Morning Reading List, 09.04.08


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Paul Harvey turns 90 today. Randa Fahmy Hudome thinks she’s a female version of Bill Kristol. The gospel according to Rather and Lehrer. Somewhere Liz Glover is celebrating (and taking pictures of herself): On this day in 1888, George Eastman registered his trademark: Kodak. Two years ago, Steve Irwin left us. What to call the new anti-gaggle press briefing? A “griefing” or a “gaggle”? (h/t) “National Review Essentials Party Like It Was 2008.” Peggy Noonan explains herself. Gwen Ifill: So hot right now. DCRTV hears Chris Plante dissing Sally Quinn. The New York Observer reports, “Jonathan Klein Waits for Cheeseburger at CNN Grill”. Today’s “Angry Journalist” rant of the day: “The greatest freedom of all is the freedom to leave.” Check out today’s White House Photo of the Day from Time.

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  • Press Think’s Jay Rosen writes, “John McCain’s convention gambit calls for culture war around the Sarah Palin pick. And now the Politico is reporting just that: Palin reignites culture wars. An option is forming. This is my attempt to describe it before her big speech in St. Paul.”

  • Huffington Post’s Sam Stein reports, “McCain Camp Battles National Enquirer Over Alleged Palin Affair”

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  • Neilsen shows day two convention coverage reached 16,235 households. “Overall viewing was more than 4.3 million people lower than Day 2 of the Democratic National Convention, and 600,000 people lower than Day 2 of the 2004 Republican Convention.” For full coverage, click here.

  • A NBC release announced, “‘NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams’ continued its run as the #1 network evening newscast and maintained its sizable advantage over the competition during the week of August 25-31. Approximately 7.8 million Americans turned to ‘Nightly News’ for its coverage of the 2008 Democratic National Convention with Brian Williams reporting live from Denver, Colorado. For the week, ‘Nightly’ led ABC by 695K and CBS by 2.394 million. On Wednesday, ‘Nightly’ beat ABC by a whopping 1.713 million viewers and CBS by 2.525 million. Excluding the two weeks of the Beijing Olympics, this is ‘Nightly’s’ best total viewer delivery since the week of June 16, 2008.”

  • An ABC release announced, “ABC’s ‘World News with Charles Gibson’ averaged 7.1 million Total Viewers and a 1.8/7 among Adults 25-54, placing second for the week of August 25, 2008. With Charles Gibson anchoring from Denver, site of the Democratic National Convention, ‘World News’ was the only evening newscast to grow both its Total Viewing and key demo audience compared to the previous week (increasing 3% in both categories). NBC dropped 13% among Total Viewers and 17% among Adults 25-54, while CBS declined 3% among Total Viewers and was flat among demo viewers.”

  • PBS announced that the average PBS audience for the Republican Convention so far was 2.5 million.

  • TPM shows us why “Oy … Live Mics Are Such Dangerous Things”

  • 23/6’s Eugene Mirman interviews Tucker Carlson on Sarah Palin. Check it out here.

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  • Mark your calendars — the September Blogger Meet-Up is Wednesday, September 17, 2008 7:00 PM at Regional Food and Drink. To RSVP, click here.

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  • His Extreme-ness presents “The Best Republican Convention Photo Ever”
  • Window On Washington reports, “Former longtime Bush speechwriter Matthew Scully is the man behind tonight’s convention speech by Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, which is interesting in light of Scully’s moral opposition to hunting and Palin’s love of the activity.”

  • The Pew Weekly News Interest Index shows, “Interest in the presidential election surged last week, with the public following campaign news more closely than at any point since the Super Tuesday primaries in February. As attention to the campaign has increased, the images of both Barack Obama and John McCain have improved in recent days.”

  • Huffington Post’s Rachel Sklar attends the launch party in Minneapolis last night for Meghan McCain’s new children’s book, My Dad, John McCain, all about her dad’s life story and rise to be the Republican nominee for the presidency. Check it out here.

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