Morning Reading List, 01.22.08


Good morning Washington. Eleven years ago today, the Senate confirmed Madeleine Albright as secretary of state. And it’s Diane Lane’s birthday! (Hat Tip: MicCheckRadio).

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  • You think the Hillary tear was fake!


  • O’Dwyers reports,David Bass, a four-year veteran of Qorvis Communications, has joined Luntz, Maslansky Strategic Research as VP/chief development officer.”

  • FishbowlNY reports, David Margolick Joins Portfolio”

  • Cory Ohlendorf, formerly of “Washington Post” Shopper fame, joined DC Magazine as the Senior Editor covering local and national fashion and other style-related themes. He replaces Kate Rosenblatt, who is pursuing a career in education reform.

  • The Examiner announced that Chris Stirewalt is the paper’s new political editor. Previously he was Maryland editor and overseeing The Race page.

  • Megan Carpentier says a “short goodbye” to Wonkette.

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  • Check out the Political Photo of the Year (Hat Tip: Playbook)

  • “The German Marshall Fund is currently accepting entries for the ninth annual Peter R. Weitz Journalism Prize for outstanding and original coverage of transatlantic and European issues and events by the American media. The senior prize is open to all professional journalists covering European issues for a U.S. publication, regardless of citizenship. The young journalist prize is open to journalists 35 and under.”

  • Clark Hoyt writes,Linda Greenhouse, the Pulitzer Prize-winning Times reporter who has covered the Supreme Court for nearly 30 years, is used to dealing with top-drawer legal authorities. But it’s not always convenient that she is married to one. … Last month, Greenhouse covered arguments in another major case involving Guantanamo prisoners. The institute of military justice filed a brief opposing the administration’s position in that case, too. But this time, out of what Greenhouse said was ‘an excess of caution,’ her husband did not sign it because the case was in the court she was covering. A conservative blogger who takes frequent shots at Greenhouse, M. Edward Whelan III, pointed out Fidell’s involvement in the cases and said it created a conflict of interest for the Times reporter. Greenhouse and her editors disagree.”

  • Howard Kurtz writes, “As the JetBlue charter from Michigan touched down in South Carolina, I strolled up to John McCain’s front-row seat — none of his aides batted an eye — and asked if he would continue to chat with reporters around the clock if he won the Republican nomination. Most candidates, after all, grow more cautious around the media mob as the stakes get higher. McCain said he couldn’t stop, because ‘that destroys credibility.’ And besides, he said, ‘I enjoy it a lot. It keeps me intellectually stimulated, it keeps me thinking about issues, and it keeps me associated with a lower level of human being than I otherwise would be.'”

  • PEJ Talk Show Index for January 6-11 shows “Top Conservative Talkers Rap Huckabee and McCain

  • MarketWatch reports, “Washington Post Co. said Thursday it will raise its annual dividend by 5% to $8.60 per share from $8.20 per share.”

  • The Association for Alternative Weeklies announced, “Members have just over a week to enter the 2008 contest. Entries must be registered through the contest website by midnight EST on Fri., Jan. 25. Payments and hard copies of entries should be sent to Charles Whitaker, Northwestern University Fisk Hall,1845 Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL 60208. Hard copies must be received at Northwestern by 5 p.m. on Mon., Jan. 28. For more information, contact contests (at)”

  • The Sacramento Business Journal reports, “The McClatchy Co. and its partners have agreed to sell one of the nation’s biggest newsprint manufacturers for $350 million in cash, a move that will help the battered newspaper publisher reduce its debt load, the company said Friday.”

  • reports, “Agence France Presse (AFP) has banned its journalists from using Facebook and Wikipedia as sources, the agency’s London bureau chief told a Lord’s Committee yesterday.”

  • Howard Kurtz shares his “insights on how the Republican race is going.”

