Morning Reading List, 09.29.08


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

Maureen Dowd: Banned from the McCain plane. More dispatches from Oxford and some more ratings figures…Birthdays today: Elizabeth Tannen, Sandra Sobieraj Westfall, Kevin Kellems, Salena Zito, Karin Fischer. Tomorrow: Bob Murphy, Maria Cereghino, Cynthia Kopkowski. Overwhelmingly, you think Obama won last week. Did YOU make 3 Dog Agency’s birthday party on Thursday? Car karaoke was suspended, we hear. Katharine Graham had an affair with Warren Buffet? Did you catch Rick Dunham at the Finland Embassy on Friday, liveblogging the debate? Did you wish CBS’ Scott McCrary a happy birthday on Saturday? Were you at the American Spectator’s pig roast on Saturday? Check out today’s White House Photo of the Day from Time. Today’s “Angry Journalist” rant of the day: “I’m starting to think that the bimbos I went to school with whose major goal in life was to marry money were right.”

Today’s FishbowlDC comment of the day (with regards to Saturday’s post on “Did John McCain Say A Naughty Word?“: Reader shep1105 writes, “He is saying, ‘of course it is’, not the former. Pleeezzeee!” Keep the FishbowlDC discussion going by dropping your comments here.

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  • This week’s classes include Developing Dialogue, Intermediate Copy Editing and Personal Essay Writing.


  • A release announced, “Robert Menard is standing down as Reporters Without Borders secretary-general. Jean-Francois Julliard is taking over the position.

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  • BusinessWeek asks, “What Will Replace Big-City Newspapers?”

  • Len Downie can — but won’t — vote.

  • From Playbook: “The McCain press corps flew back at 2 a.m. Central outta Memphis and rolled into a wet Dulles runway at 4:30 a.m.. Cranky journos stood outside for 30 minutes trying to get a cab. Meanwhile, the Obama press corps was snoozing snugly in Memphis. (Hat tip: Amie Parnes)”

  • To many readers, the news apparently comes as both bombshell and revelation: The Washington Post does not edit its daily choice of online comics and editorial cartoons.”

  • Brauchli: This ‘WaPo’ Editor Plans to Vote

  • Deb Howell: “The Power of Political Cartoons

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  • Obama Campaign: Watch The Debate On CNN

  • FNC Tops with Bush Address/Analysis

  • David Gregory: ‘I Could Have Kept My Temper Under Better Control on a Few Occasions’

  • Brigitte Quinn, Page Hopkins Leave Fox News Channel

  • Theismann on Kornheiser and the Booth

  • A release announced, “PBS/NewsHour Delivers Estimated 2.6 Million Viewers to Presidential Debate Moderated By Jim Lehrer.

  • A release announced, “September 29, ‘Nightline’ and ‘The Oprah Winfrey Show’ team up with special correspondent Lisa Ling to examine the rising use of heroin in Ohio and the devastating effect it is having on small communities there. In the heart of Ohio’s rural farm country, Ling found heroin use is widespread, and its impact is multi-generational, affecting not only young people but their parents and grandparents as well. … Lisa Ling’s report on the growing epidemic of heroin in the heartland airs on Monday, September 29, 2008 on ‘The Oprah Winfrey Show’ (check local listings) and ABC News ‘Nightline’ at 11:35pm (ET/PT).”

  • On his website, Mike Huckabee announced, “All of us have been talking about the show I will be doing for Fox News. I wanted to bring you up to date on what is going on. The show will be called ‘Huckabee.’ I’m sure the name will make it easy for all of you to find it. ‘Huckabee’ will air this Saturday and Sunday at 8 PM Eastern time on Fox News Channel. Please be sure to watch, and let me know what you think.”

  • Chicago Tribune’s Phil Rosenthal writes, “Regardless of how this week’s McCain-Obama debate over whether to debate is resolved, there can be no dispute on one point. The so-called spin room or spin alley–setting for the peculiar post-debate Kabuki dance in which reporters swarm campaign operatives who insist that their respective candidate had the upper hand no matter what the press and public might think they just saw and heard — must go.”

  • Talking Points Memo reports, “In an interesting twist on Wednesday afternoon, McCain called for a delay in the first presidential debate because he needed to go see about the economy. Really? Are the pundits biting? From both sides of the aisle… Not quite.”

