Morning Reading List, 06.17.08


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123 years ago, the Statute of Liberty pulled into New York City. 33 years ago, five burglars were arrested for breaking into the Democratic National Committee headquarters at the Watergate. 14 years ago was O.J.’s white Bronco car chase.

Happy birthday John Murtha and Newt Gingrich.

The Cook Political Report’s website has relaunched. And yesterday was John Bresnahan’s birthday.

Some readers weigh in on the death of Tim Russert:

    Suzanne Turpin, Parkesburg, PA says, “My son started me on ‘Meet the Press’ 12 years ago at his age of 17. He knew that This Man was a man of integrity and honesty. He will be missed. All of our love and prayers to his family. The rest of the MSNBC family is right…Election night will never be the same without him !!” Joni says, “Tim Russert explained politics in a way his audience could not only understand, but enjoy. We were caught up in his enthusiasm for his job, country, and family. It’s really quite simple: If Tim said it, I believed it. My heartfelt prayers go to his family, friends, and colleagues. He’ll be missed.” An anonymous reader adds, “I was both shocked and dismayed to hear of Tim Russert’s passing. I looked to him for the real deal as far as politics was concerned. I was never so interested as I was this political season and I looked forward every day to hear what Tim had to say regarding this election. The first thing I thought when I heard he had passed was ‘he will not know who will win the election this fall’, but then again maybe he already knows. He will be sadly missed. Condolences to his family”

And another reader tells us, “‘s homepage has a link to the Russert video from when Meet the Press was inducted into the hall of fame.”

DCRTV reports, “‘He was the closest thing to an objective journalist at any of the networks,’ said righty radio talk titan Rush Limbaugh (left) on his Monday show about the death of NBC’s Tim Russert. Like some others, Limbaugh slammed the over-hyped, blanket TV coverage of Russert’s death, likening it to that of Princess Diana’s death in 1997. He said the coverage ‘ceased to be about Tim Russert at about 4 on Friday afternoon,’ instead becoming a funeral for ‘the drive-by media.’ Also, Limbaugh said that many third-rate media-types are attempting to get their names associated with Russert by issuing condolence statements linking them to him…..”

Michael Gartner, the president of NBC News from 1988-1993, shares his memories of Tim Russert in USA Today. Adam Nagourney has more, along with Frazier Moore, taking a closer look at Sunday’s broadcast.

Nukes and Spooks reports, “Despite months of lead time, administration officials appeared to lack their usual talking points when scrambling to respond to Thursday’s landmark Supreme Court decision on Guantanamo.”

Most of you did call your Dads on Father’s Day.

Today’s “Angry Journalist” rant of the day: “So they pay us 35 cents to the gallon for mileage reimbursement–the same thing they’ve been paying since, oh, 1940”

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

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  • Bloomberg White House reporter Holly Rosenkrantz’s husband has a new job. Mark Cohen, formerly a contributing editor at Washingtonian magazine, is now Sen. Frank Lautenberg’s speechwriter.

  • A release announced, “The Legal Services Corporation (LSC) today announced the appointment of Stephen Barr as director of media relations, effective July 1.”

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  • A release announced, “The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation announced today the election of Pulitzer Prize recipient George F. Will to serve on the foundation’s Board of Directors.”

  • Reuters reports, “Newspaper publisher Deccan Chronicle Holdings Ltd said on Friday it was in talks with New York Times Co to sell a 5 percent stake in its unit, Sieger Solutions Ltd.”

  • Wall Street Journal reports, “McClatchy Co. plans to cut its work force by about 10% amid a difficult advertising market as the media company reported a 15% drop in May revenues, hurt by a 17% drop in advertising sales.”

  • Bloomberg reports, “U.S. newspapers’ print advertising sales fell the most on record in the first quarter, tumbling 14 percent on shrinking real-estate and job markets, and the loss of business to the Internet.”

