Morning Reading List, 06.27.08

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Today is the birthday of Eve Fairbanks. Tomorrow: Erin McPike.

Also: Ross Perot and Bruce Babbitt celebrate birthdays today.

TVNewser reports, “CNBC Gets The Scoop on The Boss’s Big Bucks”

Washington Time’s Christina Bellantoni becomes friends with Arianna Huffington.

This is a close one, but you think WaPo’s Dana Milbank would beat NYT’s Mark Leibovich in a street fight.

Regarding the poll, reader “Jeff_Gannon” writes, “What would those two wussies do, slap each other until one collapsed from exhaustion? I know who would win if it was between Milbank and me, which is probably why he scurries in the opposite direction whenever he sees me ‘haunting’ the National Press Club (where I am a member, by the way.)”

Today’s “Angry Journalist” rant of the day: “I’m angry … check that … I’m slightly disappointed that the T-shirt store does not have a design that reads ‘Because I’m the Editor, That’s Why'”

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

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  • Variety reports, “James Murdoch is replacing his father Rupert Murdoch as president of Sky Italia, the Italo paybox launched five years ago as News Corp.’s biggest pay TV push in continental Europe.”

  • The New York Times reports, “Lara Logan, the CBS News chief foreign correspondent who deplored the lack of media coverage of Iraq and Afghanistan last week, will no longer be based overseas, the network said on Wednesday. Ms. Logan, who has covered both wars extensively for CBS, will be based in Washington, with a new title: chief foreign affairs correspondent.”

  • CQ’s Eric Pfeiffer reports, “The Observer Group’s has picked up two leading voices from the web 2.0 community: The Observer Media Group has announced that Juan Melli will join next week as the Associate Editor. Melli founded the New Jersey-based political blog in 2005 and has since served as publisher and managing editor. He is completing a PhD in Mechanical Engineering at Princeton University. Melli will no longer write for”

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  • The Wall Street Journal reports, “As the economic pressure on newspapers intensifies, the Associated Press, a 162-year-old newsgathering cooperative for the industry, is beginning to fracture. Long a newspaper-centric organization, the AP has shifted its focus in recent years. With readers and advertisers migrating away from news on printed paper and toward cable TV and the Web, the AP is devoting more of its resources to producing content for other news outlets. These include the very Web portals that pose the greatest competition for newspapers, such as Yahoo and Google, which are now among the AP’s biggest customers.”

  • Pew Weekly News Interest Index shows, “As the floods in the Midwest continued to devastate parts of that region, public interest in the story increased moderately last week, but still remained significantly lower than interest in the massive floods that struck the region in 1993. The floods were the public’s top news story last week, with twice as many people citing the floods as their most closely followed story than cited the presidential campaign (38% vs. 19%).”

  • TNR’s The Plank reports, “Sally Quinn, co-founder of the Washington Post’s On Faith website and pillar of the Georgetown community, recently wrote about taking Communion at Tim Russert’s funeral Mass. The Catholic League took offense and put out this enraged press release”

  • The Boston Phoenix reports, “Is anybody paying attention to McClatchy’s powerful Guantánamo exposé?”

  • The Guardian looks at “The peculiar world of ghostwritten journalism”

  • E&P reports, “The newest version of the Associated Press Stylebook is available, and if you follow it, ‘WMD,’ ‘iPhone’ and ‘anti-virus’ are in, while ‘barmaid,’ ‘blue blood’ and ‘malarkey’ are out.”

  • The AP reports, “The Associated Press will begin rolling out details of its new pricing to members this week, a plan that will return up to $21 million to its U.S. member newspapers.”

