Morning Reading List, 07.18.08

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Good morning Washington. Above, Luke Russert and James Carville spearhead XM radio’s coverage of the MLB All-Star Game.

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Today’s the birthday of Olivier Knox and Steve Chenevey. Also: Nelson Mandela and John Glenn. Sunday sees the birthdays of Ed Henry and Jamal Simmons.

Khari Joseph, Leigh Anna Thomure, CBS’s Jane Chick and Jade Floyd from Chlopak, Leonard, Schechter & Associates correctly guessed that yesterday’s picture was from Hudson’s on M and 20th. Twittering, Don Irvine agrees with our earlier suggestion (and Harry Jaffe’s too): Deliver the paper earlier, WaPo! Thursday was the birthday of Carol Joynt. T Boone Pickens on National Journal ON Air tomorrow at 1pm on POTUS 08 (and Net Roots Political Director Josh Orton, too). TVNewser reported yesterday, “TVNewser hears CNN’s Wolf Blitzer will be celebrating his ten-year anniversary as anchor of Late Edition tonight at Marcel’s Restaurant in Washington, DC.” Richard Byrne calls The Washington Post’s series on Chandra Levy, “a perfect storm of copy: massive reporting resources used for a series that the paper is firing out to readers in staccato bursts, with a reporter’s notebook blog to boot.” Regret The Error author Craig Silverman takes an error filed tour of the Newseum. Pamela’s Punch writes, “Congratulations to one of my favorite pro shutterbugs in town, Pat Ryan, for launching” has reactions to the 60th Annual Primetime Emmy Nominations. TVNewser reports, “Yes, that was Emmy-nominated The Office cast member Rainn Wilson doing the weather on CNN.” Also from TVNewser, “This is CNN correspondent, and recent edition to the TSA Watch List, Drew Griffin. Why was he added to the list? Maybe it has something to do with his recent reporting about TSA.” TNR’s Literary Editor Leon Wieseltier slips in this jab at Christopher Hitchens’ recent waterboarding experience for Vanity Fair: “The victims of waterboarding do not commonly towel down and head for the Waverly Inn—but I have no intention of dignifying this high clowning with serious reflection. I hope only that Hitchens next tries rendition.” His Extreme-ness reveals what gets David Broder’s attention. “mediaeater” tweets, “Morning papers: I get 10 of em each day — they are all getting smaller. either in size or # of pages. todays Hollywood Reporter was 15 pgs!” “jayrosen_nyu” tweets, “I criticized NPR’s politics team for a cookie-cutter blog: Now the NPR politics team is following me. Great! Fix your blog.” Suspicious Package is performing at The Rock and Roll Hotel this Saturday at 9:30 p.m. For tickets, click here. The Nation introduced a new sex column, “Carnal Knowledge,” a regular feature by long-time contributor JoAnn Wypijewski. Most of you are underwhelmed by the WaPo’s Chandra Levy series. Not a ton of DC journos at the Netroots Nation conference in Austin, but you can follow two of them — Garrett Graff and Amy Schatz — on Twitter. Today’s “Angry Journalist” rant of the day: “I hate being thanked profusely by people for writing stories about them or their events. It makes me feel like a tool. It makes it even harder to hold onto this idea that I’m a serious journalist who covers topics of interest and importance with a steely resolve and lack of bias. Please don’t make it sound like I’m doing you a giant personal favor by throwing together 12 column inches about your bake sale. It makes me sad.” Check out today’s White House Photo of the Day from Time.

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  • A release announced, “ has appointed Kenneth ‘KC’ Estenson senior vice president and general manager, it was announced today by Susan Grant, executive vice president of CNN News Services. Estenson is currently vice president of digital media for Disney-ABC Cable Networks Group and will join Tuesday, Sept. 2.”

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  • has a “Newspaper Roundup: WSJ-Gannett; NY Post-Daily News; Journal Register”

  • Bloomberg reports, “Gannett Co., the largest U.S. newspaper publisher, said second-quarter profit declined 36 percent after advertising sales at USA Today plunged. The stock dropped to its lowest level since 1985.”

  • Romenesko has a “Memo to Wall Street Journal news staff” from Robert Thomson.

