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It is day 100 covering the Obama administration and week 13 for us. What we know and what we’re reading this Wednesday morning…
AdAge: WSJ is threatening to reclaim its weekday circulation crown from USA Today for the first time since September 1999. If USA Today falls another two percentage points while WSJ holds steady, WSJ will once again claim the largest paid weekday circulation in the U.S.
TVNewser takes a look at life after layoffs for broadcast journos.
ABC’s Brian Ross’ investigative reporting was questioned in an article on the front page of NYT in yesterday’s paper. TVNewser reports NYT’s reporting was questioned but one of the reporter’s sources. Read on here.
“So, if planes go into buildings, well, don’t blame Barack Obama, blame Dana Priest and the chaos that occurred after that, ’cause that was — when her article came out, from that point forward, this secret CIA program was dead on arrival.” -MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough on Morning Joe yesterday in a discussion about torture. Read in context at Media Matters.
Congrats to WAMU’s Diane Rehm, who has again made the cut for “Top 10 Most Powerful Programs On Public Radio,” according to the fall 2008 study by Audience Research Analysis.
AP: Clear Channel Communications Inc., the largest owner of U.S. radio stations, said yesterday it is cutting 590 jobs, including some on-air personalities, in its second round of mass layoffs this year amid pressure from the recession and evaporating advertising budgets.
Vanity Fair studies media Darwinism- which sites will survive? Gives an outlook for Politico, Slate, Drudge, even PerezHilton.
Are there more cuts ahead at Conde Nast?
Politico reports the WH press office blasted out an email yesterday “specifically to reporters that the White House considers focusing mainly on the negative when it comes to ethics issues” under the subject “Fair and/ or Balanced.”
Senators Ted Kennedy and John Kerry, and most of the Massachusetts delegation, have sent letters of support for the Boston Globe to NYT’s Arthur Sulzberger.
B&C: SCOTUS has backed the government’s power to regulate the broadcast of so-called “fleeting expletives” on live television. The decision Tuesday reverses and remands a lower court ruling that the FCC did not justify its change in policy on fleeting expletives.
NYT: The Justice Department has begun an inquiry into the antitrust implications of Google’s settlement with authors and publishers over its Google Book Search service. The inquiry does not necessarily mean that the department will oppose the settlement.
From Reliable Source: “The only thing I have against her is that she threatens to surpass me in attracting the left’s hatred.” -Ann Coulter extolling Sarah Palin in the “Time 100″ ranking of the world’s most influential people, due out next week.
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