Morning Reading List, 05.30.08

Good morning Washington. Did anyone else notice that Scott McClellan grew out some burns since we saw him last? Jay Rosen writes: “What Happened to Scott McClellan in Longer Perspective: 100 Years of the White House Press.” (By the way, he’ll be on “The Daily Show” Monday.) On Olbermann last night (video):

    OLBERMANN: Who is more surprised that you’re here, you or me?

    MCCLELLAN: Probably the White House.

(See a summary by TVNewser’s Chris Ariens)

Former U.S. Ambassador Joe Wilson is the exclusive guest on this Friday’s National Journal On Air. The husband of outed CIA operative Valerie Plame will share his first public comments about McClellan’s book. Tammy Haddad anchors the program this week (Other guests this week include Terry McAuliffe and Karen Finney). And you can check out Scotty on “Meet the Press” this Sunday.

Due to Tony Snow’s illness, Bob Dole will replace Snow at Indiana’s Goshen Center for Cancer Care’s fourth annual True.Celebration on June 8.

Don’t forget: Tim Burger, Tom Toles, Josh Meyer and Bryan Greene rock out tonight.

So what is Susan Glasser’s new gig? We hear that she, as an advisor to Don Graham, she is keeping abreast of the digital media space and helping to figure out the future of media and explore the different ideas, technology, people and possibilities out there. (Good luck with that.)

Mark Athitakis doesn’t like our blind items, but too bad: We’ve got another one. Looks like two journos had colonoscopies yesterday. The other one you might see on Fox News from time to time… Which reporter still cranks up the radio even though he’s sporting a minivan? Which reporter had an MRI yesterday? What reporter is “back from Jacmel, now in Petionville and will be touring Port-au-Prince tomorrow”?

577 years ago, Joan of Arc was burned at the stake. 86 years ago, the Lincoln Memorial was dedicated. 26 years ago, Cal Ripken Jr. played the first of a record 2,632 consecutive major league baseball games. And its Manny Ramirez’s birthday!

Check out Carl Cannon’s new blog. And E&P’s got the latest online traffic reports for news organizations.

Lots of close polls this week, and yesterday there was an almost even spilt on taking time out of your Monday to honor America’s soldiers. But you don’t think Howard Kurtz should have conducted the Kimberly Dozier interview.

Commenting on “Chuck Todd Facts“, reader “frontpage” asks, “This is not a joke: Who on earth is Chuck Todd?” A tipster writes in: “Chris Matthews narrating a golf match?? He sounded like he was doing just that during today’s show where they showed video of McCain and Bush meeting together Tuesday.”

Today’s “Angry Journalist” rant of the day: “So today we found out at our family-run weeklies that all pay raises and hirings are frozen until further notice. Bad news in and of itself, but made even worse because *some* employees have already gotten raises this year, while the rest of us haven’t, and apparently won’t.”

We’ve got your morning mix of media Muesli after the jump…

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  • Sheila Burke has left the Politico.

  • Gorkana reports, “Neil Roland previously Washington Reporter covering federal housing policy at Bloomberg has now started at Financial Week as a Senior Reporter. He will be covering the SEC, IRS, Congress, federal accounting policy, Treasury and other sources of regulatory and legislative news for the newspaper’s and website’s corporate finance audience. Neil, who is based in the Washington D.C. bureau, can now be reached on +1 (202) 662 7210 and”

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  • AP reports, “Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services on Wednesday lowered its corporate credit rating and senior unsecured debt rating on newspaper publisher Gannett Co. to reflect a deepening decline in year-over-year advertising revenue.”

  • Reuters reports, “A group that represents U.S. newspaper publishers canceled its annual presentation for financial analysts this year, as falling attendance reflected waning investor interest in the ailing sector.”

  • World Editors’ Forum blog reports, “The Washington Times unveiled Tuesday a preview of its revamped website, tailored to facilitate user interaction and allow readers a more personalized experience. … Most prominent among the new features is the News Cube, a design that enables readers to flip through articles in two ways: vertically, through general topics (Business, Sports — traditional news sections), or horizontally, through news themes adapted to specific interests (family issues, video games, the military). These news themes will include all stories written by the Washington Times since 1999.”

  • For AJR, Charles Layton answers, “Why a lot of newspapers aren’t going to survive”

  • Chicago Tribune reports, “Chicago Tribune parent Tribune Co. is weighing the potential sale of some Tribune Media Services assets as part of an effort to improve its short-term liquidity. Sources with knowledge of discussions say at least two potential buyers have expressed interest in TMS’ TV listings businesses.”

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  • A release announced, “CNN’s political team will report live from the CNN Election Center and across Puerto Rico, Montana and South Dakota for the network’s extensive coverage of the final Democratic primaries on Sunday, June 1, and Tuesday, June 3. As voters in the final three contests make their voices heard, CNN will offer live and in-depth coverage stretching across four days of programming.”

