Morning Reading List 05.12.09

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It is day 113 covering the Obama administration and week 15 for us. Happy birthday to Brian Walsh (yesterday) and Jonathan Kaplan (today). What we know and what we’re reading this Tuesday morning…



Slate’s Jack Shafer on life after newspapers: What would life without newspapers be like? When I consider the dead and dying newspapers of our time, and the post-newspaper world everybody is predicting, I can’t help but think of the 114-day New York newspaper strike of 1962-63.


PBS’ The NewsHour With Jim Lehrer, is getting a makeover, according to NYT, “designed to bring it more fully into the digital era, give it a livelier look and nudge it, however slowly, toward the day when its longtime anchor decides to retire.”

LAT reports viewers are doing a 180 on 360: Anderson Cooper’s ratings have been in a sharp decline all year, and so far the month of May is no exception. According to Nielsen, the audience for the 10-11 p.m. hour of his show so far this month is 933,000 viewers. This is the first time he’s fallen below the one-million mark since last August.

CBS’ Sunday Morning is going hi-def this weekend.

Bloomberg TV anchor Betty Liu joined the Morning Media Menu today and you can listen in here.

NBC’s David Gregory is a Caps fan and NYT caught up with the “Meet the Press” anchor to ask about parallels between sports and politics? “You know, in politics and in sports, we tend to be drawn to personalities, drawn to the people. That’s what we find most animating. And you have these outsize personalities that sort of transcend the teams.”


Slate launched an online magazine directed at women, Double X, a “provocative, irreverent analysis of politics, culture, family, fashion and more,” according to the release. We’re intrigued. will also be collaborating with Double X for content.

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