Morning Reading List, 09.10.08


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It’s John Sununu’s birthday. Tomorrow: Walter Alarkon. Most of you think that MSNBC made a smart move yanking Chris Matthews and Keith Olbermann from their hosting duties. Check out today’s White House Photo of the Day from Time. Today’s “Angry Journalist” rant of the day: “Why must viewers always include ‘Shame on you!’ in their ignorant and uninformed comments on our website and in their angry emails to the newsroom? The next person that writes ‘Shame on you!’ is going to feel my wrath!! Watch out — I’ve been keeping it bottled up for a LONG TIME!!”

Today’s FishbowlDC comment of the day (with regards to yesterday’s post on “Are You Noticing A Shift In Coverage?“: Reader “wayneeason” writes, “Heads will roll at the Times, NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN et al..” Keep the FishbowlDC discussion going by dropping your comments here.

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  • Romenesko has a “Letter from Gannett U.S. Community Publishing president Robert J. Dickey” regarding the Gannett layoffs.

  • The Washington City Paper reports, “Downie Novel to Feature Investigative Reporting, Awkward Sex Scenes”

  • Regarding “Foyer-Gate,” A tipster writes, “Are you freakin’ kidding me? Foyer Gate? Shouldn’t Post reporters be worried about more than a “nice metaphor”? If the same amount of time spent on griping and freaking out were devoted to thinking about how to make the news operation continue to evolve to adapt to the way the business is changing, they’d be way ahead of the game. Get *over* yourselves already. You’ve got new leadership. Have the stones to honor the old leadership and traditions by embracing the future and making sure the great journalism lasts.”

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  • A NBC release announced, “For the week of the 2008 Republican National Convention, ‘NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams’ was the number one network evening newscast topping the competition in all key categories. ‘Nightly’ averaged 8.231 million total viewers from September 1-5, which includes coverage of the RNC with Brian Williams reporting live from St. Paul, Minnesota. For the week, ‘NBC Nightly News’ led ABC by +534,000 and CBS by +2.703 million total viewers.”

  • An ABC release announced, “ABC’s ‘World News with Charles Gibson’ averaged 7.7 million Total Viewers and a 1.9/7 among Adults 25-54, placing second for the week of September 1, 2008. With Charles Gibson anchoring from the road last week, ‘World News’ posted the largest weekly gains of the three evening newscasts, increasing 600,000 among Total Viewers and 170,000 among Adults 25-54. This also marks ‘World News” best Total Viewing and demo performances in more than three months (week of May 19 and May 12, respectively).”

  • Fox announced, “FNC’s Brit Hume will host ‘America’s Election HQ… The 9/11 Presidential Forum’ live from 8:00-10:00PM ET on Thursday September 11, 2008. Hannity & Colmes follows at 10PM ET.”

  • Nathan’s Q&A Cafe resumes on September 17 with NBC Political Director Chuck Todd. Also coming up is George Stephanopoulos and Chris Matthews. For more info, click here.

  • The Washington Post reports, “Twin girls to Fox 5 morning anchor Gurvir Dhindsa and her husband, former Fox 5 weatherman Tom Sater, on June 28, the couple told us in their first public announcement yesterday. Virginia Grace and Lena Caroline were born 10 weeks prematurely — three pounds and 2 pounds 6 ounces, respectively — and spent their first months in a neonatal ICU, coming home to the couple’s Fauquier County place on Labor Day. Now the girls weigh in at a healthy 5 pounds 12 ounces each. Dhindsa has endless praise for the folks at Inova Fairfax and Inova Fair Oaks hospitals: ‘Those people are miracle workers.’ She’ll return to the airwaves Nov. 3. (And no, we didn’t know they were married, either. That’s news, too!)”

  • TVNewser reports, “Palin Documentary FNC’s Best Ever”

  • The Baltimore Sun asks, “Is Bill Moyers the Olbermann of PBS?”

  • TVNewser reports, “Jim Lehrer: Moderating Presidential Debates Is ‘Never About Me'”

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  • The Washington City Paper launches a new blog. “The Sexist, our new sex & gender blog, is here to fulfill all your procreative blogging needs.”

  • “An analysis by Nielsen of the online discussions around more than 30 speakers at the Democratic and Republican conventions showed Obama leading McCain, followed by Palin and Sen. Hillary Clinton. Vice-presidential candidate, Sen. Joe Biden, rounded out the top five most buzzworthy politicians.”

  • Young Adults Overwhelmed By Election News Online, Study Says

  • Check out Steve Coll’s new blog, “Think Tank,” which launched on

  • A release announced, “After a triumphant film festival and college tour, filmmaker Jonathan Neil Schneider has partnered with You Tube to screen his documentary, Mr. Schneider Goes to Washington. The film will premier on Friday, September 12th at 9:00 p.m. (E.S.T.) and screen for two weeks at:

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  • Rolling Stone’s Matt Taibbi writes, “Obama on the Trail — He’s delivering the same message Democrats always rely on. So why does it sound like a clarion call this time around?” (Hat Tip: Politico’s Michael Calderone.)

  • Mother Jones asks, “The Palin administration won’t release hundreds of emails from her office, claiming they cover confidential policy matters. Then why do the subject lines refer to a political foe, a journalist, and non-policy topics?”

  • Hollywood Reporter looks at “Media winners, losers at political conventions”

  • Media Matters’ Eric Boehlert writes, “The press helps McCain whitewash Bush”

  • Mark your calendars for “Breaking into Political Writing” on September 23 at MOCA DC, Main Gallery, 1054 31st St NW, Canal Square, Georgetown. To sign up, click here.

  • Help support CNN’s Richard Greene. He is running a half marathon this weekend in memory of Nicole Dial who was killed in Afghanistan. You can support Greene by donating to Child Soldiers Initiative, of which Nicole was project coordinator.

  • Doug Heye writes in National Review, “Complaints about Denver and Minneapolis/St. Paul point out an important fact — from airports and public transportation to hotel occupancy and convention space itself, few American cities have the infrastructure necessary to successfully host a party political convention. Outside of our largest cities or those that have hosted an NCAA Final Four or Super Bowl, political conventions require more than most cities can handle. Thus, many conventioneers stayed in Littleton instead of Denver, or Eden Prairie and not Minneapolis or St. Paul. … That leaves what may be the most uniquely qualified, always overlooked convention site: Washington, D.C.”

  • Tonight, The National Press Club presents a creative writing workshop. “Freshen up your writing by joining Natasha Nadel for a new set of exercises to boost your creative spirit on WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 10 at 7 p.m. in the Zenger Room. Natasha is Associate Director of the American Jewish Press Association and Senior Account Executive at The Dershowitz Group. She writes a monthly column for The Washington Jewish Week and her work has appeared in a number of U.S. newspapers and national magazines, including Presentense and Lilith. Her illustrious career began as a political reporter and then columnist for the University of Illinois’ Daily Illini. To sign up, RSVP to”

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  • A Premier Luxury Magazine is looking for Sales Executives.

  • Dezenhall Resources is looking for someone to work in Issues Management/Public Relations.

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    Hat Tips: DCRTV, TVNewser, IWantMedia, Romenesko, MediaBistro, JournalismJobs, JournalismNext, Mic Check Radio, New York Times’ On This Day