  • Washington Business Journal reports, “The Washington Post is expected to merge its print and online operations, but don’t look for the Web unit’s space in Courthouse to become available any time soon. The District-based company (NYSE: WPO) renewed its lease for the top four floors at 1515 N. Courthouse Road in Arlington through 2015.”

  • Romenesko reports, “Shafer says he’d need a staff of 20 to do Kurtz’s job”

  • The Los Angeles Times reports, “Editorial cartoonists: a dying breed”

  • Reflections of a Newsosaur reports, “The shares of Gannett, Lee Enterprises, McClatchy and New York Times Co. have fallen so low that the companies have become candidates for transactions that could convert them to private ownership.”

  • Eric Alterman writes in The Nation, “The flight of readers and advertisers to the web has led to an unprecedented assault on stockholder value, making newspapers the investment equivalent of slow-motion seppuku.”

  • Romenesko has “Los Angeles Times environmental reporter MARLA CONE’s farewell message to the Society of Environmental Journalists listserv”

  • The New York Times reports, “The Associated Press has realigned its business news department around industry beats to make its spot news coverage even more authoritative and bolster enterprise writing, the news cooperative said Wednesday. AP business reporters are now slotted into 12 teams, each led by an editor who will coordinate coverage.”

  • Bill Walsh, a former Washington reporter for New Orleans’ Times-Picayune, looks at “The steep price of downsizing the Washington press corps”

  • Vanity Fair’s Matt Pressman asks, “Why Do People Love to Hate The New York Times?”

  • TPM reports, “Obama Campaign Criticizes New York Times Story On Poll”

  • Radar’s Choire Sicha writes, “Why The New York Times Should Sue Anonymous Commenters”

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  • An ABC release announced, “According to Nielsen Media Research for Sunday, July 13, 2008, ABC News’ ‘This Week with George Stephanopoulos’ outperformed CBS’ ‘Face the Nation’ among total viewers and the key Adults 25-54 demographic. This is the 28th time this season ‘This Week’ beat ‘Face’ among total viewers. It also marks the 21st time ‘This Week’ has placed second among Adults 25-54. Season to date, ‘This Week’ increased among both Total Viewers and Adults 25-54.”

  • A NBC release announced, “According to Nielsen Media Research data, ‘Meet
    the Press’ was the most-watched Sunday morning public affairs program, winning the week ending Sunday, July 13, 2008 in all categories. The program was No. 1 on Sunday, averaging 3.242 million total viewers”

  • An ABC release announced, “According to Nielsen Media Research for the week of July 7, 2008, ABC News’ ‘Nightline’ placed second for the week in total viewers and the key Adults 25-54 demographic, posting its highest delivery in both categories since the week of May 19th. This is the second week in a row ‘Nightline’ has grown in both total viewers and the key A25-54 demo.”

  • TVNewser’s Chris Ariens reports, “Comcast in Pittsburgh has dropped MSNBC from its basic cable spot (Channel 31) and moved it to the digital tier (Channel 183) replacing it with the Golf Channel, which Comcast owns.”

  • Campus Progress brings us, “Five Minutes with Rick Sanchez”

  • TVNewser reports, “NBC/MSNBC Announces TCA Panel”

  • Also from TVNewser, “ABC’s Full Court Press for Nightline”

  • Politico reports, “Watts launches African-American channel”

  • BNN Broadcast reports, “Obama is the Anti-Christ … or so says Al Gore’s Current TV and CafePress in a completely bizarre harmonic convergence with’s sister site Human Events.” Find out why here.

  • TVNewser’s Gail Shister reports, “MSNBC’s Phil Griffin, ‘A Big Fan’ of Fox News, Says It’s ‘Our Time'”

  • Politico’s Michael Calderone reports, “BET to expand political coverage and add new talk show”

  • The New York Times reports, “Media Stars Will Accompany Obama Overseas”. Also, a release from MRC President Brent Bozell announced, “In yet another example of slavish adoration, all three network evening news anchors, Brian Williams, Charlie Gibson and Katie Couric, will accompany Illinois Senator Barack Obama on his trip to Europe and the Middle East in August, and deliver their daily broadcasts live from each of the locales along the way. How outrageous is this? Arizona Senator John McCain has made three trips overseas since March. No anchor has travelled with him on any of them and they provided little if any coverage of any of them.”

