Morning Reading List 02.23.09

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Its day 35 covering the Obama administration and week 4 for us. FBDC wishes a Happy Birthday to John Stanton, who celebrated a bday this weekend. Celebrating with Stanton Saturday night: Michael Calderone, Angela Valdez, Jackie Kucinich, Erin McPike, Emily Heil and Jared Allen.

What we know and what we’re reading this Friday morning…



The owner The Philadelphia Inquirer and the Philadelphia Daily News has filed for bankruptcy. AP reports that an email to staffers says “the company is still in business, the papers are still publishing” and that members should report to work. Philadelphia Newspapers Inc. joins the ranks of the Journal Register Co., Chicago’s Tribune Co. and the Star Tribune of Minneapolis, all who have filed for Chapter 11.

Cartoonist treading lightly when drawing Obama… “Editorial cartoonists are bending over backwards a lot these days, as they try to satirize the nation’s first black president. And when they don’t, the result is the kind of outcry that erupted this week after a New York Post cartoon featured a bloody chimpanzee- intentionally or unintentionally evoking racist images of the past.”

Len Downie spoke with USC Annenberg’s Neon Tommy Digital News about the future of journalism, whether Politico has changed Washington reporting and if Watergate-style reporting still exists. Check out the interview here.


AP’s David Bauder looks at whether or not TV News missed the point in covering the stimulus package.

More on why MSNBC’s Chris Matthews won’t run for Senator from Washington Whispers. According to colleague Chuck Todd, “Because [Chris] had a really good friend of his say to him, ‘What are you going to do when you get there?’ and he couldn’t answer the question and he realized that, and that’s why he didn’t run.”


Portfolio reports on NYT’s efforts to reach out the Twittering community.


Who cares which female politican would best run a daycare center? US News & World Report, apparently. A poll on its website has Michelle Obama and Sarah Palin neck-in-neck, and Hillary Clinton and Nancy Pelosi drag far behind, with less than 5 percent combined.


James Rainey at the LA Times looks at President Obama’s relationship with the ethnic press here. “I suspect these niche operators will also be used by the Obama administration– maybe something like President George W. Bush used evangelical Christian radio– because the White House believes they are more likely to funnel the chief executive’s message with little scrutiny or criticism.”

Essential reading for anyone covering Washington, Ryan Lizza’s latest in the New York, “The Gatekeeper: Rahm Emanuel on the job.”

Former White House Press Secretary Dana Perino says email has changed the way news is gathered.

Has all this Oscar excitement got you thinking about leaving DC for Hollywood? Find out what exactly a Hollywood producer does from Slate.

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