Morning Reading List, 03.31.08

Good morning Washington. It’s Al Gore’s Birthday!

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  • Obama vs. McCain: You think Obama will win.

  • Today’s “Angry Journalist” rant of the day: “Hiring freezes and resigning reporters, which means more work for the rest of us.”

  • This week’s classes include Boot Camp for Journalists, Op-Ed Writing and Research and Reporting for Books and Articles.

  • Friday was Ed O’Keefe’s birthday from


  • AJR reports, “At a time of gloom and doom in the business, the new Newseum reinforces its importance.”

  • Chicago Tribune Public Editor reports, “A story about John McCain’s speech on foreign policy appeared at the top of the front page Thursday. That probably surprised many who believe the Tribune never reports on the presumed Republican presidential candidate. Throughout the primary season, some readers have assiduously compared coverage of the presidential candidates, measuring columns of newsprint and square inches of photo displays in order to buttress their claims of bias.”

  • Deb Howell on a “Public Death, Private Life.” Clark Hoyt on “Other Voices: Bias in the Eye of the Beholder.”

  • Mark your calendars for May 18 and get ready for the most fun you’ll have all year. The Post Hunt is an exciting urban safari made up of brain-teasing puzzles woven into the landscape of Washington, D.C.’s Penn Quarter neighborhood. The puzzles are challenging, crazy and fun for all ages. Work in teams to solve them and compete to win a grand prize trip to Florida. All you need to bring is your Sunday, May 18 copy of The Washington Post Magazine.”

  • Washington City Paper’s Erik Wemple writes, “I’m an editor, and I’m feeling under siege of late. First, Jack Shafer tells me that editors are losing a big chunk of status at the Washington Post. And then I’m reading that the great Ted Leonsis has just unveiled his 10-point plan for reviving the newspaper biz. Point No. 8 is ‘Get Rid of Senior Editors.’ Here’s a dagger from the treatise: ‘Editors are passé,’ writes Leonsis.”

  • reports, “The congressional fight over changes to the Federal Communications Commission’s media-ownership rules is headed for its first Senate vote next week.”

  • At Tribune, Change Is Blowin’ in the Wind

  • A reader writes in, “Today (3/29/08) I had the privilege of visiting the Newseum on its Friends and Family of Volunteers Day. The staff couldn’t have been nicer. Although I didn’t have a chance to spend a lot of time at each exhibit — there’s so much — it seems to me that it did a great job of highlighting American TV and newspaper news. Having said that, other than front pages from around the world and some historical copies of older pages in the first exhibit, the international press got little attention elsewhere. Further, I came away with the impression that the only notable moments in radio journalism were when Edward R. Murrow broadcast live during the bombing of London in WWII and WNYC’s 9-11 coverage. In fact, blogging as journalism got more attention than radio. This is weird when many of us listen to news/talk and public radio in our cars. Further, what about news magazines? Either way, anyone interested in American TV news and newspaper news will enjoy this museum, but it’ll leave those looking for a celebration of radio and magazine journalism unsatisfied.”

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  • As TV Goes Digital, Some Viewers May Be in the Dark

  •’s Rick Ellis writes, “It’s a lot easier to criticize someone you don’t like than a person you respect. I could write thousands of words slamming Bill O’Reilly without even thinking hard (which is not unlike the process he uses to put together his TV show). But complaining about someone I enjoy as much as Keith Olbermann is much tougher. I genuinely like the guy, and ‘Countdown’ continues to be one of the bright spots of cable news. The problem for me is that ‘Countdown’ is rapidly becoming predictable and generic; a distressing development for a show that really has its own internal vibe and attitude. I still watch the show every night, but there are times when my interest fades, and I find myself hitting the fast forward button to get through a segment.”

  • The Feed asks, “Why Did It Take Sinbad to Expose Hillary Clinton’s Bosnia ‘Misstatement’?”

  • The PEJ Talk Show Index for March 17-23 shows, “In a week in which the campaign overwhelmingly dominated the talk airwaves, the hottest issue was Obama’s speech aimed at dampening the Rev. Jeremiah Wright controversy. In the talk show universe, the response was impassioned, but the verdict was far from unanimous.”

  • reports, “Cable provider Comcast has reached an agreement to end its practice of limiting BitTorrent traffic. The two firms announced a partnership in which both sides will work to solve the problem of bandwidth usage by the file-sharing service.”

