Morning Reading List, 09.26.08

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We’ve got your morning mix of media Muesli after the jump…

Weekend birthdays: Juleanna Glover, Emily Heil, Scott Mulhauser. Mike Allen asks a great question: How many news orgs have used the “Deal or No Deal” headline this week? You think McCain’s decision to suspend his campaign is stupid. Joe Pichirallo: Movie star! Check out today’s White House Photo of the Day from Time. Today’s “Angry Journalist” rant of the day: “I am angry that the industry has broken my spirit and my will in a short period of time. I am mad that my ability to make quality journalism is never completely in my control. I am mad because now I am leaving the career path I start in high school and I am mad at the people who’s inability to listen has caused this. I’m out, perhaps for good.”

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  • Potomac Flacks reports, “Lucia Graves has been hired as Press Secretary for Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR). Graves has written for US News & World Report and was an intern for the McClatchy Washington bureau and for the Columbia Journalism Review. She replaces Erin Allweiss, who is now with the Natural Resources Defense Council.” (Hat Tip: CQ)

  • TVNewser reports that Dee Dee Myers is joining CBS News.

  • Lynn Sherr leaves ABC News.

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  •’s Glenn Reynolds writes, “I DON’T REMEMBER EVER SEEING SO MUCH criticism of Howard Kurtz in previous election cycles, except, you know, from Mickey Kaus.”

  • The Christian Science Monitor’s Tom Regan writes, “Physical newspapers aren’t dying off — they’re evolving”

  • Ezra Klein asks, “Why do John Harris and Jim Vandehei keep doing this?”

  • National Review’s Ed Whelan points to “Brazen Bias” at The Post.

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  • B&C reports, “National Media Providers: FCC lacks jurisdiction; FCC rules already in place to prevent most abuses.”

  • A release announced, “According to Nielsen Media Research data, “Meet the Press” was the most-watched Sunday morning public affairs program, winning the week ending Sunday, Sept. 21, 2008. The program was No. 1, averaging 3.562 million total viewers, +15 percent more (+478,000) than second place ABC’s ‘This Week’ 3.084 million, a +31 percent advantage (+848,000) over third place CBS’ ‘Face the Nation’ 2.714 million and a +153 percent lead (+2,154,000) over FOX News Sunday’s 1.408 million.”

  • The Hill has “20 Questions” for Ron Reagan.

  • ABC announced, “‘This Week’ beats ‘Meet The Press’ in the A25-54 demo for Sunday, Septemeber 21st.”

  • A release announced, “‘Nightline’ placed second for the just completed 3rd quarter, beating CBS’ ‘Late Show with David Letterman,’ according to Nielsen Media Research. This marks the first time in 9 years ‘Nightline’ outperformed CBS among the key Adult 25-54 demographic and the first time in 5 years among Total Viewers. This also marks ‘Nightline’s’ largest Total Viewing advantage for a third quarter in seven years (since 2001).”

  • A release announced, “Viewers of CN8, The Comcast Network will be able to view President Bush’s Wednesday night speech about the economic crisis for free for the next two weeks via its Video ON DEMAND service, the network has announced.”

  • Bloomberg reports, “Cable television networks are benefiting from a shift of marketing dollars from broadcasters and see a ‘favorable advertising environment,’ said John Landgraf, president of News Corp.’s FX Networks.”

  • CJR reports, “When Andrea Mitchell reports on the current financial crisis—or on anything that relates to the crisis, which is, these days, a lot—there is an excessively large elephant in the control room. Its name is Alan Greenspan. That Greenspan is Mitchell’s husband doesn’t, under normal circumstances, warrant disclosure or special treatment. Mitchell is a career journalist who knows what conflict of interest is—and how to avoid not only its appearance, but also, one hopes, its effects. Under normal circumstances, it would be unfair to hold her husband against her.”

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  • From Wednesday’s Playbook: “Get the best clips from the late-night shows each morning on POLITICO PLAYBACK, edited with the comedy styles of Richard T. Cullen.”

