Morning Reading List 02.13.09

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It’s day 25 covering the new Obama administration. And day 12 for us. What we know and what we’re reading this Thursday morning…



The Daily Beast offers up responses to the popular question these days, Can the New York Times Be Saved? with an archive of recent coverage. Please only click through if you have a secure job.

Salon’s Glenn Greenwald takes a look at WSJ’s editorial page and asks, “Can a newspaper be more misleading than this?” in response to this line after the President’s primetime press conference earlier this week: “We doubt that President Bush, who was notorious for being parsimonious with follow-ups, would have gotten away with prescreening his interlocutors.”


WSJ’s Robert Thomson, NY Daily News and US News & World Report’s Mort Zuckerman and the Aspen Institute’s Walter Isaacson discuss the future of newspapers and journalism on the Charlie Rose Show. You can read the transcript here.

TVNewser reports “Williams on Nightly’s Bounce: ‘We Haven’t Seen These Numbers In a Long Time.”


From Playbook: The President taped an unannounced interview with the Chicago-based Spanish-language radio show “El Pistolero” (“The Gunman”).


Greg Sargent responds to ABC’s Charlie Gibson’s speech at the National Press Foundation earlier this week, in which he said, news aggregators “rip off our work.” Sargent says, “The real point to be made here, though, is that many people at the traditional news orgs simply don’t understand what aggregation really entails. It isn’t just the act of swiping content or collecting links. Rather, it’s frequently about overriding the news judgments of those organizations in one way or another.”


FishbowlNY reports “Obama Saves Another Magazine”. This time its Ebony- “The sales figures for ‘commemorative issues’ of magazines featuring President Barack Obama are starting to trickle in and early returns are making publishers happier than David Plouffe on election night. Ebony is reporting that its issue sold over 400,000 copies, much higher than its usual amount.”


A reader brings this to our attention… the Committee to Protect Journalists called on President Obama this week to “halt open-ended detentions of journalists by the US military, saying they encouraged similar action by repressive governments.” Read the NYTimes/Reuters piece here.

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