Morning Reading List, 07.02.08

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IT’S LINDSAY LOHAN’S BIRTHDAY!!! (Oh, and Thurgood Marshall, John Sununu, Larry David and Medgar Evars too…)

Get all your Murrow Award action here. Hank Stuever remembers Clay Felker. A year ago, Joe Scarborough got the Morning Joe gig and Jane Sasseen was named BusinessWeek’s DC Bureau Chief. 47 years ago, Ernest Hemingway died. Carol Joynt was last week’s “Power Player of the Week” on Fox News Sunday. What journalist has a broken collar bone (ouch!). What National Journal’r is going to physical therapy for his shoulder/neck? Today is Washington Times’ Kara Rowland’s birthday. One year ago, President George W. Bush commuted the sentence of “Scooter” Libby. Politico’s Michael Calderone reports, “WSJ’s Calmes: Leaving isn’t because of Murdoch.” Regarding Len Downie’s recent “reminder,” one reader says, “I suspect the answer to your question regarding why Downie put that note out again has something to do with the topic of Deborah Howell’s column the Sunday preceding the sending of that note (which happened last week, I think). Hint: what do Bob Woodward and David Broder have in common regarding their public speaking engagements?” “FamousDC reports, JoMa’s Quest Continues.” Kudos to Hotline’s On Call blog for breaking the news that “Sen. Barack Obama and retired Gen. Colin Powell met privately two weeks ago in Powell’s personal office in Alexandria.” What reporter is “walking on sunshine. whoa-whoa. he’s walking on sunshine” today? What reporter is waiting at home for the A/C/ guy? John McCaslin brings “his ‘Inside the Beltway’ reporting to radio, live and on demand 24/7 on” In an interview with Bill Kiniry, the Marketing Director for Roll Call Inc., Potomac Flacks asked, “Do people still talk about Paul Kane around the water cooler? ” Kiniry replied, “I don’t know Paul personally, but he is still held in high regard around the Roll Call water cooler as are many of our esteemed alums like Chris Cillizza, Ed Henry and the many other exceptional journalists who cut their teeth at Roll Call.” One reader thinks that this story in Monday’s Politico looks a lot like this June 10 Bloomberg story. A reader tells us that Bob Schieffer had jury duty Monday in D.C. superior court. FamousDC says, “Twitter Taking Over MSM.” Playbook announced, “Playbook yesterday sent our 100,000th e-mail since Politico launched 18 months ago.” graphic designr presents, “Newspapers that Twitter: May numbers.” Check out the transcript from the online chat with Washington Time’s Executive Editor John Solomon. Most of you will not personally set off a firecracker this July 4. Today’s “Angry Journalist” rant of the day: “I didn’t get a job because I was too excited about the internet.” Check out today’s White House Photo of the Day from Time. Regarding the post “How To Get On Air, All The Time,” reader “thefrontpage” says, “Here’s a wild suggestion: DON’T appear on radio or television, anywhere, anytime, if you’e a print journalist. Just do not go on the air. Why? Because, if anything, we’re learned in the past 15 years that not all print journalists translate well to radio and television–and that is true. In fact, most print journalists do not work well on radio and television and film. Just as many broadcast talking heads don’t do well in newspapers and magazines. Many will argue all of this, but it’s true. Not every journalist has to be on radio, television or film–and most should not be. Just report the news.” Reader “PunditFan” says, “Another ‘secret’ is that many DC institutions (such as The Heritage Foundation, The Washington Times, the Red Cross and Congressional Quarterly) install their own compact TV studios on site, so their people can appear without having to deal with the hassles of fighting local traffic to get to a studio for a quick hit. Producers like these set-ups because they can get top people on air on short notice when news breaks. Having a videolink to the networks and a dedicated TV camera that’s ready any time makes a big difference to bookers who will tend to choose the person who’s not just prepared, but easily available as well.”

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  • A Politico release announced, “Chief Executive Officer Frederick J. Ryan, Jr. today announced that Associate Publisher Michael B. McGrath will become a vice president of the publication.”

  • A release announced, “Air America Media ( has named Bennett Zier, a veteran media industry executive and entrepreneur, as its chief executive officer. In this New York-based role, Zier will help expand and grow the Air America brand by spearheading on-air, online and video initiatives. Zier will lead the executive team, providing the execution of strategic goals and objectives.”

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  • “Nearly a month after Barack Obama effectively claimed the Democratic nomination, efforts to heal the party wounds from the grueling primary season captured the media’s attention the week of June 23-29, according to a Project for Excellence in Journalism study.”

  • Tim McGuire, the Frank Russell Chair for the business of journalism at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications, delivered a speech to the American Association of Independent Newspaper Dealers on June 23, in Baltimore, Md. Check out the speech here.

  • The New York Observer reports, “Clark Hoyt Says His Column ‘Was Not a Message’ For Times Columnists to ‘Tone it Down'”

  • Meanwhile, Romenesko has this from John Maggs: “The only interesting thing about Clark Hoyt and Gail Collins scrapping on Maureen Dowd seems to be the underlying dread that the Times Op-Ed page might be dragged ever closer down to the level of degradation for commentary plumbed by cable TV and the Blogosphere.”