  • Washington Post’s Deborah Howell writes, “Public opinion polls revolutionized public policy and journalism. Polls give policy experts, public officials and journalists quick access to what citizens are thinking. While some experts think polls are overused and manipulative, the results heavily influence what political candidates say, and journalists glom onto them like manna from heaven. While The Post did not poll in the New Hampshire primary coverage debacle, polling is a frequent part of its news coverage. Last week alone, it had a poll on D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty’s first year in office and a national presidential poll, with its frequent partner, ABC News, that included questions about Iraq, the economy and the president’s performance. The Post conducts its own polls on local and regional issues and does polls with the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health.”

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  • Dow Jones reports,Michael Copps, a Democratic member of the Federal Communications Commission, said Thursday he was concerned that the worsening economy might lead to private-equity companies breaking up or shutting down media companies they have acquired recently.”

  • Reuters reports, “Comcast Corp Chief Executive Brian Roberts has come under fire from a shareholder who has written to the board demanding that he be replaced and the board re-initiates a stock dividend.”

  • reports, “About 35 percent of Americans have changed their media consumption habits as a result of the Hollywood writers strike, according to a report by the consultancy firm Interpret, and 27 percent are watching less network TV.”

  • The Washington Post reports, “Reporters covering President Bush’s Middle East trip, which ended last week, were in for a bit of a surprise when they showed up at the King David Hotel in Jerusalem for Bush’s statement on peace negotiations. There they found an unexpected colleague — NBC News correspondent David Gregory, who had not been on the press charter or on Air Force One. Gregory, it turned out, flew to Israel solely for a one-on-one interview with Bush. He was one of three network reporters to fly in during the eight-day trip for separate, specially arranged sit-downs with the president, the others being Greta Van Susteren of Fox News and Terry Moran of ABC News. With television’s heavy hitters having abandoned the White House to suffer the wilds of New Hampshire and South Carolina, the Bush team figured the best way to get attention for his trip in the midst of the primaries was to dole out ‘exclusive’ interviews. The strategy met with only modest success at best.”

  • The Los Angeles Times reports, “Spurred by the day-old employment contract signed by the Directors Guild of America, Hollywood’s writers and the major studios agreed Friday to resume talks, hoping to reach an agreement that would end the nearly 11-week-old strike, according to several people close to the matter.”

  • Michael Getler, the PBS Ombudsman, writes, “It probably was inevitable that, with Sen. Barack Obama as a leading contender for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination, race was somehow going to surface during the hard-fought primaries. That’s what happened earlier this month and PBS’s NewsHour with Jim Lehrer covered it, as did every other major news organization in the country. … In the aftermath of last Monday’s program, Jan. 14, however, there were a couple of dozen e-mails about the segment on the racial issues that had erupted and were stirring tensions among the Obama-Clinton campaigns. All of the letters were critical about both the segment and correspondent Judy Woodruff’s handling of it.”

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  • On Google’s party, Tech Daily writes, “The affair attracted a who’s who of technology policy pros, a list of whom would take up too much room in this blog post. You know who you are and I saw you having a good time sipping neon drinks and munching on sushi and coconut-covered shrimp. More than 650 guests RSVPed.”

  • Wired Magazine reports, “When Wired profiled Gawker Media founder Nick Denton in June 2004, we explained how he was strategically deploying ‘Movable Type, sexual prurience, and relentless snarkiness to draw enough of a crowd to lure advertisers.’ That was back when Gawker consisted of just four blogs. Now there are 14. We caught up with Denton via IM.”

  • reports, “Ten Years Ago Today: Drudge Ended the Reign of the Media Gate-keepers”

  • What’s Next reports, “President Bush Answers questions from blog readers.” Weird.

  • The New York Times’ Brian Stelter reports, “Two years ago, Chris DeWolfe, the co-founder and chief executive of MySpace, was talking about international expansion with Rupert Murdoch, whose News Corporation bought the social networking site in 2005. According to Mr. DeWolfe, an entrepreneur used to moving at Internet velocity, he suggested that MySpace could expand to ‘four or five’ countries in the next year. ‘What about 13?’ Mr. Murdoch said. That was one of Mr. DeWolfe’s first lessons in just how fast business is done inside the News Corporation.”

  • Ralph E. Hanson offers a college student’s view of the campaign media.

