Morning Reading List 04.06.09

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Its day 77 covering the Obama administration and week ten for us. What we know and what we’re reading this Monday morning…



The NYTimes Co. is looking into closing The Boston Globe “unless labor unions agree to concessions like pay cuts and the cessation of pension contributions, according to a person briefed on the talks,” as first reported in this Saturday’s NYT. Boston Globe’s coverage here.

Read more about how the Globe union is open to concessions but wants management to make cuts too here, and more on the shock and dismay in the Boston community here.

WaPo ombudsman Andrew Alexander shed some light in Sunday’s paper on how the paper’s journalistic rules are kept hidden from readers. “The public should be able to easily access them online. It’s not merely right but also smart to be transparent at a time when The Post is trying to hold on to readers.”

PBS’ Bill Moyers discusses how to save newspapers here.


On Tuesday, CNN’s Wolf Blitzer and Gloria Borger will interview Vice President Joe Biden. The entire interview will air during the 6pm hour of The Situation Room on Tuesday.

WaPo’s Howard Kurtz on CNN’s Roland Martin, filling in for Campbell Brown out on maternity leave on “No Bias, No Bull,” in today’s Media Notes.

“Special Report” anchor Bret Baier appears to have settled on a new show closing: “Straightforward news in uncertain times.” Baier began using the phrase Wednesday. He’d been saying “Your source for the news tonight and every night” after dropping the “Fair and Balanced” slogan when he took over the show in January.

We just couldn’t resist the Playbook copy-and-paste on this one… “Overheard, in heavily accented English, yelled from the Prague square where President Obama spoke yesterday: “We love you, Chuck Todd!” (Jonathan Martin)”

In memoriam: Tom Braden. The creator and co-host of CNN’s “Crossfire,” died Friday at age 92. More on TVNewser.


From via DCRTV: In a new round of budget-cutting now underway, NPR has reduced salaries and benefits for its officers and is proposing that its 565 union employees accept similar concessions. During talks initiated with its technicians’ union last week, NPR proposed new contract language that would roll back union jurisdiction more than 85 jobs in the bargaining unit. The latest package of NPR spending cuts, to be finalized by May, will include some layoffs. NPR cut 64 jobs in December.


Should President Obama control the Internet? Via WebNewser, Hot Air takes an interesting look at a bill moving its way through the Senate that would give the president wide power over the Internet. “The president… may declare a cybersecurity emergency and order the limitation or shutdown of Internet traffic to and from any compromised Federal government or United States critical infrastructure information system or network.”

Is it possible to make blogs into a full fledged business? Could they really replace newspapers as a whole? Folio takes a look at Andrew Sullivan, one of Folio’s top 40 industry influencers and innovators for his work with The Atlantic.


For the first time in three years, Vanity Fair won’t print the mag’s annual green issue this year. Conde Nast says an issue dedicated to the environment is now unnecessary.


For the first time in 18 years, the media covered the arrival home last night of a soldier killed overseas. More from AP.

LA Times: In the White House, some reporters become the news. “A review of the recent history of White House news conferences teaches us several lessons: The Henry-Obama kerfuffle pales in comparison to previous showdowns; reporters who succumb to the trend of posting their every thought online look silly and self-serving; and the media would generate more real information by working together to build stories rather than by nurturing their personal ‘brands.'”

From the same piece, ABC’s Sam Donaldson on CNN’s Ed Henry’s blog on his last press conference experience: “To write about this as if he ought to be awarded the congressional Medal of Honor,” chuckled the old ABC warrior, “well, I guess that is part of the new game.”

We’re a little behind on this piece, but since WashTimes’ Joe Curl is such a fan of the blog, we thought we’d include it this morning. Schedule leaves Obama a media no-show: “The normally savvy media mavens on Team Obama blundered badly on the opening day of his European trip, scheduling his only open event for 5:15 a.m. EDT, which forced the mainstream and cable morning news programs to fill endless hours showing live protests in London and discussing first lady Michelle Obama’s ‘green pencil skirt.'”

Family Guy and American Dad spoof Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and NYT’s Maureen Dowd. Stewie Griffin: “Well that Maureen Dowd sounds like one sharp tack. I’ll have to start reading her. What paper does she write for again?” Watch here.

HAT TIPS: Mediabistro, Romenesko

JOBS after the jump…


Twitter is hiring. Check out the openings here.

Here’s an idea- Jobless reporters are making tv ads to pitch themselves for work.

From MediaJobsDaily: 100 Best Resources To Help You Find a Job and from Slate: How Not To Get Laid Off (more for a laugh than actualy guidance).