Morning Reading List, 07.15.08

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Today’s the birthday of Arianna Huffington and MSNBC. Congrats to ABC News PR head Emily Lenzner and Roll Call VP, who welcomed Benjamin Cherukuri into the world Sunday. It’s the anniversary of Jimmy Carter’s “malaise” speech. Politico’s Playbook reports, “BIRTHDAY LOOKAHEAD — Tuesday: Paul KANE (judging from our-email, this should be a federal holiday) … Wednesday: Anita McBRIDE!” New York Magazine calls “the Washington Post’s Lisa de Moraes and her fabulously grumpy dispatches,” the best part of the “annual Television Critics Association Press Tour.” Expect a new JibJab video today. TVNewser reports, “Blitzer, who does five miles on the treadmill every morning, tore his hamstring while working out last week.” Greta van Susteren gets Brett Favre. A Hardball panel debates whether the controversial cover of Barack Obama in Muslim garb on the cover of the New Yorker is satire or slur. You think bull fighting is awful animal abuse. Today’s “Angry Journalist” rant of the day: “Why do I think that Sam Zell is buying up these papers so that they CAN fail. Once they’re all gone or ghosts of their former selves, it will be that much easier for the crooks on both sides of the aisle to completely gut this country.” Check out today’s White House Photo of the Day from Time.

Today’s FishbowlDC comment of the day (with regards to yesterday’s post on “Thrush Heads To Politico“): Reader “Junior3” writes, “It’s one thing for others to refer to the Politico duo as VandeHarris, but isn’t it sorta creepy that they refer to themselves that way?” Keep the FishbowlDC discussion going by dropping your comments here.

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  • Former “Machinist” blogger Farhad Manjoo left Salon to join Slate yesterday. A release announced, “late, the daily online magazine, today announced it will expand its technology coverage with a regular column by leading technology writer Farhad Manjoo. The column, to be published twice a week, will focus on how technology affects politics, business, culture and society as well as cover new gadgets, products and trends.” Check out his first column here.

  • Gorkana reports, “Patrick Yoest, previously a General Assignment Reporter for Dow Jones Newswires, has changed beats and will now report on Congress.”

  • The Times Online reports, “Publisher Reed Elsevier has begun the search to find a successor for chief executive Sir Crispin Davis, who is planning to step down next year. Headhunter Anna Mann has been appointed to consider internal and external candidates.”

  • Giulia Melucci announced in an email, “On Wednesday I will pass the mantle to Kathy Park who will become the new Public Relations Director for Harper’s Magazine. As some of you may know, I am writing a book entitled I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti; it is a memoir with recipes that Grand Central will publish in May 2009. Maybe some of you will book me for your shows and we can work together in a whole new way.”

  • The AP reports, “The Chicago Tribune’s editor, Ann Marie Lipinski, is stepping down.”

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  • The Readership Institute reports, “The 2008 RI tracking study of newspaper and online readership in 100 U.S communities of various sizes has some good news and bad news. Readership of the local daily newspaper among the general population is down a little from the last reading in 2006, but that result may be due to seasonal variation.”

  •’s Gideon Rachman writes, “American journalism, still a model”

  • FishbowlLA reports, “David Hiller Resigns”

  • Reflections of a Newsosaur reports, “7 newspaper stocks hit record lows in 1 day”

  • TPM asks, “Fournier Responsible for All the Sucking?”

  • TPMMuckraker reports, “Fournier to Rove: ‘Keep Up the Fight'”

  • pdnOnline reports, “Newspapers Plan Corrections Over Iran Missile Photo”

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  • Chris Wallace On Keith Olbermann, and An Admission from John Moody

  • A release announced, “NBC4 has partnered with 3rd Dimension, Inc. to launch today NBC Washington Traffic Cam, a free service* for mobile phone users providing live, up-to-the-second traffic video and information for Washington, D.C.; Northern Virginia; and suburban Maryland. NBC Washington Traffic Cam is designed to help millions of daily commuters view traffic tie-ups on their mobile devices before beginning their commutes. With access to a network of 450+ live roadside cameras, the service can help data-enabled cell phone users plan their commutes more carefully and avoid gridlock areas. This advertising-supported service is powered by Mobileyes software from 3rd Dimension.”

