Are you one of the many headed to IA for New Year’s Eve? Politico’s Aoife McCarthy and Michael Calderone lay out your First Night options. And Poltico’s Ryan Grimreports on the social scene among politicos and journos in Des Moines.
The NYT wasn’t thatimpressed with Dana Milbank’s new book.
The PEJ Talk Show Index for the week of December 9-14 shows, “All year long, Hillary Clinton has dominated the campaign conversation on the talk airwaves. And last week, signs that the Democratic battle for president might be tightening had many hosts talking up the idea of a Clinton swoon.”
The Fix asks, “Each state has its Yepsen — the political reporter par excellence who tend to drive the coverage of a campaign or a candidate. … Who are we missing? Live in a state where one political reporter (or political pundit) dominates the landscape? Sound off in the comment section below and we’ll add the list to this post.”
The Guardian reports, “James Murdoch, the new head of News International, has vowed to ‘set the pace’ in the newspaper industry and promised to decide on the new location for its headquarters ‘in the new year’.”
The Washington Post reports, “The adult children of slain New York Times reporter David Rosenbaum have reached a confidential settlement with Howard University Hospital, ending a year-old lawsuit that accused the hospital and D.C. emergency workers of negligence and medical malpractice.”
The Los Angeles Times reports, “For the second time in eight years, control of the Los Angeles Times changed hands Thursday, passing from a staid Chicago conglomerate to a private company headed by an unpredictable and colorful billionaire, in a debt-heavy deal that creates tremendous opportunities and risks for one of America’s top newspapers.”
“Larry King Reflects: When ‘CNN Wasn’t in Washington'”
An ABC release announced, “As Iowans become the first in the nation to have their say in the 2008 campaign, ABC News will provide comprehensive coverage of the Iowa Caucuses. On Wednesday, January 2 and Thursday, January 3, ‘World News’ and ‘Nightline’ will both originate from Des Moines, Iowa, with anchors Charles Gibson and Terry Moran reporting from the field. On Thursday, January 3, Diane Sawyer and Chris Cuomo launch ABC News’ full day of coverage with a live broadcast of ‘Good Morning America’ from Des Moines.”
A release announced, “Reuters, C-SPAN and Zogby International have joined forces to poll Americans on the 2008 presidential election, starting with polls in the key U.S. presidential primary and caucus states. The effort will kick off on Dec. 30 with daily tracking polls from Iowa ahead of that state’s caucuses scheduled for Jan. 3. Daily tracking polls from New Hampshire will begin on Jan. 4 ahead of that state’s Jan. 8 primary. The polling will continue through the general election in November.”
Thomson Financial reports, “Moody’s Investors Service said the downturn in print advertising led by classified advertisements for real estate continues to support its negative rating outlook on the US newspaper industry.”
E&P’s Joe Strupp, “Herewith my annual list of the top ten newspaper industry stories — not all of them grim.”
USC announced, “Twenty-five arts journalists have been chosen from 18 states to participate as fellows in the fourth National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Arts Journalism Institute in Theater and Musical Theater at USC Annenberg. Through the generous support of the NEA, the Institute will be conducted by USC Annenberg’s School of Journalism in Los Angeles from February 5â€“15, 2008.” For the full list, click here.
A release announced, “The Parents Television Council congratulates several companies for taking responsibility for their television ads that ended up on shows filled with graphic sex, violence or profanity. Television sponsors are often contacted by the PTC to inform them of the type of content they are sponsoring on television, particularly during hours when children are watching, and to call on the companies to reevaluate their sponsorships and media buying guidelines.”
In a letter submitted to Citizens United, lawyers for Sen. Barack Obama demanded that Citizens United remove “all audio and video footage of Senator Obama” from its new political documentary, Hillary: The Movie. The film includes a clip of Senator Obama’s Nov. 26, 2007, interview with ABC’s Nightline, in which he criticized Sen. Hillary Clinton for “claiming basically the entire eight years of the Clinton presidency as her own.”
Bloomberg reports, “Comedy Central’s ‘The Daily Show with Jon Stewart’ and ‘The Colbert Report’ will return to production next month without writers. Both shows will resume on Jan. 7, Comedy Central, a unit of Viacom Inc., said today in an e-mailed statement.”
Biz Report reports, “A recent survey by Harris Interactive found an increase in the number of television viewers that are turning to the Internet instead of their plasmas for their visual entertainment. The survey of 2,455 U.S. adults showed that overall online viewership has risen from 74 percent last year to 81 percent this year.”
Google reports, “We’re bidding adieu to 2007 with a look back at the breaking news, the big events and the must-have gadgets that captivated us this year (give or take a few weeks; we compile this list by early December). To get a glimpse of what’s been on our collective consciousness, we mined billions of search queries to discover what sorts of things rose to the top. We encourage you to check out our findings to see if you, too, reflect the zeitgeist â€” the spirit of the times.”
Slate says Christmas is possible, but very, very unlikely.
ars technica reports, “It’s not every day that a senator takes to the floor to defend “Internet blogs and other Web-based forms of media,” but Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) has done just that in his recent push to pass a Freedom of Information Act reform bill he has coauthored with two Republicans.”
blingboing reports, “Five years ago, Dave Winer made a ‘long bet’ with New York Times executive Martin Nisenholtz: ‘In a Google search of five keywords or phrases representing the top five news stories of 2007, weblogs will rank higher than the New York Times’ Web site.'”
CBROnline reports, “AOL announced it was acquiring New York-based Quigo on November 7 to expand its contextual advertising prowess, which basically matches text adverts to relevant Web pages. Quigo’s two main offerings are: AdSonar, which allows advertisers to buy ads on Websites based on specific pages, sections, topics or keywords; and FeedPoint, a search engine marketing business that helps retail advertisers manage their marketing relationships with search and comparison shopping engines.”
The Washington Post reports, “The $3.1 billion merger between Web search king Google and online ad giant DoubleClick approved by U.S. regulators yesterday may create an advertising powerhouse of unrivaled reach and knowledge of Internet users’ lives, desires and interests.”
Hollywood Reporter reports, “Ad spending for the first three quarters of 2007 dipped 0.1%, but spending on the Internet continued to soar, with a 15.9% increase over the same period last year, the Nielsen Co. said Thursday.”
IMA reports, “The Economist is drawing up plans for a social network following the decision to invest in its site and socialise its content. The magazine wants to develop a major portal for its 3m readers and create what it calls ‘a conversation between them’.”
What did Tucker Carlson learn from his adveture with Ron Paul? “People really hate the Federal Reserve” Learn more here.
An NPR release announced, “The 28th annual New Year’s Eve special Toast of the Nation rings in 2008 with nine hours of live jazz, swing, samba and salsa from leading music venues across the country. NPR Music and WBGO/Jazz88.3FM in Newark, NJ reunite for their 23rd year of co-producing the special, which will air Monday, December 31 from 8:00PM-5:00AM(ET) on NPR Member stations nationwide.”