Morning Reading List, 09.12.08


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In 1880, H.L. Mencken was born. In 1953, JFK and Jackie were married. In 2003, Johnny Cash died. Henry Waxman is 69! Sam Brownback is 52! Check out today’s White House Photo of the Day from Time. Today’s “Angry Journalist” rant of the day: “Confession: I take sick pleasure in each new round of layoffs, because it makes me look like less of a loser for having been laid off three years ago.”

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  • Global News Enterprises announced in a release that they have hired Thomas Mucha as Managing Editor in charge of correspondents and Andrew Meldrum as Senior Editor and Regional Editor for Africa.

  • Kate Brown, the Media Relations Manager for The Washington Times, is leaving.

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  • Maryland Politics puts the “Starting Gazette Salary in Perspective” and reports on the “Crisis at the Gazette”.

  • Matthew Yglesias is “Confused By Jonathan Weisman”

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  • WUSA9’s Todd McDermott is leaving the station.

  • A NBC release announced, “According to Nielsen Media Research data, ‘Meet the Press’ was the most-watched Sunday morning public affairs program, winning the week ending Sunday, Sept. 7, 2008 in all categories. The program was No. 1, averaging 4.266 million total viewers”

  • An ABC release announced, “According to Nielsen Media Research for the week of September 1, 2008, ABC News’ ‘Nightline’ outperformed CBS’ ‘Letterman’ among Total Viewers and Adults 25-54. This marks ‘Nightline’s’ eighteenth victory (plus one tie) over ‘Letterman’ among the key A25-54 demographic this season and the thirteenth victory (plus two ties) over CBS among Total Viewers.”

  • An ABC release announced, “As ‘The View’ celebrates its 12th season on the air, and ABC News heads out across the country with its ’50 States and 50 Days’ initiative, the co-hosts of ‘The View’ are teaming up with ABC News to bring daytime viewers a piece of ’50 States in 50 Days.’ Beginning Monday, September 15, ‘Good Morning America’ will bring questions and concerns from local residents around the country to ‘The View’ where they will air the questions and comments as part of the daytime talk show’s regular chat feature entitled ‘Hot Topics.'”

  • An ABC release announced, “According to Nielsen Media Research for Sunday, September 7, 2008, ABC News’ ‘This Week with George Stephanopoulos’ outperformed CBS’ ‘Face the Nation’ among Total Viewers and the key Adults 25-54 demographic. This is the 32nd time this season ‘This Week’ beat ‘Face’ among Total Viewers. It also marks the 22nd time (plus three ties) ‘This Week’ has placed second among Adults 25-54. Additionally, ‘This Week’ continues to grow among both Total Viewers and the key Adults 25-54 demographic.”

  • TPM reports, “Groping toward the truth but still utterly delusional. MSNBC’s Chris Matthews has been doing a pretty decent job being candid and straight-up about the sleazy campaign the McCain camp is running. But he still thinks ‘the McCain camp’ is doing this behind McCain’s back since he’s too honorable and straight-talking to stand for this kind of sleaze.”

  • Wonkette reports, “David Gregory Famous For One Thing: Dancing”

  • FishbowlNY reports, “Lorne Michaels on Tina Fey as Sarah Palin: ‘There Are Discussions'”

  • TVNewser reports, “O’Reilly-Obama Outdraws Olbermann”

  • A release announced, “The Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS) and TCU’s Schieffer School of Journalism will host the sixth CSIS-Schieffer School of Journalism Dialogue on Tuesday, September 16 from 5:00pm to 6:30 pm in the CSIS B1 Conference Center (1800 K Street, NW). A short cocktail reception will begin at 5:00 pm, with the panel discussion beginning at 5:30 pm. … CSIS-TCU Schieffer School of Journalism to honor the publication of: Bob Schieffer’s America. Leonard Downie, Jr. former executive editor and current vp at large of the Washington Post and New York Times chief Washington correspondent David Sanger to interview CBS News’ Bob Schieffer about his life in journalism.”

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  • This week in the Wednesday blogger pick-me-up, Washingtonian catches up “with the husband-and-wife duo behind the Logan Circle-centric blog, 14th & You.”

  • PRNewser reports, “Former Clinton Spokesperson Given Blog, Name Already Taken”

  • David Armano gives us “Top 10 Signs You Might Be A ‘Weblebrity'”

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  • Take The Washingtonian Readership Survey!

  • Mixed Media asks, “Is ‘People’ Playing Nice with Sarah Palin?”

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  • Ralph Hanson writes, “On the seventh anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the United States, it can be difficult for the rest of the country to remember that 9/11 was a local story to people in New York City, Washington, D.C. and rural Pennsylvania. There are still all of the global overtones there, but it is also intensely personal. Here are a few stories remembering 9/11 from the communities directly hit.”

  • Vanity Fair asks, “Is the Media Powerless to Elect Obama?”

  • Politico’s Scorecard reports, “Retired Air Force Major General Rick Goddard, running against vulnerable Democratic Rep. Jim Marshall, described MSNBC reporter Ron Allen, who is African American, as ‘uppity’ on a Macon radio show, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.”

  • Politico asked, “Why does the press cover seemingly trivial matters like the “lipstick on a pig uproar”? (Or name your own trivial uproar.) Is the press complicit–or even the principal engine–in making politics so conflict-driven and superficial?” And bold-faced names answered.

  • MarketWatch reports, “Denver Journalists Say Media Revenue Squeeze Affecting Freedom of Information”

  • Politico reports, “At Newseum 9/11 exhibit, emotions flow”

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  • Eagle Publishing Inc is looking for an EBusiness Associate.

  • The McGraw-Hill Companies is looking for a Chief Editor, Nuclear Publications.

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