  • Responding to the news of Sharon Behn’s departure from The Washington Times, a reader, “Doc”, has this to say: “She is a woman of remarkable courage, and professional determination. She is a journalist of the highest order and moral turpitude; who did go into harm’s way again and again to get the best stories she possibly could. I know she thought highly of David Jones and from what I saw he did the same of her. I really don’t think anyone else at TWT did or knew or cared to know the risks she took. Her stories were clearly the best; often making the front page of TWT. People like me and many of my brother “Shooters” who had a disliking for the press were won over by Sharon’s courage and candor, we all had great respect for Sharon; and would have unhesitatingly given our lives for her. She did military embeds and was made an honorary member of the Infantry Battalion that she covered. Besides the sacrifices of our troops she was also able to show the other side of war and the tremendous suffering of the innocent Iraqi’s caught between the warring sides. She showed the heart breaking scenes of the women, kids and old people and even the Iraqi War Dogs caught up in this nightmare. For this courage; hundreds of Iraqi’s appreciated and loved her as well. On one of the TWT on-line stories a few months back she did an incredibly moving piece with her voice dubbed over a video collage of wounded and dead Iraqi women and kids. It touched the heart of this hardened forty year soldier and mercenary. In the end myself and the men (American’s, Brits, Ghurka’s, and Iraqi SF types & even former Soviet ‘Spetsnaz’ of ‘Fort Apace’ wish her only the best. I did not feel TWT deserved her, her dedication and certainly her talents. Good night wherever you are Sharon Behn from the desert sands of Al Anbar Province, Iraq and from one of ‘your Shooters’. Godspeed and Thanks for the memories. You did it right…”

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  • A NBC release announced, “According to Nielsen Media Research data, ‘Meet
    the Press’ was the most-watched Sunday morning public affairs program,
    winning the week ending Sunday, June 22, 2008 in all categories.”

  • An ABC release announced, “According to Nielsen Media Research for the week of June 16, 2008, ABC News’ ‘Nightline’ grew in Adults 25-54, while the competition, CBS’ ‘Late Show with David Letterman’ and NBC’s ‘Tonight Show’ fell in both the A25-54 demo and Total Viewers.”

  • A reader tells us, “FYI, today mentions that a Korean War anniversary was snubbed by U.S. media yesterday while CNN cameras, among others, are set to cover the toppling of a 65-foot high cooling tower tomorrow at a North Korean nuclear facility being dismantled.”

  • Fox announced, “Household ratings in the Washington DC market for last Sunday’s shows. FNS has another strong second place finish well in front of ABC and CBS.”

  • Hotline’s Wake-Up Call reports, “During the 3rd inning of last night’s Nationals game, ‘Fox News Sunday’ host Chris Wallace was captured on the ‘Kiss Cam,’ smooching his wife (Wake-Up Call! sources).”

  • The Boston Herald reports, “Tom Brokaw: I’m ‘right person’ for ‘Meet the Press’ host”

  • B&C reports, “There may be some Democrats talking about reimposing the Fairness Doctrine, but one very important one does not: presumptive presidential nominee Barack Obama.”

  • TVNewser Columnist Gail Shister writes, “What’s Left For Brokaw? ‘I Haven’t Done ‘Gladiators’ or ‘Deal or No Deal.’ I Still Have Something To Aim For”

  • NewsBusters reports, “George Stephanopoulos might be Chief Washington Correspondent of ABC News, but that apparently doesn’t stop him from hosting partisan book parties at his Georgetown home for Democratic authors trying to help the Democrats ‘get religion’ and nab some more voters of faith. In Thursday’s Washington Post, religion reporter Michelle Boorstein wrote a story boosting the new book by Michael Sean Winters on wooing Catholics back into the Democratic fold”

  • “Dog Throws Up On Mika Brzezinski On-Air During ‘Morning Joe'”

  • TNewser’s Chris Ariens reports, “Some TVNewsers have been emailing us about this part of the press release announcing Lara Logan’s appointment as chief foreign affairs correspondent for CBS News: ‘She was the only journalist from an American network in Baghdad when the U.S. military invaded the city, reporting live from Firdos Square as the statue of Saddam fell.’ While the second part of that sentence may be true, there were several other journalists from American networks, including other CBS correspondents, in Baghdad that day. FNC’s Greg Kelly was among them, embeded with the Army’s 3rd Infantry Division.”

