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.
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 reportâ€”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.
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.”
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 oneâ€”and only oneâ€”of the candidates is also a 70-plus-year-old white man?”
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.”
Forbes.com 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”