Morning Reading List, 09.24.08

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40 years ago, “60 Minutes” debuted. 17 years ago, Nirvana’s “Nevermind” came out. Joseph Kennedy II is 56. None of you got our photo from yesterday (psst: It was Ralph’s). Today is the birthday of Ericka Andersen, Moe Tkacik and Erica Klein. Tomorrow: Amber Pfau, Brian Beutler, Angela Valdez. Most of you have not adjusted your finances/investments/savings in the past two weeks. Tuesday was the birthday of Maura O’Brien.
Check out today’s White House Photo of the Day from Time. Today’s “Angry Journalist” rant of the day: “My editors should take responsbility and quit whining when they don’t get their way, because they have no idea how hard it is now and give no direction.”

Today’s FishbowlDC comment of the day (with regards to yesterday’s post on “Roll Call Putting Out Special Friday Issue“: Reader CaptObvi writes, “‘This special Friday edition will be a must-buy for anyone following and influencing Congress,’…i call BS! It’s another boring issue of the boring and pathetic paper that it is.” Keep the FishbowlDC discussion going by dropping your comments here.

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  • Huffington Post reports, “Politico Soon To Have Even More Politico!”

  • “Religion Newswriters Association announces 2008 contest winners”

  • Media Matters’ Eric Boehlert writes, “The campaign-obsessed press never saw Wall Street’s calamity coming”

  • E.J. Dionne writes, “In Defense of the New York Times (and Independent Journalism)”

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  • An ABC release announced, “During a week dominated by news of turmoil in the financial markets, ABC’s ‘World News with Charles Gibson’ was the most-watched evening newscast among Total Viewers and Households. The ABC News broadcast averaged 7.82 million Total Viewers and a 5.4/11 among Households, outperforming NBC’s ‘Nightly News’ by 170,000 Total Viewers for the week. This marks the second week in a row and the thirteenth time this season ‘World News’ has ranked #1 among Total Viewers.”

  • A release announced, “‘NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams’ was the number one network evening newscast for the 2007-08 season. In total viewers, ‘Nightly News’ beat ABC by 340K (4 percent), and CBS by 2,365,000 (38 percent). This marks ‘Nightly’s’ twelfth consecutive season win in total viewers. ‘Nightly’ delivered 8.5 million viewers, +122,000 more than during the 2006-07 season, and was the only newscast to show year-to-year growth.”

  • A CNN release announced, “On the heels of the network’s top-rated primary and convention coverage, CNN will air the first presidential debate between Republican nominee Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Democratic nominee Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) live from The University of Mississippi in high-definition on Friday, Sept. 26, across multiple platforms. Anchors Wolf Blitzer, Campbell Brown and Anderson Cooper will preside over coverage from the state-of-the-art CNN Election Center in New York. The day’s coverage will kick-off with special debate-focused editions of The Situation Room from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., followed by Lou Dobbs Tonight from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Campbell Brown: Election Center from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. The first presidential debate will air from 9 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., with a special edition of Anderson Cooper 360° following from 10:30 p.m. to midnight which will provide analysis and commentary on the evening’s developments.”

  • A release announced, “The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer’s coverage of political turmoil in Pakistan received top honors at the 29th Annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards for outstanding coverage of a breaking news story in a news magazine. Those honored Monday by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in New York include senior correspondent Margaret Warner, executive producer Linda Winslow, senior producer Michael Mosettig, producer Simon Marks, cameraman / editor Denis Lefkovich, and reporter Dan Sagalyn. ‘Margaret and Simon did an amazing job under sometimes difficult circumstances,’ said NewsHour Executive Producer Linda Winslow, ‘the reports are a testament to their professionalism and resourcefulness and we are all pleased to see their efforts rewarded by the judges.'”

  • A release announced, “As the longest running program on television, NBC’s “Meet the Press” has a proud history of presenting its viewers with the very best in political debate. This election year will be no exception. On September 28 and October 12, ‘Meet the Press’ will again devote a portion of the broadcast to a special series of Senate Debates with candidates from two of the most interesting and competitive races in the country. The debates will be moderated by Tom Brokaw and will originate live, from the NBC Studios in Washington, D.C.”

  • TVNewser reports, “Two Weeks In, Maddow A Hit For MSNBC”

  • B&C reports, “CNN, MSNBC leave 29th Annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards empty-handed.”

