Morning Reading List, 10.02.08


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

58 years ago, “Peanuts” was first published. 23 years ago, Rock Hudson died. 10 years ago, Gene Autry died. It’s the birthday of Annie Leibovitz. Curious quote yesterday: Chris Matthews saying on “Hardball” that we’re all going to see Sarah Palin tomorrow night “for good or for evil.” Politico’s Matt Wuerking has some new animated cartoons up. What do journos eat for breakfast? Most of you would rather keep the job you have than find a new one. Check out today’s White House Photo of the Day from Time. Today’s “Angry Journalist” rant of the day: “I’m a better editor than my editor. I file my stories after checking spelling and grammar, but it never fails… they publish with more errors than I could have ever imagined. I’m angry because my editor screwed her way up our company ladder. Now our whole company is too busy looking up her skirt to realize the lack of work coming out of her office.”

Today’s FishbowlDC comment of the day (with regards to yesterday’s post “Olsson’s Says Goodbye“: Reader “sconset” writes, “I read this with great sadness…this was my neighborhood bookstore when I lived in Georgetown. They always had a wonderful and knowledgable staff and could get any book you needed or wanted. The music department was terrific too. What a sad day for Washington.” Keep the FishbowlDC discussion going by dropping your comments here.

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  • A release announced, “ABC News President David Westin announced two promotions: Al Prieto has been appointed Vice President of ABC NewsOne, and David Reiter has been promoted to Vice President, Newsgathering. Both report to Kate O’Brian, Senior Vice President for News.”

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  • Creative Loafing owner talks bankruptcy

  • Media Post’s Online Media Daily reports, “AP News Exchange Expands To 500 Newspapers”

  • E&P reports, “SPECIAL REPORT: Editors/Reporters Respond to Tribune Cuts”

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  • MSNBC is taking the Morning Joe brand to the afternoons.”

  • Washington City Paper: “Fox News Gets Sellout Journo to Complain About Journo Selling Out

  • Get the latest Q3 ratings.

  • A release announced, “CNN will marshal its resources and political expertise for the vice presidential debate between Democratic nominee Sen. Joe Biden (D-De) and Republican nominee Gov. Sarah Palin (R- Ak) on Thursday, Oct. 2. Debate-focused programming begins at 4 p.m. and continues until midnight to provide in-depth coverage and analysis before and after the debate. CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, Campbell Brown, Anderson Cooper and Lou Dobbs will anchor coverage from the state-of-the-art CNN Election Center in New York and will be joined by additional members of the ‘Best Political Team on Television’ live on the ground from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.”

  • CNBC has its best day ever.

  • PBS announced, “Gwen Ifill, of PBS’ WASHINGTON WEEK and NEWSHOUR, will moderate the eagerly anticipated and only vice-presidential debate between Democrat Joe Biden and Republican Sarah Palin. The debate airs Thursday, Oct. 2, 9-11 pm ET on PBS. Jim Lehrer will anchor PBS’ coverage, which will feature analysis from Mark Shields, David Brooks and others. Additionally, Charlie Rose will feature live coverage and analysis following each debate.”

  • Charlie Gibson blogs, “Today I blog simply to express an apology to the cities of Orlando, Florida, and Valdosta, Georgia. As you may have seen in the promotional announcements for World News, we have been planning a bus trip Thursday and Friday of this week through Florida and Georgia — then next week in Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin and Iowa. Because of the financial crisis that has consumed Washington and Wall Street, and the entire country, we have had to cancel the first leg of the trip that would have had us broadcasting from Orlando Thursday night and Valdosta on Friday. We will go ahead with the four state Midwestern trip next week. But the vote in the Senate tonight on the financial relief package and the likelihood that the bill will come up for a House vote Thursday or Friday requires us to stay in New York.”
  • A release announced, “C-SPAN’s White House Week, a 7-day television event, kicks off on December 14 with the premiere of a feature documentary, The White House: Inside America’s Most Famous Home. White House Week takes you beyond the velvet ropes to the private residence, sharing exclusive interviews with the First Family, the White House staff and renowned presidential historians. … The White House: America’s Most Famous Home premieres December 14 at 9 p.m. ET on C-SPAN. Additional original programming will air nightly at 9 p.m. ET through December 20.”

  • A release announced, “This election season, PBS’s flagship documentary series FRONTLINE offers voters more options than ever to view its quadrennial award-winning election special ‘The Choice 2008,’ premiering Tuesday, Oct. 14, from 9 to 11 P.M. ET on PBS (check local listings), with encore broadcasts Sunday, Oct. 23, and Monday, Nov. 3, 2008. For the first time, FRONTLINE viewers will also be able to watch the complete two-hour dual biography of John McCain and Barack Obama on YouTube ( and download it free from iTunes beginning Oct. 15 through the month of November. ‘The Choice 2008’ will also stream in the high-quality News & Public Affairs Player at and on many local PBS station Web sites, where visitors can select from a rich archive of more than 45 full-length FRONTLINE reports, as always with no commercials.”

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  • Gabriel Snyder Said To Take Over Gawker

  • Webcaster Settlement Act Passes Senate

  • A release announced, “As online users sought up-to-the-minute news and information on the day of the first presidential debate, the CNN Digital Network broke away from its competitors, securing the No. 1 spot among Current Events and Global News Sites across key Nielsen Online usage metrics, including unique visitors, total minutes and page views.”

  • The Washington Blogger October Meetup is Wednesday, October 15, 2008 at 7:00 PM at Regional Food and Drink. To RSVP, click here.

  • Media Matters’ Eric Boehlert writes, “Right-wing bloggers leave their stain on the campaign”

  • New Media Age reports, “YouTube has beaten Google and Facebook to be named the coolest online media brand, according to this year’s CoolBrands survey.”

  • BusinessWeek names “The 25 Most Influential People on the Web”

  • CNET’s The Social reports, “AOL’s DigitalCity goes after Gawker crowd”

  • The AP reports, “National Public Radio, already strong online with free downloads from many of its shows, is boosting its digital ambitions with Monday’s introduction of social-networking features akin to Facebook.”

  • The ClickZ Network reports, “About Half of Bloggers Have Ads on Their Sites”

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  • “On October 2, NPR News will host its second debate listening party and post-debate broadcast special, on the campus of the University of Missouri-St. Louis. A packed audience will watch the debate with NPR; audience members will then join callers around the country when they participate in a live post-debate discussion from 11 to MIDNIGHT (ET). The broadcast will be hosted by Neal Conan and Farai Chideya, and will be broadcast on NPR Member stations nationwide. Media are invited to attend any portion of this event.” The party will take place at the University of Missouri — St. Louis at the Blanche M. Touhill Performing ArtsCenter, Lee Theater.

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  • FamousDC asks, “Do Political Reporters Just Make Stuff Up?”

  • MarketWatch reports, “Media stocks dive after rejection of bailout package”

  • Media Post features, “The Future Of Media: Interview With Gaby Darbyshire, VP, Gawker Media”

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  • Smithsonian Magazine is looking for an Editorial Intern.

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