Morning Reading List, 09.01.06


  • The Washington Post editorializes: “End of an Affair: It turns out that the person who exposed CIA agent Valerie Plame was not out to punish her husband.”

  • Ouch. From Slate’s “Today’s Papers”: “For the second day in a row, the WaPo goes above-the-fold with a story the rest of the world had the day before. This time it’s California’s embrace of tight carbon dioxide emissions limits. With an extra 24 hours to work the story, the WaPo manages to add exactly nothing. They’re so late that the paper’s own editorial page has had a chance to rub its chin and share its thoughts. (It likes the ‘bold action.’)”

  • Congratulations to Washington, D.C. – based photographer J. Scott Applewhite for winning a Gramling Spirit Award for “among other things, his advocacy of press freedom through his work with the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and the Senate Press Photographers Gallery.”

  • Bob Schieffer signs off and hands the baton off to Katie Couric.

  • “Pentagon Moves Toward Monitoring Media.”

      The U.S. command in Baghdad is seeking bidders for a two-year, $20 million public relations contract that calls for monitoring the tone of Iraq news stories filed by U.S. and foreign media.

      Proposals, due Sept. 6, ask companies to show how they’ll ”provide continuous monitoring and near-real time reporting of Iraqi, pan-Arabic, international, and U.S. media,” according to the solicitation issued last week.

  • Erik Wemple: Smart.

  • Does the Washington Post have “a large financial interest in spreading paranoia about SAT performance”?

  • ESPN Ombudsman George Solomon weighs in: “Kornheiser’s response to Farhi on Patrick’s show was in bad taste and petty. Taking criticism, even from your own newspaper, goes with the territory. Nor were Kornheiser’s comments about Golic necessary, even though Golic had previously questioned the selection of Kornheiser as part of the MNF team. Later in the week after the initial broadcast, Kornheiser joined fellow Post columnist Mike Wilbon on ‘Pardon the Interruption’ — and both referred to Farhi as a ‘weasel,’ an unacceptable editorial description that should have been edited out.”

  • Tonight: “Dan Rather: A Reporter Remembers” (Channel 9 at 9)…but, in the ultimate CBS diss, don’t expect to see it in NY or LA.

  • Says Peter Carlson: “WARNING: Do not read this newspaper while driving a motor vehicle, operating machinery or piloting an aircraft. Do not read newspaper over an open flame. Do not hold newspaper close to face while smoking a cigar the size of a billy club. Do not use newspaper as a flotation device. Newspaper may be harmful if taken internally. Reading newspaper articles may cause irritation, nausea, drowsiness, uncontrollable laughter, weeping, cynicism, confusion, depression or existential despair. Keep out of reach of children.”

  • And, because it’s the Friday before Labor Day weekend, we feel entitled to get sidetracked and say: Go, Agassi, Go.