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  • The Detroit Free Press reports, “Google, @ 10 years, is looking for more”

  • Jay Rosen offers his thoughts “inspired by” the PdF ’08 panel on “The Rise of Semi-pro Journalism.”

  • Check out The Heritage Foundation’s new blog, 33 Minutes.

  • The Center for Media Research reports, “The recently released PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Global Entertainment and Media Outlook: 2008-2012, underscores the importance of continuing to extract revenues from traditional business segments while emerging technologies continue to solidify their consumer position.”

  • Bloomberg reports, “Internet advertising spending will surpass radio this year, with about 9.5 percent of ad budgets worldwide allocated to online media, said Steve King, head of Publicis Groupe SA’s ZenithOptimedia unit.”

  • reports, “Citizen journalists, MySpace and NBC News want you to help cover this summer’s political conventions. MySpace, NBC News and are running a contest among MySpace users for the job of covering the Democratic National Convention in Denver and the Republican National Convention in Minneapolis. One winner will cover for MySpace’s IMPACT civic/social engagement channel the DNC in late August; the other will cover the RNC in early September.”

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  • CJR reports, “In its June issue, Wired dedicated its cover story to the ‘inconvenient truths about global warming,’ taking conventionally unconventional looks at ten strategies to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions. The feature aimed to turn tenets of modern environmentalism on their heads by declaring that ‘A/C is OK; organics are not the answer; and carbon trading doesn’t work.’ It also urged readers to ‘accept genetic engineering; buy used cars, not hybrids; and embrace nuclear power.’ Whether or not Wired’s analysis is correct, it goes to show that reporting on climate-related issues is constantly frustrated by inconsistencies such as emissions balance sheets.”

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  • The New America Foundation presents, “a lively discussion about the role of speechwriting and oratory on the campaign trail with three former speechwriters: New America Senior Research Fellow Michael A. Cohen, New America Fellow James Pinkerton (Campaign Officer for Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush), and Greenberg, Quinlan, Rosner Executive Vice President Jeremy Rosner (Speechwriter for President Bill Clinton).” The event will take place Wednesday, July 9 at 12:15 at the New America Foundation. To RSVP, click here.

  • Los Angeles Times’ James Rainey reports, “Republicans pretend Sen. Obama can’t lead on Iraq because he hasn’t banked enough Green Zone photo ops. The Democratic charade is that Sen. McCain, who spent five years in a Vietnamese prison, doesn’t care how long young Americans die in the desert. With the primary season over and conditions shifting on the ground in Iraq, it’s time for the media to bear down on these would-be commanders in chief with a few tough questions. I called half a dozen of the most thoughtful commentators on Iraq, and they agreed that it’s time, to re-mint a phrase, for some ‘straight talk.'”

  • On July 9, “Join Campus Progress and The Nation magazine for a day of workshops, skill sessions, and panel discussions with award-winning editors and writers from the nation’s top publications.” For more info, click here.

  • The Herald Times has “Invoice from Obama coverage another view of campaign”

  • Playbook reports, “EXCLUSIVE: Former Secretaries of State James A. Baker III and Warren Christopher — co-chairs of the National War Powers Commission, which was created in February 2007 to examine the respective war powers of the president and Congress — will announce their panel’s findings and recommendations at a July 8 press conference in Washington. We’re told: ‘During the past 13 months, the Commission members have conducted seven meetings in four cities and heard from more than 40 experts, including former CIA, NSC and DoD brass, legal scholars, historians, and journalists including Bob WOODWARD and Robert KAPLAN. Doris Kearns GOODWIN serves as the Commission’s historical advisor.'”

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  • Air Cargo World Magazine is looking for an Editor and an Associate Editor.

  • Army Times Publishing Company is seeking a Senior Managing Editor/Interactive and Visual Media.

  • Thompson Publishing Group is looking for a Freelance Editor for Monthly Newsletter.

  • Baltimore City Paper is looking for a Media Writer Wanted.

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