Morning Reading List, 08.11.08


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It’s the birthday of Minnesota’s Mall of America (Also: Hulk Hogan). Howard Kurtz explains the media’ silence on John Edwards’ affair. Jay Rosen asks, “Do you have any idea why The Politico has no White House beat, columnist, blogger? Wanna bet if Obama wins they will find one?” PunditWatch reports, “Tom Ridge is the former Governor of Pennsylvania and was the first director of Homeland Security. According to Chris Matthews he’s the guy McCain ‘really wants to pick.'” Washington Post’s Ruth Marcus made her first appearance on Fox News Sunday yesterday. Washington Post Ombudsman Deborah Howell writes, “An anonymous secondhand quotation from Sen. Barack Obama at a closed House Democratic caucus meeting on July 29 caused an uproar among partisans; it is an excellent example of how the pernicious use of unnamed sources, so pervasive in Washington, can backfire on journalists and sources.” Ken Vogel celebrated a birthday over the weekend (Hat Tip: Playbook) and today is the birthday of Chris Berry and Pam Sorensen. BLIND ITEM: What journo “survived the continuous 20-hour deadline that is V-Fest”? Rachel Sklar tweets, “Thought: Brian Ross is sort of like Javert.” Joshua Stecker tweets, “It’s funny watching tourists taking pics of Tom Brokaw in the background in Beijing. I mean, it’s Meet the Press, not the Today show!” Jeff Jarvis tweets, “I’m really surprised at how few of the people I’m following in the US or elsewhere are saying anything at all about the Olympics”. Tech Crunch reports, “Why Twitter Hasn’t Failed: The Power Of Audience”. AP’s David Bauder reports, “Foreign correspondency on the fake news of ‘The Daily Show’ usually amounts to someone standing in front of a video screen on the New York set, a few steps away from Jon Stewart’s desk. But to coincide with the Olympics, the show’s Rob Riggle went to China. Really. His skewed travelogue unfolds this week on the Comedy Central hit.” Bloggasm reports, “LA Times blog editor Tony Pierce responds to criticism about National Enquirer story”. FishbowlDC tweets, “Based on bob costas’ surprisingly pointed intw with pres bush, perhaps Bedard was onto something w the Costas for ‘Meet’ host rumors.” (Speaking of Bedard, he’s making more honey.) And, Ana Marie Cox, is being Ana Marie Cox-y. If any reporter sees Erin McPike in Denver WITHOUT her Etch-A-Sketch, please alert the FishbowlDC authorities. In case you were wondering what to get Chuck Todd for his birthday…click here. Can you guess the 100 most common words in the English language? His Extreme-ness asks, “Big Media: Where Are They Now?” Today’s “Angry Journalist” rant of the day: “I’m angry that I have lived long enough to see the ‘National Enquirer’ do a better job of reporting the news than the ‘New York Times’ or the ‘Los Angeles Times’.” Check out today’s White House Photo of the Day from Time.

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  • This week’s classes include Personal Essay Writing, Intro to Copy Editing and Intro to Travel Writing.


  • The death knell of what we need to know

  • Media Outlets Losing Money From a Lack of Auto Ads

  • The Washington City Paper reports, “Holly Hughes, editor of the much-loved Best Food Writing anthologies, has discovered what we here at City Paper have known for some time: Tim Carman is doing great work when it comes to telling food stories. We also have to agree with Hughes that Carman’s Young & Hungry column in defense of fat and the processed food he dares to love is among his best. ‘Fat’s What I’m Talking About,’ which ran in the March 28 edition, will appear in Best Food Writing 2008.”

  • Media Matters reports, “Wash. Times inflated Bush’s approval ratings, falsely portrayed unemployment rate under Bush”

  • Chicago Reader’s Michael Miner asks, “Why is Sam Zell the new whipping boy for crusaders who think corporate media still sucks?”