  • Kenneth in the (212) reports, “An employee in the Washington bureau of PR Newswire, a service that provides press releases to media outlets, was fired yesterday after she used the slug LOONY-BIN-RALLY for a press release about a mental illness march today in South Philly. … Susan Rogers, director of special projects for the Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania, was said to be ‘furious’ and ‘offended’ by the loony bin slug but also reportedly ‘devastated’ to learn that the insensitive employee had been fired.”

  • NewsBusters isn’t happy with a recent piece on Bill Clinton.

  • Tech Crunch reports, “Compete has released a list of the fastest-growing (and fastest-declining) sites of 2007. Some of the fastest growers include Veoh, LinkedIn, Reddit, StumbleUpon, Six Apart, and WordPress. Some of the notable sinkers are Bolt, Xanga, Netscape, and Autobytel.”

  • New York Times reports, “More content begets more viewers, which, in turn, beget more content. That’s the virtuous cycle — the network effect — that has propelled Google-owned YouTube to the No. 1 spot in online video.”

  • reports, “The U.S. online advertising market will reach $50.3 billion in revenue by 2011, more than doubling 2007’s revenue according to a new report by the Yankee Group, ‘The Cowboys Dance On and On: 2007 Online Advertising Forecast.'”

  • Business Week reports, “It’s no secret the Internet has changed the way consumers get information about products and the companies that provide them. Because so much intelligence about a potential transaction is so readily available from independent sources, the message provided by conventional advertising has declined in value to consumers, who even question its trustworthiness.”

  • The New York Times reports, “The more people Shelby W. Bonnie can get arguing over politics, the better. More than a year after leaving CNet Networks, the online media company he ran for six years, Mr. Bonnie is into his next project,, which is as much an online political forum as a stockpile of election data.”

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  • Media Life reports, “Year 2007 started off looking poorly for consumer magazines, and it pretty much ended that way, with ad pages down slightly for the year, falling by 0.8 percent from the prior year’s total, to 251,577.74, when Sunday magazines are included in the roundup, according to the Publishers Information Bureau.”

  • Confederate Yankee reports, “Documents released by the Office of the Chief of Staff, U.S. Central Command at MacDill Air Force Base Florida, in relation to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests files for documents relating to the military investigation into the Scott Thomas Beauchamp ‘Shock Troops’ article in The New Republic magazine.” Check them out here.

  • Matthew Yglesias writes in Washington Monthly, “The Unbearable Inanity of Tim Russert

  • Can you answer CQ Politics Political Trivia for Jan. 18?

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  • The Examiner’s Jim Williams reports,Tony Kornheiser returns to local radio at 8am today on 1500AM — 3WT and XM”

  • Washington Post reports, “Never at a loss to find things to fume about, some of the nation’s radio talk-show hosts are now fuming about the treatment of one of their own — a controversial talk personality whose lifetime achievement award was suddenly revoked this week by an industry trade magazine. Several hosts, most prominently Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh, have been howling in recent days about Radio & Records magazine’s second thoughts about bestowing the award on Bob Grant, a legendary New York broadcaster who helped pioneer the outrageous, combative style that has dominated talk radio for decades.”

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  • SmartBrief is looking for a Taxonomy Engineer.

  • Danville Register & Bee is seeking a sports reporter/page designer.

  • Army Times Publishing is looking for an Associate Editor.

  • The Chronicle of Higher Education is looking for an Online Marketing Associate.

  • SourceMedia is looking for a Reporter, The Bond Buyer.

  • Empire News LLC is looking for a Reporter.

  • Smithsonian Publications is looking for an Associate Editor, Air & Space Magazine.

  • Google Inc. is looking for an Enterprise Federal/DOD Sales Manager and an Enterprise Federal/Civilian Sales Manager.

  • American Society of Landscape Architects is looking for an Advertising Sales Manager.

  • ICMA-RC is looking for a Proposal Writer.

  • The Gazette/Comprint Military is looking for a Reporter.

  • “One of the country’s most-listened to nationally syndicated radio shows is seeking an Executive Producer.”

  • Conde Nast Publications is looking for a WWD Reporter.

  • Atlantic Video, Inc. is offering Post Production Opportunities.

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