Morning Reading List, 10.22.08


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Haley Barbour is 61 today. Six years ago,the 13th final attack by the Washington-area sniper took place. About Barack Obama’s decision to temporarily leave the campaign trail for his ailing grandmother, you think, “Dude, it’s his grandma! Who cares about political ramifications!” Today is the birthday of Katie Bindley, Stephanie Cutter, Clint Tanner. Campus Progress reports, “Nightlife in Washington, D.C., is as segregated as the partisan divide on Capitol Hill.” Check out today’s White House Photo of the Day from Time. Today’s “Angry Journalist” rant of the day: “I’m angry about closed-door meetings between HR and management. We’ve already had one round of layoffs. We all know another is coming. We know what you’re talking about in there.”

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  • Forbes’ Tunku Varadarajan writes, “In Praise Of Peggy Noonan”

  • AP reports, “McClatchy posts 3Q profit, but ad revenue erodes”

  • “With two weeks left until Election Day, Roll Call’s Election Madness contest challenges your knowledge of the races. Pick winners in select House and Senate races, based on Roll Call’s point spreads. The Roll Call reader with the most correct picks wins the prize. All entries must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 31.”

  • From Sunday’s Playbook: “PRESSWATCH: ‘Brighter. Bolder.’ — slogan on WashTimes vending boxes. ‘Better. Bolder. Brighter.’ — slogan for L.A. Times redesign coming Tuesday. (‘Now, our stories find you. Los Angeles Times. Right now.’)”

  • DCist reports, “It’s something that’s been a Washingtonian issue since way back in 2005, but one which has never gotten resolved: if you don’t want the Examiner delivered to your home, how do you stop it? Recently, members from the Cleveland Park listserv have taken up the task of trying to figure out exactly how to cease the unwanted circulation of the ubiquitous free daily, claiming that the paper is overly wasteful and an easy indicator of who is on extended vacations in the neighborhood.”

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  • A release announced, “For the week of October 13th, ABC’s ‘World News with Charles Gibson’ placed 1st in the Adult 25-54 rating and share, tying NBC’s ‘Nightly News’ with a 2.0/8. This marks the fourth time in six weeks ‘World News’ has placed first in the key demo rating/share. Among Total Viewers, the ABC broadcast averaged 7.61 million, placing second. On a day-by-day basis, ‘World News’ outperformed NBC among Total Viewers on two nights.”

  • ABC announced, “‘Nightline’s’ Exclusive Interview with Sen. Obama and Sen. Clinton Pulls the Program Ahead of ‘Leno’ in Metered Markets — ‘Leno’ Falls to 3rd Place”

  • Variety reports, “‘Daily Show’s’ Riggle moves to CBS”

  • MarketWatch’s Jon Friedman reports, “Fox News Channel anchor Brit Hume, who has announced his retirement from television news after three decades, concedes that not even he can always get it right.”

  • TVNewser reports, “Fox News Would Like To Talk To You About Your New York Times Subscription”

  • The Times Online reports, “Dan Rather drops the anchor — For decades he was the voice of America, talking to the nation on the evening news. Then a scoop backfired and destroyed his reputation. Now Dan Rather is back on air — and wants justice”

  • TVNewser reports, “Colin Powell Interview Scores Big for NBC”

  • TVNewser reports, “Ailes, Lauer, 60 Minutes Set For Hall of Fame”

  • A release announced, “CN8, The Comcast Network will crown its America’s Next President campaign with an extensive programming package featuring live Election Day coverage, as well as pre-and post-election offerings. … On Election Night, CN8 Political Director Lynn Doyle and Reporter Kevin Walsh host live coverage that begins at 8 p.m. and continues until the race is called or one of the candidates concedes. Washington,D.C. Bureau Chief Robert Traynham joins Doyle and Walsh live from Philadelphia, where he’ll report on the developing electoral map and analyze the numbers.”

  • “FOX News Channel’s America’s Election HQ Election Coverage will go from 6PM ET on November 4th to 2AM ET on November 5th.”

  • TVNewser reports, “MSNBC will be moving to a three-anchor daytime line-up beginning tomorrow, featuring Tamron Hall, Contessa Brewer and David Shuster. The team will anchor from 9amET-1pmET.”

  • The New York Times reports, “MSNBC host Rachel Maddow has doubled the audience for the cable channel’s 9 p.m. hour in a matter of days.”