  • Radar’s Full Court Press tell us “How Katie Couric got her groove back”

  • TVNewser’s Gail Shister writes, “13 Years Later, No More O.J. For Toobin”

  • 23/6 reports, and proves, “CNN’s Rick Sanchez all over the financial bailout (in a minute)”

  • A CBS release announced, “Katie Couric will lead CBS News’live broadcast and online coverage of the three Presidential debates on Sept. 26 in Oxford, Miss., Oct. 7 in Nashville and Oct. 15 in Hempstead, NY, and the Vice Presidential debate on Oct. 2 in St. Louis. CBS News primetime coverage and analysis of each debate will begin at 9:00 PM, ET. Couric will anchor live, Web-exclusive specials on and each night immediately following primetime at 11:00 PM, ET., following the success of the debut Convention webcasts.”

  • Fox announced, “FOX Business Network will be carrying the debate this Friday, September 26th. Dave Ramsey will still air at 8pm ET, and Neil Cavuto will anchor live coverage of the debate and post-analysis from 9pm ET to 11pm ET.”

  • Michael Doyle writes, “I admire George Will. He’s smart, articulate and seems more-or-less principled. But like all of us, he has some character ticks, and I don’t mean the use of bow ties to signify good ol’-fashioned, Orville Redenbacherian integrity. No. I mean his incessant use of the one-word sentence ‘Well.'”

  • TVNewser reports, “From D.C. to the U.N., A Busy Morning For the Cablers”

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  • Enter your work to win a 13th Annual Webby Award!

  • Tonight at GWU, “Bloggers Discuss How The “Fifth Estate” Influences The Political Process”. For more information, click here.

  • reports, “Breaking financial news, exclusive baby photos and a fiery presidential race are paying off in spades for Web sites owned by Time Inc. Executive vice president John Squires revealed on Friday during Time Inc.’s latest digital summit that passed last month for the first time with 11.5 million unique visitors, thanks to those exclusive, multimillion-dollar photos of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s twin newborns, Vivienne Marcheline and Knox Leon. According to the company, is now the number-two celebrity Web site, behind Yahoo’s OMG in uniques.”

  • reports, “, a website dedicated to Comedy Central’s hit political series The Colbert Report, will now feature more than 2,800 videos dating back to 2005, a complete show history, an online community and more.”

  • reports, “ ‘explodes’ with 250 per cent rise in unique users”

  • B&C reports, “ Premieres Full-Episode Video Player”

  • reports, “Media Bloggers Association creates blogger insurance scheme”

  • Reuters reports, “Comcast details changes for managing Web traffic”

  • FamousDC reports, “Checking out the latest article on the Politico has never been this much fun for Capitol Hill interns. Thank goodness for Ben Smith, sports betting and some good ole American style football.” Find out why here.

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  • TVNewser reports, “Westin Responds to New Yorker’s ‘Inaccurate Reporting'”

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  • “The Wall Street meltdown captured more media attention than the presidential campaign last week, and the crisis re-directed the campaign narrative toward a focus on economic issues, according to a new report from the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism.”

  • A tipster tells us: “CNN’s Bob Constantini and freelance journalist Sarah Richards are gathering interviews and shopping around a book idea on left-leaning groups and the Democrats’ primary.”

  • A release announced, “John E. Taylor, a long-time archivist at the
    National Archives whose encyclopedic knowledge of World War II
    intelligence records and his ability to locate them made him legendary
    among students, journalists, authors, and historians, died September 20 at his home. He was 87.”

  • Politico reports, “Palin press may boycott UN conference”

  • The AP reports, “Palin bans reporters from meetings with leaders”

  • Politico reported yesterday, “The 15-minute press conference John McCain is scheduled to hold at 4 p.m. this afternoon in Freeland, Mich., shouldn’t be big news. It is though, because it’s the first the Republican candidate for president of the United States has held since August 13—when the Russian invasion of Georgia was front-page news and more than two weeks before Sarah Palin joined the ticket and attention turned to field-dressing moose and dolling up pit bulls.”

  • MarketWatch reports, “Despite Friday’s rally, last week’s meltdown of U.S. financial markets leaves analysts and fund managers no more optimistic about the near-term prospects of media and entertainment stocks than they have been in the past year.”

  • Fox News reports, “Rupert Murdoch Reacts to Government Rescue of Big Banks”

  • The Times Union reports, “Cathie Black gives insight into the future of media”

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  • Hanley Wood, LLC is looking for a Regional Advertising Sales Manager, Tech Group.

  • Readers Digest is looking for a Business Development Manager, Weekly Reader Custom.

  • The Chronicle of Higher Education is looking for a Reporter.

  • Culture11 is looking for an Editorial Intern

  • SNL Financial, LC is looking for a Copy Editor

  • The Daily Press is looking for a Reporter.

  • is looking for a Webdesk Editor/New Media Journalist.

  • is looking for a Freelance Writer Blogger.

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