  • reports, “Considering a switch to the freelance side of the work force? The FreelanceSwitch blog has a great roundup of legal resources for freelancers, including standard and specialized contracts, links to find legal help and representation, and books to check out. While you’re planning your 9-to-5 escape, check our readers’ tips for setting aside estimated tax payments.”

  • CopyBlogger presents, “Top 10 Blogs for Writers 2008”

  • FamousDC reports, “Press flacks are like zoo animals and extremely fun to watch. They get so riled up about each story they work on — as if each will be the defining moment of their career. They act as if the globe will stop spinning if they are misquoted or taken out of context [otherwise known as every flack’s excuse for a bad quote]. … Well, next time your favorite flack forwards you an article they appeared in — hop onto your computer box and plug in this address It might just change your relationship with them for the better.”

  • The New York Times reports, “The New York Times went live with new technology news pages at

  • An ACLU release announced yesterday, “The Senate Commerce Committee continued exploring the issue of Internet privacy and online marketing today with a hearing on Internet service providers’ (ISPs) use of deep packet inspection (DPI). Use of this technology allows ISPs to scrutinize Internet users’ e-mail and browsing activities, to monitor usage and communications traffic, and sell that information to advertisers or turn it over to government officials. The risks posed by this technology are significant and should not be underestimated. The ACLU urges members of the committee to zealously guard the privacy of the American people.”

  • reports, “Yahoo’s new board on Tuesday cleared the way for a fresh round of discussions with Time Warner over the future of its AOL unit, potentially reigniting negotiations for a combination of the two internet businesses that stalled earlier this year.”

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  • Folio reports, “Time Publisher Wants to Capture Readers from Cradle to the Grave”

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  • Media Matters asks, “As debates loom, will media learn from past coverage shortfalls?”

  • American Spectator reports, “I said earlier that McCain’s move was a good way to win the cycle. Indeed, even Bush’s speech was slightly marginalized by McCain’s push. I took a look at a number of major newspaper front pages. The publication name links to the ‘Today’s Paper’ section of the newspaper’s website, and what follows will be links to the articles I’m referring to.” Check it out here.

  • NPR reports, “New polls show the presidential race tightening. A Washington Post/ABC News poll has Obama leading by single digits. But an NPR poll shows that McCain is leading by two points.”

  • Pew Weekly News Interest Index shows, “Views of John McCain turned somewhat more negative last week, amid record public interest in economic news. In a survey conducted Sept. 19-22, fully half of the public said their opinion of the GOP nominee had changed in the past few days, with 30% saying their opinion has become less favorable and only 20% saying their view has become more favorable. McCain’s public image had improved significantly the week he chose Sarah Palin to be his vice presidential running mate and the week of the GOP convention.”

  • reports, “The War Within is the fourth in Bob Woodward’s series of books about the Bush administration’s conduct of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. The installment, State of Denial, was a brilliant piece of reporting, as Woodward precisely laid out step by step how the president and the members of his administration not only mishandled the war but deluded themselves about what they had done. The War Within is less of a read, but that probably has more to do with the nature of the administration’s method of making policy than with Woodward’s abilities.”

  • The Miami Herald reports, “With the exception of syndicated TV shows like ‘Oprah’ and ‘Dr. Phil,’ experts say all of the mass media are suffering financially this year.”

  • BroadcastNewsroom reports, “McCormick Foundation Invests $4 Million in Journalism Initiatives”

  • PRNewser reports, “The debate among PR pros as to which wire service provides the best service and distribution, or ‘bang for the buck’ entered a new chapter this week, with a study released by PR Newswire, claiming the service generates ‘more media pick-up and higher volume of coverage’ than competitors Business Wire, Marketwire and Nasdaq-owned PrimeNewswire.”

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  • The McGraw-Hill Companies is looking for a Research & Marketing Associate-McGraw-Hill Construction.

  • Smithsonian Books is looking for an Intern, Smithsonian Books.

  • Bisnow is looking for a Business Development Manager.

  • Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) is seeking an Ace Reporter

  • Boat U.S. is looking for an Assistant Editor.

  • Loyola College in Maryland is looking for an Assistant Director of Public Relations.

  • Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation is looking for a Writer/Editor.

  • DCI Group is looking for a Web Strategist & Designer and an Account Manager.

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