Morning Reading List, 09.19.08


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Yesterday was the birthday of Nicole Duran. Today’s birthdays: Mike Laws, Scott Nance, Toby Chaudhuri. Saturday: Paul Parmley, Dan Henning, Neda Ulaby. Sunday: Lydia Stuckey, Rachel Barth, Ben Newell. Most of you think that McCain has run the more negative campaign. It was one year ago this week that Tony Blankley left The Washington Times. Congrats to UnBeige for making an appearance in a big story in yesterday’s New York Times home section! Check out today’s White House Photo of the Day from Time. Today’s “Angry Journalist” rant of the day: “This job killed my love of journalism. I was angry at first, and still get bursts of anger every once in a while, but it’s progressed to the point where I can’t let myself care, because if I did, I would be angry ALL of the time.”

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  • A release announced, “Members of the Online News Association (ONA), the world’s largest membership organization of digital journalists, elected three new members to its Board of Directors and reelected four board members to another term. The new members — Cory Tolbert Haik of, Katie King of MSN UK and Amy Webb of Webbmedia Group — begin their two-year terms on Jan. 1, 2009. ‘We’re thrilled to have Cory, Katie and Amy join the Online News Association’s Board,’ said ONA President Jonathan Dube, who was elected to a third term…. Four incumbent members who were reelected are: Dube, who is also Vice President of; Vice President and Treasurer Neil Budde, President of; Events Committee Chair Ken Sands, Executive Editor for Innovation at Congressional, and Education/Academic Committee Chair Jody Brannon, National Director of News21.”

  • Rebecca Neal is the new Congressional reporter for the Federal Times.

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  • E&P reports, “NYT Co. Reports Latest Drop in Ad Revenue”

  • B&C reports, “Op-ed in The Washington Post warns that a Democratic-controlled Congress would ‘reinstate the misnamed Fairness Doctrine.'”

  • Washington City Paper reports, “Journalists may whine about their shrinking profession with relative impunity. Layoffs, consolidation, the folding of publications, the dumbing-down of reporting, and the decline of investigative journalism, after all, are pretty legitimate things to gripe about. But reporters and editors should be careful when called upon to complain about other things, and that’s where this week’s New York Observer story comes in. John Koblin set out to write about how print journalists weren’t impacting the 2008 presidential race as much as they should, and some pretty big names in the profession proceeded to fill up his notebook.”

  • Looks like White House needed a “lift.” The Baltimore Sun’s Matthew Hay Brown writes in a recent pool report, “As the pool waited for its escort in, Agence France-Presse appeared to have solved the mystery of a long-missing ladder. Evident through an upper-storey White House window was what appeared to be an aluminum ladder with a blue and white AFP sticker clearly visible. White House staff retrieved the ladder for AFP.”

  • The University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh Advance-Titan reports on alum Jim VandeHei, “His mother said VandeHei describes himself as ‘ADHD,’ exhibited by the multi-tasking he does whenever he visits. ‘He uses that Blackberry like nobody I’ve ever seen; it’s unbelievable,’ she said. ‘And he just seems to be able to stay focused. Three or four things can be going on and he seems to know everything that’s going on but he’s still focused on what he’s doing. It just amazes me.”

  • David Brauer reports that Star Tribune editor tells reporters “If you are involved in a political story, please look at it from several different perspectives and ask yourself: ‘If I were running, would I find this fair and balanced?'”

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  • A CNN release announced, “As Americans count down to Election Day, CNN contributor Roland Martin will host his second special in a series examining the various issues driving this election. The special titled, ‘What They’re Not Saying… About Your Money,’ airing this Saturday, Sept. 20, and Sunday, Sept. 21, at 8 p.m. (ET), will examine what it means to be middle class in America.”

  • Fox announced, “Last night (Wednesday, 9/17 — the first night of Sean Hannity’s two-part interview with Gov. Sarah Palin) was the second highest-rated (in total viewers) Hannity & Colmes of 2008….eclipsed only by the Hannity & Colmes broadcast on the night Sarah Palin addressed the Republican National Convention on 9/3/08 (with 4.948 million viewers). In demo, last night was also the third highest-rated (in 25-54 demo) Hannity & Colmes of 2008.”

