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Today is the birthday of J.P. Friere. Also: Sen. Alan Simpson and Rep. Jim DeMint. Tomorrow? Brian Stelter and John Mercurio. Thursday? Glynnis MacNicol! 45 years ago, CBS extended its nightly news cast from 15 minutes to 30. 108 years ago, Teddy Roosevelt coined the “speak softly and carry a big stick” line. 64 years ago, George H.W. Bush was shot down in WWII. 25 years ago, Tom Brokaw over took over as sole anchor of “Nightly News.” Today’s “Angry Journalist” rant of the day: “Screw Web media. We aren’t TV. We’re a damn newsPAPER! PAPER PAPER PAPER! Rawr!” Check out today’s White House Photo of the Day from Time.
A release announced, “Filling two critical senior sales positions, The Atlantic has named Felix DiFillipo associate publisher and Bill McGarry digital ad director. They are the latest additions to The Atlantic’s reenergized integrated sales and marketing team, which in the past year has recruited talent from The Week, Wenner Media, Time and WIRED.”
Washington Times’ Carrie Sheffield has made the move to Boston to pursue a two-year master of public policy program at the Harvard Kennedy School. She will continue writing for The Washington Times, serving as their Boston correspondent and maintaining a blog called Politics 101 looking at issues of importance to young people. Check it out here.
“The mercurial nature of breaking news is the backdrop for the launch of PJTV, a new online television venture by Pajamas Media. The PJTV team has been in St. Paul preparing for the Republican National Convention. Coverage will launch today even with the limited convention schedule and continue from St. Paul this week. The groundbreaking venture is about to drop the cost of launching a television network substantially given the power and reach of the Internet. PJM has over 90 correspondents in 47 countries and has just constructed new studios at its Los Angeles headquarters. PJTV has a broadcast position inside the Xcel Center in St. Paul”
washingtonpost.com and newsweek.com is featuring live Web video from the conventions. “The program, hosted by Chris Cillizza, Jon Meacham and Michael Isikoff, will talk with Washington Post and Newsweek reporters, plus political and celebrity figures at the RNC.”
TVNewser reports, “If there hasn’t already been a movie about Palin (To Die For) starring Nicole Kidman…they will be…Okay she totally reminds us of a Nicole Kidman character. Doesn’t she? Vehement, slightly creepy with amazing skin.”
Washington Post’s Sally Quinn writes, “My first reaction was shock. Then anger. John McCain chose a running mate simply because she is a woman and one who appealed to the Republican’s conservative evangelical base. Now, with news that Palin’s 17-year-old unmarried daughter is pregnant, McCain’s pick may not even find support among ‘family values’ voters.”