Morning Reading List 07.14.09

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What we know and what we’re reading this Tuesday morning…



There may be widespread cuts coming to WRC, NBC’s channel 4, after a newsroom reorganization and switch to new digital technologies, according to WaPo.

Did you know that Fox Business Network’s Peter Barnes is also a children’s book publisher? He’s profiled in WaPo.


NYT’s Brian Stelter reported that web traffic (or more accurately, lack of) may have been the reason behind WaPo’s sudden dismissal of columnist Dan Froomkin. He’s since moved off to HuffPost and Arianna Huffington is confident. “I have no doubt that Dan, both as an editor and as a writer, will be a traffic magnet for us.”


Since his arrest by Iranian authorities last month, Maziar Bahari’s employer, Newsweek has been making pleas for his release. The magazine’s editor-in-chief Jon Meacham again called for Bahari’s release with an article detailing the foreign correspondent’s work in an effort to dispel allegations that he is a subversive or spy. (h/t FishbowlNY)

Is BusinessWeek only worth $1?


Secretary of State Hillary Clinton pushed for the release of the two US journalists currently detained in North Korea. “The two journalists and their families have expressed great remorse for this incident,” Clinton said Saturday. “And I think everyone is very sorry that it happened. What we hope for now is that these two young women would be granted amnesty through the North Korean system and be allowed to return home to their families as soon as possible.” (h/t Politico)

Shenanigans: Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) is starting an all female (bipartisan) congressional softball team. Their first game is this evening at 7:35pm at Guy Mason Field and the journos are getting involved too. The first pitch will be thrown by Cokie Roberts and CNN’s Dana Bash will serve as the announcer.

Is DC the real winner in this recession?


Think you work harder than Bill Burton? WaPo‘s Michael Shear reports: “In a city where work can border on obsession, the Obama staffers stand out. They are not quite the walking dead, but their eyes are frequently ringed with the bags that accompany exhaustion. “This is a place, because of the stress, the schedule and the sheer hours, that just chews people up and spits them out,” said press secretary Robert Gibbs, whose alarm clock is set to 4:30 a.m., though he ignores the early ring more often these days.”

HAT TIPS: mediabistro, Politico

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