Morning Reading List, 08.21.08


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Today’s the birthday of Serafin Gomez, Heather Smith and Peter Hamby (also: Sen. Jon Tester). Robert Scoble tweets, “Look at this photo. Do we need THAT many photographers taking photos?” Wonkette wants to start a blog war. Ouch: Harper’s new piece on Washington Post’s cash cow — Kaplan — is pretty tough. Don’t worry CNDavis, Roll Call got with the program. Forbes Traveler takes a look at “Select spots where Capitol Hill heavies dine and deal” and Gridskipper looks at “(Some of) the Best DC Bakeries”. Washingtonian’s Capital Comment features a “sit down with Capitol Hill Barbie for a little fashion and beauty 411.” Washington City Paper reports, “Why They Hate why.i.hate.dc” and why.i.hate.dc responds, resulting in yet another City Paper City Desk item. provides a NPR map, to help you “locate up to 600 local public radio stations. So for your next road trip, it doesn’t have to be all talk radio and golden oldies.” Today’s “Angry Journalist” rant of the day: “I’m angry because the money sucks. I’m even angrier because our own bias has created this by driving half of our readership away.” Check out today’s White House Photo of the Day from Time.

Today’s FishbowlDC comment of the day (with regards to Tuesday’s post on “Hooker Ads: 3,500 And Counting“): Reader wcochran writes, “if it weren’t for hooker ads, I’d have no ads at all.” Keep the FishbowlDC discussion going by dropping your comments here.

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  • New York Times reports, “Chris Russo of WFAN became the star, director and executive producer of Mad Dog Radio.”

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  • E&P reports, “Four More Newspapers Intend To Drop AP Over Rates”

  • Slate’s Jack Shafer writes, “Today’s New York Times contains a classic of the genre: ‘Obama Nears No. 2 Pick, Aides Say.’ Powered by more heavy breathing than an obscene phone call, the article’s lede sources to Barack Obama’s aides that he ‘has all but settled on his choice for a running mate and set an elaborate rollout plan for his decision, beginning with an early morning alert to supporters, perhaps as soon as Wednesday morning.’ Five paragraphs later, the article attributes to Obama advisers that their man ‘all but reached his decision while on vacation in Hawaii.’ The key phrase, used twice in the Times story, is ‘all but,’ and it provides Obama’s advisers the vast wiggle room in which they can simultaneously assert that he has made up his mind and that he hasn’t made up his mind. In other words, the Times has no news to report—only a higher octane of speculation it expects its readers to swallow until Obama does make his announcement.”

  • According to a PRNewser poll, the publication most PR flacks are asked to place clients in is The Wall Street Journal.

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  • A NBC release announced, “‘The Rachel Maddow Show,’ a smart look at politics, pop culture and all the day’s top stories, will premiere Monday, Sept. 8, on MSNBC, it was announced today by Phil Griffin, President, MSNBC. ‘The Rachel Maddow Show’ will telecast weekdays, 9-10 p.m. ET.”

  • Portfolio’s Mixed Media reports, “Well, it’s not Rosie O’Donnell, but MSNBC has added a lesbian host to its ever-more-liberal lineup after all. Rachel Maddow, a tough-nosed and witty Air America host whose profile has risen sharply of late, will get a new show at 9 p.m., displacing Dan Abrams and his Verdict. Maddow is seen within the network as a protégé of its biggest star, Keith Olbermann — she has often filled in for him as a guest host, and shares his agent, Jean Sage. Her new show will have Olbermann’s Countdown as both lead-in and, in its 10 p.m. re-airing, lead-out.”

  • Politico reports, “Obama rips Fox News”

  • TVNewser’s Gail Shister writes, “Gwen Ifill Looks Toward Debate…and Beyond”

  • Regarding the pending Veep picks, The Page reports, “Ask a certain Obama campaign official how many times a day he gets phone calls and emails from a certain network correspondent, who asks the same questions over and over, as if the campaign official is going to answer them.”

  • Howard Kurtz reports, “It’s no secret that Barack Obama has gotten awfully good coverage from the media in this campaign, and plenty of it. Now the conservative Media Research Center says the imbalance is far greater than anyone imagined. The advocacy group, which lives to complain about liberal bias, has studied the coverage on the network evening newscasts from May 2000 (the first mention of the senator from Illinois) through the end of the Democratic primaries in June. Overall, the group says, 34 percent of the stories about Obama were positive and 5 percent negative. The rest were characterized as neutral.”

  • The Chicago Tribune reports, “What CNN is calling expansion will mean reducing the number of staffers assigned to its bureau in Chicago by 25 percent, to nine from a dozen.”

  • Washington Times reports, “FCC chief slams cable rates”

  • The Root reports, “In case you missed it, earlier this month, the Commission on Presidential Debates announced their picks to moderate the three presidential debates this fall. The chosen: NBC’s Tom Brokaw, CBS’s Bob Schieffer and PBS’s Jim Lehrer. So, in an election year in which race, gender and generational change have dominated politics and public discourse, the commission decided that these three white men, aged 68, 71 and 74, respectively, are our nation’s best choices to question the candidates and represent voter consciousness about the issues? When one—and only one—of the candidates is also a 70-plus-year-old white man?”

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  • 43 Folders asks, “What Makes for a Good Blog?”

  • PRNewser reports, “The question comes up often. What blogs should I follow? What blogs ‘matter?’ Most of us know about the AdAge 150, a great resource for marketers of all kinds. However, for a more PR focused list, check out Brendan Cooper’s PR Friendly Index. Cooper just updated the list for August, with Edelman’s Steve Rubel remaining at the top.”

  • asks, “What Are People Actually Doing On The Web?”

  • ditriech tweets, “How does one address Andrew Sullivan when writing him an email? Sully? Andrew? Mr. Sullivan? My blogging hero?”

  • CQ’s Eric Pfeiffer writes, “I still think Andrew Sullivan is one of the best political bloggers out there. But I’ve become more critical of Sullivan recently for engaging in low brow attacks against John McCain, while crying foul when similar low brow attacks are made against Obama. Nonetheless, I’ve wondered recently if I was being too hard on Sullivan. Because, on the whole, he’s still one of the very best voices in the blogosphere.”

  • Washington Post reports, “Obama’s Wide Web — From YouTube to Text Messaging, Candidate’s Team Connects to Voters”

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  • Richard Prince reports, “Indians Feel Lack of Press-Pool Diversity”

  • FishbowlNY asks, “Political Polling by the Numbers: Is McCain Really Leading?”

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  • is looking for an Account Manager.

  • NPR is looking for an Editor II or III, Overnight, Foreign Desk.

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