  • TVNewser reports, “CNN announced it would be airing a pair of hour-long documentaries about Sens. John McCain and Barack Obama. The documentaries debut August 20 at 8pmET (McCain) and 9pmET (Obama).”

  • Media Matters reports, “On The McLaughlin Group, John McLaughlin said: ‘Question: Does it frost Jackson, Jesse Jackson, that someone like Obama, who fits the stereotype blacks once labeled as an Oreo — a black on the outside, a white on the inside — that an Oreo should be the beneficiary of the long civil rights struggle which Jesse Jackson spent his lifetime fighting for?'”

  • The New York Times reports, “Obama Won’t Commit to Event at Military Base”

  • TVNewser reports, “Fox & Friends is expanding to three hours and Alisyn Camerota takes on a new role with Fox & Friends Weekend.”

  • Hugs and kittens from Fox News Media Relations.”

  • Page Six reports, “GEORGE Stephanopoulos should remember to shave. At Barack Obama’s big fund-raiser at the Grand Hyatt, an unshaven, short-sleeve shirt-clad Stephanopoulos was stopped from entering the press pen by an overaggressive Obama aide who demanded, ‘Do you have press credentials?’ The ABC newsman and host of ‘This Week’ obliged without protest, at which point the embarrassed aide apologized profusely and said, ‘I didn’t recognize you.'”

  • Jossip asks, “Does Chris Matthews Really Get to Claim Credit for ‘Ha’?”

  • TVNewser’s Chris Ariens reports, “CBS To Broadcast Candidiate Town Hall on Military Issues”

  • MarketWatch’s Jon Friedman presents, “10 reasons why Lara Logan shouldn’t snub TV news”

  • His Extreme-ness writes, “And don’t you just hate it when you wonder what the deal is with Bob Schieffer sounding more and more like Andy Rooney these days?”

  • MarketWatch reports, “NBC Universal’s profit rose just 1% in the second quarter, as revenue growth at cable networks such as USA, Bravo and Sci-Fi were partially offset by declines at the NBC Television Network and its owned-and-operated television stations.”

  • Chicago Tribune reports, “Tribune Co.-owned WGN-Ch. 9 in Chicago announced it was expanding its news offerings by an hour each weekday beginning in September with the addition of a 30-minute broadcast at 5:30 p.m. and an extra half-hour tacked onto its midday news.”

  • Check out “Kate O’Hare’s Hot Cuppa TV.” She has promised an interview with CNN’s John King.

  • Politico reports, “Huckabee in talks for own Fox show”

  • TVNewser reports, “CNN International correspondent Richard Quest returned from rehab approximately two months after he entered in April.”

  • New York Magazine asks, “Where else could a red-meat, right-wing congressman like Joe Scarborough reinvent himself as the liberal’s favorite talk-show host?”

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  • Gawker reports, “Any journalist worth his paltry salary knows how to use veiled threats, scary insinuations, and bluffs (lies) to get reluctant sources to speak up. We’ve compiled a handy translation guide; how to decode the most common threatening reporter doublespeak”

  • Guardian reports, “Guardian News & Media has bought ContentNext, the parent company of digital business website PaidContent, as part of its US expansion.”

  • Bloomberg reports, “A Barack Obama presidency would bode well for Google Inc. A John McCain victory would be good for AT&T Inc. That’s because the two senators approach regulation in the information age from fundamentally different perspectives.”

  • PolitickerWA reports, “McDermott brings Tornoe cartoon to House floor”

  • A release announced, “Left-leaning blog readers more likely to be politically active according to first-ever study by GW professors.”

  • AllThingsDigital reports, “BoomTown broke the stunning-for-blogs news that ContentNext, owner of the popular online digital media news site paidContent, was being bought by the Guardian Media Group for about $30 million in an earn-out acquisition.”

  • Bloomberg reports, “Amazon Kindles Sales as Readers Demand Novels Online”

  • The Philadelphia Inquirer reports, “Potentially precedent-setting rule targets the cable giant’s interfering with Web traffic.”