  • The New York Times reports, “The Associated Press, one of the nation’s largest news organizations, said that it will, for the first time, attempt to define clear standards as to how much of its articles and broadcasts bloggers and Web sites can excerpt without infringing on The A.P. ‘s copyright.”

  • Washington Post’s Deborah Howell writes, “It is often what is not in The Post — or what is just barely there — that upsets readers. Even in a time of shrinking Post resources, readers expect what they believe is important to appear in the newspaper.”

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  • Howard Kurtz reports, “Fox News’s newest contributor, to be announced today, may surprise the liberal crowd: former Clinton White House lawyer Lanny Davis.”

  • CNBC’s Media Money reports, “Scripps Too Finds Breaking Up Is Easy To Do In Cable”

  • Washington Whispers reports, “Fox News Sunday’s Chris Wallace has a wonderful collection of political autographs, each with their own bit of news. Our Whisper below describes how he got into collecting them and shows you three examples of his best samples.”

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  • ValleyWag reports, “Google’s cupcake princess, Marissa Mayer, and Kevin Rose, the playboy of the Webhead world, would make an awfully cute couple. Not romantically — the two are dating other people at the moment. But we hear Mayer is pushing hard for an acquisition of Rose’s Digg, for a price below $200 million.”

  • Mobile VoIP reports, “Entering into a partnership with, AOL … announced that breaking news content is now available through its mobile portal.”

  • PRNewser reports, “Nielsen Business Media Re-Designs Adweek, Brandweek & Mediaweek”

  • The AP reports, “AT&T Inc., the country’s largest Internet provider, is considering charging extra for customers who download large amounts of data.”

  • Online Media Daily reports, “Shift From Traditional To Online Media Contributing To Ad Economy Slowdown”

  • Portfolio’s Howell Raines looks at “The Romenesko Empire” and “How the first media gossip site inadvertently ushered in the era of fact-free journalism.”

  • The AP reports, “Non-journalists entering the world of blogs, online feedback forums, online videos and news Web sites provide information that newspapers and other media can’t or don’t. But many are now turning to professional journalists for help with dilemmas they’re facing: When is something libelous? What’s the difference between opinion and news? And how do you find public documents? About a dozen would-be reporters navigated the basics of journalism at a recent training offered by the Society of Professional Journalists in Chicago. The group plans similar seminars this month in Greensboro, N.C., and Los Angeles.”

  • “Presumptive Democratic Presidential Candidate and Illinois Sen. Barack Obama E-Mails with B&C’s John Eggerton”

  • Tech Trader Daily reports, “With Microsoft (MSFT) stepping aside (again) from talks with Yahoo (YHOO), the obvious question is whether the company is going to start shopping elsewhere. One obvious potential target is Time-Warner’s (TWX) AOL unit.”

  • The New York Post reports, “Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes hopes to move swiftly to find a buyer for AOL’s dial-up business after the company completes its separation from the Platform A advertising division in the next month. According to sources inside the company, Time Warner held talks with rival dial-up provider EarthLink as recently as March about a combination.”

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  • “Following the departure of longtime editor Rieva Lesonsky, executive editors Maria Valdez Haubrich and Karen Axelton also are leaving Entrepreneur magazine, FOLIO: has learned.”

  • DCRTV has the full list of winners from The National Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

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  • The Washington Post reports, “Federal Communications Commission Chairman Kevin J. Martin said yesterday that he will support a merger between the nation’s sole satellite radio operators, XM and Sirius, a decision that could remove the last regulatory hurdle in the lengthy and heavily criticized move to make the companies one.”

  • The Wall Street Journal reports, “The staff of the Federal Communications Commission has proposed that the agency approve the merger of XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc. and Sirius Satellite Radio Inc., setting the stage for a final vote on the multibillion-dollar deal in as little as three weeks if the companies meet several conditions.”

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  • Smithsonian Magazine is looking for an Online Editorial Intern.

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    Hat Tips: DCRTV, TVNewser, IWantMedia, Romenesko, MediaBistro, JournalismJobs, JournalismNext, Mic Check Radio, New York Times’ On This Day