Morning Reading List, 07.25.08

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Was that the Fratto family in the White House briefing room yesterday? Playbook tells us that it’s Eamon Javers birthday today. Most of you claim to not know someone who nominated THEMSELF for our “Hottest Media Types” contest. Today is Amy Holmes’ birthday and yesterday was Dan Reilly’s. It was a year ago this week that the Washington City Paper was sold and next Friday is Rush Limbaugh’s 20th anniversary on national radio. Sunday is the last Chandra Levy Series article! Playbook reports, “Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) yesterday taunts the administration on the Senate floor with a big poster quoting ‘Tony Fratto Perino, White House Spokesman.’ (Wouldn’t Peter be surprised?)” OKnox twits, “This is a shout-out to Dick Keil, Jon Garcia, and Bob Bateman for an evening of cold glasses of ‘aspirational goals’ for my ‘time horizon.'” Uh-oh. Mr. “Thrill Up My Leg” Matthews went there last night on “Hardball.” “The speech had a thrill factor…” Politico reports, “CapHillers love softball. Reporters love hacking, whacking things to death — what better way to combine both than…the annual Hacks vs. Flacks softball game.” Yeas and Nays reports, “Novak’s Victim Speaks! ‘Bob Novak is the one that hit me?!? … That makes it a great story!'” Today’s “Angry Journalist” rant of the day: “I’m angry with lazy reporters who write slooooow, can’t come up with their own ideas and when I pitch an idea, they say it’s stupid. That’s how you talk to your editor? This is community journalism folks. Not every story (OK, hardly any) is going to be a Pulitzer Prise winner. Do the job, or get out. Quit whining and stop acting like you’re overworked. Get off the cell phone with your friends, stop the personal email all day long and GET TO WORK. Don’t think for a minute you’re not being watched by management. They’re looking for places to cut and you’re all giving them a good place to start. That felt good!” Check out today’s White House Photo of the Day from Time.

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  • A release announced, “Randy Bennett, formerly vice president of Audience and New Business Development for the Newspaper Association of America, has been promoted to senior vice president of Business Development”

  • Elizabeth Prann, formerly Greta van Susteren’s Aide for 2 years and currently on Fox’s booking desk is leaving for an on air job in Panama City, FL.

  • A release announced, “We are pleased to announce Goli Sheikholeslami’s promotion to the newly created role of General Manager of In this capacity, Goli will be responsible for all business oversight and daily operations of, and will work closely with the senior management team of Washington Post Media to plan the future direction of the site.”

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  • The New York Observer asks, “Black and White, Red All Over: Is 2008 the Worst Year in Modern Newspaper History?”

  • Reuters reports, “Newspaper publisher McClatchy Co reported a more than 40 percent drop in quarterly profit on Thursday as advertising revenue plunged, but shares shot up 5 percent after the company said it still will be able to pay its debt.”

  • MSNBC “goes after” James Kotecki. Naturally, he loves it.

  • AFP reports, “Former New York Times reporter Judith Miller on Thursday called on the US Congress to enact a federal shield law that would protect journalists from being forced to disclose their sources.”

  • Think Progress reports, “Plame and Wilson on Novak’s hit and run: ‘Take away the keys to his Corvette.'”

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  • A release announced, “According to Nielsen Media Research for the week of July 14, 2008, ABC News’ ‘Nightline’ outperformed CBS’ ‘Letterman’ among Total Viewers and Adults 25-54 for the second week in a row. This is ‘Nightline’s’ thirteenth victory over ‘Letterman’ among the key A25-54 demographic this season and the tenth victory (plus two ties) over CBS among Total Viewers.’Nightline’ also increased 3rd quarter to date, while the competition declined.”

  • A 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, July 20, 2008 in all categories. The program
    was No. 1 on Sunday, averaging 3.684 million total viewers”

  • A release announced, “CNN on Sunday, July 27, will air two separate network appearances of the Democratic and Republican presidential nominees. Anchor Wolf Blitzer’s wide-ranging interview with Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) will air in the 11 a.m. hour of Late Edition with Wolf Blitzer. At noon, CNN will be the exclusive broadcaster of a candidate forum hosted by UNITY: Journalists of Color, in which Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) will appear for his first national appearance upon returning from his trip to the Middle East. McCain was also invited to participate in the UNITY event.”

