Morning Reading List 04.27.09

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Its day 98 covering the Obama administration and week 13 for us. Happy Birthday to Dana Milbank and Domenico Montanaro (who celebrated over the weekend). What we know and what we’re reading this Monday morning…



NYT’s Maureen Dowd: “For people who still love print, who like to hold it, feel it, rustle it, tear stuff out… it’s important to remember that people are living longer,” said SF Chron editor Phil Bronstein. “That’s the most hopeful thing you can say about print journalism, that old people are living longer.” Continue reading here.


As pointed out via Twitter by @pwgavin, why is Gibbs sitting to the left of gregory instead of traditional right? HUGELY IMPORTANT.

NYT: The election of Barack Obama does not seem to have ushered in a kinder, less-polarized environment in politics — or television. And that’s not a good break for CNN, a network whose strategy is to steer the middle course in its news coverage.

A website has been created to support MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann’s offer to Fox News’ Sean Hannity- $1,000 a second to be waterboarded. Olbermann’s offer comes after Hannity said he’d be willing to be waterboarded to benefit charity.

NBC’s Today Show’s Matt Lauer landed the first interview with Captain Richard Phillips since returning home after being held hostage by Somali pirates. This will air tomorrow.

And check out BriWi on 30 Rock.

For some more Monday morning comic relief, check out TV anchors put to music videos here.


Politics Daily is up and running.

Twitterviews are all the craze… NJ’s Hotline On Call blog (@thehotline) interviewed former DNC chairman now Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe (@Terry_McAuliffe).

Have you ever heard of a “Twitter expert”? Neither have we.


Newsweek’s Jon Meacham will pen a biography of former President George H.W. Bush, according to the NYP. MediaInk says “The book is not an authorized biography, but the Bush family is believed to be cooperating.”

WaPo’s Howard Kurtz’ Media Notes: For more than a year, David Bradley, the Atlantic’s soft-spoken owner, has hosted off-the-record dinners in his glass-enclosed office. And the guests, from Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner to Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke to Jordan’s King Abdullah II, are as A-list as they come.

Reliable Source reports “Chris Matthews paid $3,200 Saturday for “naming rights” in Newt Gingrich’s upcoming book. Gingrich donated the chance to name a character for Mount Vernon’s annual fundraiser; the MSNBC host was top bidder in the live auction and said he wants a “hero part” for his fictional counterpart.”

In light of “State of Play,” TWT talks to local film producers and location managers to find out the U.S. Capitol Police basically make filming in their area impossible. It could be costing the city millions every year in film production.

HAT TIPS: Mediabistro, Romenesko

JOBS and REVOLVING DOOR after the jump…


A “hip-hop media mogul” is looking for a personal assisant. (Hint: reality show on VH1 involved.)

NPR is looking for a digital health correspondent and editor.

CQ is looking for a digital media coordinator.

The International Center for Journalists is looking to fill jobs at an online personal finance reporting program.

Also be sure to check out MediaJobsDaily.


From Playbook this morning: Well known communications strategist Ed Gillespie is forming Ed Gillespie Strategies, a new strategic consulting firm that will provide high-level advice to companies and CEOs, coalitions and trade associations. Services offered include strategic planning, message development and communications strategy, hearing and interview preparation, crisis and reputation management, and coalition organization and oversight. Gillespie served as Counselor to President George W. Bush during the last 18 months of his presidency. Prior to joining the White House, he was a principal at Quinn Gillespie and Associates, the bipartisan public affairs firm he founded with Jack Quinn, who had been White House Counsel for President Bill Clinton. Before forming QGA, Gillespie was President of Policy Impact Communications, the firm he founded with former RNC Chairman Haley Barbour, now governor of Mississippi. Gillespie chaired the Republican National Committee in the 2004 election cycle, the first time in 80 years that Republicans won the White House while retaining control of the House and Senate. Ed Gillespie Strategies will be based in the Old Town section of Alexandria, Virginia.