Morning Reading List, 09.18.08


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On this day in 1851, the first edition of The New York Times was published. 38 years ago, Jimi Hendrix died. Four years ago, Britney Spears married Kevin Federline. Sen. Bob Bennett is 75 today. You are you following the news of this financial mess we’re in. Washington Social Diary takes a look inside the launch of Washington Post’s FW. Check out today’s White House Photo of the Day from Time. Today’s “Angry Journalist” rant of the day: “I’m angry because I’ve been working day and night on a killer story and then my editor passed it on to someone else and asked me to give them my information. There is no reason this should have happened.”

Today’s FishbowlDC comment of the day (with regards to Friday’s post on “McCain Accuses Mika Of Being In The Tank For Obama“: Reader a2b4u2 writes, “How about Obama calling McCain’s claim to take on the old boy’s network in Washington a McCain staff meeting?” Keep the FishbowlDC discussion going by dropping your comments here.

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  • A release announced, “The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) … announced the appointment of Amy L. Thompson as director of public affairs.”

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  • Howard U.’s Daily Newspaper Is Back in Print

  • A release announced, “The International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) announced on September 17 the 2008 participants in the International Journalism Exchange. The eight leading editors from seven countries will spend time at U.S. publications such as the Los Angeles Times, the Christian Science Monitor and the Rocky Mountain News, among others.” For more info and the full list of participants, click here.

  • A tipster writes in, “Hey Lynn Sweet, thanks for stepping on the power strip on-off switch at the DNC/Obama/Pelosi presser today. Appreciate you knocking out our power.”

  • FishbowlNY reports, “Forbes Re-Launches Opinion Channel With 16 New Columnists”

  • Washington City Paper reports, “Copy Editor Market Crashing Too, Apparently”

  • Politico’s Helena Andrews is writing a book — “Bitch is the New Black.” It’s being published next summer by the Collins imprint of HarperCollins. She tells us, “The book is a memoir by a late-twenty something who is a bit Carrie Bradshaw and a bit Bridget Jones yet looks nothing like them.”

  • Gawker reports, “WSJ Misidentifies Canada. Twice.”

  • Media Matters asks Politico to “please stop.” Find out why here.

  • The Washington City Paper reports on “The Palin Beat: NYT v. WaPo”

  • Wonkette reports, “AP McCain Feature Just Chock Full of Awful Metaphors About Accordion Players”


  • Romenesko reports, “The New Yorker’s Jane Mayer and The New York Times’ Andrew C. Revkin Receive the 2008 Chancellor Awards”

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  • From Drudge:




      HANNITY/COLMES 3,136,000
      O’REILLY 3,060,000
      GRETA 2,908,000
      HUME 1,977,000
      COOPER 1,828,000
      RACHEL MADDOW 1,801,000
      SHEP SMITH 1,724,000
      KING 1,710,000
      OLBERMANN 1,635,000
      GRACE 1,166,000
      DOBBS 1,156,000
      HARDBALL 821,000

  • A release announced, “America’s most-watched news program takes a hard look at the presidential candidates on its 40th anniversary broadcast much as it did when its very first edition on Sept. 24, 1968, featured Richard Nixon and Hubert Humphrey. Forty years later, however, 60 MINUTES will debut a vivid, new look thanks to digital technology that would have been science fiction in 1968. 60 MINUTES’ 40th anniversary program — a special broadcast in high definition and devoted entirely to interviews with Barack Obama and John McCain — will be broadcast on Sunday, Sept. 21 (7:00-8:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.”

  • A CNN release announced, “CNN Worldwide will air ‘The Next President: A World of Challenges,’ a candid conversation among five former U.S. secretaries of state about the issues facing the next U.S. commander-in-chief. The roundtable discussion, assembled by The George Washington University, taped earlier this week and will air on CNN on Saturday, Sept. 20, at 9 p.m. and again on Sunday, Sept. 21, at 2 p.m. The discussion, held on the George Washington campus, featured Madeleine K. Albright, James A. Baker III, Warren Christopher, Dr. Henry A. Kissinger and Gen. Colin L. Powell. CNN’s chief international correspondent Christiane Amanpour and special correspondent Frank Sesno moderated the roundtable. The former secretaries fielded questions not only from Amanpour and Sesno but also from students in the audience. The event will also air on CNN International on Saturday, Sept. 20, at 9 p.m., with re-airings on Friday, Sept. 26, at noon, on Saturday, Sept. 27, at 8 a.m. and noon and on Sunday, Sept. 28, at 1 a.m. and 6 p.m. Viewers also can log on to to watch the entire discussion plus bonus material. Additional presentations of the event will air on on Monday, Sept. 22, at 9 a.m., noon and 4 p.m.”

  • TVNewser reports, “John Roberts Responds to the ‘Sixth Estate'”

  • Discovery communications makes its trading debut.

  • Talking Points Memo reports, “Watch as CNN’s Candy Crowley struggles mightily to maintain balance at the expense of accuracy”

  • The New York Times reports, “SNL’s Goals: Funny and Evenhanded”

  • Slate’s Jack Shafer writes, “Bill O’Reilly’s ‘Shut Up’ Revisionism — According to the talk show host, he rarely uses the phrase.”

  • Max Robins, Executive Director, Industry Programs, writes, “Look no further than Charlie Gibson’s interview with Sarah Palin or the Olympian ratings for the big speeches at the Republican and Democratic conventions for proof of what I’ve believed for months—the race for the White House is by far the best reality show on TV.”