  • Rhonda Graham writes, “The eloquence of our nation has rarely come from journalism. Absent among us are those whose words carry the impact of say a Patrick Henry, Tecumseh Sherman and his abolitionist nemesis Frederick Douglass, or a wheelchair-bound Franklin D. Roosevelt after Pearl Harbor or the onset of the Great Depression. Those orators spoke out of a true passion sandwiched with fear, pain and direct responsibility for shaping the country’s affairs. They weren’t practicing observatory history. This is the reality that so frighteningly escaped MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann, who last Friday attempted to put on the hat of a statesman in a blistering attack against Sen. Hillary Clinton.

  • Democrat and Chronicle reports, “Almost three years after Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast, Harry Smith of CBS News is still haunted by what he recalls seeing in Gulfport, Miss. Smith, anchor of The Early Show on CBS, spoke at the Advertising Council of Rochester’s annual luncheon Wednesday and pulled few punches when he spoke of what he described as a meager federal response to a massive crisis. … He urged people to read more news, listen to more news and watch more news.”

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  • Check out American News Project, “a new online video
    journalism group.”

  • A release announced, “As part of a unique experiment, Hyperion and have partnered with Bill Tancer, General Manager of Global Research at Hitwise, the world’s leading online competitive intelligence company, and author of the upcoming September 2008 Hyperion publication, Click: What Millions of People are Doing Online and Why it Matters, to offer pre-publication monthly installments, beginning June 1 through September 1, of select chapters for free downloading. On his new blog at, ‘Click’ available at: available at:, Tancer will post examples from each month’s free chapter, applying current Hitwise data to news and current affairs.”

  • Bloomberg reports, “Rupert Murdoch, chief executive officer of News Corp., predicted the U.S. economy will be dismal in the coming months. ‘In the next 18 months, this country is in for a very hard time,’ Murdoch said last night at the D: All Things Digital conference in Carlsbad, California.” Check out more highlights from the conference here.

  • reports, “Companies like Google and Yahoo that track users online behavior could see their Internet advertising growth slow because of federal, state and consumer uneasiness with such practices, a financial services research group predicts. The Stanford Group pointed to initiatives by state legislatures in New York and Connecticut to protect consumer’s online privacy along with the Federal Trade Commission’s call for industry self regulation and complaints by lawmakers as an indication that online advertising may face more regulation.”

  • Click Z reports, “The newspaper industry took its latest step into the Web 2.0 world today as unveiled a widget that lets apartment hunters search for homes by their vicinity to Metro stations. The Widget is available on as well as in the iGoogle widget directory.”

  • Dow Jones reports, “Time Warner Inc. (TWX) President and Chief Executive Jeff Bewkes on Wednesday said the media giant doesn’t want to unload its AOL online division, but he would be open to a deal of some kind if it increases the value of the Internet property.”

  • Venture Beat reports, “’s Bambi Francisco interviewed CBS Interactive mergers and acquisitions head Mike Marquez following the company’s $1.8 billion purchase of CNET. Marquez notes that this deal will open up the door to even more acquisitions as the company looks to expand its interactive empire.”

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  • Mr. Magazine reports, “First there was JPG, then came Everywhere, and then the mainstream media took notice: there is a good, indeed a very good use, for the internet and the web in generating content for the printed magazines that we do. Before the Web, writing letters to editors and sharing comments was limited to a few who were determined to do so. Now, readers’ opinions are a click away and the minute they read something they like, they hate, or they can’t stand, chances are you are going to hear from them. That is why the folks at This Old House have decided to bestow the honor of changing the name of the June issue of the magazine to Your Old House, since it was 100% reader created.”

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  • The Australian reports, “The News Corp (parent company of the publisher of chief has accepted an invitation to present six Boyer Lectures on ABC Radio National over six weeks beginning in November, said ABC chairman Maurice Newman.”

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  • Gary Weiss writes, “I’m a wee bit surprised that the voluminous media coverage of Scott McClellan, such as this New York Times editorial, hasn’t raised an obvious point: how McClellan violated the fundamental principles of public relations ethics.”

  • Jeff Gannon wrote, “MSNBC’s spittle-spewing Chris Matthews had a new ‘tingle running down his leg’ Wednesday with the release of a ‘tell-all’ book by former White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan critical of the Bush administration. However, Matthews was only one among legions of Old Media liberals gushing about McClellan’s tome.”

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  • Dayton Business Journal reports, “Reed Elsevier, the parent company of LexisNexis and Elsevier Inc., is cutting more jobs as the information and publishing company moves work overseas. On Tuesday, Bill Godfrey, the chief information officer at Amsterdam-based Elsevier, sent an internal memo to employees that said 68 Elsevier Dayton IT employees will be told Thursday that their jobs will be eliminated by the end of the year. The jobs are being sent to India.”

  • “If campaigns for president are in part a battle for control of the master narrative about character, Democrat Barack Obama has not enjoyed a better ride in the press than rival Hillary Clinton, according to a new study of primary coverage by the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism and the Joan Shorenstein Center on Press, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard University.”

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  • Argus Media is looking for an Environmental & energy reporter.

  • Propane Education & Research Council is looking for an Editorial & Publications Manager.
  • Association of American Veterinary Medical College is looking for a Managing Editor, JVME.

  • Foreign Policy Magazine is looking for a Staff Editor.

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