Morning Reading List, 08.23.07

Good morning Washington.

  • Update on yesterday’s Tammy Haddad / Hardball story:

      Clarification from MSNBC: “Tammy remains MSNBC’s VP, Washington and will continue to oversee all of our political coverage, including super Tuesdays, primary coverage, debates and the College Tour.”

  • You admitted it. You do in fact miss your interns. It’s the reason why that is up for debate.

  • Eric Boehlert writes, “MSNBC host and former Republican Congressman Joe Scarborough caused a media stir last week when he claimed that on-the-clock MSNBC newsroom employees brazenly jeered President Bush while watching his 2003 State of the Union Address. Personally, I don’t buy it. At least not the way Scarborough described it”

  • The Politico has hired Sara D’Angelo as its new media coordinator and producer. Sara joins them from WTOP Radio

  • Gross Generalizations About Old And New Media

  • Tribune’s Phil Rosenthal writes, “there’s no reason to think Tribune Co. shareholders, as a group, will reject at Tuesday’s meeting the second half of billionaire Sam Zell’s plan to take the company private at $34 per share through considerable debt and an employee stock ownership plan.”

  • From Eat the Press: “‘I’m Sorry, Brian Williams!’: Truth And Wristiness, Part II”

  • Bloomberg reports, “ComScore Inc., seeking to give its customers more detailed information on the habits of Web users, changed its method of measuring Internet searches to include queries sent to search engines by other Web sites.”

  • From a tipster: “Is that Tucker on Washington Post Radio this morning? It is!”

  • Jack Shafer: “Already Chewed News: What my beloved newspaper has been reduced to serving.”

  • According to a release, “The 2007 MacArthur Fellows, awarded by The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, will be announced on Tuesday, September 25th. … Awarded to talented individuals in a variety of fields who have shown exceptional originality in and dedication to their creative pursuits, MacArthur Fellows receive $500,000 grants that are bestowed with no conditions — recipients may use the money as they see fit.”

  • has “A Few Tips for Media Types Who Strive to Do Wrong Better”

  • “Last week was one of the most varied in the news so far this year. The week’s biggest story, the 2008 presidential campaign, made up only 8% of the news hole in PEJ’s weekly News Coverage Index, which examines 48 different news outlets.”

  • “One in four adults read no books at all in the past year, according to an Associated Press-Ipsos poll released Tuesday.”

  • From Information Week’s Stephen Wellman, “Chalk this one up to the great moments in unintentional irony department. I just received an invitation to “the industry’s first BlogWorld and New Media Expo.” What’s interesting is that the only people who can get in with a media pass are traditional press. Just what kind of blog and new media show is this?”

  • From Meetup: “The Organizer of The Washington Blogger Meetup stepped down without nominating a successor. If no one steps up as
    organizer by September 6, this Meetup will disappear forever.
    You can keep this group of 390 Bloggers together by taking over
    as Organizer.” For more info, click here.

  • CNN’s Peter Bergen will offer “an insightful progress report on the war on terrorism” today at a luncheon at the Capital Hilton Hotel presented by the NCC International Committee. Register here.

  • Tonight, The Newseum and the National Archives present “50 Years After Little Rock: The Media and the Movement” at 6:30 p.m. at the National Archives at 7th and 9th Streets, N.W.

  • Poynter Online reports, “As Crain’s ChicagoBusiness (a clear competitor to BusinessWeek-Chicago) notes, BusinessWeek is going to launch a local print edition in Chicago as a ‘guinea pig’ and move into other cities if it’s successful in the Windy City.”

  • Gawker asks, “How Is The Nearly Ad-Free ‘New Republic’ Surviving?”

  • Hollywood Reporter reports, “Personal time that consumers spend on the Internet is rivaling their TV time, with user-generated content and networking sites among the most popular destinations for entertainment seekers.”

  • Chicago Tribune’s Steve Johnson writes, “If you’ve paid any attention to news-and-information Web sites lately, you’ve noticed that most are trying to dress them up with the latest Internet fad, video. These efforts are only intermittently effective. A reporter or columnist reading his piece aloud just feels like a naked ploy to keep you glued to the site a little longer, unless that writer has the vocal charisma of James Earl Jones. A video of a profile subject, on the other hand, can greatly enhance a print story.”

  • The Extreme-ness, in perhaps his most Extreme post ever, calls the Washington Post Sunday Magazine’s “Guess What’s Different About These Photos” “stupid” and does a bit of Photoshopping himself.

  • From DCRTV reports,Emmanuel Touhey is the new producer for public radio outlet WAMU’s nationally syndicated ‘The Diane Rehm Show.’ He spent the past nine years working as a producer with DC-based C-SPAN, covering Congress and the White House. Touhey is a native of Ireland, and came to the US in 1993. He began his career as an intern at BBC Radio in Northern Ireland.”

  • It’s Dennis Kucinich v. ABC News.

  • SFist asks, “Is Digg Going To Be A ‘Classified Killer’ Too?”

  • Rapt VP: Free Online Content Could Tip The Balance For Newspapers”

    The Fallout Round-Up:

  • In a “release,” Hottest Male in PR Nominee Ben Goldstein said, “I commend the Manjoo Commission for their findings. The report certainly confirms suspicions that our legal team had during the recount. …That being said, the courts have spoken and while I disagree with their ruling, I must respect it so that our democratic institutions shall remain intact. My ego, however, has fallen apart like Britney Spears trying to simultaneously manage her kids and a liter of Boone’s Farm in the ball pit at Chuck E. Cheese.”

  • Brian Beutler says, “Thank you to Farhad Manjoo</strong — no doubt one of Salon's courageous outsiders–for having the stones to make public what I and nearly all of liberal Washington were too selfish to report ourselves."

  • Kay Steiger says, “I guess it must be a slow news month.”

  • Jossip has this to say: “Which just goes to show, only ugly people care about looking good online.”

  • Don Whiteside at Metroblogging says, “Don’t get me wrong, it’s a pretty well prepared article and nicely linked to a bunch of related and supporting information. But I can’t be the only person who thinks he’s more likely to find a sober Kennedy than an accurate online poll, can I?”

  • Atlantic’s Matthew Yglesias points us to the hotties themselves for a response!


  • Banyan Global is seeking Communications Analyst for International Development.

  • The Center for American Progress is looking for an Editor for

  • Voice of America is looking for a News Division/writer.

  • National Public Radio is looking for an Associate Producer, NPR Digital: Arts & Features.

  • The Hill newspaper is looking for an Online Producer.

  • The Institute of Medicine is looking for a Communications Officer.

  • Vandenburgh Media is looking for an Administrative Assistant.

  • ThinkFoodGroup is looking for an Assistant to Chief Creative Officer/Chef

  • Kelly McCormack is leaving The Hill to join the Peace Corps

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