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  • CQ’s Eric Pfeiffer looks at “Progressive Reporting vs. Punditry”

  • Tech Crunch reports, “AOL is making across the board budget cuts on its blogging properties, we’re hearing from multiple sources. The cuts range up to 25% of each properties total budget, which falls mostly on personnel costs — bloggers are simply being told to take a couple of weeks off for now, and there may or may not be work for them later in August.”

  • ReadWriteWeb reports, “New Twitter Anti-Spam Bot Causes Chaos”

  • A release announced, “’s City Guide iPhone application lets Washington, D.C.-area users turn their iPhones and iPod touches into an on-the-go, personal entertainment guide for thousands of local-area restaurants, bars and clubs. The City Guide iPhone app is one of the first to be accepted into Apple’s new application store, and is available to download through Apple’s App Store here.”

  • The New York Times reports, “Complaining Bloggers Have a Cable Company’s Ear”

  • A Portfolio release announced, “, the digital companion to Condé Nast Portfolio, launched ‘Playas,’ a weekly blog to be guest edited by celebrities and executives, it was announced today by Dan Colarusso, managing editor of Harvey Weinstein, Co-Chairman, The Weinstein Company, will be the first to blog on ‘Playas’ on July 24th, followed by Playboy Enterprises CEO Christie Heffner, author Bob Rice, and Ford Models CEO John Caplan.” Check out the first post here.

  • Politico reports, “The Commentocracy rises online”

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  • This Saturday, Kilpatrick Stockton and Capitol File are hosting a concert at Warner Theater at 7 p.m. “Thanking the Men and Women of the Armed Forces”.

  • The Pew Weekly News Interest Index shows, “As Barack Obama prepared for a major international trip last week, a controversial magazine cover here at home drew more public attention. Fully four-in-ten Americans heard a lot about the satirical cartoon on the cover of the New Yorker magazine showing Obama and his wife in the Oval Office — the candidate dressed as a Muslim and his wife holding a machine gun. Among those who actually saw the Obama cover — roughly half of the public — the verdict was decidedly mixed. While 50% say it was okay for the New Yorker to publish the cover, 45% say it was not okay.”

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  • Find out how much your favorite White House press office staffer makes here.

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  • CQ’s Eric Pfeiffer reports, “While the American media has taken a largely positive view of Barack Obama’s overseas trip this week, cartoonists in the Arab world have a decidedly different take on the situation.”

  • A release announced, “Leaders of the Society of Professional Journalists urge media outlets across the country to raise awareness of S. 2035, the Senate version of the Free Flow of Information Act, also known as the federal media shield bill. Time is of the essence, as the bill is expected to hit the Senate floor for a vote as early as Monday, July 28. To help in this endeavor, SPJ President Clint Brewer has penned an op-ed explaining why it is the Senate’s duty to pass the bill. ‘This legislation is necessary for the future health of American democracy. The citizenry’s right to monitor government and report on its actions is a cornerstone of this country. Passing this law is also a major step to keeping the size and scope of government’s powers firmly in check. Our elected officials in the U.S. Senate need to provide that balance by voting in favor of the Shield bill,’ Brewer wrote.”

  • A release announced, “The Annual Aspen Institute Forum on Communications and Society (FOCAS) ( will be held in conjunction with the second meeting of the Knight Commission on the Information Needs of Communities in a Democracy ( The Commission’s mandate is to determine community information needs, trends that affect how community information needs are met, and how public policy and private initiatives can better meet these needs. Saturday August 9th — The Knight Commission will convene to examine the current and future state of journalism including the growth of citizen journalism. Click here to view the full agenda.”

  • The New Republic reports, “Barack Obama and the press break up”

  • AP reports, “Waging the image campaign overseas”

  • The New York Observer reports, “Church Cuddles Up to State: Media’s Glossy New Reality”

  • Los Angeles Times reports, “As the media moves to correct itself for glowing coverage of the Democrat, it’s entering a period of shallow analysis.”

  • Washington Wire brings us “More Jokes from McCain Campaign”

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  • American Society of Landscape Architects is looking for a Meetings and Special Programs Coordinator.

  • The Roanoke Times is looking for a Web Producer.

  • Food & Water Watch is seeking a Communications Director to Protect America’s Food and Water Resources.

  • National Endowment for Democracy — Center for International Media Assistance is looking for a Media Center Manager and Publications Editor.

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