Morning Reading List, 07.07.08

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Today is Dick Armey’s birthday and Sunday was Glenn Kessler’s birthday. What reporter “had a small cup of sake and some fine Hokkaido cheese last night. Then collapsed”? And what reported (Male) teared up when watching Wall-E over the weekend? Denver’s Pepsi Center is getting ready for journos. TNR’s Noam Scheiber tells Jon Chait “shame on you for trying to destroy my family.” Washington Post’s Joel Achenbach writes, “The exhausting campaign for the presidential nominations isn’t just about winning delegates, it’s about creating images. Uniquely American images.” Washington Whispers reports, “Holy Cow: Costas as the Next Russert?” Washington Flyer’s Nick Yaegar got engaged to his girlfriend, Mandy, over the weekend. “Marc Ambinder, Ta-Nehisi Coates and Megan McArdle examine how blogging has changed them as journalists.” And, joined by Sean Parker, they explore “The Reporter and Facebook.” From a tipster: “Looks like the entirety of has walked out all at once and started a new blog,” Check out Hotfile, what one reader calls, “Sort of like The Hills meets The Fix meets Countdown all rolled up into one…” Any guesses as to where she is a producer? Our reader guessed CNN or C-SPAN. Today’s “Angry Journalist” rant of the day: “I’m angry that I was replaced by a part-time intern.” Check out today’s White House Photo of the Day from Time. And from Thursday’s press briefing:

    MS. PERINO: Hello, everybody. Hello to my mom in the back, my mom and my sister — friends. (Applause.) I don’t usually get that reception in here. (Laughter.)
    Q. Mom gets it.
    MS. PERINO: Yes, I know. (Laughter.)

And later…

    Q You said the Opening Ceremonies “will” —
    Q Yes, you said the Opening Ceremonies will be a part of that trip.
    MS. PERINO: I think I said — I said “expect” they will be.
    MS. PERINO: The transcript. (Laughter.)
    Q Can we clarify? Will they —
    Q Mom? (Laughter.)
    MS. PERINO: Thank you. Mom, help me. (Laughter.)

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  • This week’s classes include Breaking into Food Writing, Novel Writing: Chick Lit and Op-Ed Writing.


  • First reported by FishbowlDC…the Washington Times sent out the following notice last week:

      To all staff:
      I am pleased to announce that Barbara Slavin has agreed to join us at The Washington Times as assistant managing editor for national and international security. Barbara, who will be known to many of you through her regular TV appearances, has been the senior diplomatic reporter at USA Today since September 1996, where she traveled with three secretaries of state and had the first U.S. newspaper interview with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Prior to that she spend 14 years as a correspondent for The Economist, based in Beijing, Tokyo, Cairo and Washington. Earlier, she worked on the New York City desk of UPI and served as an editor/writer with the New York Times’ Week in Review. She is currently concluding a one-year fellowship at the U.S. Institute of Peace. We believe Barbara’s depth of experience and wide range of diplomatic contacts will enrich and enhance what is already a leading area of coverage for us. She is scheduled to start on July 21.

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  • New York Times’ Clark Hoyt writes, “Two weeks ago, over the objections of his lawyer and the Central Intelligence Agency, The Times named the interrogator who used shrewd psychology, not rough stuff, to get Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, the mastermind of the 9/11 attacks, to talk. The interrogator and his family fear that the newspaper has endangered their lives, and many readers asked why The Times could not have withheld his name. Suzanne Dupre of Evanston, Ill., said she was shocked by The Times’s decision. Deuce Martinez ‘was loyally serving his country in a dangerous job,’ she wrote. ‘The Times has made him a marked man.’ Scott Shane, the reporter, and his editors said that using the name was necessary for credibility. Martinez was, after all, the central character in the story. They said that nobody provided evidence that Martinez would be in any greater danger than the scores of others who have been identified in the news media for their roles in the war against Al Qaeda.”

