Morning Reading List, 09.17.08


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We’ve got your morning mix of media Muesli after the jump…

Today is the birthday of Steve Scully, Kathryn Phelps, Richard Wolffe and Doug Johnson. Charles Grassley is 75 today. David Souter is 69 (Doug E. Fresh is 42). 221 years ago, the U.S. Constitution was completed and signed by a majority of delegates in Philadelphia. 36 years ago, M*A*S*H debuted. 12 years ago, Spiro Agnew passed. You think McCain’s Campaign Ads are inaccurate and shameful. Question: Will Fox News Sunday start its “Palin Clock” (like the Obama Clock) to count how long it takes Sarah Palin to appear on FNS? Chris Wallace read a viewer email along those lines on Sunday. Check out today’s White House Photo of the Day from Time. Today’s “Angry Journalist” rant of the day: “I hate government officials when they don’t talk to you because you’re new”

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  • A release announced, “ABC News’ Vinita Nair has been named co-anchor of ‘World News Now’ and ‘America This Morning,’ News President David Westin announced today. She joins Jeremy Hubbard as co-anchor of ABC News’ early morning news programs. In addition, Ms. Nair will contribute reports to all other ABC News’ broadcasts and platforms.”

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  • NewsBusters reports, “60% of Washington Post’s Biden Tax Story Devoted to Palin”

  • Amid 2008 Campaign Cacophony on the Web, Print Reverts to Hobbesian State

  • Gawker reports, “Thomas Friedman Has Joke, Not Afraid to Use It”

  • Washington Post reports, “‘Doonesbury’ Sings the Newspaper Blues”

  • Gannett reports 9.5 percent revenue fall

  • The Volokh Conspiracy reports, “The Post Gets a Rewrite (But Doesn’t Tell Its Readers)”

  • McCain press pack stages mini-insurrection

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  • Couric To Interview Palin Next Week

  • All Aboard The Pundit Roster

  • Letters Sent From Westin to Remnick

  • An ABC release announced, “ABC’s ‘World News with Charles Gibson’ was the most-watched evening newscast among Total Viewers, Adults 25-54 and Households last week. The broadcast was up 16% among Total Viewers and 17% among Adults 25-54 compared to the previous week. The broadcast delivered its largest Total Viewing advantage over ‘NBC Nightly News’ (+520,000) since the week of August 13, 2007 and its largest Adult 25-54 advantage over NBC (+150,000) since the week of April 7, 2008. World News’ total viewing lead (2,670,000) over ‘CBS Evening News’ was the largest since the week of January 21, 2008 and its Adult 25-54 lead over Evening News (780,000) was the largest since the week of May 19, 2008.”

  • LiveLeak reports, “Two Guys Pretend To Make-Out Behind CNN Reporter During This Mornings Broadcast.”

  • Media companies seek revenue, branding at airports

  • Media Matters’ Eric Boehlert writes, “As John McCain’s manufactured ‘lipstick on a pig’ story was taking flight last week, Matthews, host of MSNBC’s Hardball, kicked off the hour by teeing up the story. In a note to viewers that telegraphed his disdain for the lipstick controversy, he announced that during the show, he’d share his own thoughts ‘about how, with a troubled economy, crumbling bridges, rail and roads, a failing educational system, a war that is now going on for five years, and an uncertain American economic future, we’re sitting here talking about lipstick.'”

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  • The Weekly Standard’s Matt Labash goes fishing with Dick Cheney.

  • The Atlantic’s Ross Douthat writes, “Amid the mounting liberal hysteria about how John McCain is running the most despicable campaign ever etc. etc., Ezra Klein deserves credit for this (relatively) cool-headed observation”

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  • New York Magazine reports, “The book business as we know it will not be living happily ever after. With sales stagnating, CEO heads rolling, big-name authors playing musical chairs, and Amazon looming as the new boogeyman, publishing might have to look for its future outside the corporate world.”

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  • “Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama generated more exposure last week, but Republican VP hopeful Sarah Palin drove the media’s election narrative the week of Sept. 8-14, according to a new report from the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism.”

  • International Herald Tribune reports, “Obama and McCain strive to break through media fog”

  • Philadelphia Daily News’ Will Bunch writes, “They’ve declared war on the media — so it’s time to fight back!”

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  • is looking for a Deputy Managing Editor.

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