  • Also from Romenesko, “Findlay paper wants WP to apologize for ‘hit job’ on city”

  • A Roll Call’r responds to the reader who criticized the paper on misleading timestamps. “We did indeed post a first version of the article at 8:37 p.m. At that point the headline was ‘Reid Surrenders’ and detailed Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s decision to have votes on only two pieces of legislation – the Medicare bill and war supplemental spending bill — before recessing. As the story progressed, we wrote through the existing posting to add new details. This has become a common practice for us in an effort to provide our readers with the most up-to-date news possible. In no way have we ever made an attempt to mislead our readers. In fact, it’s just the opposite — we are constantly reviewing our Web site (and newspaper) and developing enhancements to improve readers’ experience. As part of that effort, we welcome criticism of our site and encourage feedback. But to accuse us of lying to our readers is unacceptable. We would never doing anything to jeopardize the trust our readers have placed in us.”

  • Gail Collins interviewed by Lesley Stahl, and she gets into the race question, etc: “We’ve always believed that when you poll on a race in which one of the candidates is black, you get a result in which the black candidate seems to be getting more votes than he really will get, because people are hesitant to say they won’t vote for a black person, even if they won’t. They swear that’s not true anymore, or that it never was true.”

  • Talking Biz News reports, “The New York Times on Monday received three Loeb Awards, considered the Pulitzer Prices in business journalism, while Fortune magazine’s Allan Sloan won his seventh Loeb Award.” The New York Times has more here.

  • The Boston Phoenix’s Adam Reilly reports, “I once got the following advice from a Globie: Every now and then, when it’s warranted, point out something the paper’s done well–and leave it at that. No asterisks, disclaimers, snide asides, etc. Binyamin Applebaum’s troubling examination of the housing projects in Barack Obama’s former Illinois state senate district, and of Obama’s relationships with the developers who’ve renovated and operated those projects, certainly deserved this treatment. But I didn’t laud it when it ran last week–and now, unfortunately, there is a big fat asterisk. According to sources inside the Globe, Applebaum (who still qualifies as a recent Globe hire) is leaving the paper for the Washington Post.”

  • Reflections of a Newsosaur reports, “The value of 11 newspaper companies traded on the public market since 2005 dove a combined $23.7 billion in the first half of this year, falling almost as much in six months as they had in the three prior years put together.”

  • A reader tells us that Tuesday’s “Washington Times includes a promo to an AT&T Special Section on both A1 and the sports front. Only problem: Several editions of the paper didn’t include the special section.”

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  • A release announced, “According to Nielsen Media Research data, ‘NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams’ was the most-watched network evening newscast for the second quarter of 2008 topping the competition in total viewers, homes, and the key demographic adults 25-54.”

  • The Los Angeles Times reports, “A host still in search of himself on ‘Fareed Zakaria GPS'”

  • TVNewser’s Alissa Krinsky reported yesterday, “Aaron Brown Makes PBS Debut Tonight”

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  • A release announced, “Rock the Vote and MySpace, the world’s most popular social network, today announced the launch of the DemROCKracy Band Competition. The competition invites bands with a MySpace page to encourage their fans to register to vote. The band that registers the most voters through Rock the Vote’s voter registration tool on MySpace will win prizes including Gibson guitars and the chance to perform on a major concert stage.”

  • Check out Slate’s new interactive feature — Choose Your Own Running Mate

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  • B&C reports, “With the Federal Communications Commission members kicking around the compromise proposal for an XM Satellite Radio-Sirius Satellite Radio merger and both Democrats and Republicans still talking of wanting to get a decision out the door ‘soon,’ several high-profile Democrats weighed in saying that the proposal does not go far enough for their liking. That came in a letter Friday to FCC chairman Kevin Martin — who is circulating the compromise proposal — from Sens. John Kerry (D-Mass.), Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) and Ben Cardin (D-Md.).”

  • Bloomberg reports, “Clear Channel Communications Inc.’s banks, seeking investors to help finance the U.S. radio company’s $17.9 billion leveraged buyout, cut the offering price on some loans, according to people with knowledge of the offering.”

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  • A release announced, “SPIN, (an acronym for Strategy, PR, Image, and New Business Development, and the description of services offered by the firm) an established leader in providing marketing and public relations initiatives to the built environment, announces the official June 2008 opening of a new Washington, DC office with SPIN DC.

  • Washington Times reports, “Get ready for a round-the-clock Obamarama. The media-savvy Democrat had ducked the 24/7 press coverage that other presidential candidates have endured for months, but no more. As of Saturday, every breath he takes, every move he makes will be scrutinized and recorded for posterity, often with a biting wit.”

  • The National Press Club is hosting a seminar on landing an International Reporting Fellowship. The panelists include
    John Schidlovsky, director of the International Reporting Project, Kellie Lunney,, past Kiplinger fellow and Donna Leinwand, USA Today, East-West Institute fellow. The panel will take place Tuesday, July 8 at 6:30 p.m.. RSVP to or (202) 662-7501.

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  • The Campaign to End AIDS is looking for a Media Director.

  • Governing, Congressional Quarterly, Inc. is looking for a Marketing Advertising Manager and a Regional Sales Manager, Governing.

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