Morning Reading List, 04.29.08

Good morning Washington. It’s Jerry Seinfeld’s birthday and the EPpy Awards finalists have been named (Knight-Wallace fellows, too). Oh, and “The possibility of the host of MSNBC’s ‘Hardball’ Christopher Matthews, running against Senator Specter of Pennsylvania, a Republican, for Mr. Specter’s senate seat in Pennsylvania is intensifying.”

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  • You give Craig Ferguson rave reviews for his WHCA performance.

  • Today’s “Angry Journalist” rant of the day: “I’m angry that has great shirts, but I’m too poor to afford one.”


  • How Not to Inform the Public, by The New York Times

  • E&P reports, “Print circulation continues on its steep downward slide, the Audit Bureau of Circulations revealed this morning in releasing the latest numbers for some of the country’s largest dailies in the six-month period ending March 31, 2008. When a full analysis appears it is expected to find, according to sources, the biggest dip yet, about 3.5% daily and 4.5 for Sunday.”

  • A tipster tells us, “Sid Yudain, founder of Roll Call, turns 85 this weekend. Who will explain to him that ‘his birthday was mentioned on a blog’?”

  • PBS’ Mark Glaser writes, “I am blogging live from the conference, ‘Crisis in News: Symposium on Investgative Reporting,’ at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism. It is perhaps the most beautiful day outside here, with glorious blue skies, but investigative journalists are like vampires, hiding out in dark spaces when it’s warm and sunny outside. So here we are in an auditorium talking about the very serious subject of what’s going to happen to investigative journalism with newspapers cutting so many jobs.”

  • Check out The Washington Post’s 4-part series on the global food crisis. Anthony Faiola spent a month in Mauritania with Emmy award-winning videographer Travis Fox to report on the area most devastated by the food crisis.

  • Top 25 Sunday Newspapers in New FAS-FAX

  • Washington Post’s Deborah Howell writes, “Sports blogging is a wild world unto itself, and that’s where the biggest complaints came from last week. The week before last, Michael Tunison, 25, lost his day job as a Post editorial aide in the Montgomery County bureau after he stepped out from behind his online moniker of Christmas Ape on, a Web site he described as humorous and satirical. Tunison told me he ‘was forced to resign’ after he ‘came out’ on his blog as a Post employee, provided links to several Post stories he had done and appeared drunk in a picture on the blog — or, as he wrote there, ‘totally [expletive] hammered.'”

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  • The latest Russert Watch.

  • Howie Kurtz profiles Chris Cuomo.

  • WMAL reports,Aaron Brown, the former CNN anchor who found cable TV an awkward fit, is joining PBS’ ‘Wide Angle’ series and ending his on-air absence of more than two years.”

  • Huffington Post asks, “Remember When CBS Was The Place To Be? Roger Mudd Does.” The Bulletin reports, “Roger Mudd is an expert on that era because he was one of the most respected newsmen of CBS for decades, and has recently penned his first and only book The Place To Be: Washington, CBS, and the Glory Days of Television News”

  • The Fix reports, “Forget the ongoing primary fight between Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) and Barack Obama (Ill.). The primary that really matters is the one between Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert for the hearts, minds and, yes, even the eyeballs of America.”

  • TVNewser’s Alissa Krinsky reports,Kimberly Dozier To Be Honored For ‘Excellence In Journalism'”

  • Florida Sun-Sentinel reports, “Some people wondered what Chris Wallace was thinking — or if he was thinking — when he left a high-profile role at ABC News in 2003 for Fox News Channel. Wallace had no doubts he was making a smart move: ‘It was all about air time.’ On a broadcast network, it’s extremely limited. On a cable news network, there’s more than enough time available, almost all anyone could want.”

  • TVNewser’s Steve Krakauer reports, “Sen. Barack Obama appeared with Chris Wallace yesterday on Fox News Sunday, in an interview which stopped the long running Obama Watch clock at 772 days. Reactions across the web were largely positive.” For more on Obama’s appearance, check out Huffington Post’s “TV SoundOff: Sunday Talking Heads.

  • B&C reports, “If there’s one thing that Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.), Barack Obama (D-Ill.) and Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) all have in common, it’s that each of the presidential candidates has already endured his or her very own YouTube moment. … But as NBC News political director Chuck Todd sees it, none has gotten burned by this new-media phenomenon quite like former President Bill Clinton. It’s fascinating: Nobody’s been a bigger victim of the so-called YouTube moments than Bill Clinton,‘ Todd said. ‘I think Bill Clinton was woefully unprepared for 21st Century media.'”

  • TVNewser’s Chris Ariens reports, “TVNewser attended a live taping of Inside Media Saturday afternoon. The Newseum program was a tribute to Edward R. Murrow commemorating what would have been his 100th birthday.”

  • Media Matters reports, “On April 22, The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart highlighted two recent reports concerning national security that have been largely ignored by most television news outlets and NPR: a New York Times article reporting that ‘the Bush administration has used’ media military analysts, many of whom have clients with or seeking Pentagon contracts, ‘into a kind of media Trojan horse — an instrument intended to shape terrorism coverage from inside the major TV and radio networks’; and a Government Accountability Office report that found that the “United States has not met its national security goals to destroy terrorist threats and close the safe haven in Pakistan’s FATA.”

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  • Hotline tells us, “With reader complaints high, look for a Last Call and Wake-Up Call to be make some serious changes in the coming days. These may or may not include a more blackberry-friendly version, a return to the new font and style.”

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  • Jonah Goldberg writes, “The editors of Time surely know this, which explains their real motive: They want to persuade Americans otherwise. And they are honest about it. Richard Stengel, Time’s managing editor, who recently admitted that he doesn’t much care about ‘objective’ journalism, insists that ‘there needs to be an effort along the lines of preparing for World War II to combat global warming and climate change.”

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  • NPR is looking for a Data Analyst.

  • America’s Choice, Inc. is looking for a Production Assistant.

  • Federal Citizen Information Center is looking for someone in Public Relations/Writer.

  • is looking for a Managing Editor.

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