  • Reuters reports, “NBC says local TV profoundly affected by downturn”

  • From Playbook: “STEPHANOPOULOS: ‘Barack Obama, a little taller. John McCain, a little shorter — generally, the taller candidate wins for president. But there was something else going on here, and I’m not sure if it was our monitor — and I can’t wait to see what people at home thought about this. It did appear that John McCain, at times, was looking a little more washed-out than you might expect. And Barack Obama — and maybe I was wrong here, but we were talking about it up here on the set — sometimes it seemed like the lighting on him was even darker than he appears in person. And I’m wondering if people saw that at home, as well.’ MORAN: ‘The perils of the makeup artist — as we both know there, George.'”

  • Dow Jones reports, “GE’s Financial Woes Renew Debate Over What To Do With NBC”

  • reports, “It might not have the sex appeal of YouTube, MySpace or Facebook, but CBS Corp. CEO Leslie Moonves and his team are working hard to make a return on their $1.8 billion acquisition of CNET, which was announced in May. In fact, they’re pushing CNET to the front of the primetime season: Fans of the CBS series ‘Survivor’ didn’t have to wait for Thursday’s broadcast premiere to get a glimpse of the new season as the opening 31⁄2 minutes were available on in HD.”

  • From Playbook: “More than 2,000 questions poured into Katie COURIC’s 45 minute apres-network Webcast. COURIC put on her glasses and let her hair down, at one pointing jokingly toward Executive Producer Rick Kaplan: ‘They’re making fun of me. They’re calling me the Charlie Rose of CBS because my questions don’t — I can’t seem to get to the question mark.'”

  • Washingtonian reports, “Tom Brokaw may be anchoring Meet the Press through the November elections, but NBC has left open the question of who’ll be sitting in the chair come Inauguration Day.”

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  • Today, InterAct08, “the premier event for interactive media professionals,” begins at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, DC. The two-day event kicks off on this morning with a keynote address by Ted Leonsis, Vice Chairman Emeritus, AOL and Chairman and Majority Owner, Washington Capitals, Washington Mystics and Lincoln Holdings LLC.

  • launched the “Debate Decoder giving users an in-depth look at last night’s presidential debate, with the full video, transcript, commentary and interactive features.” Check it out here.

  • Washington City Paper’s The Sexist reports, “Fishbowl D.C.’s Bromance With Its Photo Caption Contest Continues”

  • CNet News reports, “Google has found another partner to use its system for supplying television advertising: Bloomberg TV. The two companies announced the partnership Thursday, touting the ad success measurement abilities that Google has benefited from with its core search-ad business and is emphasizing as a way to get ahead over other ad mechanisms for TV.”

  • New York Times’ Caucus reports, “Twitter, the service that lets techno-hipsters broadcast their thoughts in 140-character bursts,” set up “a special politics page to make it easy to tune into the chatter” of debate twittering.

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  • A release announced, “Author, educator and award-winning journalist Ted Gup has been named chair of the College’s Journalism Department and professor of journalism beginning in the Fall of 2009. Gup is the author of Nation of Secrets: The Threat to Democracy and the American Way of Life (Doubleday, 2007), which won the 2008 Goldsmith Book Prize from Harvard’s Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics & Public Policy.”

  • Diane Mermigas writes in On Media, “The financial implosion occurring on Wall Street will hit Madison Avenue by 2009 with a force that will take down some media companies and prompt many to seek financial relief in digital interactive solutions. It will be media’s first painful step toward securing its future.”

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  • The Hill is looking for a Reporter, an Online Reporter and a Business and Lobbying Reporter.

  • Chronicle of Higher Education/Philanthropy is looking for an Assistant to the Editors.

  • National Public Radio is looking for a Senior Editor and a Correspondent.

  • NPR is looking for a Correspondent, Science Desk, a Senior Editor, National Security and Intelligence and a Manager IS Operations.

  • The Association for Financial Professionals is looking for a Writer and a Director.

  • The Herald-Mail Company is looking for an Assistant City Editor.

  • NPR is looking for a Programmer III and a Front End Web Developer.

  • Stars and Stripes is looking for an Editor (Newspaper Copy) and a Writer (Reporter/Photographer).

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