Morning Reading List, 08.12.08


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

Where in the world is Marcus BROW-klee? It’s the birthday of Christopher Dorobek (and someone tell Patrick Ottenhoff: It’s the birthday of Mark Knopfler. Most of you think that Obama’s decision to announce Veep pick online is silly. Check out the Dumb Twitter of the day. That was DCists Jamie Liu and Missy Frederick on Kojo Nnamdi yesterday talking about restaurants. Coming up: Nora McAlvanah’s birthday. Men, in case you missed “This Week” on Sunday, Cokie Roberts thinks you’re self-absorbed. Craig Newmark is Twittering from the Aspen Institute. FishbowlNY explains why “We Want What the Carney’s are Having!” D.C. Wire reports, “Mayor’s Spokeswoman to Tie the Knot”. Today’s “Angry Journalist” rant of the day: “Everyone should know by now that The National Enquirer has a great–yes, great–track record of breaking stories, including national political stories. What people don’t want to admit is, well, that The National Enquirer has a great track record of breaking stories, including national political stories! It’s time to stop ignoring the Enquirer, and looking into the stories that they cover, the stories that they break, and the stories in the future that they are going to break! The National Enquirer is mainstream media, and it has been for a long time now. All journalists need to admit to this, because it’s true!” Check out today’s White House Photo of the Day from Time.

Today’s FishbowlDC comment of the day (with regards to Sunday’s post on “Broder Celebrates 400th ‘Meet’ Appearance“): Reader ald1968 writes, “David did a good job on yesterday’s show. He would make his mentor( Tim Russert) very proud. Keep up the good work, Stretch.” Keep the FishbowlDC discussion going by dropping your comments here.

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  • Matthew Yglesias started his new blog at CAP Monday. Check it out here, and read his final Atlantic post here.

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  • F.B.I.’s Use of Phone Records Shows Need to Protect the Press, Senators Say

  • Washington Post reports, “FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III apologized to two newspaper editors yesterday for what he said was a recently uncovered breach of their reporters’ phone records in the course of a national security investigation nearly four years ago.”

  • ValleyWag reports, “Why the New York Times will soon be a brochure”

  • The Aspen Times reports, “Aspen Institute gathering considers democracy in the world of new media” and asks, “What will tomorrow’s newspaper look like?”

  • David La Torre writes, “In 2001, while covering state government in Harrisburg as part of a two-member bureau of The Morning Call, I made a decision to begin looking into life after newspapers. I always enjoyed uncovering important stories for readers, but as a new father I couldn’t stop worrying. The state of journalism was growing uglier by the day. Newspaper ownership was quickly moving away from family-owned ventures to larger corporate conglomerates. Bureaus were being slashed and positions eliminated. I couldn’t help but think: Am I next? So I left journalism and went to work for Govs. Tom Ridge and Mark Schweiker. As it turns out, The Morning Call kept its bureau intact until last month when it eliminated an unprecedented 35-40 positions, an astonishing quarter of its news staff. My former position was among them.”

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  • The Live Feed reports, “The glow of NBC’s Olympic ratings victory threatens to be sullied this morning by reports that the Beijing Olympic Committee and the network have been less-than-scrupulous in their presentation of the Summer Games. Organizers are accused of mixing in fake CGI fireworks during Friday night’s opening ceremony, while NBC is said to have added a bogus “Live” stamp to tape-delayed West Coast feed of competition coverage this weekend, and edited the ‘parade of nations’ segment of the opening ceremony to delay the entrance of the U.S. Olympic Team.”

  • New York Times’ Brian Stelter reports, “Here’s another consequence of NBC’s decision to delay the United States broadcast of the Olympics opening ceremonies on Friday: on CNBC, when bright fireworks were lighting up the sky behind the business news channel’s live shot, the anchor and correspondent in Beijing could not comment on the spectacle unfolding right behind them.”

  • TVNewser looks at “What Will Nightline’s Scoops & Growth Mean For the Newscast?”

  • Check out copies of funny complaints to the FCC about the television program CSI and its spinoffs posted here. Also, check out

  • TVNewser reports, “CNN correspondent Tom Foreman reported from the CNN Election Express this afternoon, as the mobile news bureau makes its way to the Democratic National Convention in Denver. The bus left Washington around 10amET this morning, and headed to Pennsylvania (look for a live hit during The Situation Room). It will be traveling to Ohio for an appearance on Campbell Brown: Election Center tonight.”

