Morning Reading List, 08.14.08


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Hot 99.5’s Jerry Houston won yesterday’s Hottest of the Hotties contest (with the requisite campaigning). “John McCain Doesn’t Give a Damn About Sports Blogs.” Slate’s Jack Shafer thinks newspapers shouldn’t give a damn about the conventions. Slate presents, “The most annoying commercials in the universe.” Washington City Paper reports, “Blogger Stud Living in Dad’s Basement, Writing Second Book on How to Get Laid”. Gridskipper features, “DC’s Best Brewpubs”. Today’s “Angry Journalist” rant of the day: “I’m angry that Rassmussen Reports has decided that reporting on the political leanings of journalists is something that should be done. Who’s side are they on? This just makes it much harder for us to shape and report the news.” Check out today’s White House Photo of the Day from Time.

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  • Gorkana Alert announced, “Deborah Solomon, a Reporter covering economic policy at The Wall Street Journal, has returned from her leave. She can be reached on +1 (202) 862 9289 and”

  • Steven R. Weisman, formerly the chief international economics correspondent of the New York Times, joined The Peterson Institute as Editorial Director and Public Policy Fellow. Check out the release here.

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  • Jay Rosen writes, “National Explainer: A Job for Journalists on the Demand Side of News”

  • The American-Statesman is up for sale. Cox Enterprises Inc., the family-owned company based in Atlanta that bought the Statesman in 1976, announced Wednesday that it is looking to sell the Statesman as well as 28 other daily and weekly newspapers in Texas, Colorado and North Carolina.” (No word, yet, on how this might affect Cox Newspapers Ken Herman.)

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  • A Fox release announced, “FOX News Channel (FNC) will present two one hour specials titled, ‘2008 Presidential Character and Conduct’ on Monday, August 18th and Tuesday, August 19th both at 8PM ET. Monday’s special, hosted by FNC’s Bill Hemmer, focuses on Senator Barack Obama — and Tuesday’s special, hosted by FNC’s Eric Shawn, focus on Senator John McCain. In this in-depth documentary series, FNC explores the character and conduct of both presidential candidates and looks at how the decisions each has made in their personal and professional lives could play a role in how they will lead during this critical time in our nation’s history.”

  • Washington Post’s Paul Farhi writes, “Five days in, and I’m getting that sinking feeling. Oh, sure, the sports fan in me likes what I’m seeing (Michael Phelps: pretty good, huh?). And yes, the pictures are gorgeous, from the steadicam flyovers of the Great Wall (all hail HD!) to the underwater shots at the swimming arena. But the journalist and human being in me isn’t quite so amused. It’s what NBC hasn’t, and probably won’t, show that gives me pause. Political protests? Not on this channel; no sir. Beijing’s fearful pollution? Maybe, but only if a marathoner coughs up a lung or it spoils a beauty shot. Doping scandals? In passing, perhaps. Tibet? China’s role in Darfur? Now, wait just a second. . . The aftermath of the Sichuan earthquake? Why be unreasonable. . . Tiananmen? Mao’s barbarities? No, and hell no.”

  • NPR’s Morning Edition reports, “Despite a tough advertising environment, CNN is expanding its newsgathering operation. The cable news company says it plans to open 20 regional offices and will hire television journalists, as well as workers to its online department.”

  • TVNewser reports, “But when a 28-year-old company expands you can bet there will be changes to existing personnel too. And that is the case with CNN. TVNewser has learned that after the announcement of the new bureaus and soon to be added ‘all-platform journalists,’ nine CNN staffers were told their jobs were going to be redefined. We’re told the staffers are not being laid off, but being offered positions in the new structure.”

  • PRNewser reports, “The best Media Alert of the week goes to Asian Americans for Obama, simply titled: BREAKING: Hawaii is a State. This was in response to Cokie Roberts’s characterization of Hawaii as ‘foreign’ and ‘exotic’ as opposed to a trip to say, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.”

