Morning Reading List 04.23.09

By Christine 

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Its day 94 covering the Obama administration and week 12 for us. What we know and what we’re reading this Thursday morning…



Peter Kaplan, the longest-serving editor of The New York Observer, announced he is resigning from the newspaper effective June 1st. Kaplan joined the newspaper in 1994, after working as a magazine editor, the executive producer of The Charlie Rose show, and as a reporter for NYT.

From NYT: A number of staffers at The Observer said that a push for shorter articles and a desire for cuts in an already small newsroom budget helped Kaplan decide it was time to go. And the NY Post: Jared Kushner is rumored to be trying to unload the salmon-colored weekly.

Fifty-three newsroom employees were laid off at the Chicago Tribune. From the Trib: Editor Gerould Kern said in a letter to staff that cuts are part of a newsroom reorganization that “will focus us more clearly on our core mission” going forward with a newsgathering team of around 430.


Shepard Smith dropped the “F” bomb on’s Strategy Room yesterday and WebNewser has the clip.

HuffPo’s Danny Shea reports Fox News has filed a Freedom of Information Act request with the Department of Homeland Security seeking the entire report on “right-wing extremist groups” identified as a national security threat.

Do CBS and NBC have plans to team up on a Kabul bureau? NY Observer’s Felix Gillette takes a look here.


Michael Wolff asks Why Do Liberals Still Care About Matt Drudge? “I do not think [Matt] Drudge has disappeared. I think he is dead. Certainly the Drudge Report has been on automatic pilot for several years… Drudge doesn’t count for anything. He’s from another time — a leftover. In fact, his disappearance might just be a mid-life crisis.”

This is astounding- In the last year, people somehow found a way to spend 73% more time on Facebook and other social networking sites. In February, Nielsen found, people used social network sites more than they used Web-based email for the first time ever.


Check out the collection of photographs on the walls of the White House, commentated by John Dickerson on Slate here.

HAT TIPS: Mediabistro, Romenesko

JOBS after the jump…


Congressional Quarterly is looking for a digital media coordinator.

The US Green Building Council is looking for a strategic communications manager.

The Magazine Group is looking for a senior marketing manager.

And the Thompson Publishing Group is looking for a director of marketing.

Check out “What Do You Have To Do To Keep Your Job?” and “The Best Twitter Applications To Help You Find A Job” on MediaJobsDaily.