  • New York Times’ Deal Book reports, “Internet pioneer Marc Andreessen, who now runs the social networking site Ning, kept up his death watch for old media Wednesday morning. In a morning panel session titled ‘Looking Around the Corner to the Future’ — which, like all meetings here are closed to the press — Mr. Andreessen told the audience, which included many executives from the so-called “old media” world, that non-digital businesses are toast.”

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  • Politico reports, “Cartoonists mixed on New Yorker cover”

  • Political Punch reports, “New Yorker Editor David Remnick Talks to ABC News About Cover Controversy.” Jake Tapper writes:

      Remnick also took issue with one part of my blog post on the subject yesterday. I wrote that “the sophisticates at The New Yorker have come up with a cover that is sure to get the magazine a lot of attention… no Upper East Side liberal — no matter how superior they feel their intellect is — should assume that just because they’re mocking such ridiculousness, the illustration won’t feed into the same beast in emails and other media. It’s a recruitment poster for the right-wing. .. I would assume over at the Conde Nast building, they think it’s droll.”
      Mr. Remnick took some umbrage with that. Not with the criticism per se, but my working-class tone.
      “Playing the elitism card, when you, too, are from New York, and went to Dartmouth, I mean, that really doesn’t wash,” Remnick told me. “I think it’s an easy card to play. Especially with the New Yorker, and, you know, I shouldn’t let you get away with it. You’re not exactly coming from a poor background or from an underfunded media outlet, and I don’t think that’s fair. I think it’s just not the level of thought and discourse that normally I see on your blog, and lot of other ones….I get the back and forth, I can live with that, but I thought that was kind of a cheap shot.”

  • New York Times reports, “In Deepening Ad Decline, Sales Fall 8% at Magazines”

  • Folio reports, “Consumer Magazines Weak, But Better Positioned to Adapt Than Newspapers”

  • Bloomberg reports, “U.S. magazines sold 8.2 percent fewer advertising pages in the second quarter compared with a year earlier as the industry’s decline accelerated.”

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  • The New York Times reports, “Public Radio to Cancel a Morning Experiment”

  • Dow Jones reports, “FCC Chairman Needs One More Vote for XM, Sirius Approval”

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  • The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review’s Salena Zito writes, “A long time good friend and sometimes much needed mentor, Tony Snow always made me want to be a better person. We shared a love of family, politics and music — the only disagreement we ever had was over a questionable call in a play-off game between the Cincinnati Bengal’s and Pittsburgh Steelers, the year the Steelers against all odds won the Super Bowl. I hope someday when I grow up, I can be half the person that Tony Snow was.”

  • White House Chronicle presents, “A Farewell to Tony Snow”

  • CQ’s Eric Pfeiffer shares his “own personal anecdote of an encounter with Mr. Snow.”

  • Media Research Center President Brent Bozell has issued the following statement regarding Tony Snow’s passing: “The news of Tony Snow’s death wasn’t wholly unexpected, but it’s still devastating. Tony was a man brimming with optimism and you just felt that if anyone could beat this cancer, he could do it. He was an absolute professional in his craft and always, always a gentleman. The conservative movement is diminished today and anyone who knew him is heartbroken for his wife, Jill, and his three children Kendall, Robbie, and Kristi.”

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  • “Now in its eighth year, the MediaGuardian 100 is our annual guide to the most powerful people in the industry. Candidates are judged on three criteria – their cultural, economic and political influence in the UK.The list was takes in all sectors of the media, including broadcasting, publishing, digital media, advertising, marketing and PR.” Check out the list here.

  • Time reports, “China will abide by regulations to allow foreign reporters freedom to report at next month’s Olympic Games, one of the country’s top leaders was quoted as saying Friday.”

  • Reuters reports, “Barack Obama appears to be the favorite White House contender among media moguls at an annual Idaho retreat, even if they remain uncertain how a victory by the Illinois Democrat would affect their businesses.”

  • Mark you calendars! On Tuesday, July 22, 6:30-9:30 pm, check out Breaking into Travel Writing with New York Times contributor Cindy Price at MOCA DC, Main Gallery, 1054 31st St NW, Canal Square, Georgetown, Washington, DC. To register, click here.

  • New York Times reports, “High Wattage at Sun Valley, but No Deals”

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  • VOICE OF AMERICA is looking for a News Division /writer.

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