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…
NEWSPAPERS | TV | RADIO | ONLINE | MAGAZINES | NEWS NOTES | JOBS
NEWPAPERS
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.
TV
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.
RADIO
From Current.org 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.
ONLINE
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.
MAGAZINES
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.
NEWS NOTES
For the first time in 18 years, the media covered the arrival home last night of a soldier killed overseas. More from AP.



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