Morning Reading List, 05.04.07

morningsun.gifGood morning Washington.

  • Overwhelmingly, you would not wear a yellow “Tony Snow” bracelet as a reporter covering the White House.

  • House Radio and TV Gallery Director Tina Tate Leaves for the Newseum

  • Did you enjoy World Press Freedom Day yesterday?

  • An NBC release announced that “Meet the Press with Tim Russert”
    was “the top-rated Sunday morning public affairs program, placing first in all categories both nationally and in Washington, D.C. for the week ending on Sunday, April 29, 2007.” On Sunday, “Meet” attracted 3.269 million total viewers, 18% more (+498,000) than CBS’s “Face the Nation,” a 26% lead over ABC’s “This Week,” and a 165% advantage over FOX “News Sunday.”

  • An ABC release announced, “Nightline” “continued its growth trend in both Total Viewers and the key Adults 25-54 demographic while its competitors declined” for the week of April 23. “Compared with the same week a year ago, ‘Nightline’ increased 8% in Total Viewers delivering 3.37 million.”

  • Leon Harris makes Wayne Brady look like Malcolm X

  • Newsday reports, “Cablevision Systems Corp. and the Tribune Co., which owns Newsday, are moving to take their businesses private. And Rupert Murdoch, chairman and chief executive of News Corp., is looking for a little respect, some say, with his $5 billion bid for Dow Jones & Co. and its Wall Street Journal. Analysts and media experts describe it as the transition and turmoil that has become a reality for media companies.”

  • B&C reports, “Senator and presidential candidate Barack Obama has asked Democratic National Committee Howard Dean to make video of the Democratic presidential debates publicly available free and unrestricted, according to a copy of the letter supplied by”

  • The Pew News Index for the week of April 23 shows, “While the media’s top story last week was the Iraq policy debate, the public remained focused on the aftermath of the shootings at Virginia Tech University.”

  • An update on this: “The DC Hazmat team performed field tests on the powder and reported to us that the substance is benign. Thanks for your patience and cooperation.”

  • Bloomberg reports, “CBS Corp., owner of the most-watched U.S. television network, said first-quarter profit fell 9 percent on a slide in earnings from TV and tax expenses from the sale of radio stations.”

  • The Los Angeles Times reports, “Despite two Dow Jones rejections, analysts see signs that” Rupert Mordoch, “or a competitor — will take over” Dow Jones & Co.

  • A Politico employee who asked not to be named notes that Politico steals the Post’s “top salesman. The next day they wont even mention we are cohosts of the debate; the times and everyone else does.”

  • And another reader offers this: “The Washington Post’s pre-debate story today seemed interesting, if only to exemplify the trite nature of the Post. The A04 story by Michael D. Shear on the first Republican debate mentions the event will air on MSNBC but omits the fact that the debate is also sponsored by The Politico. Anyone with more than a cursory interest in political journalism, such as the Posties, would know that The Politico will play a large role in the debate: using its editors as moderators, streaming it on its web site, etc. This raises an interesting question, which Howard Kurtz will likely ignore as usual: Is there a policy at The Washington Post to ignore The Politico in articles when they would otherwise mention other news outlets? Of course, we know this is not the case when the Post is bashing The Politico. How petty and ridiculous of them.”

  • Wired offers a preview of “The first piece of citizen journalism created by Assignment Zero, a ‘pro-am’ collaboration between Wired and, explores crowdsourcing.”

  • A reader says, “the #’s are out for the first weekend of sweeps and the news in the sunday show arena isn’t that MTP won — they always win — but that they really didn’t do too well with Biden for the whole hour.”


  • Legal Times is looking for a reporter to cover Congress and the White House, a lobbying reporter and a senior editor.

  • Mergermarket is looking for a Pharmaceutical/Litigation Reporter.

  • No-Va Living Magazine is looking for a Real Estate Freelance Writer.

  • PBS Newshour is looking for a Managing Editor for News and a Coordinating Producer for By The People.

  • The News and Advance is looking for a Sports designer/copy editor and a lifestyle copy editor/page designer.

  • USA Today is looking for an editorial writer and an Assignment Editor for Leisure Travel and Food/Fine Dining.

  • BBC World News is looking for a TV Producer.

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