Morning Reading List, 09.06.07

morningsun.gifGood morning Washington.

  • You think tattoos are low rent.

  • An ABC release announced, “For the just-completed Memorial Day to Labor Day period (May 28-September 2), ‘World News with Charles Gibson’ was the #1 evening newscast among Total Viewers, Households and Adults 25-54. In summer 2007, the ABC broadcast averaged 7.7 million Total Viewers and a 1.9/8 among key demo viewers, compared to NBC’s 7.41 million Total Viewers and a 1.8/8 and CBS’s 5.87 million Total Viewers and a 1.5/6.”

  • An NBC release announced, “According to Nielsen Media Research data, ‘NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams’ was the No. 1 network evening newscast, winning the week of August 27-31, 2007 in all categories. For the week, the NBC broadcast attracted 7.815 million total viewers, +219,000 more than ABC ‘World News” 7.596
    million, and an impressive 1,927,000 advantage over CBS ‘Evening News” 5.888 million.”

  • New York Times reports, “NBC Universal significantly deepened its relationship with Amazon’s digital video download service after a dispute with Apple over the pricing of television shows on iTunes. The media conglomerate, part of General Electric, said yesterday that Amazon had agreed to give it something that Apple would not: greater flexibility in the pricing and packaging of video downloads.”

  • Slate’s Jacob Rubin writes, “So Many Exclamation Points! A new style guide says we should pepper our e-mails with them. Really?”

  • “The Intelligence and National Security Alliance is commemorating the 60th Anniversary of the National Security Act of 1947 and the creation of our nation’s modern intelligence and national security establishments with a series of events during the week of September 17th-21st.” Sign up for events here!

  • The Bivings Group just released a study about American magazines’ use of the Internet. Check it out here.

  • NewsHour’s Margaret Warner is reporting from Pakistan. Check out here reports here.

  • From a release, “Ray Abernathy, a Washington, DC-based speech writer and communications consultant to labor unions, this week launches From the Left Bank of the Potomac, a wide-ranging commentary with weekly screeds from the political left as well as from left field. The blog, at, also showcases and sells Abernathy’s often offbeat fiction and invites author wannabes to help co-write the first ‘blogged beach book’ –a novel set in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.”

  • Poynter Online explores the, “Who’s on First? Online/Print Publishing Dilemma”

  • Check out the new blog that launched last week —, a W*USA 9 & Gannett Co. blog.

  • Come celebrate the first year of GOOD Magazine this Friday at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. The event is by R.S.V.P. only! Click here for more details.

  • Slate reintroduces “Build Your Own Slate”

  • Lesley Lopez, former hottie, created Guerilla Gourmand, a Washington D.C.- based cooking show for college students and young professionals, and is hosting a launch party for the show tonight from 5:30-8:00 at Jack’s Restaurant, at 1527 17th St NW.

  • Vanity Fair’s Evgenia Peretz writes, “Al Gore couldn’t believe his eyes: as the 2000 election heated up, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and other top news outlets kept going after him, with misquotes (‘I invented the Internet’), distortions (that he lied about being the inspiration for Love Story), and strangely off-the-mark needling, while pundits such as Maureen Dowd appeared to be charmed by his rival, George W. Bush. For the first time, Gore and his family talk about the effect of the press attacks on his campaign—and about his future plans—to the author, who finds that many in the media are re-assessing their 2000 coverage.”

  • Media Matter’s Eric Boehlert writes, “The Iraq news blackout: how the press spent its summer vacation”

  • NY Post reports, “Investors sent Yahoo! shares up more than 5 percent yesterday after a Bear Stearns analyst said the Internet giant is a “top pick” in the technology sector and could be a possible takeover target for a company like Microsoft.”

  • AP reports, “Newspaper publisher McClatchy Co. said Tuesday it will keep its 14.4 percent stake CareerBuilder after resolving differences it had with the two other owners of the online job search site, Gannett Co. and Tribune Co.”

  • Human Events’ Capital Briefs reports, “The Republican-controlled board of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting could not bring itself to mandate the showing of Frank Gaffney’s documentary Islam vs. Islamists nor did it make any attempt to block the prime-time return of leftist Bill Moyers, but the board is very decisive when it comes to tax-paid junkets. The board’s latest trip was to Waikiki Beach in Honolulu, reports Al Kamen in the Washington Post. Prior to that, the board traveled to Alaska and Arizona.”

  • The New York Observer reports on, “MSNBC’s Dan Abrams’ War of Faith Against CNN. He attacks Anderson Cooper, Larry King, calls opposition ‘the Paris Hilton network'”

  • BBC reports, “Google’s Blogger site is being used by malicious hackers who are posting fake entries to some blogs.”

  • The Independent reports, “The Economist’s new quarterly lifestyle spin-off magazine, Intelligent Life, will be more than a guide to expensive stuff aimed at the super-rich, says its editor, Edward Carr.”

  • NY Post reports, “Niche Media Expands in New Office Space”

  • From The Hollywood Reporter, “CBS sticking with Couric for whole game”

  • AP reports, “ABC’s ‘Good Morning America’ Expanding, Although Not to Many TV Viewers”

  • E&P reports, “President Bush’s surprise trip to Iraq on Monday, which included just five White House reporters, marks the fourth time in the past month or so that Bush has made surprise news in one location while the White House press corps was en route to another. And that has at least a few veteran reporters perturbed.”

  • The New York Times reports, “The promotion of penny stocks, for years a staple of Internet spam and ‘boiler rooms’ running illegal pump-and-dump schemes, has recently burst forth in splashy full-page ads in major daily newspapers.”

  • A tipster writes in, “i would be interested in reading some reporting on why the Post didn’t reprint the Sunday Source that featured a full width picture of Dana Perino. It seemed foolish to feature a story about her buying dried mangoes with no mention of her being named WH Press Secy nearly 48 hours earlier.”


  • Association of Governing Boards is looking for Editorial Assistant.

  • Business Financial Publishing is looking for a Mutual Funds Freelance Writer.

  • The Brookings Institution is looking for a Online Communications Specialist.

  • Science News is looking for a Associate Publisher/Ad Sales Director.

  • Gridskipper is looking for contributors.

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