Morning Reading List, 05.13.08


Good morning Washington. Check out Mike Huckabee on MSNBC today. “Bloomberg L.P. Names Norman Pearlstine Chief Content Officer.” And do you know your MoDo? And are you one of D.C.’s Go-To Guests?

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  • Most of you will be sitting on a beach sometime this summer.
  • A reader has this to say about the poll, “As of right now, 13% of MB readers are not beachbound this summer… because of the frothy Hill activity that’s going to be happening? Unless you’ve had the gambling sense to tether yourself to the Obama or McCain teams, you’ve got no excuse not to saddle up, drive 2.5 hours East and catch some serious rays… come on DC!”

  • Today’s “Angry Journalist” rant of the day: “i am angry that so many news sources are opening :bureaus” on college compuses or college blogs. All they are doing is firing people like us and replacing them with free labor from college students.”


  • A release announced, “Bloomberg today announced that it has named Norman Pearlstine its Chief Content Officer, a newly-created position. In this role Pearlstine will partner with Bloomberg News Founder and Editor-in-Chief Matthew Winkler to seek growth opportunities for its television, radio, magazine and online products and to make the most of the existing Bloomberg News operations.”

  • Redding News Review reports, “Two top executives are leaving black media giant Radio One, as the company continues to struggle. Alejandro A. Clabiorne, vice president of marketing for the company, has given his notice and Lee Michaels, national program director for Syndication One News/Talk, has already left, three sources tell Redding News Review.”

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  • Media Matters reports, “Wash. Times issues correction for uncritically quoting Indiana man calling Obama a Muslim”

  • The Boston Globe reports, “As The Christian Science Monitor marks its 100th anniversary this year, the Boston-based newspaper is weighing changes with an eye toward remaining viable in an uncertain media environment. In an e-mailed response to questions from the Globe, Jonathan Wells, the managing publisher of the Monitor, acknowledged that the paper is considering a ‘weekly product,’ along with ‘the staffing requirements to produce it.'”

  • The New York Times reports,Arthur Sulzberger Jr., chairman of The New York Times Company, and his wife, Gail Gregg, a painter and writer, said the decision to end their marriage was amicable.”

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  • Jack Shafer calls the WSJ’s “Editorial Report” the worst show on a cable news network.

  • Robert Schlesinger: “Karl Rove and the Media-Politico Revolving Door: It Goes Further Back than Stephanopoulos

  • The New York Times reports, “The missing six million viewers who were watching prime television last May and have disappeared this year are still watching, but on their own terms.”

  • Joe Klein: “How Actual Journalism Works

  • reports, “A Media Brand Values survey, conducted in three continents, has revealed high levels of trust and influence for BBC World News and its associated website among some of the world’s most influential business professionals.”

  • ‘Daily Show’ crew can’t pierce HRC bubble

  • ars technica reports, “Rarely has one Federal Communications Commission filing provoked as much ire as this. Thirteen major broadcast and newspaper groups have filed lengthy denunciations of a public interest group’s appeal to redo the FCC’s recent relaxation of its TV station/newspaper cross-ownership ban. Their comments once again expose the enormous divide between public opinion and big media on this issue.”

  • Newsday reports, “Cablevision Systems Corp. announced Monday morning an agreement to acquire Newsday from Tribune Co. in a $650-million deal that would create a regional news and advertising giant with a powerful grip on Long Island.”

  • Crain’s New York reports, “The 2007-2008 television season still has a few weeks to go, but the cable networks are already claiming victory over the broadcast networks. According to an analysis by Turner Research, part of Time Warner’s cable networks division, the big four networks suffered declines in viewing this season that started before the writers strike’s effects were felt, and continued after new shows came back on the air. Those losses became cable’s gains.”

  • MediaBloodhound reports,John King, chief national correspondent for CNN, broke off his engagement to colleague Dana Bash Thursday after revealing a months-long affair with his interactive election map.”

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  • The Financial Post reports, “It may not employ any reporters or produce any stories, but Google Inc. is playing an increasingly pivotal role in the business of newspapers. The Internet giant accounted for almost two-thirds of search traffic going to U. S. newspaper Web sites last March, according to the latest figures from Hitwise. Numbers like that made Josh Cohen a popular man at the Canadian Newspaper Association conference in Toronto last week.”

  • reports,Jim Buckmaster has a cheerful disregard for the conventional yardsticks of business success. ‘I don’t have a yacht or a Gulfstream,’ the chief executive of online classified advertising company Craigslist says. ‘I rent a house. I don’t own a car, I have a bike.’ That self-consciously anti-establishment stance has become a hallmark of Craigslist, much as it once fed the counter-culture brand of Ben & Jerry’s. But while the ice cream maker eventually sold out to Unilever, Craigslist seems bent on a bloody fight for its independence.”

  • The Economist announced, “Today we launch a redesigned home-page for Those of you who were familiar with (and even fond of) the previous version will naturally wonder: why the change? We wanted to do three main things—make the page simpler, deeper and more enjoyable for the reader.”

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  • The Deal reports, “Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes, who just shut down two of the company’s film studios, is expected to turn to the Time Inc. publishing unit for more cost cutting. A sale of the slow-growth Southern Progress division, which publishes Sunset and other magazines, is seen as a ‘no-brainer.'”

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  • A release announced, “XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: XMSR) today announced earnings for the three-month period ended March 31, 2008. Revenue for the first quarter 2008 rose to $308 million, a nearly 17 percent increase over first quarter 2007 revenue of $264 million.”

  • A release announced, “Winter ratings are in, and public radio station WAMU 88.5 is #5 in the Washington, D.C., market overall. The station’s broadcast of NPR’s Morning Edition from 6-10 a.m., weekdays, ranked #3 in the market, with more than 353,000 weekly listeners. The evening drive, anchored by NPR’s All Things Considered from 6-8 p.m., weekdays, ranked #2 in the market, with more than 214,000 weekly listeners.”

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  • Hanley Wood, LLC is looking for a Design Director.

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