Morning Reading List, 08.21.07

morningsun.gifGood morning Washington.

  • You think Tony Snow will say goodbye to in 1-2 months.

  • When the Issue Is War, Take Nothing for Granted

  • “The 2008 Presidential campaign—with its crowded field and accelerated timetable—emerged as the leading story in the American news media in the second quarter of 2007, supplanting the policy debate over Iraq,” according to the second quarterly report of the PEJ’s News Coverage Index.

  • New York Magazine reports, “We’ve just learned that St. Thomas Church has live audio feeds for many of its major events, which you can tune into here. Which means, you guessed it — death-blogging! We’ll sit here and listen to all of the action at Brooke Astor’s funeral, so you don’t have to.”

  • TVWeek reports, “An aggressively updated — and promoted — Web site is an increasingly important tool in the arsenal of TV news outlets trying to reach, engage and hold on to younger news consumers. That is especially true when covering big stories that develop over an extended period of time, according to the latest Millennial Strategy Program research conducted by Frank N. Magid Associates.”

  • Rich Little: Spotted!

  • Washington Post reports, “Not so long ago, online shopping was lauded for being quick and convenient. Now, some retailers are trying to get customers to slow down and watch streaming video.”

  • Chris Matthews says “Good question, Dick”? Or “Good question, dick?” (via Inside Cable News)

  • MediaWeek reports, “High school sports coverage, often relegated to scores and video clips shown on weekends on a local TV station, just got a lot more competitive.”

  • “MTV and The Associated Press today began releasing the findings of an in-depth, seven-month study into happiness and young people: how happy they are, what makes them happy and what they’re doing to ensure future happiness.”

  • “Join corporate development professionals from the telecom, media and technology sectors, private equity, hedge fund and venture capital professionals and others in NYC for The Deal and Tech Confidential’s second annual Convergence 2.0.” For more information, email Allan Cunningham at

  • Reuters reports, “Google Inc revealed on Monday that it had acquired a stake in Chinese community Web site, indicating a foray by the global search leader into social networking in the world’s second-largest Internet market.”

  • Dow Jones reports, “Yahoo puts faith in ever-changing Smart Ads”

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  • NY Daily News reports, “Sirius shares rose more than 3% yesterday on optimism regulators will approve the company’s plan to buy satellite radio rival XM.”

  • Bloomberg reports, “Gemstar-TV Guide International Inc., the publisher of on-screen program listings, accelerated stock options and other benefits for some executives and employees as it considers the possible sale of the company.”

  • Barron’s reports,Jim Cramer has become the chief cheerleader for the bull market, or what was the bull market until a few weeks ago.”

  • Los Angeles Times reports, “As Tribune Co. shareholders prepare to convene in Chicago on Tuesday to vote on an $8.4-billion buyout led by investor Sam Zell, the noise in the background is Wall Street traders chirping that the deal might never get done — at least as proposed.”

  • The AP reports, “The Chicago Tribune will become a 1/2-inch narrower starting Jan. 14, the Tribune Co. said Friday.”

  • “The Advertising Show is America’s only globally distributed weekly program focusing on advertising, media, marketing, sales and customer relations. The Advertising Show, co-hosted by Ray Schilens and Brad Forsythe, discusses advertising issues, marketing trends and strategies, and features weekly interviews with prominent industry experts. Join the caustically witty Schilens and Forsythe for a lively and informative program.”

  • Overshadowed, but somewhat similar to Kent Brownridge being the Quadrangle Capital Partners point person in the Maxim/Blender purchase, is Pittman leading the New York-based Pilot Group’s purchase of Minnetonka, Minn.-based North American Membership Group.”

  • Media Week reports, “With its site traffic lifting off as sharply as the Griswolds’ flying station wagon in the classic movie Vacation, The National Lampoon Humor Network, a collection of humor Web sites centered around, has seen its audience rocket to 5.6 million unique users as of July. That’s up 86 percent from the 3 million users NLHN launched with in April 2006, as the network has gone from 10 affiliate sites to 56.”

  • New York Business reports, “Time Magazine continues to lose ad pages despite its radical re-engineering of five months ago, and Fortune, Money and Business 2.0 have suffered double-digit advertising slides in the first half. But the decline of some of Time Inc.’s core print properties is an old story at the company.”

  • Jon Friedman writes, “Conde Nast’s Portfolio magazine is getting a bad rap and a bad rep.”

  • “HUSNI: Will magazines die? Not any time soon”

  • reports, “Viewers accustomed to the standard green screen “Daily Show” segments from varied locations should know that the dispatches filed for next week’s ‘Operation Silent Thunder: ‘The Daily Show’ in Iraq’ features were actually shot in Iraq.”

  • AP reports, “The Navy has removed a video from YouTube shot aboard the aircraft carrier Ronald Reagan because it shows sailors using safety equipment inappropriately, a Navy spokesman said.”

  • Reuters reports, “American Airlines, the world’s largest airline, said on Friday it sued Internet search leader Google Inc for selling search words involving its name.”


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