McCain is old. But there has been little humor about Mr. Obama: about his age, his speaking ability, his intelligence, his family, his physique.”

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  • The AP is looking for an Assistant Chief of Bureau — Enterprise &
    , Deputy Chief of Bureau — Washington, D.C. and an Assistant Chief of Bureau — Breaking News — Washington, D.C.

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