Morning Reading List, 06.09.2008


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138 years ago, Charles Dickens died. 117 years ago, Cole Porter was born. 39 years ago, the Senate confirmed Warren Burger to be the chief justice of the Supreme Court. 35 years ago, Secretariat won the Triple Crown. It’s the birthday of Johnny Depp, Les Paul, Marvin Kalb, Dick Vitale, Michael J. Fox, Aaron Sorkin and Natalie Portman. Oh, and Joe Curl, too! Tomorrow is the birthday of Joe Trippi.

Viva Chuck Todd says, “There is one person that we all need to thank for making Viva Chuck Todd the site that it is today. That person is MSNBC’s Morning Joe Co-Host, Willie Geist.”

Yes, that was Matt Drudge at the National Building Museum Saturday.

New York Times reports, “If the point of the Emmys is to recognize the best television of the past season, then the campaign during the Presidential primaries is unquestionably the winner.”

Dave J Barie, Chris Golden, Samara Aberman Thery, Max Friedman, Bob Kerlin, Loo Katz, Julie Malkin, Terissa Schor, Jessica Hillyard and Adam Nagourney all got the answer right to Friday’s picture of AU’s broadcast tower.

TVNewser reports, “Legendary Sports Journalist, Father Of CBS News Pres., Jim McKay Dies”

Peter Baker makes his debut in the New York Times.

You think golf is a totally boring sport.

Today’s “Angry Journalist” rant of the day: “I’m angry that I may not be the 5,000th poster, or maybe I will be. Wow, 5,000 angry journalists and only what, 110, happy ones over at HJ. If you need more of a hint on what your future in journalism is, or should be, you aren’t smart enough to be a journalist.”

Check out today’s White House Photo of the Day from Time.

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  • This week’s classes include Fiction Writing, Intro to Magazine Writing and Advanced Copy Editing.


  • NewsBusters reports, “Mary Katharine Ham, a friend and fan of NewsBusters and the Media Research Center, is working her last day at today. She starts her new job as online editor for the Washington Examiner on Tuesday.”

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  • Regarding our “WaPo Clarifies Obama’s Bio” post, a tipster writes in, “If the post clarification is true — why didn’t people connect it on this ad? It implies he was doing community organizing before AND after law school”

  • The Washington Times’ Kate Brown writes in about the paper’s new Sunday edition:

      Just wanted to call your attention to the launch of our new Sunday edition which premieres this Sunday, June 8th. The new design is dramatically different and leading the changes is the tabloid style cover page and feature story. Many other changes have been made we think you’ll enjoy.

  • Clinton’s exit a preoccupation for reporters

  • E&P’s Joe Strupp writes, “Another ‘L.A. Times’ Top Editor Exits — When Will It End?”

  • Rogue Columnist writes, “Newspaper suicide watch: the folly of ‘local-local'”

  • Reuters reports, “News Corp’s Wall Street Journal is planning to stop carrying a daily opinion column provided by, Hugo Dixon, the founder of the financial news website, said on Friday. Dixon told Reuters that the Journal no longer wishes to purchase third-party content and is seeking to buy its way out of a contract that was scheduled to run through 2009.”

  • Some gems from Dana Milbank’s chat last week: “Albany, N.Y.: While ‘The Daily Show’ reporters are amusing on TV, I always have wondered if they annoy the the rest of the reporters at these events. Did your colleagues find the “four more months” chant entertaining during the Hillary speech on Tuesday, or are they more like that class clown who crosses the line? Dana Milbank: Actually Jim Axelrod from CBS shouted back at them: ‘We’re on air!’ But I think that’s the first time I came across a Daily Show crew. We reporters do a fine job of causing disruptions without them.” And, “Farmington Hills, Mich.: Love your chats Dana. Always puts a smile on my face. One question — have you ever been invited to ‘The Daily Show’? You’d be a natural. Maybe you should start your own and give Stewart a run for his money. Dana Milbank: Thank you for the question; please debit my account the usual charge. Alas it is a sore point. No amount of begging and pleading would get me on the show to sell my book, Homo Politicus. I therefore am boycotting the show; I know this has hurt them terribly.”

  • Poynter Online has the memo from Sam Zell and Randy Michaels to Tribune employees: “Instead of recapping our first quarter numbers, which you can see in our news release online, we want to get to the heart of what we’re sure all of you are focused on after our earnings call today — our discussion around the changing business model for publishing.”

  • The AP reports, “Tribune Co. executives outlined plans Thursday to reduce costs by trimming pages and editorial content from their daily newspapers and said they are evaluating the productivity of individual journalists with an eye toward possible cutbacks.”

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  • The Business and Media Institute reports, “One of the major criticisms in the 2008 presidential election cycle has been about the media bias in favor of liberal Democratic Sen. Barack Obama. Former MSNBC show host Tucker Carlson, now the senior campaign correspondent for the network admitted the criticism is valid. Carlson, who has access behind the scenes in the news, compared the media’s affection for the Illinois senator to ‘the kind of love you have to be a ninth-grade boy to understand.'”

  • The New York Post reports, “Ted Koppel could be the king of all price-slashers. The former ‘Nightline’ host has chopped the price of his suburban Washington, DC-area home by more than half since he first put it on the market in 2005 for $4.1 million. He’s now asking $1.94 million for the nearly 9,000-square-foot spread in Potomac, Md., after lowering it to $2.3 million last August. The six-bedroom Contemporary on 2.5 landscaped acres includes an indoor pool, a gym with a sauna, maid’s quarters and a horse barn. Koppel and his wife, Grace, have since moved to a larger place on the Potomac River a few miles away.”

