Morning Reading List, 05.22.07

morningsun.gifGood morning Washington.

  • Don’t be so shocked — yes, journos lean a little bit to the left

  • MSNBC Pre-Empts Tucker For Blair Special

  • ABC announced that the “World News” webcast “is available at a new, earlier time, 12:30 pm ET, on and ABC News Now. On-demand viewing is available shortly thereafter on the website, via Apple’s iTunes or RSS readers, and on mobile phones. The webcast previously aired at 3 pm, ET.”

  • Today, Nathan’s Q&A will feature DC Madame Deborah Jeane Palfrey, and they are expecting a full house. Sharing the spotlight will be “The Travel Detective” Peter Greenberg.

  • Matthew Yglesias takes Mickey Kaus’ assignment on the whippersnapper factor in the blogosphere.” And, he does it “bullet-point style.”

  • Newsweek’s Robert J. Samuelson said, “the sky-is-falling view of the news business is way off the mark.”

  • Did any DC Tribbers raise their hand?

  • The Press Club is hosting a magazine writing panel this Thursday at 7 p.m.

  • Who’s Best at Reporting?

  • From DCRTV:

      DCRTV hears that DC-based XM Satellite Radio suffered a major outage on Monday. We’re told that the New York Avenue firm’s XM3 satellite lost its downlinking capability for some “unknown reason.” Their engineers are working on a fix. XM does have backup satellite capacity. Says a late afternoon statement from XM: “We are experiencing a temporary degraded performance issue, which has affected some of our customers. We expect to return to normal service levels this evening”…..

  • The Chronicle of Higher Education takes a closer look inside the U.S. News & World Report’s college rankings, including asking what the rankings do for U.S. News. Also, The Baltimore Sun reports, “ Alvin P. Sanoff, a former Sun reporter who covered the 1968 riots here before moving on to launch U.S. News & World Report’s annual ‘America’s Best Colleges’ editions, died of pancreatic cancer Thursday at Georgetown University Hospital. The Bethesda resident was 65.”

  • Andy Sullivan, Reuters reporter by day and rocker by night, has posted the tunes from his old band, Steeplejack, on the web for your listening pleasure. Also, mark you calendars — Sullivan will be performing with the Karl Straub Combo on Saturday, June 16 at the Quarry House Tavern in Silver Spring.

  • Tom Mesereau, Michael Jackson’s attorney, took a shot at some legal pundits: “There are some very professional legal analysts out there — but there are also some absolute monstrosities like Nancy Dis-Grace.” Page Six reports, “Mark Geragos also whacked Grace, calling her a ‘yapping, bleached blonde former prosecutor on Court TV.’ He went on to remark on the undue influence of Fox’s Greta Van Susteren on high-profile cases: ‘Our favorite expression coming in the morning before the judge was, WWGS — ‘What would Greta say?’ No matter what the ruling was the night before, whatever Greta would say that night, we’d have to revisit that ruling if she didn’t agree.'”

  • The Wall Street Journal asks, “Should the FCC Curb TV Violence?”

  • Amanda Long announced, “I will never buy another ‘separate’ from Ann Taylor.” This is largely due to the fact that she is leaving her position as Assistant Managing Editor of Washington Business Journal to work for, a Canadian retailer of yoga, dancer and fitness apparel that is coming to D.C.

  • Express’ Michael Grassexamines the words of writer, observer and provocateur Gore Vidal.”

  • Google CEO Eric Schmidt discussed the “always-on nature of the Internet generation and its effect on the global political landscape” as a key note address at the 2007 Personal Democracy Forum Friday.

  • The New York Times reports, “As the movie business goes through a generational shift, many ex-titans of the media are being forced to take stock, searching for meaning beyond getting a favored booth at the Grill.”

  • Reuters reports, “Time Warner Inc.’s chief executive said on Friday the board is considering another stock buyback and other options, but quashed talk of spinning off its flagship Time Inc. publishing business.”

  • From a reader: “The new Post Points Web site is terrible — and that’s beyond the condom-esque logos. The site takes forever to load and often times out. If you put in the Express code or do the daily quiz you often get an error and points are not awarded. And the pending points doesn’t update at all. If you do a restaurant review you get no credit for it. It’s just bad news. The Post should have waited until all the kinks were worked out with the site before it launched the program — now it’s just going to loose a lot of interest.”

  • B&C reports, “A decision on Janet Jackson’s Super Bowl half-time reveal won’t come until close to the end of the year, at the earliest. The Third Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia has set Sept. 11, 2007, as the date for oral argument in the case, CBS confirms.”


  • Stars and Stripes is looking for Copy Editor.

  • Al Arabiya News Channel is looking for a Producer.

  • Washingtonian Magazine is looking for an Administrative Assistant for the Photography Department.

  • The Monitor on Psychology, the monthly magazine of the American Psychological Association, seeks a science writer for its Washington, D.C. based staff.

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