Morning Reading List, 01.30.08

Good morning Washington. It’s Dick Cheney’s birthday!

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  • His Extreme-ness writes, “Who says the glory days of daring, swashbuckling Washington Post reporting have passed them by?
    In the past, we’ve seen the Post bravely cover frontline stories ranging from Afghanistan to Bosnia to members of the Axis of Evil. Today they keep that proud tradition alive. Today we see the Post boldly set foot in a … strip club.”

  • Two Groups of Editors Pen Strong Complaints About New AP Fees, Other Practices

  • A reader asks, “Did politico wait to publish so they could get SOTU coverage in the paper? I dont think RC or Hill did.”

  • The Project for Excellence in Journalism’s Campaign Coverage Index shows, “Former President Bill Clinton received more press attention in last week’s election coverage than any Republican candidate for the White House and Democrat John Edwards. Barack Obama, with his big South Carolina primary win, was the media exposure winner, registering as a significant or dominant newsmaker in 41% of the campaign stories.”

  • The Newseum and the National Archives present “Back Rooms to Ballot Boxes: Primary Reform, the People and the Press” Thursday night at 7p.m. at the William G. McGowan Theater, The National Archives, 7th & 9th Streets, N.W., Washington, D.C.
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  • An ABC release announced, “‘World News with Charles Gibson’ was the most-watched evening newscast among Total Viewers, Households, and Adults 25-54 for the week of January 21-25. Averaging 9.81 million Total Viewers and a 2.5/9 among Adults 25-54, the ABC News broadcast outperformed NBC’s ‘Nightly News’ by 170,000 Total Viewers and 190,000 key demo viewers. This marks ‘World News’ best performance in both categories in nearly a year (week of February 12, 2007).”

  • A CNN release announced, “CNN Productions plans to produce a series of one-hour documentaries in 2008 under its successful Broken Government brand. As it did in the 2006 midterm election, the series seeks to offer clarity to the political topics receiving close attention during the 2008 U.S. presidential campaign. The first documentary in the series, Broken Government: Health Care Critical Condition, is reported by CNN’s chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta. Critical Condition will premiere on Thursday, Jan. 31, at 11 p.m., immediately following the CNN/Los Angeles Times/POLITICO Democratic Presidential Candidates Debate and will replay on Saturday, Feb. 2, and Sunday, Feb. 3, at 11 p.m. All times Eastern.”

  • Boomberg reports, “Clear Channel Communications Inc. fell the most in more than five years in New York trading on concern the $19.5 billion buyout by private equity firms may not happen. Clear Channel dropped $2.38, or 7 percent, to $31.42 at 4:01 p.m. in New York Stock Exchange composite trading, the most since October 2002. The stock is 20 percent below the buyers’ $39.20-a-share offer.”

  • Media Matters’ Eric Boehlert writes, “Fox News is in for a very rough 2008”

  • The Associated Press reports, “Veteran CBS Washington hand Bob Schieffer, who has anchored ‘Face the Nation’ since 1991, said Tuesday he plans to step down from the Sunday morning political talk show with the inauguration of a new president.”

  • TVNewser reports, “Thanks to the highest rated primary debate in cable news history and strong ratings for primary coverage, CNN won the A18-49 demo in prime time for the month of January. It’s the first time in more than six years (Nov. 2001) that CNN has won the A18-49 demo (which industry observers acknowledge is not the demo preferred by advertisers).”

  • A Nielsen release announced, “On Monday, January 28, 2008, President George W. Bush’s State of the Union Address was carried live on 9 national television networks — ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, CNN, FOX News Channel, MSNBC, Telemundo, and Univision.” According to Nielsen, 27,702,000 homes watched the SOTU.

  • “Fox News Channel called the victory in the Florida GOP primary for Sen. John McCain shortly after 9:12pmET. Seconds later, CNN called the race the same way. MSNBC did not call the race until 9:17pmET, ironically just as Keith Olbermann was interviewing MSNBC Political Director Chuck Todd on the subject of why MSNBC had not called it for McCain,” reports TVNewser. Also, “As the final polls closed in Florida at 8pmET, all three networks called the fairly inconsequential Democratic primary for Sen. Hillary Clinton.”

