Morning Reading List, 06.20.07

morningsun.gifGood morning Washington.

  • Sorry Carl, but the readers have spoken. They think Bob is hotter.

  • An ABC release announced, “Despite experiencing reduced coverage two days last week due to the NBA Finals, ABC’s ‘World News with Charles Gibson’ was the #1 evening newscast among Total Viewers, Households and Adults 25-54 for the eighth consecutive week. Averaging 7.46 million Total Viewers and a 1.8/8 among Adults 25-54, ‘World News’ outperformed NBC by 330,000 Total Viewers and 100,000 key demo viewers.”

  • Reliable Source reports, “Any day now, Tracey Neale is going to briefly disappear from the airwaves, and now we know why: WUSA’s nightly anchor is adopting two children from Ethiopia.”

  • ‘Time’ Shoving Its Reluctant Writers Online

  • The Watergate Legacy, 35 Years Later

  • Politico’s straw poll wraps up today at noon. More info here.

  • “The changing arc of the immigration debate helped make it the biggest story the week of June 10-15, filling 10% of the overall newshole, according to PEJ’s News Coverage Index. (It was the leading subject in the cable (15%) and radio (11%) sectors.) The week marked the first time in 2007 that immigration was a No. 1 story.”

  • Blogging Into The Mainstream

  • Another ABC release announced, “ABC News Digital saw 10.2 million unique visitors in May of 2007 and ranked in eighth place in the Top 20 of general news sites, according to the Nielsen NetRatings. Since relaunched in May emphasizing community participation, the site saw 132.5 million page views, up 21% year-to-year, according to ABC’s measurements.”

  • And ABC also announced, “All Democratic and Republican presidential candidates have confirmed their attendance at the two ABC News and ABC5/WOI-TV live debates in August 2007.”

  • One more way we journos are screwing up: “How the News Media Handicap Those with Disabilities

  • CNN’s Washington bureau sure is fertile these days.”

  • E&P reports, “The venue was a bit odd — an online chat marking the 35th anniversary of the Watergate burglary — but it produced one of the clearest admissions yet by Washington Post editor/reporter Bob Woodward that he was among the many who fumbled the ball on pre-war Iraqi WMDs.”

  • “Former Time Inc. Editor Norman Pearlstine defended his controversial decisions to release information to the courts in the highly publicized Valerie Plame CIA leak case, during a Q&A session sponsored by The Aspen Group on Monday.”

  • A reader writes in, “Wow The Politico paper has staples…and it looks good!”

  • According to the Hollywood Reporter, “More than 70 lawmakers Monday urged antitrust authorities to block the proposed merger of the nation’s two satellite radio companies, contending that the deal is anti-competitive.”

  • A reader writes in:
      Since when on earth is it actually illegal to copy and re-send a memo about, say, an anniversary picnic (which is a public event), a memo about changes at the paper that contains no financial or personnel information and which is also being reported elsewhere in the media via company press releases, or a memo about sections changes, retirements, hires, newsprint, parties, anniversary events, changes in editors, etc., etc., etc.? I do not believe that it is technically “illegal” to disseminate such particular information. It may be against a company policy, but it is likely not an illegal act that anyone could be charged with via the criminal courts of the United States criminal justice system.

      Also, it is bizarrely ironic that a newspaper that tries to stand up for journalism and reporting and communicating and open public records and reporting things that are usually kept secret is so paranoid and worried about the leaking of some very mundane and average memos about what are really not earth-shattering things. Isn’t this a newspaper that prods sources for news and sometimes uses sources who are also leaking information? So why get upset about someone sharing lame memos?

      Finally, does anyone at the Times understand basic p.r.? That paper can publish for 25 years–and still most people have not read a word in it, don’t care about it at all, and don’t even really know anything about it (this is actually very true–as recently as two days ago, some people said they had never read it, never seen it, and they thought it was owned by the people who owned the Star–the Star, which folded in 1981!). So you would think that a money-losing, stigma-attached, low-read paper would welcome any type of exposure and publicity and p.r.– even if it’s bad.


  • The American Bankers Association is looking for a Senior Designer.

  • The Association of American Medical Colleges is looking for a Staff Editor.

  • National Journal Group is looking for a Managing Editor for Technology Daily.

  • National Journal Group is looking for a Reporter for

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