Morning Reading List, 10.01.08

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Jossip: “ABC, CBS, CNN, Fox News, and the Associated Press are suing Secretary of State Mark Ritchie and Attorney General Lori Swanson for enacting a law to expand the amount of space news orgs have to remain from polling stations.” Jimmy Carter is 84 today. 100 years ago today, Henry Ford introduced the Model T automobile to the market. 46 years ago, Johnny Carson debuted as host of NBC’s “Tonight” show. 37 years ago, Walt Disney World opened in Orlando. You would rather work at a less prestigious paper with a better work environment than work at a prestigious paper with a bad work environment. Was that Keith Olbermann calling Roll Call “Capitol Hill’s newspaper of record” on Monday night? It was a year ago today when Capitol File parted ways with Kate Gibbs. The Post’s Gene Weingarten turns 57 tomorrow. Check out today’s White House Photo of the Day from Time. Today’s “Angry Journalist” rant of the day: “They cut our already frozen pay. By an additional 10%.”

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  • A release announced, “Air America Media (, a progressive media company, has named Michael Bassik chief digital officer, effective November 6. Bassik is well known for crafting new, creative ways to use technology to reach new audiences. Most recently, Bassik helped build the nation’s largest online political marketing firm at MSHC Partners, where he served as the Vice President of Interactive Marketing. In this newly created position, Bassik will focus on Air America Media and its digital strategy, building into a leading source for independent news, commentary and community.”

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  • More on those City Paper woes

  • DCist has “More on Future of Washington City Paper”

  • reports, “Why the Internet isn’t friendly to newspapers”

  •’s Katie Allison Granju writes, “Washington Post reporter rudely dodges my Sarah Palin questions”

  • The Inksniffer reports, “How the newspaper industry is about to be disembowelled by the banking crisis.”

  • The Corner asks, “…does anyone here read a paper cover to cover?”

  • Guardian reports, “Murdoch declares war in the last great battle of the barons”

  • The Washington City Paper reports, “The Washington Post burns through its share of paper. Its Sunday edition alone, bulked up by a sheath of advertising inserts and classified ads, can tip the scales at around 2 1/2 pounds. That, of course, is just for the people who want it. The Post Co. also distributes its brand to people who don’t request it. Logan Circle resident Michael Sirvet says he’s been getting something called the Washington Post Shopping Guide ‘forever.’ When he finds the weekly promotional piece in his mailbox, he follows a simple routine that involves throwing it away.”

  • CJR presents, “Ten fundamentals for the business press now”

  • A release announced, “Reporters Without Borders calls on the office of the UN secretary-general to intercede on behalf of husband-and-wife journalists Tomas Granados Jimenez and Ilsa Rodriguez Santana — both UN correspondents for the Cuban news agency Prensa Latina — who were refused visas to reenter the United States after a short holiday in Cuba. Based in New York for the past three years, the couple were not given any explanation by the US authorities for the refusal, which Reporters Without Borders regards as arbitrary. They were, however, given a form suggesting they are regarded as a threat to the United States.”

  • E&P reports, “Don’t tell Marcus Brauchli that U.S. newspapers haven’t been properly warning about the current financial crisis for years. Brauchli, executive editor of The Washington Post and former managing editor and longtime veteran of The Wall Street Journal, says coverage of the coming tide of economic woes, stemming largely from the mortgage and credit crisis, dates back more than a decade.”

  • Pittsburgh Post Gazette reports, “Add Maureen Dowd, the Pulitzer-winning columnist for the NY Times, to the list of media types who have fallen out bitterly with John McCain.”

  • The Washington City Paper reports, “Beaujon to Georgetown Voice: I Do Not Look Like Todd Louiso”

  • Paid features an Interview with MediaNews’ “Singleton On What’s Ailing Newspapers: It’s The Economy, Not The Internet”

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  • Gingrich Rips MSNBC, Proposes New Woodward Book Idea

  • A release announced, “In the first week of the 2008-09 primetime television season, ABC’s ‘World News with Charles Gibson’ ranked #1 among Total Viewers, Adults 25-54 and Households. The ABC News broadcast averaged 8.07 million Total Viewers, outperforming NBC’s ‘Nightly News’ by 90,000 for the week. Among Adults 25-54, ABC and NBC tied for first place, with both programs averaging 2.57 million and a 2.1/9.”

