Morning Reading List, 01.04.07

morningsun.gifGood morning Washington.

  • Fitness and health wins out in New Years Resolutions, although a few did admit they were hoping for Pulitzers.

  • Dan Snyder’s Deal Stalls but WGMS Ponders Format Change” (DCRTV has loads more here)

  • So, what does everyone think of the new WSJ format?

  • FBI drops its quest for papers of Jack Anderson.

  • All Congress, All Day On MSNBC Thursday

  • An ABC release states that “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” “the best year-to-year performance of all four Sunday discussion programs, and was the only Sunday discussion program to post growth in Total Viewers.”

  • An NBC release states that “NBC Nightly News with Brian
    Williams” won 2006 in all categories, “marking the broadcast’s tenth straight year as the top-rated network evening newscast.” “Nightly News” also placed first in total viewers in the fourth quarter of ’06 and was the number one rated evening newscast the week of December 26-29, 5% more than ABC’s “World News” and 28% more than CBS’s “Evening News”.

  • A reader asks, “Why should Baier get all the glory? there should be a dc fishbowl weigh in and see which reporter can lose the most by June.”

  • Harry Jaffe profiles Washington Post cartoonist Tom Toles and the “cutting and critical way” he “lampoons” President Bush.

  • O’Reilly to the Colbert Report?

  • See 2006’s Most Heavily Used Reporters

  • And the Top 20 Nightly News Stories

  • White House spokesman Snow says an average of 1,064 more words per news briefing than predecessor McClellan, Pew Research finds.”

  • Nielsen BuzzMetrics Tries to Measure Buzz in Social Media

  • We were tempted to go there, but DCist did:

      Do college students like having fun? Well, DO THEY!? Sounds like a job for Laura Sessions Stepp! Pull-quote highlight:

      “[Professor Frederic D.] Homer and graduate assistant Rodney Wambeam wanted to know what students meant when they said they were in college to have fun. They wanted to know why students rarely included classwork in that definition. What they heard surprised them.”

      That means if Stepp, herself, was surprised, it could potentially bring the total number of persons in the known universe who are surprised by the information imparted in this article to three whole people. This is, we believe, a personal best for Stepp.

  • Jack Shafer on the press’ Ford coverage.

  • Future father of twins (with Ms. O’Donnell) has “already made his mark on D.C. cuisine.”

  • Radio One buys Giant Magazine

  • C-SPAN’s full Capitol Hill coverage today after the jump

    From the release:


      Tune-in to C-SPAN tomorrow to watch history in the making when the first day of the 110th Congress gets underway, with the Democrats in power for the first time in 12 years. C-SPAN’s uninterrupted, live coverage will include the election of Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) to serve as the first female Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives. C-SPAN’s on-air coverage will be simulcast on and on C-SPAN Radio.

      Turn to C-SPAN for complete, live coverage of related events and press conferences on and off Capitol Hill, gavel-to-gavel coverage of the House and Senate, and listen to viewer calls and guests for reaction to the historic events.

      Following is an outline of tomorrow’s events:

      On C-SPAN:
      7 a.m. – Noon– Modified “Washington Journal” and live event coverage all morning with studio host, guests and viewer calls.

      Noon to TBD — Gavel-to-gavel coverage of the U.S. House of Representatives. Major highlights include:

    • Members of the House are sworn-in;
    • Speaker-designate Pelosi is elected as Speaker of the House;
    • Watch the House members debate the rules package.

      8 p.m. – 11 p.m. Tonight in Washington: Live, studio production recapping the day’s events with an in-studio host, guests and viewer calls.

      On C-SPAN2:
      9 a.m. to TBD–Gavel-to-gavel coverage of the U.S. Senate
      C-SPAN Radio is heard nationally on Sirius Satellite and XM Satellite Radio and in the Washington, D.C./Baltimore area at 90.1 WCSP-FM.