  • Media Matters’ Eric Boehlert writes, “The New York Times rewrites its Swift Boat history”

  • New York Times’ Timothy Eagan writes, “On the lobby wall of the newspaper where I got my first reporting job are the Thomas Jefferson words that journalists like to trot out as Independence Day nears:
    ‘Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter.’ Of course, Jefferson also said the only reliable truths in newspapers were the advertisements, and that he was happiest when not reading the papers. But as to his iconic quote, it’s no secret that we’re trending toward the former.”

  • Washington Post reports, “Edward D. Casey, 77, executive editor of the Capital newspaper in Annapolis from 1971 to 2001, died of heart disease June 29 in Columbus, Ohio, where he was attending a grandson’s wedding.”

  • Bloomberg reports, “Gannett Co. and other U.S. newspaper publishers are watching the price of newsprint rise at a record pace, even as the number of advertising and editorial pages is shrinking.”

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  • A release announced, “According to Nielsen Media Research data, ‘Meet the Press’ had its best deliveries in homes and total viewers for 2Q’08 since 2004. The Sunday morning program averaged 4.126 total viewers”
  • A release announced, “According to Nielsen Media Research for the week of June 23, 2008, ABC News’ ‘Nightline’ grew in both Total Viewers and 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.”
  • The Washington Post reports, “Charles E. Kavenagh, 83, a former head of graphics at the ABC News bureau in Washington who then worked as a graphic artist for WUSA (Channel 9) from 1981 to 1990, died June 25 at the Washington VA Medical Center. He had pneumonia.”
  • The Martha’s Vineyard Times reports, “Chris Wallace, host of Fox News Sunday, a television public affairs program based in Washington, D.C., thinks the proliferation of news sources across the electronic spectrum is a good thing. The consumer, faced with more choices, must simply be more discerning.”
  • TVNewser asks is Michael Smerconish “The Switzerland of Cable?”

  • New York Times’ David Carr writes, “At Fox News, media relations is a kind of rolling opposition research operation intended to keep reporters in line by feeding and sometimes maiming them. Shooting the occasional messenger is baked right into the process. As crude as that sounds, it works.”

  • CNBC reports, “NBC Universal to Buy The Weather Channel”

  • TVNewser’s Chris Ariens reports, “Network insiders tell TVNewser an emergency meeting of the five networks (ABC, CBS, CNN, FOX & NBC) will occur Monday afternoon to determine what to do about Thursday’s news that Sen. Barack Obama may accept the Democratic nomination for president at Invesco Field at Mile High rather than at the Pepsi Center where the first three days of next month’s convention will be held.”

  • Greta Van Susteren writes, “TIME TO KEEP CNN HONEST!! (something they say they are doing about everyone else…hhm…). TVNewser reports, “Anderson And Greta Make Nice on Blogs”

  • TVNewser reports, “America’s Election HQ Returns Monday”
  • reports, “Fox News airs apparently altered photos”
  • TVNewser reports, “Q2 2008 Ratings: Meet Still on Top”

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  • MediaWeek reports, “ reached 16.2 million unique users in June, a whopping 94 percent increase versus the same month last year based on the company’s internal traffic numbers.”
  • His Extreme-ness tells us how to spot McCain’s new right hand man.

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  • “Atlantic Editor James Bennet speaks at the Aspen Ideas Festival on the lasting value of print journalism in an increasingly online world.” Check it out here.

  • Folio reports, “The Future of Magazine Publishing? It’s Here—Sort Of”

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  • The AP reports, “Sirius Satellite Radio Inc.’s acquisition of rival XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc. may be cleared by federal regulators this month, and it can’t happen fast enough for XM.”

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  • MDLinx Inc is looking for a Director of National Sponsorship Sales.

  • Gallup is looking for a Web Analyst/Web Traffic Specialist and a Web Designer.

  • Smithsonian Magazine is looking for an Associate Web Editor.

  • The Center for Community Change is looking for a Rapid Response Media Manager.

  • Washington Jewish Week is looking for a Reporter.

  • Washingtonpost.Newsweek Interactive is looking for a Senior Producer, Metro.

  • Daily News-Record is looking for a Reporter.
  • The Associated Press is looking for an Editor/Desk Supervisor — Washington, D.C..
  • SmartBrief, Inc. is looking for a Full-time editor (Construction/energy group).

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