Morning Reading List, 08.26.08


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Politico reports, “So CNN contributor Roland Martin was innocently hanging out a hop, skip and a jump away from the Pepsi Center at the ‘CNN Grill’ today — and he got stuck in the elevator and they had to call the fire department to release him.” TNR reports, “A panel of experts selects the finest press coverage of campaign ’08 (so far”. The New York Post asks, “Is This Adam Nagourney’s Last Convention?” Today’s “Angry Journalist” rant of the day: “Web hits are the only thing that matters. I am surprised the company hasn’t started an online porn division.” Check out today’s White House Photo of the Day from Time.

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  • The Latest Word reports, “Denver Post tries to squelch shut-down rumors in memo that says the Rocky would close first”

  • “Ombudsman Deborah Howell recently sent an all-newsroom e-mail asking Post staffers what they thought about copy editing and its worth at the paper. The following reply came from Metro copy editor Jeff Baron.”

  • The Times Picayune reports, “One of Betsy Fischer’s teachers at Grace King High School remembers her as ‘the most organized human being I have ever met in my entire life.'”

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  • Slate’s Jack Shafer presents, “Timely Ledes From This Summer’s New Yorkers”.

  • NBC announced, “In Denver on Sunday (8/24),MTP averaged a 4.8/13 HH rating/shr (71,000 homes) and was up +22% versus the prior four week average. … In Denver, MTP increased its household lead over Face The Nation (from 33% up to 82%), This Week (from 147% up to 173%), and FOX News Sunday (from 322% up to 788%) compared to the prior four week average.”

  • An ABC release announced, “ABC’s ‘World News with Charles Gibson’ and ‘Nightline’ will be broadcast in high definition beginning the week of August 25 from the Democratic National Convention in Denver and the following week from the Republican National Convention in St. Paul. The programs join the news division’s HD roster of ‘Good Morning America’ and ‘This Week with George Stephanopoulos.’ Together the four broadcasts — ‘GMA,’ ‘World News,’ ‘Nightline’ and ‘This Week’ -– which are all originating from the convention cities, complement the network’s primetime HD coverage of the Democratic and Republican conventions. This marks the first time ABC has broadcast the political conventions in high definition.”

  • A release announced, “Special correspondent Maria Menounos has been tapped to cover NBC Universal Domestic Television Distribution’s top-rated entertainment newsmagazine ‘Access Hollywood’s’ extensive coverage of the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver and the Republican National Convention in Minneapolis/St. Paul.” For coverage, click here.

  • Politico’s Michael Calderone reports, “Cindy Sheehan defends Fox reporter”

  • A Fox News release announced, “FOX News will feature ‘The FOX Experience’ at the Republican National Convention (RNC) in St. Paul (September 1-4), announced Marty Ryan, the network’s executive producer of political programming. The Fox Experience will provide comprehensive coverage of the events across several FOX News platforms — including FOX News Channel, FOX Business Network, FOX News Radio, and FOX News Mobile.”

  • MarketWatch’s Jon Friedman writes, “Please help me save ‘Nightline’!”

  • A Comcast release announced, “As the official cable television and Video On Demand provider for the 2008 Democratic National Convention, Comcast will, for the first time ever, produce simultaneous, online streaming coverage of the Convention in Spanish at from Aug. 25 through Aug. 28. Comcast is also making available a broad range of Convention content through its signature On Demand service, including highlights of key speeches and Spanish-language content from each night of the Convention.” For more info, click here.

  • An ABC release announced, “As the country turns its attention to the Democrats in Denver this week and the Republicans in St. Paul next week, ABC’s ‘World News with Charles Gibson’ has launched a redesigned site on, featuring new web-exclusive content, political resources, and the continuing ‘World News’ webcast. The centerpiece of the new web page ( is the re-launched ‘World Newser’ blog, which will feature contributions from anchor Charlie Gibson along with a wide array of postings from the senior staff on culture, technology, politics and life around the globe.”

  • Politico reports, “Skycam squabble in Denver”

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  • New York Times reports, “The Obama team’s direct approach: YouTube and text messages.”

  • Charlie Gibson has joined the realm of The World Newser with his first blog post. “And so it begins. The conventions…and my participation in this blog. I hope the former will be edifying and infectious, getting more and more people involved in this Presidential election. I hope the latter will not be embarrassing.”

  • Doug Heye has joined The Hill’s Pundit Blog.

  • A CNN release announced, “As the Democratic National Convention kicks off,, the online gateway to the network’s up-to-the-minute political coverage, has garnered more than one billion page views since its launch less than a year ago. In the meantime, the CNN Political Ticker — the No. 1 political news blog according to Nielsen Online — reported its highest trafficked day ever on Friday, Aug. 22, with more than 2.7 million page views as users turned to the Ticker for the highly anticipated announcement of Sen. Barack Obama’s running mate. (Source: OmnitureSiteCatalyst, Global)”

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  • Gawker reports, “The Wall Street Journal’s glossy ‘Modern Wealth’-themed magazine WSJ is debuting September 6. Just in time for your curiosity to have been thoroughly piqued by the smartified explorations into fashion and luxury commissioned to fill up the heaving style issues of the New Yorker and New York, T Magazine and Vanity Fair! Here’s what we know: there are 51 advertisers, 19 of which are new to Rupert Murdoch’s Wall Street Journal. And here’s what we hear: Buzz in the newsroom is that the content, penned by a mix of staff reporters and freelancers, is ‘very disappointing’* — save for an apparently hilarious piece by veteran retail reporter Ellen Byron. Hey, suggestion!”

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  • The New Republic reports, “A refresher lesson for some of our brothers and sisters in political journalism: There’s this thing called a general election. And, in a general election, candidates representing the two major political parties vie to become president. We’re sure that most of our colleagues know about this–or, at least, have heard it mentioned. But we feel obliged to reiterate it, because a broad swath of media has treated this election as if it were a one-man race. Watchdog groups, on both the right and left, have conducted surveys confirming the press’s narrow focus on Barack Obama. The Project for Excellence in Journalism, for instance, has found that Obama “significantly featured” in 79 percent of newspaper stories in the two months following his primary victory. Only 54 percent of the stories gave McCain the same treatment.”

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