Morning Reading List, 09.09.08


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Today’s the birthday of Matt Bai. Joe Theismann is 59. On this day in 1976, Mao Tse-tung died. On this day in 1926, The National Broadcasting Co. was created by the Radio Corporation of America. Check out Forbes’ ranking of Washington’s power restaurants. You think Obama/Biden is going to win in November. Hitting newsstands this week: Mother Jones’ 250th issue. Check out today’s White House Photo of the Day from Time. Today’s “Angry Journalist” rant of the day: “Check out the Onion movie. Even if you find the overall ‘message’ preachy, the missing socks sketch brings the laughs. For us awkward, bitter newspaper people, anyway.”

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  • The Washington Post is inviting readers to “Black & White & Green All Over, a special Q&A panel session with your favorite Washington Post columnists, reporters and editors.” It takes place this Wednesday from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Post, 1150 15th St, NW, Washington DC. Admission is free and Platinum and Gold PostPoints members can get points for attending. For more event details and to RSVP, log in to your PostPoints account at or call 888.897.7876.

  • Politico’s John Harris is “Talking Shop” with CJR.

  • An AP release announced, “The Associated Press has named nine members of its global staff as winners of its 2008 Oliver S. Gramling Awards for excellence. … The awards, established in 1994, are given annually to staff members whose work and initiative contribute significantly to the news report and to overall AP operations.” For the full list of winners, click here.

  • The New York Times’ Clark Hoyt reports, “Intense, independent scrutiny by The Times and the rest of the news media of Sarah Palin’s background, character and record was inevitable and right.”

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  • Fox News and Its Historic Ratings For a ‘Historical Event’

  • A release announced, “Amid one of the most extraordinary and hard-fought presidential campaigns in history, NBC News’ ‘Today’ will take the show on the road and broadcast live from crucial ‘battleground states’ where the White House may be lost or won. Over four straight days, starting Monday, September 22nd, ‘Today’ will zero in on the deep divisions and cultural chasms that have turned these states into hotbeds of political combat.”

  • TPM points out a disparity from MSNBC. Can you spot it?

  • Portfolio’s Mixed Media reports, “MSNBC has finally come to its senses and taken Keith Olbermann and Chris Matthews off anchor duty — and Olbermann’s reaction perfectly illustrates why it was necessary to do so.”

  • CNN’s Political Ticker reports, “Jack Cafferty wasn’t here Friday for the Cafferty File because of some tragic news. His wife of 35 years, Carol, passed away unexpectedly this morning. Carol was everything to Jack. The dedication of his book reads, ‘for Carol, my wife, my life.'”

  • A release announced, “From on board an antique train car this morning, Monday, September 8, at New York City’s famed Grand Central Terminal, ABC News President David Westin and USA TODAY Editor and Senior Vice President of News, Ken Paulson, kicked off ’50 States in 50 Days’, an unprecedented initiative to report from every state in the nation during the 50 days leading up to the presidential election. Over the course of the next two months, ABC News’ anchors and correspondents and USA TODAY’s reporters and photographers will report on one state each day in the run-up to the historic vote on November 4.”

  • CBS announced, “‘Where They Stand,’ a CBS News signature franchise for coverage of Campaign ’08, debuts Tuesday (9) on the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric. Business correspondent Anthony Mason tackles the issue of personal income taxes, profiling three Ohio families at three different income levels with three different tax bills, and how Senator McCain and Senator Obama’s plans will impact each. On Thursday (11), Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent Lara Logan focuses on each candidate’s Iraq strategy. This series of in-depth reports, many of them as long as six minutes in length, is scheduled to run two-three times per week. They will examine how each candidate proposes to solve America’s most pressing problems, from the economy to foreign policy to immigration to healthcare to education to energy to the environment to the country’s infrastructure to homeland security, among others. CBS News correspondents around the country and the world will contribute to the series.”

  • TVNewser reports, “A lot of the talk inside NBC and MSNBC today is not about the campaigns, or Hurricane Ike or the markets; it’s about today’s news that Keith Olbermann and Chris Matthews have been removed as co-anchors for MSNBC’s political coverage. TVNewser talked with several NBC and MSNBC insiders for their reaction and what the mood is like today.” Check it out here.

  • A release announced, “CN8, The Comcast Network’s decision to expand its coverage of the Democratic and Republican National Conventions paid off, with viewers able to watch more programming via more means of delivery than ever before.” Highlights include, “More than 30 hours of live programming featured 47 live hits from the conventions.”

  • TVNewser gives us the “When, Where, How” of “Gibson’s Palin Interview”

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  • Reuters reports, “Google Inc has stepped up efforts to digitize dozens of historical newspapers and make scanned images of the original papers available online, the Internet search leader said on Monday.”

  • The New York Observer looks at “Andrew Breitbart, self-proclaimed rebel-king of L.A.’s underground conservative movement”

  • Sarah Palin answers questions! (Sort of)

  • A release announced, “With less than a week until the ninth annual conference, the Online News Association is offering participants a sneak peak of what’s coming. ONA is distributing podcasts with interviews from attendees and panelists on what they think the future holds for the news industry. Produced by a leading producer of audio and video podcasts for corporations and professional organizations, Professional Podcasts LLC, these podcasts offer a great chance to hear the voices and ideas that will play a big part in the conference. They are available on ONA’s podcast blog, through RSS, and on iTunes (search ONA08).”

  • Check out CQ Politics’ four new interactive maps to navigate the presidential election.

  • The New York Observer reports, “Twitter Takes Over The World (Because There’s Nothing Newer Yet)”

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  • Palin’s pastor urges flock to pray for the media

  • This year’s Funniest Celebrity in Washington contest will feature Chicago Tribune’s Clarence Page as the MC and MSNBC’s David Shuster, CNN’s Jamie McIntyre and al Jazeera English’s Riz Khan as contestants. The contest is this Wednesday, 7:00 p.m. at the DC Improv. Buy tickets here.

  • B&C reports, “John Evans to receive lifetime-achievement award for public service from University of Maryland School of Medicine.”

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