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  • A release announced, “As the historic race for the White House enters its final months, ABC News will provide comprehensive coverage of the Democratic National Convention in Denver and the Republican National Convention in St. Paul. Led by Charles Gibson, Diane Sawyer and George Stephanopoulos, along with ABC News’ team of political correspondents and analysts, the coverage will span ABC’s broadcasts and platforms, including four hours of primetime network coverage of each convention, all daily newscasts originating from the convention cities, extensive reporting and analysis on ABC News Radio, gavel-to-gavel coverage on ABC News NOW and live streaming video on”

  • A release announced, “According to Nielsen Media Research for the week of July 28, 2008, ABC News’ ‘Nightline’ placed second for the fourth week in a row among the key Adults 25-54 demographic, tying CBS’ ‘Letterman.’ Additionally, ‘Nightline’ increased 3rd quarter to date, while the competition declined double digits.”

  • TVNewser has a “Mainstream Media Post-Mortem” from the Edwards affair.

  • Washington Post’s Ed O’Keefe reports, “And the campaigns will actually be quite visible during the Olympics. The Obama campaign will pay $5 million to air TV ads on the NBC Universal networks covering the games. McCain’s campaign has earmarked $6 million for Olympic TV ad time.”

  • TVNewser reports, “News of John Edwards affair admission broke onto the cablers just before 3pmET yesterday. Apparently Edwards was not happy about it. Broadcasting & Cable’s Marisa Guthrie reports the early release from ABC News was at odds with Edwards original hopes — ‘to control the news cycle by making his admission late on a Friday night when the country was watching the Olympics and the long weekend yawned ahead.’ Writes Guthrie, ‘According to multiple sources, Edwards was apoplectic that ABC News began promoting the story early on Friday, giving the rest of the media a chance to play catch-up and cite ABC News’ report.'”

  • Minow, Fowler: Strip FCC of Indecency-Enforcement Authority

  • Politico’s Michael Calderone brings us “media’s winners and losers in the John Edwards debacle”.

  • CNBC’s Julia Boorstin writes, “The Olympics which kick off Friday are bringing in over $1 billion in revenue to NBC Universal, by some measures itself justifying GE’s ownership of the division. But the Olympics are far more than just a boost for NBC Universal, they’re also an unprecedented experiment with online content distribution, bound to transform the way media companies distribute their content.”

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  • A release announced, “Congressional Quarterly Inc., the nation’s premier provider of news, analysis and information on Congress, politics and public policy, today announced the launch of a new series, 2008 Election Forecasts, the newest addition to CQ Politics’ unrivaled coverage of the presidential and congressional races. Leading up to the conventions, CQ Politics will release individual 2008 Election Forecasts for all 50 states. Each forecast analyzes a state’s political landscape, providing CQ’s signature race ratings (safe, favored, leans or no clear favorite) for the presidential race, the number of electoral votes at stake, and insight into which candidate is likely to prevail in November. The forecasts also profile all the competitive congressional races in the state and rate each one as well.” Check it out here.

  • The AP reports, “With thousands of hackers milling around the Black Hat convention here, and widespread snooping on the public Wi-Fi network, one place was supposed to be off limits: the press room. But in a case of reporters spying on other reporters, three journalists working for the French publication Global Security Magazine were booted Thursday from the hackers’ conference after they were allegedly caught hacking into the private computer network set up for the media.”

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  • A release announced, “In the forthcoming Audit Bureau of Circulations (ABC) Fas Fax statement for the six months ending June 30, The Atlantic reports a 12.9% gain in paid circulation over the same period last year. With a total circulation of 439,318, the title has overdelivered on its 400,000 rate base by more than 9%.”

  • FishbowlNY reports, “Good News! Literally, we have some actual good magazine news to report. The folks at New York have informed us that the magazine has achieved a ‘3.4% increase in single copy (newsstand) sales for the first half of 2008.’ Not only that, they achieved it after raising their cover price by 20%.”