  • Huffington Post’s Eat The Press reports,Chris Matthews Really Plays Hardball, Demands New Guest Name Sources For Obama Claim”

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  • Dallas Morning News Trail Blazer reports, “From those cheeky folks at Slate, ‘The Hillary Deathwatch'”

  • Folio reports, “Newsweek is planning a live Webcast of Pope Benedict XVI’s first visit to the United States as pontiff next month. Dubbed Newsweek’s ‘Popecast’ by video producer and contributing editor Tammy Haddad, the magazine will offer live streaming coverage of the Washington, D.C. portion of Benedict’s trip, slated for April 15-20. The Webcast will be anchored by Newsweek editor Jon Meacham.”

  • New York Magazine reports, “Media Panel Stretches Blog Metaphors, Blows Kisses at Obama”

  • Late Night Shots announced, “LNS will be launching version Alpha Beta 7.46 this weekend. The site will have a completely different design, numerous new features and will be expanding to several other cities. We look forward to hearing your feedback and suggestions….”

  • BtoB reports, “Nielsen Business Media Thursday announced the introduction of, which combines the career/job search sites of six of its media brands: Adweek, Billboard, Brandweek, Editor & Publisher, The Hollywood Reporter and Mediaweek.”

  • reports, “The shift from print to online media is giving journalists more responsibility and making them more aware of the commercial side of the business according to the ‘2008 PRWeek/PR Newswire Media Survey.'”

  • Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) will introduce the Blogger Protection Act of 2008 this week.

  • Think Progress reported, “As a blog that strives to maintain credibility and transparency, we would like to explain our mistake. When we were alerted to the tip that Adm. Ziemer gave a similar speech in 1996, we searched LexisNexis and McCain’s campaign site for whether the senator used the disputed phrases before that time. We did not find anything. After we published the post, the McCain campaign contacted us and pointed to a speech given by the senator in 1995, which appears on McCain’s Senate site. As soon as we were alerted to the error, we rushed to publish a correction. Once again, we regret the error, and we apologize for it.”

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  • Time’s James Poniewozik asks, “How will the signature news channel of the Bush era steer clear of becoming a lame duck?”

  • The New York Post reports, “But on Monday, Men’s Health Editorial Director David Zinczenko will be crowed Editor of the Year by Adweek.”

  • The Nation is having its 1st Annual Nation Associates Membership Drive. “Right now, we have an extraordinary opportunity: A long-time supporter will match, dollar for dollar, every donation to the Nation Associates that we receive through March 31st, up to $5,000! That means that every gift, no matter the size, will go twice as far toward ensuring that our fearless journalism stays razor-sharp during this critical election year.”

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  • Washingtonian’s Harry Jaffe reports, “A week after the heart attack on the last Monday in January, Wilbon, 49, was back on TV jousting with Tony Kornheiser on their ESPN sports talk show, Pardon the Interruption. His first call was from Washington Post head man Don Graham. ‘Do I get a vote?’ Graham asked, according to Wilbon. ‘You are back too soon.'”

  • Reuters reports, “A group of state attorneys general on Thursday urged the U.S. Federal Communications Commission to impose restrictions on Sirius Satellite Radio’s purchase of rival XM Satellite Radio if it decides to approve the $4.15 billion deal.”

  • FishbowlNY reports, “ABC News Senior National Correspondent & Senior Political Correspondent Jake Tapper got into a spot of the old rough and tumble on Curtis Sliwa’s WABC radio program this morning. Sliwa, who has what can only be properly construed as a very combustible, Brooklyn-streets style, had, earlier in the program, made some highly unflattering remarks about Barbara Walters’ age. Tapper, who was apparently on hold during the radio vivisection and heard the remarks, immediately confronted Sliwa when he got on the air”

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  • Optical Society of America is looking for a Director, Publications Sales.

  • University of Maryland University College is looking for journalism & photojournalism adjunct faculty.

  • The Associated Press is looking for an ENPS Project Manager.

  • Condé Nast Publications is looking for a Online & Local Print Account Executive.

  • U.S. News & World Report is looking for a Personal Finance Editor.

  • Population Reference Bureau is looking for an Editor.

  • Smithsonian Magazine is looking for a Web Editor.

  • National Journal Group is looking for a Director of Events & Communications.

  • Center for U.S. Global Engagement is looking for a Communications Associate.

  • Guardian News and Media is looking for an Assistant Web Editor, Guardian America.

  • The Map Network, a NAVTEQ Company is looking for an Account Manager — Destination & Tourism.

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