Morning Reading List, 08.28.08


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It’s the 45th anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s March on Washington. It’s former SecDef William Cohen’s birthday. Check out scenes from the convention floor last night and find out what 15,000 journalists are doing in Denver. “Media-Suffused Denver Whipped by O-phones; Geezers Bump Into Walls.” Shafer: “Why Convention Coverage Can’t Be Olympian.” Today’s “Angry Journalist” rant of the day: “They warned us in journalism school about how poor we would be. THEY WARNED US.” Check out today’s White House Photo of the Day from Time. Today’s FishbowlDC comment of the day (with regards to yesterday’s post on “Milbank, A Banana and a Condom“): Reader thegreenmiles writes, “The Washington Post pays five figures to send Dana Milbank to Denver for the week so he can send back stories about bananas and condoms? I have no idea why the newspaper business is in such deep trouble, do you?” Keep the FishbowlDC discussion going by dropping your comments here.

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  • Phil Bronstein takes on Jon Stewart.

  • A Nielsen release announced, “Day two of the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday August 26, 2008 featured a speech by Sen. Hillary Clinton that was carried live during primetime on eight networks — ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, FOX News Channel, MSNBC, BET and TV One. While coverage varied by network, all eight aired live coverage from approximately 10-11:15PM (ET)”. The all household number was 20,066. Also Nielsen notes that Hillary’s night (26.0 million viewers) had higher ratings than Michelle’s night (22.3 million viewers).”

  • Howard Wolfson Goes To War With MSNBC, Hammers Chris Matthews And Keith Olbermann

  • TVNewser catches up with ABC News Political Director David Chalian.

  • Rachel Maddow, MSNBC’s Newest Left Hand

  • A NBC release announced, “On the second night of the Democratic National Convention, more than 7.966 million Americans turned to the networks of NBC News. With Brian Williams anchoring the coverage live from Denver, NBC News led the night with 5.976 million total viewers, attracting 26% more than ABC and 56% more than CBS.”

  • TVNewser on how the media will move to Invesco field.

  • Inside the Fox News Green Room in Denver, Close Quarters, Big Stars, and Observer Clumsiness.”

  • An ABC release announced, “On night two of the Democratic National Convention in Denver, ABC News’ primetime coverage averaged 4.76 million Total Viewers and a 1.4/4 among Adults 25-54, placing second among the broadcast networks. The coverage aired live across the country from 10-11:13 p.m., ET. From Monday to Tuesday night, ABC grew its Total Viewing audience by 590,000.”

  • A release announced, “PBS/NewsHour Democratic Convention Coverage Holds Strong Audience for Tuesday Night”

  • DailyKos: “Backstage at Fox News — What viewers didn’t see.”

  • A release announced, “Bill O’Reilly, host of The O’Reilly Factor on FOX News Channel, will join moderator Marvin Kalb to open the 15th season of The Kalb Report on Saturday, September 27, 2008, at 1 p.m. The two news veterans will explore the impact of ‘opinion journalism’ on viewers, listeners, readers — and on our democracy.”

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  • A release announced, “The WB is back in business, with the official public launch today of — a premium, ad-supported, video-on-demand, interactive and personalized network — to the public. Announced in April, had previously been in private beta and now transitions to an open, public beta.”

  • Huffington Post spreads itself thin

  • announced, “As part of’s first-ever live Web video from the conventions, reporters have been using cutting-edge cell phone technology to live-feed video interviews from their cell phones right onto the Web cast. reporter Ed O’Keefe was there when Hillary Clinton motioned to acclimate Barack Obama as the Democratic party nominee for president and streamed this clip onto the Web cast. This is one of the first times a newspaper organization has had the ability to bring this level of live coverage to viewers.” Check it out here.

  • CBS News announced the launch of a website ( “specifically for the Democratic and Republican National Conventions. The site provides access to biographies of on-air personnel, transcripts of news segments or entire broadcasts, press releases, photos from the conventions, behind-the-scenes videos including the nightly webcast, miscellaneous items and the daily c-note. Materials are added throughout the day to provide the most up-to-date information.”

  • A NewsHour release announced, “Online NewsHour special convention coverage boosts web traffic 92%; feature interviews with Albright, Nagin among others.”

  • Check out McClatchy’s Michael Doyle’s new blog.

  • Check out FleetingLook, “Simply put: It’s the easiest way to find people you saw or met while out.”

  • Bisnow on Business tells us that they are now the leading local business publication in Washington with 70,000 readers in region.

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  • Meet Obama’s ‘Media Enforcer’

  • Everyone Trashes The Media — Especially The Media

  • Nicholas Kristof to Stephen Hatfill: I’m sorry.

  • reports, “Moby Does the DNC: Late-Night Tuesday: Booze, Karaoke & Angry Wrestling”

  • A Reporters Without Borders announced, “Police manhandled journalists during protest at Denver’s Democratic Convention”

  • The Pew Weekly News Interest Index shows, “As Barack Obama prepares to accept the Democratic Party’s nomination for president and frame his campaign message for the fall, many Americans still do not have a clear understanding of where he stands on the issues.”

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  • AARP is looking for an Assistant Multimedia Producer.

  • American Medical News is looking for a Reporter, Government & Medicine Section.

  • Editorial Projects in Education is looking for an Editorial Assistant.

  • Global Health Council is looking for someone in Communications/Public Affairs.

  • NAEYC is looking for a Public Affairs Associate.

  • The Washington Times is seeking an Assistant News Editor in D.C.

  • Arnold & Porter LLP is looking for an Experienced Copy Editor.

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