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  • FishbowlNY reports, “ Swims Away With Web Traffic Trophy”

  • Chris Cillizza’s “Political Take” video has debuted on

  • Beet.TV reports, “The New York Times Breaks Daily Traffic Record on Tuesday with Wall Street Woes”

  • OJR welcomes readers to the “new” OJR

  • A release announced, “MySpace, the world’s premier social network, and the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD)today announced the launch of its toolset for, a new website that will house interactivetools for viewers to virally engage in the political process, including a personalized issue scorecard, polling, reportable national statistics, live web streaming and much more. is part of a landmark partnership between MySpace and the CPD for the upcoming presidential and vice presidential debate series. The partnership, conceived of by media agency BBH NY, marks the first time that the CPD has paired with an Internet property to include online functionality into the event series and traditional debate format.”

  • Chris Cillizza reports, “Drudge-ology 101: McCain, Obama and Media Bias”

  • A release announced, “On the third annual ‘Earth Day for the Internet’, communities across the country are holding events to learn about and advocate for that marvel of modern infrastructure, the Internet. In the nation’s capital, advocates, experts and government representatives will honor OneWebDay, September 22, 2008, with a tribute to the Internet’s role in politics and the politics of the Internet. … Organizers in DC are embracing OneWebDay 2008’s theme of online participation in democracy. They launched an e-Democracy time capsule on August 22, and invited anyone to contribute text, images, sound, and video concerning Web-powered politics and a future in which online political participation can flourish. At the September 22 ceremony, the time capsule will be closed and archived, and online democracy experts will join government representatives to discuss the state of the Internet today, and what it might look like when the time capsule is opened in 2020, on OneWebDay’s 15th anniversary.”

  • Washington Monthly reports, “The Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza has an odd item today, arguing in support of the notion that the Drudge Report is ‘the single most influential source for how the presidential campaign is covered in the country.'”

  • Washingtonian chats with Pop Candy blogger Whitney Matheson.

  • Gawker reports, “‘The Idea Of Bloggers In Their Pajamas In Basements Has Just Sort Of Collapsed'”

  • A release announced, “ garnered the Online News Association’s most prestigious honor for general excellence during the organization’s annual conference at the Capital Hilton in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, Sept. 13. The general excellence award honors sites that successfully fulfill their editorial mission, effectively serve their audience, maximize the Web’s characteristics and represent the highest journalistic standards. The Online News Association, founded in 1999, has more than 1,200 members, including news writers, producers, designers, editors and photographers who gather and produce news for digital presentation.”

  • A release from yesterday announced, “The St. Petersburg Times of Florida and Congressional Quarterly of Washington, D.C. — two of America’s most trusted, independent newsrooms — today announced that their fact-checking Web site, PolitiFact (, is the recipient of the Knight-Batten Award for Special Distinction. PolitiFact helps voters separate fact from falsehood in the claims made during the 2008 presidential campaign. … The Knight-Batten Awards honor creative uses of new technologies to engage citizens in public issues and showcase compelling models for the future of news. They are administered by J-Lab, a center of American University’s School of Communication.”

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  • A release announced, “FOREIGN POLICY received three nominations from Folio magazine’s annual Eddie and Ozzie Awards. FP was honored in the Best Full Issue and Best Article categories for a News/Commentary/General Interest magazine. The awards, presented by the leading magazine industry publication, honor excellence in editorial content and design.”

  • Washington Whispers reports, “Obama’s Coattails Could Help Ebony and Jet”

  • Mediabistro is hosting “Dinner & Discourse with Food & Travel Editors” next Wednesday, September 24 at 24 Fifth Avenue, New York from 6-9 PM. For more info, click here.

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  • After Merger, Sirius XM Shares Falling Sharply

  • A release announced, Results from the Dow Jones Insight-2008
    Presidential Election Media Pulse show that Sarah Palin continues to hold the lead in overall media coverage of the four nominees for president and vice president — clearly giving a boost to Republican running mate John McCain, whose recent coverage has matched or exceeded that of rival Barack Obama after trailing the Democratic candidate for most of the year.” For more info, click here.

  • Wall Street Journal’s Washington Wire reports, “Palin Weighs In on AIG and Lonely Reporters”

  • Gawker reports, “All the Sad Young Journalists Who Used to Love John McCain”

  • CBS reports, “Biden Is No Stranger To The Media”

  • Institute for America’s Future asks, “Please email the moderators of the up-coming presidential and VP debates — Tom Brokaw, Gwen Ifill, Jim Lehrer, and Bob Schieffer. Urge them to help move America beyond the gossip, the gotcha politics, and the horse-race journalism and refocus the debate on the issues that matter most to most Americans.”

  • Today, The Religion Newswriters Association is sponsoring an all day conference at the Hamilton Crowne Plaza, at 14th and K Street. Register online here.

  • Gawker reports, “Palin Emails Reveal Press Hate”

  • has a series of trainings coming up in D.C., including, the Religion Newswriters Association Annual Conference, sponsored by Religion Newswriters Association, the AWC National Conference, sponsored by Association for Women in Communications (AWC), the Newscast Producer/Writer Training, sponsored by Television News Center, Reporter Training sponsored by Television News Center and the Multimedia Newsroom Seminar, sponsored by Maryland — Delaware — DC Press Association.

  • “You eat. You write. You dream of combining the two. But to be a food writer, you need to do more than wax poetic about the lush flavors of last night’s cassoulet or translate Granny’s old-country cooking into recipes. You have to be an intrepid reporter and translate what you learn into informative, enticing stories. And most important, you have to actually get published. Sound daunting? This information-packed seminar will break it down into bite-size pieces for you.” Check out Mediabistro’s Breaking into Food Writing.

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  • The American Chemical Society is looking for a Web Associate.

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