Morning Reading List, 10.09.08

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

120 years ago, the public was admitted to the Washington Monument. Trent Lott is 67. You think that Obama won the debate last night. Really, WaPo? This is still up and out there? Yesterday was Dennis Kucinich’s Birthday.

Check out today’s White House Photo of the Day from Time. Today’s “Angry Journalist” rant of the day: “I’m angry that a journalist posts at a web site called ‘’ a comment that is filled with numerous spelling, grammar and punctuation mistakes. We all make mistakes, yes, but at least make an attempt at basic good grammar at a journalism site!”

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  • The New York Observer reports, “Graydon’s Big Get: Raids Portfolio for Michael Lewis”

  • Politico’s Michael Calderone reports, “In response to Dana Milbank’s most recent column, which mentioned a random threat hurled during a Palin rally, the Secret Service told Radar they were trying to find the Washington Post scribe. So did they ever contact him? ‘No,’ said Milbank, speaking by phone from a McCain rally. ‘And I don’t understand why they would. Some random guy shouts in the middle of the crowd?'”

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  • PolitickerCA reports, “More cuts on their way to the Los Angeles Times”

  • Bloomberg reports, “Gannett Co., New York Times Co. and E.W. Scripps Co. may post steeper revenue declines than expected through 2009, with cost cuts failing to mitigate the drop, Wachovia Capital Markets analyst John Janedis said.”

  • Eat The Press reports, “Bill Keller: McCain’s Bias Claims Make Me Want To ‘Find The Toughest McCain Story We’ve Got And Put It On The Front Page'”

  • MediaWeek reports, “Hearst’s Loughlin Calls the Newsstand ‘Incredibly Fragile'”

  • The Washington Post reports, “Todd L. Kiplinger, 62, an executive in his family’s financial publishing company, died of metastatic melanoma Oct. 4 at his home in Bethesda.”
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  • Nielsen announced that 42% of local households watched second presidential debate. For more info, click here.

  • From Tuesday’s Last Call Swizzle: “Now McCain must win at least one Kerry state and the Politico newsroom in Rosslyn, VA, to secure the presidency.”

  • The AP reports, “Dan Rather could have made millions of dollars more per year if CBS had not defrauded him before firing him, his lawyer said Tuesday. Martin Gold discussed the finances after a hearing on Rather’s ongoing $70 million breach-of-contract lawsuit. Rather says he was removed from the evening news anchor chair and given little to do after a disputed September 2004 ’60 Minutes II’ story about President Bush’s military service.”

  • Bloomberg reports, “Former CBS anchorman Dan Rather, who is suing his former employer for $70 million, asked to expand his complaint to include allegations he lost millions of dollars because the network sidelined him after a controversial report.”

  • The New York Post reports, “The death last summer of Tim Russert is taking a toll on the once invincible ‘Meet the Press.’ The show that Russert hosted for 17 years is steadily falling in the ratings.”

  • The Daily News reports, “Sean Hannity to stay with Fox News through 2012”

  • TVWeek reports, “The sun is setting on NBC Weather Plus, the 4-year-old digital joint venture between NBC and affiliated local stations, which programmed the 24/7 local weather service on their digital channels. The service was one of the first digital projects conceived as a way for a network and its affiliates to work together to create new revenue streams.”

  • PBS announced, “PBS posted an estimated 1.8 rating/3 share for NEWSHOUR’s coverage of last night’s debate.”

  • CBS News’ Dean Reynolds writes, “After most of the previous 12 months covering Barack Obama’s campaign for the presidency, it was interesting, instructive and, well, relaxing to follow John McCain for the last few days. The differences between the two are striking.”

  • Bloomberg reports, “U.S. broadcasters’ revenue and cash flow will suffer ‘significant’ declines in the next 12 to 18 months because of lower advertising sales, Moody’s Investors Service said.”

  • Regarding this week’s debate, Washington Post asks, “A Timeless Debate Format? Or a Dated One?”

  • Media Bloodhound reports, “CNN Runs Extremely Misleading Obama Headline”

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  • Forbes reports, “The New York Times’ Web site is getting more global, and is going bye-bye. The Times told staff in an internal e-mail Tuesday that the paper’s flagship Web site will soon become host to news from sister paper the International Herald Tribune and that the Tribune’s site will be shuttered. The move will require ‘hard decisions about jobs at the IHT,’ and the company is now looking to ‘reassign or relocate people,’ according to the memo.”

  • A release announced, “The CNN Digital Network garnered multiple No. 1 rankings and set traffic records for its political news platforms as users turned to the No. 1 news and information site for a detailed look at the Thursday, Oct. 2, debate between vice presidential hopefuls, Sen. Joe Biden and Gov. Sarah Palin. On debate day, CNN Digital ranked No. 1 among all Current Events and Global News sites with 73 million total minutes, 60 percent ahead of MSNBC and 70 percent ahead of Yahoo! News. CNN Digital also ranked No. 1 in page views with 69 million page views, 47 percent ahead of MSNBC and 120 percent ahead of Yahoo! News.”

  • Check out CQ’s Cabinet Maker: “Between Election Day and Inauguration Day, the biggest decision for the president-elect will be choosing his cabinet — the people who run the executive departments and most prominent agencies in government. The Cabinet Maker lets you assemble that group of advisers for an Obama or McCain administration, using names chosen by CQ’s beat reporters as likely candidates for 18 top positions.”

  • The Wall Street Journal reports, “Barry Diller’s restless, 47-year business career is yet again taking a new turn. After a dizzying run from mailroom to studio mogul, he quit his high-flying Hollywood career 15 years ago to plunge into home-shopping television and the Internet.”

  • TechCrunch reports, “AOL-Yahoo Merger Details Emerge; Deal Could Happen This Month”

  • Washington Post reports, “House Gives Thumbs-Up To Members’ Web Videos”

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  • FishbowlNY is covering the American Magazine Conference. Check out their coverage here, here and here.

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  • Huffington Post reports, “For First Time, Palin Takes Questions”

  • The New York Observer reports, “Senior McCain Adviser: Palin Did ‘Fantastic’ With My Buddy Katie”

  • MarketWatch reports, “Diversified media giants hit new lows as market plunges”

  • The New York Observer presents, “The Frenzy for The Making of the President, 2008”

  • First Lady Laura Bush has invited ANWC members to the White House for a special tour and to meet with her on Tuesday, October 21st. The deadline for RSVPs is Wednesday, October 15th. If you are not a member yet, it isn’t too late to join:

  • Yesterday’s mentioned Washington Post event at The Newseum has been postponed until January.

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  • The Associated Press is looking for a One-Person Correspondent — Norfolk, Va.

  • National Fish and Wildlife Foundation is looking for a Director, Communications and Marketing.

  • America Abroad Media is looking for an Associate Producer.

  • U.S. News & World Report is looking for a Manager, Audience & Business Development — Money.

  • U.S. News & World Report is looking for a Manager, Audience & Business Development, News.

  • PBS Newshour is looking for a Broadcast Desk Assistant.

  • is seeking a Bailout Writer.

  • America Abroad Media is looking for an Associate Producer, AAM Television.

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