  • The New York Post reports, “When she was covering foreign affairs in Washington, NBC reporter Andrea Mitchell never had a problem with her love life. But now that all news stories lead to the mess on Wall Street, Mitchell — the wife of former Fed chairman Alan Greenspan, who is being blamed daily for the economic meltdown — and her marriage are raising questions among colleagues.”

  • Eat The Press reports, “CNN Plays Jeopardy!”

  • TVNewser reports, “Gwen Ifill Breaks Ankle, But Still Plans To Meet ‘Em In St. Louis”

  • reports, “Friday on American Morning, John Roberts interviewed Bono about his experience at the United Nations last week.” Check it out here.

  • A release announced, “LATINOS ’08, a new documentary from Phillip Rodriguez, airs Wednesday, October 8, 2008, 9:00-10:00 p.m. on PBS (check local listings). Latinos are less cohesive than other voting blocs, and they do not fit the black/white racial binary that has long shaped American politics. This documentary examines how today’s candidates and advocacy groups are trying to mobilize and attract this unpredictable group of voters.”

  • A release announced, “CN8, The Comcast Network announced today its most expansive election coverage package to date, including live airings of the presidential and vice presidential debates, pre- and post-Election Night specials and live Election Night reporting and analysis of the presidential, federal and state races.” The line up starts with the VP debate on Thursday.

  • reports, “As part of NBC Universal chief Jeff Zucker’s plan for expanding international operations and curbing costs of scripted series, production of the midseason NBC drama has been moved to NBC Uni’s London-based international TV production unit run by Angela Bromstad.”

  • TVNewser reported yesterday, “You’ll see it in tomorrow’s New York Times and Wall Street Journal. But here’s your first look at an ad Fox Business Network has taken out to promote their weekend coverage, while taking a classic Fox shot at their competitor.”

  • A release announced, “Bob Costas, NBC and HBO sports broadcaster, will join moderator Marvin Kalb for a wide-ranging discussion of hits, misses, and the bottom line on The Kalb Report, Monday, Oct. 13, at 8 p.m. The forum will take place in the Main Ballroom of the National Press Club, located on the 13th floor of the National Press Building at 14th and F streets, NW. The Kalb Report is produced jointly by The George Washington University Global Media Institute,Harvard University’s Joan Shorenstein Center, and the National Press Club. The series is underwritten by a grant from the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation.”

  • Nielsen presents, “McCain And Obama Highs And Lows From Debate Dial Tests”

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  • Publishing 2.0 reports, “’s Political Browser Uses the News Judgment of Journalists to Filter the Political Web”

  • Washingtonian catches up with “David Malitz, music producer and blogger.”

  • WebProNews reports, “Oops: Ad Calls McCain Win Before Debate”

  • RCA has redone its website. Check it out here.

  • The Observer reports, “Advisory Committee for Gallivan Program says Internet radically changes profession”

  • Ad reports, “Ad Age’s Media 100 List Gives Glimpse of a New Order”

  • Wall Street Journal reports, “In Sign of the Times, Global Village
    Gathers to Watch a Sign”

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  • Gawker reports, “How Magazines Led Investors Toward Ruin”

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  • AJR reports, “Long defined by its radio programming, National Public Radio is reinventing itself as a multiplatform force.”

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  • Ralph Hanson reports, “Scotland Yard Stops Fire Bomb Attack on Publisher of Controversial Book About Bride of Muhammad”

  • Reuters reports, “Liberty Media Corp Chairman John Malone on Friday said few opportunities exist to buy media companies right now, even with stock prices badly depressed across much of the industry.”

  • “The media paid more attention to the nation’s economic crisis than to the presidential campaign for the second consecutive week, according to a Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism study of election coverage from Sept. 22-28.”

  • Instapundit reports, “A READER AT A MAJOR NEWSROOM EMAILS: ‘Off the record, every suspicion you have about MSM being in the tank for O is true. We have a team of 4 people going thru dumpsters in Alaska and 4 in arizona. Not a single one looking into Acorn, Ayers or Freddiemae. Editor refuses to publish anything that would jeopardize election for O, and betting you dollars to donuts same is true at NYT, others. People cheer when CNN or NBC run another Palin-mocking but raising any reasonable inquiry into obama is derided or flat out ignored. The fix is in, and its working.’ I asked permission to reprint without attribution and it was granted.”

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  • AAAS is looking for a Director of Marketing.

  • The Magazine Group is looking for a Writer/Copywriter + Marketing Associate.

  • Al Jazeera Network is looking for a Correspondents.

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