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  • Jay Rosen Twitters: “Why does this blog (NPR) look and work exactly like this one from the LA Times? Why are the ideas uniform?” He also wonders: “When Cokie Roberts does election year savvy it sounds just like Wolf Blitzer’s savvy; they have the same idea of ‘political analysis.’ Why?”

  • “The Washington Post’s Tom Sietsema has launched a new discussion group on Readers can join ‘Sietsema’s Table‘ to interact with one of the nation’s top food critics. He will be posting thoughts and questions several times a week, welcoming fellow food enthusiasts to discuss the best cuisine and wine from around the world.”

  • The Hill reports, “Daily Kos, the pre-eminent liberal blog, is planning to launch its own site focused on Congress this September.”

    Eric Kuhn, 21, new media consultant and a senior at Hamilton College, majoring in Government, spoke about Facebook and future politics who need to watch what they put on their pages on NPR this week. Listen to it here.

  • The summer edition of Nieman Reports looks at, “Cameras, Action and Accountability: Politics and the New Media — For Campaign Coverage, Web Too Often an Afterthought”

  • The latest Washington Social Diary is up.

  • This month’s Blogger Meet-Up was success, attended by Jade, Mike Licht, Nikolas Coukouma
    Ross Karchner, Jacque, Brandon and John F Croston III.

  • A release announced, “NPR is launching an Open API (Application Programming Interface) that will make NPR news and information content available to access, include and share on individual websites and blogs. The API will also allow the 860 NPR Member public radio stations around the country to incorporate more NPR news and information content in their digital media products and services, and establish a framework for eventually sharing their own content. Additionally, it will extend third-party content partnership opportunities for NPR and Member stations.” More info is available here.

  • Regarding our “Dead: ReadExpress. Born: Express Night Out” post, a reader says, “Many people here on 15th Street were wondering the same question when Style added EVEN MORE listings with Style on the Go a few years back. It’s all so terribly redundant, and an incredible waste of resources.”

  • Washington City Paper’s City Desk reports, “A discussion thread on reveals D.C.’s much loved and maligned barista Nick Cho isn’t done having problems.”

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  • The Houston Press reports, “What Mainstream Publishers Don’t Want You to Know About Door-to-Door Magazine Sales”

  • The Page reports, “McCain, Obama to contribute to TIME each week on an array of topics. The candidates began two weeks ago on patriotism. This week: Afghanistan, available later Thursday.”

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  • The AP reports, “Congress’ investigative arm says the contracting practices of the U.S. government’s Cuba broadcasts do not reflect sound business practices and is raising concerns about contracts awarded to local TV and radio stations, according to a report released Tuesday.”

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  • CJR asks, “Give us your thoughts on journalism’s state and its future”

  • Media Matters Eric Boehlert asks, “Obama and McCain coverage: ‘Nuts’ or a ‘disgrace’?”

  • CQ’s Eric Pfeiffer reports on “Michelle, the Media and Moolah”

  • The New York Times reports, “Kay Ryan, Outsider With Sly Style, Named Poet Laureate”

  • A release announced, “Twenty select young journalists from the United States and Germany will spend the summer working as foreign correspondents on either side of the Atlantic as 2008 Arthur F. Burns Fellows.” Among them is Sarah Wildman, a freelance writer from Washington, DC.

  • CJR looks at “The Shallow Coverage of Candidates’ Energy Policies”

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  • Roll Call is looking for a Creative Marketing Manager.

  • Washingtonpost.Newsweek Interactive is looking for a Producer.

  • Nature magazine is looking for a Assistant Editor, science careers section.

  • CMPMedica is looking for an Associate Editor for medical publication.

  • Media Matters for America is looking for a Web Editor.

  • Internet Innovation Alliance is looking for an Internet Innovation Alliance seeks Lead Blogger.

  • The News Virginian is looking for a News Ace in the Shenandoah Valley.

  • The Business & Media Institute is looking for a Managing Editor.

  • America’s Choice, Inc. is looking for a Desktop Publisher and a Senior Desktop Publisher.

  • Gallup is looking for a Proposal Analyst.

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