  • Soup Cans reports, “Chris Matthews has a bit of a reputation of being a just a tad sexist at times (okay, exceptionally sexist at times) and a new women’s group has had enough. You’ll recall that Matthews has had less than chivalrous words for actress Kerry Washington, Senator Hillary Clinton and, as the LA Times points out, NBC colleague Erin Burnett. The women’s group, calling itself The New Agenda (Do they realize that, with that name, they’ve just inadvertently set themselves up for a whole slew of T ‘N A jokes?), wants him off of the television airwaves saying, ‘Although several names were put on a ‘to do’ list, Chris Matthews was our unanimous choice as the worst offender on women’s issues, therefore the first person on whom we will focus.'”

  • TVNewser reports, “CBS Evening News Adds Politics Features to Broadcast, Web”

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  • Right Wing News has “An Interview With Ron Coleman About Legal Issues For Bloggers And Blog Readers”

  • The Big Lead reports, “John McCain Doesn’t Give a Damn About Sports Blogs”

  • Crosscut reports, “After a late start, MSM blogs are everywhere.”

  • In a letter to Romenesko, Kevin Allman writes, “Phil Rosenthal’s story on Arianna Huffington’s foray into the local blogging market included this line: ‘Writers work pro bono.’ ‘Pro bono’ means ‘for the public good.’ What Rosenthal should’ve said is that Huffington wants writers to work for free so she can sell ads around their work. That ain’t the public good. That ain’t good, period.”

  • MSNBC’s Red Tape Chronicles reports, “Spammers have upped the ante in their efforts to trick news consumers, switching from e-mails with tabloid-style headlines to impersonating major online news services. On Wednesday, e-mails that appeared to be from landed in inboxes worldwide, promising breaking news and confusing some recipients. The spam unleashed Wednesday follows a massive campaign last week in which spammers impersonated”

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  • Radar looks at “The rise — and fall — of men’s magazines”

  • The New York Times’Eric Lichtblau asks, “Did my article really put lives in danger?”

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  • A release announced, “The Kojo Nnamdi Show, WAMU 88.5’s daily live call-in talk show connecting local communities with the world, will present special live broadcasts from Denver, Colo., the site of the Democratic National Convention, Monday, Aug. 25 through Friday, Aug. 29; and from Minneapolis, Minn., the site of the Republican National Convention, Monday, Sept. 1 through Friday, Sept. 5. The broadcasts, hosted by Kojo Nnamdi, will air at noon, E.D.T. Specific show topics and guests will be available at as they are confirmed.”

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  • A Rasmussen poll shows, “55% Say Media Bias Bigger Problem Than Campaign Cash”

  • A release announced, “Reporters Without Borders welcomes the apology the FBI made to the newspapers’ editors for improperly using the so-called ‘exigent letters’ to obtain information about reporters’ phone conversations, but the bureau needs to come forward and provide more information as to why and how they obtained this information.”

  • Pop and Politics asks, “Where does aggregation end and plagiarism begin? We put the question to Bill Boyarsky, former City Editor of the Los Angeles Times and current columnist for Truth Dig, and Choire Sicha, former Editor at Gawker, New York Observer columnist, and freelancer for Radar Online.”

  • CQ’s Jeff Stein reports, “Rob Richer, the former CIA official at the center of sensational charges that the White House ordered the spy agency to fabricate a document tying Iraq to the 9/11 attacks, repeated today that author Ron Suskind gravely misrepresented their interview on the subject. The legitimacy of a web site that popped up Saturday, Aug. 8, with Richer’s formal statement denying Suskind’s charges, has come under attack in recent days as possibly a fabrication itself. But in a brief telephone interview today, Richer reaffirmed that the statement on the controversial Web site, headlined ‘Richer Response,’ was indeed his.”

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  • Dana Press is looking for a Coordinator of Publishing.

  • The Washington Times is looking for a Marketing Managers, Publication or Internet.

  • Federal Reserve Board is looking for a Technical Editor.

  • A leading national crisis and issues management firm is looking for a Communications professional, New Media.

  • BizBash is looking for a Senior Editor/Washington Bureau Chief.

  • NPR is looking for a Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

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