Morning Reading List, 12.17.08

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Birthdays: Eli Pariser. Cyrus Krohn. Bill Safire is 79. Most of you are not planning on giving any co-workers a holiday gift. Kenny Day, Stephanie Woodrow, Janine P. Clifford, Tom Reynolds, Anne Schroeder Mullins, Thomas Jones, Marc A. Ross, Kevin Maljak, Leigh Anna Thomure, Brandon Wright, Carolyn Landes and Meredith Harman all knew that yesterday’s picture was of Charlie Palmers. Check out today’s White House Photo of the Day from Time. Today’s “Angry Journalist” rant of the day: “angry b/c can’t get over bitterness 18 months after being laid off after 25 years in the business. any advice out there?”

Today’s FishbowlDC comment of the day (with regards to yesterday’s post on “On Covering Obama…“: Reader frankiea77 writes, “Did anyone else catch that Obama bought ice cream for all the pool reporters on a recent trip? Isn’t that a gift that would constitute a conflict of interest for the reporters involved? Call it Vanilla-gate. Journos, get on it.” Keep the FishbowlDC discussion going by dropping your comments here.

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  • TVNewser reports, “Two More From Investigative Unit Leaving NBC News”

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  • “ASNE proposes taking ‘paper’ out of name, other significant changes to bylaws”

  • Matthew Yglesias writes, “A colleague observes to me that someone needs to tell Richard Cohen that you can read newspapers on your BlackBerry”

  • Gawker reports, “AP Byline Strike Plunges America into Crisis”

  • Slate’s Jack Shafer writes, “What’s killing newspapers is the same thing that killed the slide rule.”

  • Yglesias thinks “James Suroweicki’s column on the newspaper business takes a wrong turn”

  • The Washington City Paper asks, “Horse Racing Coverage Scratched at Washington Post…for Last Time?”

  • The Volokh Conspiracy reports, “AP Story Errs in Reporting “Actual Malice” Standard”

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  • CNN: The hits just keep on comin’

  • Inside Cable News reports, “In ‘The Decider,’ Chris Matthews takes an in-depth look at the eight-year Presidency of George W. Bush. The documentary, a creative collaboration between Hardball and MSNBC’s Long Form unit and produced by Peacock Productions, writes history’s first draft of the Bush Presidency. The program will premiere in the Hardball slot at 5 and 7 p.m. on Monday, December 29th.”

  • TVNewser reports, “Following a news conference today in which President-elect Barack Obama dodged questions related to Gov. Rod Blagojevich, NBC Washington bureau chief Mark Whitaker told Andrea Mitchell on MSNBC that journalists must continue to ‘press them hard.'”

  • Slate’s Troy Patterson has “a few points to make” on “David Gregory’s Meet the Press”

  • Matthew Yglesias writes, “Steven Benen asks: ‘If six media figures joining Democratic campaigns is proof that reporters are liberal, are seven loyal Bushies joining news outlets proof that major media outlets are conservative?’ Of course not! The loyal Bushies joining major media outlets is proof that the media is liberal — so liberal, in fact, that even the hard-core liberals who control the media feel so guilty about it that they need to hire hack propagandists from the Bush administration to try to counteract their own liberal liberalishness. Similarly, CNN hiring Steve Hayes also proves that the media is liberal.”

  • A NBC release announced, “According to Nielsen Media Research data, ‘NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams’ was the most-watched network evening newscast, winning the week of December 8-14, 2008. It was a strong week for the Williams-led newscast as it averaged nearly ten million total viewers (9,993 million), an impressive +1.418 million more than ABC ‘World News’ 8.575 million, and +2.886 million more than CBS ‘Evening News’ 7.107 million.”

  • TVNewser reports, “The news that Time’s Washington bureau chief Jay Carney is leaving the magazine to become Vice President-elect Joe Biden’s communications director will also have an impact on Carney’s wife, ABC News national correspondent Claire Shipman. ABC News SVP of communications Jeffrey Schneider tells TVNewser, ‘It’s something we’ve obviously given a lot of thought to. We will not assign Claire to anything that would create even the perception of a conflict of interest.'”

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  • The New York Observer reports, “Gawker’s Alex Pareene Nearly Quits, Goes ‘Part Time’ Instead; Gawker Media Lays Off Some in Tech Department”

  • The Final Deadline for the 13th Annual Webby Awards is this Friday, December 19th. Enter before it is too late!

  • PRNewser presents, “Via Peter Himler at The Flack, a list of Twittering journalists”

  • Washington City Paper reports, “Bob Woodward Learns the Perils of Facebook”

  • The Washington Blogger December Meetup is tonight at RFD at 7:00 PM. RSVP here.

  • The Pew Internet & American Life Project shows that “internet leaders, activists and analysts shows they expect major technology advances as the phone becomes a primary device for online access, voice-recognition improves, artificial and virtual reality become more embedded in everyday life, and the architecture of the internet itself improves. They disagree about whether this will lead to more social tolerance, more forgiving human relations, or better home lives.”

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  • A release announced, “On Saturday, Jan. 3, WAMU 88.5 will implement minor changes to its weekend morning schedule. The BBC World Service now will air at 5 a.m., Saturdays, followed by The Parents’ Journal at 6 a.m., and a re-broadcast of the station’s own Metro Connection at 7 a.m. On Sunday morning, WAMU 88.5 will reserve the 6 a.m., hour for specials, documentaries, and special occasional series like WNYC’s Radiolab. These weekend changes will fill holes left in the weekend schedule by two shows, Calling All Pets and The Infinite Mind, which have ceased production.”

  • NPR Makes Budget Cuts

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  • “Slate picks the best books of 2008.”

  • Advertising Age presents, “Media Guy’s Worst Media Feuds Of 2008”

  • Former Politico’r and “Worldfocus contributor Samuel Loewenberg travels to the east African country of Tanzania to look at the impact of river blindness on one village, where the only source of water is also a breeding ground for disease.”

  • “Slate readers name the Blagojevich scandal.”

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  • The Society of American Florists is looking for an Assistant Editor.

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