Morning Reading List, 09.25.08

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We agree: “What is the point of Matt Taibbi?” Seven years ago, Michael Jordan announced he was returning to basketball with the NBA’s Washington Wizards. Five years ago, George Plimpton passed away. Barbara Walters is 79 today. Robert Gates is 65. Tomorrow is the birthday of Dave Weigel. Saturday? Juleanna Glover. It is close, but you think Obama will emerge “victorious” out of Friday’s debate. Check out today’s White House Photo of the Day from Time. Today’s “Angry Journalist” rant of the day: “I’m angry everyone (especially recent j-school grads) thinks the only journalists who are getting laid off are those who couldn’t or wouldn’t ’embrace change’ and learn new things.”

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  • Chicago Business reports, “The Chicago Tribune readers will see fewer stories and bigger graphics when the newspaper comes out with its redesign next week”.

  • Live in Carl Bernstein’s old place!

  • Forbes reports, “Philip Balboni thinks he can build the next great global news organization with the help of an unlikely ally: Capitalism. The chief of Boston-based Global News Enterprises, Balboni is preparing to launch a test version of his international news site later this fall, with a full-scale debut in January”

  • Gawker reports, “Times Corrects Correction”

  • Huffington Post’s Sam Stein reports, “McCain Camp Whacks And Misses In Latest NYT Attack”

  • Politiker’s Rob Tornoe gives his take on “The future of New Jersey’s largest newspaper”

  • Chris Cillizza reports, “McCain Campaign Disputes Post Poll”

  • Gawker reports, “So the press was entirely shut out of Sarah Palin’s magical journey through the UN today. They are making up for it by being quietly bitchy.”

  • Wired reports, “Les Moonves Wants to Put Newspapers Out of Business”

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  • Discovery, YouTube Ink Content Deal

  • Luke Wilson Is Adapting Jim Lehrer’s Book For A Film

  • A release announced, “Two days into the new season, ‘Nightline’ outperformed CBS’ ‘Letterman’ and NBC’s ‘Leno’ last night according to Nielsen overnight metered market data. The program had a 4.3 Household rating, ‘Letterman’ had a 3.7 and ‘Leno’ had a 2.8.”

  • A 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.”

  • A release announced, “FOX News Channel (FNC) will present America’s Election HQ, live coverage of the first Presidential debate on Friday September 26, 2008. The special coverage will begin at 8:50PM ET and will be anchored by Brit Hume. Joining Hume will be Chris Wallace from the debate floor as well as panelists: Fred Barnes and Bill Kristol from The Weekly Standard, Juan Williams of National Public Radio, and Nina Easton of Fortune magazine.”

  • A release announced, “ABC News will broadcast the first presidential debate at the University of Mississippi on Friday, September 26th at 9:00 pm ET/6:00 pm PT. Charles Gibson, Diane Sawyer and George Stephanopolous will anchor ABC’s live coverage from New York. They will be joined by Jake Tapper and David Wright reporting from the debate site in Mississippi. National Security Correspondent Jon Karl will report from the ABC News Fact Check Desk. ABC News Commentator George Will and New York Times Columnists Tom Friedman will contribute post-debate analysis.”

  • A release announced, “In the final weeks of the presidential race, ABC’s ‘World News with Charles Gibson’ will hit the road to report from key battleground states that will play a pivotal role in determining the outcome of this election. Beginning Thursday, October 2 and continuing through the following week, ABC News anchor Gibson and a ‘World News’ team will embark on the ‘Great American Battleground Bus Tour,’ traveling by bus to seven cities around the country in closely contested states.”

  • A release announced, “PBS anchors chosen to moderate 2 of the 4 debates: Jim Lehrer moderates the first Presidential debate on September 26, 2008. Gwen Ifill moderates the Vice-Presidential debate on October 2, 2008”

  • Chicaboomer reports, “Fox Fires Baby Mama Producer. CNBC Hires Her.”

  • NewsBusters reports, “Out of the mouths of young, untrained reporters come the unspoken beliefs of the liberal media. Speaking to Matt Lauer as they tour Virginia for this morning’s Today, NBC newbie Luke Russert reported from the University of Virginia. Just before the 8:30 break, Lauer asked him if that campus was representative of students statewide, and young Russert asserted: ‘You have to remember, the smartest kids in the state go there, so it’s leaning a little bit towards Obama.'” Russert later issued an apology in First Read.

  • Huffington Post reports, “Conan Compares ‘Extremist’ MSNBC To Ahmadinejad”

  • Baltimore Sun reports, “Jim Lehrer looks ahead to Friday’s presidential debate”

  • Tuesday, October 14, PBS’s Frontline presents a two hour special on the two presidential candidates. For more info, click here.

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  • is sponsoring a debate watching party Friday at Marvin DC Bistro & Bar.

  • “Every day until November 4, a series of writers and thinkers will discuss the election over instant messenger for” Check out Wonkette’s Ken Layne and Politico’s Ben Smith chat from earlier this week.

  • America’s Future Foundation announced, “Doublethink Online is pleased to announce the second annual America’s Future Foundation College Blogger Contest. The purpose of the contest is to encourage original liberty-minded blogger journalism on college campuses and to identify young conservative and libertarian talent who wish to pursue careers as journalists and writers. The contest is open to all graduate and undergraduate bloggers age 25 and younger. Ten finalists will be chosen at the end of the year, and the winning blog will be awarded a cash prize of $10,000 and be invited to be a panelist at an AFF Roundtable on higher education in Washington, D.C. Awards will be announced on April 7, 2009. Second place takes home $3,000, and third place takes homes $1,000. Our judges will also provide feedback to all of the finalists in order to improve their work.” Learn more here.

