Morning Reading List 06.22.09

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Happy (belated) Father’s Day, particularly to John Harwood, who received a fitting gift from MSNBC co-anchor Norah O’Donnell on-air Friday. Check out how CNN’s John King commemorated Father’s Day on “State of the Union” here. Also, we find this a little unfair, but HuffPost has a poll up, “Will the kids outshine their famous media dads?” DC’s Luke Russert ranks second out of nine most likely to.

Happy Birthday to Mike Allen, who officially celebrated 45 this weekend. And also to Brit Hume (h/t Playbook). What we know and what we’re reading this Monday morning…



NYT: Over the past year, the Boston Globe‘s union pursued a strategy of “frustration and delay,” while the company publicly said little about The Globe. As a result, employees were in the dark about the seriousness of the paper’s financial situation and the management proposals.


Fox’s Shepard Smith is profiled in Sunday’s NYT, “a study in contrast.” “While Mr. Smith does not draw the same attention as other evening anchors on the channel, his 7 p.m. show, “The Fox Report,” is having its best year, up 36 percent to almost two million viewers a night. He has beaten his cable news channel competition for 92 straight months. His coverage of the museum killing beat CNN and MSNBC combined. So why do some Fox viewers believe he does not belong? Maybe because Mr. Smith has established a record that seems antithetical to the image Fox has earned as a purveyor of conservative orthodoxy. He is the “voice of the opposition on some issues,” according to Bill Shine, Fox’s senior vice president for programming.”

Bobbie Battista, formerly of CNN, is now in on the jokes at the Onion News Network- also part of the entertainment at Friday night’s RTCA dinner.

Anderson Cooper, Tom Brokaw, and Ted Turner all make the wowOwow list of “Sexy Gray-Haired Men From Politics, Business and Hollywood”.


Google is experimenting with adding Wikipedia to news search results.

WaPo’s Howard Kurtz takes a visit to Gawker’s headquarters in NY for this week’s Media Notes.


NYT: David Rohde, a New York Times reporter who was kidnapped by the Taliban, escaped Friday night and made his way to freedom after more than seven months of captivity in the mountains of Afghanistan and Pakistan. More on how he escaped from NYT here.

Related- E&P: At least 40 news organizations observed a news blackout about the situation. And CSM: Should the media have kept quiet?

TVNewser has an update on Walter Cronkite’s health here.


Bloomberg’s Al Hunt penned this piece for Sunday’s NYT, “Letter from Washington: On Message and on Everywhere.” “There will be no real Mr. Obama confidants in the press corps – no Ben Bradlee as in the Kennedy administration or Lou Cannon in the Reagan years – who have an authoritative, inside pipeline or are the president’s Boswells-in-waiting… To be sure, some of his aides are less measured. Rahm Emanuel, Mr. Obama’s chief of staff, actively courts journalists, even going with some of his favorites to a recent Bruce Springsteen concert. No one works the press more diligently than the special Afghanistan-Pakistan representative, Richard C. Holbrooke. The Obama team simultaneously courts and criticizes the media. It’s forever working the referees, complaining about stories, sometimes with no justification, in the hope of getting a better call next time.”

HAT TIPS: mediabistro, Politico

JOBS after the jump…


US News & World Report is looking for an online editor/producer for autos section (4 month gig).

“Inside Energy” is looking for an associate editor.

“Energy and Utilities” is looking for a senior writer.

The Federal Reserve Board of Governors is looking for a public web editor.

Check out MediaJobsDaily.