Morning Reading List, 01.30.09

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Check out today’s White House Photo of the Day from Time. Today’s “Angry Journalist” rant of the day: “Salaries frozen going on three years! Added responsibilities! Something’s got to give.”

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  • Politico’s Michael Calderone reports, “Marilyn Thompson, who returned to the Washington Post last year from the New York Times, has just been named deputy assistant managing editor for national news, according to a staff memo obtained by Politico.”

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  • Splice Today reports, “France and Switzerland are taking serious governmental steps to aid their failing print media industries.”

  • A Newsletter from The National Press Club reports, “Golden Owl Donald R. Foxvog died Jan. 22 of pneumonia in Bethesda. His first job was as Editor of a small daily paper in Troy, Ala. Then he owned a small daily in Stoughton, Wis.. for a short time. He worked for several years for Congressional Quarterly in Washington, D.C.”

  • A reader tells us, “Matthew Cooper writes an interesting bit on how Politico should have better identified Peter Schiff. I agree with the underlying premise. However, implying that Hayek is some right wing kook (as Schiff and Ron Paul are sometimes viewed) is at best a stretch. Perhaps Cooper should have reviewed Hayek’s work a bit more before the over simplified categorization. Yes Hayek’s work focused on pure free market capitalism (at a time when socialism was gaining support around the world), but the guy was not some extreme fringe philosopher railing against free trade (which he actually wholeheartedly supported). Hayek won the Nobel Prize in economics (1974) for his work on economic fluctuations. He was one of the first economists to recognize the interdependent relationship between economy, social movements and a nation’s instistitutions — a field of study today called political economics. He taught at London School of Economics and his work was often held in direct contrast to Keynes. I don’t agree w/ Hayek — but he’s not a wing nut. It’s a bit ironic that Cooper is lecturing Politico on being more clear about who people are when he is so glib and misleading about a leading economist. Hayek was wrong — but he had SLIGHTLY more credibility than Ron Paul and Peter Schiff.”

  • Steve Coll writes in The New Yorker, “In the foreseeable future, it seems, there will be two kinds of nonprofit newspapers—those which are deliberately so and those which are reluctantly so.”

  • Washington Post’s Comic Riff’s writes, “Read Obama’s Lips: Cartoonists Deal in Bizarre Caricature”

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  • A release announced, “Face The Nation with Bob Schieffer posted double-digit percentage increases for the Jan. 25 broadcast, beating ABC in viewers and adults 25-54 (and tied in households). The program was up +10% in households (2.3/06 from 2.1/05), +12% in viewers (3.34m from 2.98m) and +11% in adults 25-54 (1.0/04 from 0.9/04) compared to the same week last year. Season-to-date, FACE THE NATION is up +10% in households (2.2/06 from 2.0/05), +21% in viewers (3.18m from 2.64m) and +13% in adults 25-54 (0.9/04 from 0.8/04) compared to last season.”

  • A release announced, “According to Nielsen Media Research data, ‘Meet the Press with David Gregory’ was the most-watched Sunday morning public affairs program, winning the week ending Sunday, January 25 in all categories. The Gregory-moderated broadcast was No. 1, averaging 4.186 million total viewers”

  • A release announced, “According to Nielsen Media Research, ABC News ‘This Week with George Stephanopoulos’ had its best January in 7 years, averaging 3.64 million Total Viewers, a growth of 20% compared to January 2008. In Adults 25-54, ‘This Week’ held steady January to January, averaging 1.22 million for the month. NBC’s ‘Meet the Press’ in comparison declined 1% in Total Viewers and 8% in the demo January 2008 to January 2009.”

  • A release announced, “ABC News ‘Nightline’ is on a roll as it continues to grow season to date and quarter to date, and year to year, according to Nielsen Media Research for the week of January 19 2009. Among Total Viewers, ‘Nightline’ posted 3.94 million, increasing an impressive 31% compared to the same week last year while ‘Letterman’ declined (-18%). The late night program also grew 25% quarter to date while ‘Letterman’ declined (-11%) and ‘Leno’ declined (-2%).”

  • Landline TV attempted to cover the inaugural festivities without any connections or budget. Check out the results here.

  • The New York Times reports, “ABC Said to Consider ‘Kimmel’ in ‘Nightline’ Slot”

  • The New York Times reports, “House Defeats Bill to Delay Digital TV Switch”

  • Washington Post’s Tom Shales reports, “At CBS, Couric’s Role and Ratings Show Signs of Looking Up”

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  • Find out “How the Huffington Post Helped Save a Life

  • A release announced, “Average monthly unique audience figures for newspaper Web sites grew by nearly 7.3 million in 2008 to 67.3 million visitors, an increase of 12.1 percent over 2007, according to a new report by Nielsen Online for the Newspaper Association of America. Monthly unique visitors during the fourth quarter of 2008 averaged 68.2 million, an 8.6 percent increase over the same period a year ago (62.8 million). The data comprise home and work Internet usage.”

  • E&P reports, “Web-Only Newsrooms Entering Pulitzer Contest for First Time”

  • CJR asks, “Judith Miller is writing at The Daily Beast. Does she deserve this second chance?”

  • AFP reports, “Some Republicans eager to share real-time details of their closed-door talks Tuesday with US President Barack Obama didn’t bother with anonymous leaks — they went right to Twitter.”

  • Blog, P.I. brings us, “Dispatches from the Culture11 Wars”

  • Check out the back-and-forth between Thomas Jefferson Street blogger Jack Farrell and Brit actor Ricky Gervais (or his Web site anyway). Farrell’s initial post — about life-imitating-art in Kate Winslet being nominated for an Oscar for a Holocaust-related movie — is here. Gervais’ site linked to it, saying: “US press takes Extras too seriously An US News columnist compares Kate Winslet’s appearance on Extras with her recent awards successes.” Farrell responded, prompting this from Gervais: “US press fails to see that we were joking when we said they took Extras too seriously”

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  • reports, “Government media aren’t dodging the recession — 1105 Media decides not to publish this week’s GCN”

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  • Politico’s Roger Simon tells us, “Why attacking the press never works”

  • Huffington Post reports, “Well, that certainly didn’t take long. Roughly a week into the presidency, Barack Obama and his team find themselves at odds with the White House press corps.”

  • Gawker asks, “How Long Can the Great Media Families Last?”

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  • Avisar Incorporated is looking for a Web Project Coordinator.

  • National Journal Group is looking for a Staff Correspondent.

  • Government Executive is looking for a Staff Correspondent.

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    Hat Tips: DCRTV, Michael Calderone, TVNewser, IWantMedia, Romenesko, MediaBistro, JournalismJobs, JournalismNext, Mic Check Radio, New York Times’ On This Day

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