  • The Los Angeles Times reports, “‘Nightline’ at risk if Leno jumps to ABC”

  • The Patriot News reports, “Hardball’s’ Chris Matthews won’t discuss a run for Senate, but the prospect has others talking.” And the paper reports, “Matthews’ on-screen persona lasts all day”

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  • The Pew Internet & American Life Project shows, “The percentage of internet users who use search engines on a typical day has been steadily rising from about one-third of all users in 2002, to a new high of just under one-half (49%). With this increase, the number of those using a search engine on a typical day is pulling ever closer to the 60% of internet users who use email, arguably the internet’s all-time killer app, on a typical day.”

  • reports, “As bloggy kingpins such as Gawker owner Nick Denton get richer and richer with a lot of help from free photos, it’s been fascinating to watch the appalling spectacle of print outlets battling over images of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt’s twins. … Of course, as print outlets that actually pay photographers continue to fold, there’s going to be a chink in the supply chain.”

  •’s City Guide iPhone application is all geared up for Restaurant Week. It allows users to turn their “iPhones into a personal, on-the-go entertainment guide” by GPS enabled mapping displays all surrounding-area locations and directions and allowing users to search by location name, neighborhood and cuisine. To get the application, click on the iTunes App Store icon on the deck of their iPhone or iPod touch.

  • Blog P.I. looks into the question of why Politico does not have a White House blog.

  • Vote for Mediabistro’s Rebecca Fox’s SXSW Interactive panel idea, “Why Is Professional Blogging Bloodsport for Women?” on the conference’s Panel Picker site.

  • CNet reports, “So you liked that blog post you just read–why don’t you toss the writer a buck or two? That’s the rationale behind new-media outlet Salon’s latest initiative. Members of its ‘Open Salon’ user-generated content community can now ‘tip’ one another with real-world money if they like what they see. You know, like street musicians. Popular content will also appear on the main homepage.”

  • ABC responded to the Morning Reading List question from Brian Stelter of, “Did the ABC News deal with Facebook disappear?” Turns out, no. An ABC spokesperson tells us, “Saw your morning reading list and the item about ABC News and Facebook — our relationship hasn’t ended — we are continuing to collaborate on presidential election coverage. As designed, the original US Politics application fit best with the type of online discussions and off-air reporting that took place during the presidential primaries. Both organizations, though, continue to offer election-oriented features and plan to do more together.”

  • Forbes reports, “Investors in Time Warner on Friday saw a silver lining around a Google cloud. When the Internet search company warned that its investment in Time’s AOL unit might not be worth as much as it once was, that was taken to mean a sale of at least part of the troublesome division was coming soon.”

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  • The AP reports, “Newsstand sales of U.S. magazines fell 6.3% in the first half of 2008, an industry group said Monday, as rising gas and food costs led consumers to cut back on nonessential spending.”

  • looks back at “When Oz Was Newsweek’s Wizard”

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  • Talk radio WWWT dumped, Federal News Radio elevated

  • New York Post reports, “Sirius XM sees no horizon in satellite growth plans”

  • On NPR, “Michael Goldfarb, radio documentarian, meet Michael Goldfarb, McCain campaign spokesman. The two Goldfarbs talk about how they are often confused for one another.”

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  • MediaShift’s Idea Lab asks, “How Can We Get People to ‘Geek Out’ About Journalism?”

  • Check out this video of Washingtonian’s “Harry Jaffe reports on how these cuts are affecting the state of journalism — and who will be left to cover the folks in Congress.”

  • The Los Angeles Times reports, “Local journalists’ take on the presidential campaign”

  • TVNewser reports, “Reporters Briefed on DNC Details”

  • Christopher Hitchens writes for Slate, “Why do we have such a hard time hearing good news from Baghdad?”

  • A release announced, “Leaders of the Society of Professional Journalists remain hopeful a federal shield law will pass when Congress reconvenes following the August recess, despite opposition to certain components of the bill. SPJ leaders are bothered by opponents’ latest attempts to deter Senators’ support of this important piece of legislation. Members of the opposition include a group of former national security and law enforcement professionals who have tried to urge legislators to reject the shield law citing concerns about who would be covered by the law and specific risks to national security.”

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  • Brainstorm Creative Resources is looking for a Front End Web Developer.

  • The Gazette is looking for a Community staff writer.

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