  • TVNewser reports, “Although CNN and Fox News have alluded to the possibility, MSNBC is the only network to report that Rudy Giuliani will endorse Sen. John McCain tomorrow in California.”

  • The Los Angeles Times reports, “Hollywood’s striking writers and major studios have moved closer to bridging their divide after a week of talks, raising hopes that a new contract is within reach. The parties have narrowed the gap between them in some key areas, including how much writers should earn when films and TV shows are distributed online, according to people close to the situation who insisted on anonymity because talks are confidential.”

  • The New York Post reports, Mike Wallace under went triple-bypass heart surgery over the weekend. Wallace, 89, took his first steps yesterday, just two days after undergoing the procedure in Manhattan, reportedly at Lenox Hill Hospital. ‘Mike is recovering nicely,” a CBS News spokesman said yesterday. He quoted Wallace’s doctors as describing the surgery as ‘a great success.'”

  • TVNewser reports, “Insiders tell TVNewser the Hillary Clinton campaign was prepared to give exclusive access for the next 48 hours to ABC’s 20/20, but because of a scheduling conflict, ABC News passed on the offer. Sources tell us the campaign had wanted ABC to accompany Sen. Clinton for a 48 hour period beginning today, with the report airing Friday night on 20/20.”

  • “This month marked the sixth consecutive year that FNC led the cable networks in total viewership, in total day and prime time. It also was a milestone month for FNC, which secured 14 out of the top 16 programs in cable news in total viewers and eight of the top 11 programs in the A25-54 demo (live only data),” reports TVNewser.

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  • Check out Media Matters’ You Tube video on “America’s Mayor”

  • CNet reports, “Googlers: Old media’s not dead, it just has to be Google-ized”

  • WWD asks, “What was Bill Clinton doing in the lobby of 4 Times Square Monday afternoon? The former president was spotted at the headquarters of Condé Nast Publications with a team of Secret Service agents and a photographer wearing a badge that identified him as being with the Clinton camp. Clinton’s appearance created some buzz throughout the halls, considering his wife and presidential candidate Sen. Hillary Clinton ruffled the feathers of Vogue editor in chief Anna Wintour after backing out of a photo shoot for the magazine. Could he have been trying to smooth things over with Wintour, or just attempting to garner votes for his wife in New York’s primary on Feb. 5?”

  • Check out It announed yesterday “the addition of 50 of the nation’s leading college campuses to their network, bringing students across the country the most scandalous, salacious and entertaining stories around campus.”

  • Wired reports, “Huckabee Endorses Fire-And-Brimstone YouTube Competitor ‘GodTube'”

  • CNet reports, “Clinton, Huckabee confirmed for final MySpace-MTV election ‘dialogue'”

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  • MinOnline reports, “Publicly traded Investcorp has acquired Randall-Reilly Publishing Co., a major B2B publisher of trucking and construction magazines, from Wachovia Capital Partners in conjunction with RR prez and CEO Mike Reilly and other top managers. Aside from rollover equity participation by company management, financial terms were not disclosed. Berkery Noyes represented RR in the transaction.”

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  • Soup Cans has a round-up of “Blogging The White House News Anchor Dinner From The Inside”

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  • The Knight Center for Specialized Journalism is seeking a Digital Guru for Knight Center for Specialized Journalism.

  • The Gazette is looking for a Staff Writer and a Copy Design Editor.

  • Blackboard Inc. is looking for a Proposal Writer.

  • Danville Register & Bee is seeking creative designers.

  • The Roanoke Times is looking for an Editorial Writer.

  • Arcom Publishing, Inc. is looking for a Ad Layout Coordinator.

  • Loudoun Times Mirror is looking for a Sports Reporter.

  • Arcom Publishing, Inc. is looking for a General Assignment Reporter.

  • Home Front Communications is looking for a Media Specialist.

  • TeamPeople is looking for a Media Recruitment Coordinator.

  • PCAOB — Public Company Accounting Oversight Board is looking for a Associate Director, Public Affairs.

  • American Chemical Society is looking for a Senior Web Associate.

  • American Society of Landscape Architects is looking for a PR/Marketing Summer Intern.

  • Potomac News Bill is seeking a Circulation Director.

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