  • TVNewser reports, “CNN took out a full-page ad in several newspapers today, including the New York Times and the Washington Post, touting some #1’s related to Convention coverage. But unlike the last ad that got hung up in the fine print, this one is missing some key words. The ad correctly states CNN was the top cable network in the three demos during both Conventions, but when it says it was the most watched at 10pm across both Conventions, there is no note about it being only in the demo.”

  • Politico’s Ben Smith presents, “Great moments in cable TV: Baum on Palin”

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  • A C-SPAN release announced yesterday “the launch of its newest web site, ‘Debate Hub,’ an online resource for the network’s coverage of the upcoming 2008 presidential and vice presidential debates. Following on the success of ‘Convention Hub,’ Debate Hub will feature an interactive timeline that allows users to identify and watch the questions from the debates they find most interesting. Users will also be able to share this video with others using C-SPAN’s Video Library embeddable player. Debate Hub will also feature word tree visualization of each candidate’s responses.” Debate Hub launching here later this month.

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  • BizBash Washington reports, “The launch party for The Washington Post’s first luxury fashion magazine brought out models, socialites, and politicians.”

  • Portfolio’s Mixed Media reports, “Al Gore’s getting into the magazine business. Sources familiar with the former vice president’s plans say he is set to announce the acquisition of a stake in Plenty, a four-year-old title about environmentally-conscious living. As it happens, Gore — who already has a toe in the media business through his TV network, Current — is on the cover of the current issue.”

  • has “PHOTOS: Washington Post’s ‘FW’ Launch Party”

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  • A NPR release announced, “NPR News will continue its extensive multimedia coverage of ‘Election 2008’ with live broadcast and webcast coverage of the three Presidential debates on September 26, October 7 and October 15, and the Vice Presidential debate on October 2. NPR will offer uninterrupted coverage and analysis of each debate beginning at 9:00PM (ET), to be followed at 11:00PM (ET) by ‘NPR’s National Listening Party’ — live, call-in specials anchored by NPR hosts and broadcast with audiences in four different cities.”

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  • Regarding yesterday’s post on “More on Bush’s (Lack Of) Press Conferences“, a reader writes in, “If I’m a Bush flack, sure there is absolutely no upside to having him take questions — that is true. As a citizen and a taxpayer — he damn well better explain what’s going on with my money that he feels so comfortable spending.”

  • On the same post, another reader says, “My first day as a business reporter — my editor told me ‘what you write has an impact on stock prices, businesses, and by extension the employees and their families. Make sure you get it right.’ Bush screws up a question (which we all know is a possibility) — imagine the repercussions for all of us!”

  • Slate has “The best details from Barton Gellman’s new book on the vice president.”

  • A release announced, “Last spring, former press secretary for George W. Bush, Scott McClellan exposed shocking reports about White House senior officials using deception and lies in public in his scandalous memoir, ‘What Happened: Inside the Bush White House and Washington’s Culture of Deception’ (PublicAffairs). In an exclusive interview with, the former Bush press aide reveals his thoughts on John McCain, Barack Obama, Sarah Palin and what’s needed in the White House now.” Read the full interview here.

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  • A release announced, “The Society of Professional Journalists is pleased to announce an exciting training program for young journalists who have graduated and are in their first three years in the profession. It’s a crash course in the characteristics of outstanding journalism and the techniques of exceptional journalists.” The three day Reporters Institute will take place at The Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, Fla. For more info, click here.

  • The Pew Weekly News Interest Index shows, “Sarah Palin continued to be a dominant factor in presidential campaign coverage last week, but her impact on the race remains unclear and her public image is very much in flux.”

  • FAIR explores, “The Myth of Pro-Obama Media Bias”

  • E&P looks at “How Fact-Checking Took Center Stage in 2008 Campaign”

  • Christian Science Monitor asks, “Media truth squads and the ’08 campaign: Any impact?”

  • CJR asks, “Forget Who is a journalist; the important question is, What is journalism?”

  • Huffington Post’s Larry Gellman writes, “Journalists of America–Your Country Needs You Now!”

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  • Legal Times, Incisive Media is looking for an Account Executive.

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