  • TVNewser’s Chris Ariens reports, “Moyers on O’Reilly: ‘Bill Is Not a Journalist, He’s a Pugilist'”

  • Politico reports, “New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and ABC News on Sunday proposed that the presidential nominees hold a joint town hall as a 90-minute network special from Federal Hall, on Wall Street in Lower Manhattan.” And ABC reports, “New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and ABC News have invited Sens. Barack Obama and John McCain to participate in a 90-minute, primetime town hall meeting to be broadcast live from Federal Hall in New York City, but the two campaigns said today they do not want the event to be broadcast by only one network.”

  • TVNewser reports, “The cable networks covered the Hillary Clinton speech in which she suspended her campaign and threw her ‘full support behind’ Sen. Barack Obama.”

  • TVNewser’s Gail Shister writes, “As a former speechwriter for Robert F. Kennedy, CBS’s Jeff Greenfield knows a thing or two about oratory. So we couldn’t resist: How do RFK and Barack Obama compare?”

  • Gawker reports, “’s PR department has issued a statement from reporter Courtney Hazlett, who described Spike Lee as ‘uppity’ on TV this morning: ‘Today on ‘Morning Joe’ I chose my words poorly in describing the relationship between Clint Eastwood and Spike Lee. I take my responsibilities as a journalist seriously and know that words can have a strong impact. I sincerely apologize to Spike Lee and to the viewers for my comments.’ Noted.”

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  • Reuters reports, “The top U.S. communications regulator on Thursday postponed consideration of a plan to auction a piece of wireless airwaves to buyers willing to provide free broadband Internet service without pornography.”

  • The New York Times reports, “A citizen journalist embarrasses a former president — and prompts a discussion about the dos and don’ts of ethical reporting in the YouTube age.”

  • Fortune reports, “The Web 2.0-defying logic of Drudge”

  • Portfolio reports, “, the political blog community, is considering raising more money and has seen traffic triple since last year, but the big question now is how popular the site will be when the 2008 presidential campaign is over.”

  • The Los Angeles Times reports, “Tim Russert, Katie Couric or Larry King eventually may deliver telling blows of their own, but score Round 1 in the contest to extract the most provocative presidential campaign quotes to … Mayhill Fowler? The 61-year-old self-described “failed writer” and amateur Web journalist helped create two of the most unexpected moments in the 2008 election — most recently on Monday, when she recorded former President Clinton’s fiery denunciation (‘slimy,’ ‘dishonest’) of Vanity Fair writer Todd Purdum”

  • Washington Post reports, “The storms that pummeled the region this week didn’t just knock out the lights in hundreds of thousands of homes. They also made people realize how dependent they have become on the Internet, how much checking e-mail, banking online and using search engines have become woven into the daily rhythms of their lives.”

  • Check out CQ’s second installment of VP Madness.

  • BusinessWeek reports, “When even Rupert Murdoch is singing dirges for print media, you know it’s bad”

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  • A release announced, “From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday, June 22, WAMU’s Bluegrass Country will throw open the doors of its studios in northwest Washington, D.C., to host listeners for an all-inclusive look at the operations and personalities behind the station that continues WAMU’s long bluegrass tradition. This event is free and open to the public.” For more info, click here.

  • Washington Post reports, “Edwin Tornberg, 82, owner of a Washington area broadcasting company that provides multilingual programming for ethnic communities in Washington and Philadelphia, died of pulmonary fibrosis May 23 at his home in Potomac.”

  • Coming up on the Bob Edwards Show Monday is David Broder of The Washington Post and on Tuesday he is joined by Roger Mudd who “covered the Congress for CBS News in the glory days of network TV.”

  • Bloomberg reports, “U.S. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Kevin Martin said he hopes the agency will act ‘soon’ on the proposed purchase of XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc. by Sirius Satellite Radio Inc.”

  • An NPR release announced, “NPR Music and WBGO/Jazz88.3FM in Newark, NJ, will webcast and broadcast a concert series from the legendary New York City jazz club The Village Vanguard. The ‘Live at The Village Vanguard’ series begins next week and will offer monthly concerts for live, free streaming at Concerts in the series will also be broadcast live on WBGO/Jazz88.3FM, and be available at”

  • Washington Post’s Marc Fisher writes, “Sports Talk Radio Gets Disintermediated (Ouch!)”

  • Dan Levy sits down with Tony Kornheiser.

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  • provides coverage of the party at The Rookery.

  • Daily Mail reports, “Martin Bashir, who became a household name after his extraordinary TV interview with the late Diana, Princess of Wales about the break-up of her marriage to Prince Charles, is suffering from a brain tumour.”

  • Fox News reports, “Obama Ditches Press Corps for Secret Meeting With Clinton” and TVNewser adds, “The Great Press Corps Fake Out”

  • Photographer Harry Benson remembers standing next to Bobby Kennedy as he was shot, plus a photo essay.

  • Ari Fleischer writes in The Washington Post, “Among the allegations in former White House press secretary Scott McClellan’s book is his assertion that the national press corps was ‘too deferential to the White House’ and that the media were ‘complicit enablers’ of President Bush’s agenda. The press, he charges, failed to aggressively question the rationale for war. As someone whose duty it was to assume the position of a human piñata every day in the briefing room, I only wish Scott were right.”

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  • Spitfire Strategies is looking for an Account Executive.

  • Dana Press is looking for a Production Assistant, Publishing.

  • Impact Marketing + Communications is looking for a Writing Associate.

  • National Association of Realtors is looking for a Web Content Strategist.

  • The Education Trust is looking for a Manager of New Media.

  • InterMedia Survey Institute is looking for a Assistant Editor.

  • Hanley Wood, LLC is looking for a Plans Merchandiser and an Online Product Development Director.

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