  • Technorati looks at the “State of the Blogosphere”

  • A Nielsen release announced, “Women Dominate Online Video Viewing At U.S. Prez Candidates’ Websites”

  • Inside The Beltway reports, “Members of the U.S. Senate and their staffs are told of rules and policies, some new and effective immediately, surrounding the use of the U.S. Senate Internet Service, including Web sites, electronic mail, blogs, podcasting and streaming media.” Check out the rules here.

  • A release announced, “Recognizing the increasingly important role digital media tools play in everyday life, a group of public affairs experts today announced the launch of K Street Café, an innovative new blog where contributors from a variety of backgrounds share new and novel ways that technology, the Internet and social media are being used to shape public policies.”

  • A release announced, “Nielsen Online, a service of The Nielsen Company, today announced that the number of video streams at increased 155 percent in August, from 502,000 in July to 1.3 million last month. The number of unique viewers for Obama increased 173 percent, from 302,000 in July to 824,000 in August, the month of the Democratic National Convention.”

  • Washingtonian catches up with “Dan Steinberg of DC Sports Bog to talk Redskins, Caps, Eastern Motors, and more.”

  • Check out the Congressional Newsletter, published each morning after either house of Congress meets, including weekends. It is free through to the recess for any qualified person or organization who sends us a request for it, including MediaBistro subscribers! If you are interested in receiving it, email and include your name, organization, phone, email and the purpose of your org.

  • Crain’s New York Business reports, “Classified advertising may be disappearing from papers, but the Wall Street Journal is looking to grow that part of its business in a category that will never go away: obituaries. In a deal announced Monday, Web startup has become the new classified obituaries section of Users will also be offered the opportunity to add a print component that will appear in the Remembrances section of the Saturday Journal.”

  • New York Post reports, “After having shut down three times as a magazine, the Life title is being resurrected as part of a joint venture between Time Inc. and Getty Images that will launch a Web site offering free, downloadable photos from world-renowned photographers. The partnership, which will go under the corporate name See Your World Llc, will bring back the name and go live sometime early next year.”

  • Beet.TV reports, “TimesPeople, the social network where registered users share their interests, will become fully integrated into the tonight as it becomes part of the site’s navigation. Also, it will work with all browsers. Previously, it worked only as a Firefox plug-in.”

  • Bloomberg reports, “Internet companies led by Google Inc. joined groups representing Web users in challenging the Bush administration’s bid to toughen international enforcement against copyright pirates.”

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  • New York Observer reports, “Women’s Mags Scramble on Palin Coverage”

  • A Folio report reveals, “Just 45 News Magazines Remain”

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  • A release announced, “DC’s airwaves are set to sizzle this September as Nycci and David Nellis launch ‘Dishing it Out,’ Greater Washington’s first and only weekly radio show dedicated to the area’s food and wine scene. From pizzas to patés, and foie gras to fish fingers, no morsel will be left uneaten as the husband and wife team give listeners the inside dish on the hottest restaurants and bistros, the freshest ingredients and the finest tipples. … The weekly, hour-long show debuts Sunday, October 5, 2008 at 11:00AM and broadcast live each week at this time on 1500 AM and 820 AM. The show will also be simulcast on the Internet at, where archived shows can also be accessed.”

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  • TVNewser reports, “Media Responds to “Unprecedented” Restrictions on Palin Access”

  • Today, the Brookings Institution, “in partnership with the Norman Lear Center at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California, will release a report examining the new media’s role in the U.S. immigration debate, and explore how the media conditioned public opinion and the policy landscape.” The event is 2-4 p.m. at Ronald Reagan Building, Rotunda Room, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC.

  • Poynter Online looks at, “How the Rumor of Springsteen’s Possible Denver Appearance Spread”

  • Lynn Sweet reports, “John McCain campaign manager Rick Davis skips lunch with reporters”

  • Slate’s Jack Shafer reports, “Just because the press loves Obama doesn’t mean it hates McCain.”

  • Michael Doyle reports, “Robert Hunter wrote it, Jerry Garcia sang it, and now D.C. reporters are proving it. The ongoing evaporation of Washington, D.C. bureaus has proven a boon for the Capitol Hill trades and newsletters that cover Congress to a fare-thee-well. The result is a bunch of very seasoned journalists going back to their roots, dogging subcommittee markups and the like.”

  • “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 release announced, “Now members of the American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE) can get advice about the ethics of an editorial or advertising practice. ASBPE’s new Ethics Advisory program offers members a formal process for receiving timely guidance when an ethical question arises. Members may send an email to ASBPE’s Ethics Committee at explaining the issue. After review, an ASBPE Ethics Advisory will be prepared within 10 business days.”

  • Huffington Post’s Sam Stein asks, “Press Frustration With McCain Bubbles Over: Is This The ‘No Talk Express’?”

  • The American Progress is hosting a special presentation with Helene Cooper, author, The House at Sugar Beach; diplomatic correspondent, New York Times. The discussion will take place Monday, September 29, 2008, 12:00pm to 1:00pm. Admission is free and a light lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m. The Center for American Progress 1333 H St. NW, 10th Floor. RSVP here.

  • Ad Week reports, “Media Execs See Tough Times Ahead”

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  • SNL Financial, LC is looking for a Copy Editor.

  • LRP Publications is seeking a Hill Reporter.
  • ACOG is looking for an Editorial Manager.

  • The Magazine Group is looking for an Associate Editor/Copywriter.

  • American Society of Landscape Architects is looking for a Web Designer.

  • U.S. News & World Report is looking for an Opinion Section Intern.

  • U.S. News & World Report is looking for an Online Ad Operations Coordinator.

  • The Roanoke Times is looking for an Editor, Blue Ridge Business Journal.

  • DC United is looking for a Senior Web Developer and a Front-end Developer.

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