  • reports, “Barack Obama and family will be making the rounds on even more covers once the September issues of the monthlies hit newsstands. First, the entire family will appear on the cover of Essence for an upbeat story by PBS newswoman Gwen Ifill. The magazine nailed the exclusive interview and photo shoot with sister Time Inc. title People that took place in Butte, Mont., during the Fourth of July and at the Obamas’ home in Chicago in mid-June”

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  • National Journal on Air, Tammy Haddad interviewed Jane Mayer, Staff Writer, The New Yorker. From the transcript:

      Q: Jane Mayer is the author of The Dark Side, headline-making book.
      It’s the inside story of how the war on terror turned into a war on
      American ideals. You know her from the New Yorker and some incredible
      books, including Strange Justice, The Selling of Clarence Thomas.
      Remember that book, Jane?
      Q: Well, on this book that has come out just two weeks ago, we are so
      thrilled to have you. It is called The Dark Side, and in so many ways
      it is dark in that you take us inside and answer a lot of questions
      about how this administration conducted the War on Terror behind the
      scenes, torture, water-boarding, all of these issues. But I want to
      start with a question about the White House. Have you heard from them
      since the book has come out?
      Mayer: No, there has been just plain radio silence. Though, I can
      say, I’ve actually heard from some of the sources. I-this book is not
      just based on talking to critics of the administration. It’s talking
      to lots of people on the inside: inside the White House, inside the
      CIA and the FBI and the military. And it’s been really gratifying.
      I’ve actually gotten some really wonderful phone calls from people
      who’ve said, “you know, you got it. Thank goodness someone told the
      story.” So that actually has really made me feel good.

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  • Salon reports, “Members of Vets for Freedom have campaigned for John McCain and made anti-Obama ads, but while they’re in Iraq, you’re paying for their gas, food and lodging.”

  • A release from Friday announced, “Reporters Without Borders demonstrated today in front of the Chinese Embassy to demand that the Chinese government uphold promises to improve human rights and freedom of expression and to call for the release of prisoners of conscience.”

  • “Beginning Sunday, August 10 at 10:30 a.m. EDT the Aspen Institute Forum on Communications and Society 2008 conference on Media and Democracy will be streamed online at <a href="” The conference meets for three mornings, August 10-12.

  • Courant reported on Friday, “If former Sen. John Edwards hopes to speak at the Democratic convention, a growing number of Democrats say, he needs to publicly address National Enquirer stories that allege he had an affair with a campaign worker and fathered her baby.”

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  • A Luxury Lifestyle Magazine is looking for an Advertising Sales Account Executive.

  • The Rendon Group is looking for a Web Content Manager.

  • The Atlantic is looking for an Events Development Internship.

  • National Journal Group is offering an Online Media Fellowship.

  • The Advisory Board Company is looking for a Policy Staff Writer and a Copy Editor, Health Line Group.

  • The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions is looking for a Media Relations Manager.

  • The News Leader is looking for a News or Sports Copy Editor/Page Designer.

  • Elsevier is looking for an Associate Editor-Graphics.

  • GHI LLC is seeking a Production Director.

  • A Conservative Non-profit is looking for a Vice President for Communication.

  • Jesuit Refugee Service/USA is looking for a Communications Officer.

  • Diverse: Issues In Higher Education is looking for Talented Assistant Editor and Reporters.

  • Transport Topics Publishing Group is looking for a Staff Reporter.

  • Herald-Mail Company is looking for an Executive Editor.

  • Association of Governing Boards is looking for an Editorial Assistant.

  • SmartBrief, Inc. is looking for Copy Editors, Full/Part time.

  • U.S. News & World Report is looking for an Online News Producer.

  • Agence France-Presse is looking for an English language Economics Reporter.

  • NPR is looking for a Swing Editor I, II, or III, National Desk.

  • Association of Governing Boards is looking for an Editorial Assistant.

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