Morning Reading List: 05.05.09

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It is day 106 covering the Obama administration and week 14 for us. Happy Cinco de Mayo! What we know and what we’re reading this Tuesday morning…



NYT: After wringing concessions from all but one of The Boston Globe‘s labor unions, The New York Times Company on Monday postponed its threat to start the process of closing The Globe, leaving the newspaper’s immediate future resting on talks with the largest union, the Boston Newspaper Guild.

Eugene Robinson writes in WaPo: “It’s almost impossible to think of Boston without the Globe.”

And WaPo’s Howard Kurtz weighs in here.

More on the NYT from Reuters: Unionized employees at the New York Times newspaper on Monday ratified a 5 percent pay cut. New York Times newspaper employees who are members of the New York Newspaper Guild voted 377 to 36 to approve the pay cut agreement.

“I don’t know what, in all honesty, government can do about it,” White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said in the briefing yesterday regarding a bailout for newspapers.

Not all bad news- newspapers essential strengths in a NYT piece here.


LAT: Meet the Press, the king of Sunday morning TV news talk shows, could soon lose its throne. While NBC’s Meet the Press with David Gregory still holds the lead as of the Nielsen April 20 numbers, the ratings battle, which has been heating up for months, rages on.


NBC’s Richard Engel is today’s guest on the Morning Media Menu. Listen in here at 9am.


Do members of the White House press corps stand for President Obama, but previously stay seated for President Bush? The question follows President Obama’s unexpected visit to the briefing room last week, and reporters rose from their seats at his arrival. Politico’s Patrick Gavin put together this video.

CBS’ Mark Knoller in Political Hotsheet: “It’s a long-standing practice for reporters to rise when the president enters the East Room for a news conference, but that hasn’t been the case in the briefing room.”

Slate‘s John Dickerson: “(Given that the press is supposedly in the tank for Obama, shouldn’t critics be happy they didn’t kneel?)… This may seem silly, but it’s symbolic: The discrepancy in treatment is all the proof a Republican needs to show that the press shows special deference to the new Democratic president. It’s a distorted picture, though. We stood all the time for President Bush.”


More from WaPo‘s Kurtz here– this time on coverage of Sen. Arlen Specter’s party switch last week. “The political elements, naturally, were front and center — Specter’s fear of losing a GOP primary next year, and his moving the Democrats within one Al Franken victory dance of a filibuster-proof majority. But in the straight-news reports, little attention was devoted to this question: Was this a betrayal of the voters who elected Specter?”

This week in WaPo‘s Voices of Power online series- Commerce Secretary Gary Locke.

Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld’s former aides are not happy about a particular Pulitzer awarded this year. Read more at Washington Whispers.

HAT TIPS: Mediabistro

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HuffPost announced this morning Derek Murphy has been named Senior Vice President, Business Development, overseeing new and existing business partnerships and “focusing on distributing HuffPost content across a wide-range of media platforms, creating video partnerships and developing business partnerships for the site’s expanding list of content verticals,” from the release. Murphy was previously at CNN.


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