  • The New York Times reports, “A new book about Don Hollenbeck, a pioneering newsman who committed suicide in 1954, explores the anchor’s life and the roots of contemporary media criticism.”

  • Top of The Ticket reports, “Fox News hires reporter who got jailed for not revealing the source who identified the CIA agent whose husband got angry at Bush for blowing her cover (the wife’s, not the reporter’s). But it’s all OK now”

  • Arianna Huffington opens, “The Judy File”

  • “During election week, the week of November 3rd, Terra Networks USA (, the largest original digital content producer for U.S. Hispanics, will transform their Miami office into a newsroom, covering breaking news in both English and Spanish. Terra TV correspondents will report from Miami, Washington D.C., and Los Angeles, as well as from the candidates’ headquarters in Chicago and Pentagon City, Virginia.”

  • NPR’s David Folkenflik reports, “Fox’s Shep Smith Keeps Opinions To Himself”

  • The New York Observer reports, “Online Campaign Asks NBC to Think Beyond Caucasian Males When Hiring Next Moderator of Meet the Press”

  • Huffington Post reports, “CNN Host ‘Mystified’ By McCain Camp Silencing Muslim Organizer”

  • The Journalism Iconoclast presents, “Monitor editor John Yemma on the future of newspapers”

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  • AdWeek reports, “Political Content Web Sites Ride the Surge”

  • A tipster tells us, “Looks like the Post is forcing you to see the full page ads that sometimes comes up. It used to be that there was a button that allowed you to close the ad.”

  • 23/6 reports, “5 posts that prove the National Review Online has lost its way”

  • New York Times’ Clark Hoyt writes, “Bias is a tricky thing. None of us are objective. That means reporters and readers too.”

  • Radar presents, “Five Reasons To Fire Bill Kristol Now”

  • The World Association of Newspapers reports, “The ‘Secret Weapon’ of Newspapers in the Digital Age? Paper!”

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  • An unlikely pair — Barbara Comstock and Lanny Davis — share a byline at the National Review.

  • Politico’s Michael Calderone reports, “Time columnist Joe Klein, who’s been a forceful critic of the McCain campaign (and already said he’s unwilling to accept a post-election apology), has found himself without a seat on the McCain or Palin planes the past four months.” Radar has more here.

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  • A release announced, “On election night, millions of deaf and hard-of-hearing people will be able to experience live radio coverage for the first time, when NPR, Harris Corporation and Towson University simulcast the first ever live, captioned radio broadcast. NPR News’ extensive election night coverage will be simulcast in the new captioned radio format, providing accessible news and journalism to deaf and hard-of-hearing communities. Captioning for the historic broadcast is being provided by WGBH’s Media Access Group.”

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  • PRNewser reports, “Confirmed: Layoffs at Nielsen Business Media”

  • Business Wire reports, “$75,000, $50,000 and $25,000 Journalism Fellowships Offered by the Phillips Foundation for 2009”

  • Pro Publica reports, “Secret Service Denies Blocking Reporters at Palin Rallies”

  • A release announced, “The George Washington University’s Documentary Center has been named a top 10 academic program for nonfiction filmmaking in the country by The Independent, a seminal publication in the world of documentary and narrative media-makers. The center, part of the University’s Columbian College of Arts and Sciences School of Media and Public Affairs, exclusively focuses on the production theory and techniques of non-fiction filmmaking.”

  • Portfolio’s Generosity Index shows that “Media Titans Least ‘Generous'”

  • Politico reports, “Rep. Michele Bachmann’s call for a media investigation into ‘anti-American’ members of Congress may have been the macaca — or McCarthy — moment of 2008, but it has also given the Minnesota Republican something she’s been angling for since arriving in Congress two years ago: the national spotlight.”

  • CBS’s From The Road reports, “Palin Becomes Increasingly Accessible To The National Media”

  • The Stump reports, “How SNL Proved Palin’s Qualifications”

  • The Atlantic has “Mark Salter on the Press and John McCain”

  • Politico reports, “Warming up a crowd in North Carolina on Saturday, Republican Rep. Robin Hayes offered the diagnosis that ‘liberals hate real Americans that work and achieve and believe in God.’ His remarks came shortly after he had said he would ‘make sure we don’t say something stupid, make sure we don’t say something we don’t mean.'”

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