Morning Reading List, 10.14.08

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

It’s the birthday of Victoria McGrane, Jamie Stockwell, Cheryl Miller and Eli Lehrer. Chris Wallace turned 61 over the weekend. Check out today’s White House Photo of the Day from Time. Today’s “Angry Journalist” rant of the day: “Feeling like my career is over before it’s even begun”

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  • The New York Observer reports, “The New York Times Company has hired ‘internet professional’ Joseph Seibert, formerly an executive at Marc Ecko. Mr. Seibert will become the company’s new chief information officer.”

  • FishbowlNY reports, “FBNY has confirmed that Sara Cardace will be joining Page Six Magazine as a senior staff writer, beginning October 23. Cardace is currently a contributing writer at New York Magazine, as well as the interviews editor at Vulture,’s arts and entertainment blog. She has been at New York for the past eight years, and is also a regular contributor to the Washington Post.”

  • Sam Loewenberg has left the Politico and has returned to freelancing.

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  • The Deal Newsweekly reports, “So big cheese media critic Howard Kurtz has spoken: The business media is partly to blame for our economic crisis.”

  • Gawker reports, “New York Times Planning 20% Cuts In Newsroom”

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  • A CNN release announced, “As the final inning in this presidential election approaches, CNN again will combine all-star talent and cutting-edge technology when Republican nominee Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Democratic nominee Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) debate for the final time on Wednesday, Oct. 15, at Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY. Wolf Blitzer, Campbell Brown, Anderson Cooper and Lou Dobbs will anchor Debate Night in America from the network’s political nerve center, the CNN Election Center in New York. Members of the ‘Best Political Team on Television’ will contribute to the in-depth and multi-platform special programming which attracted more than 9 million viewers during the second debate.”

  • BusinessWeek reports, “The Uphill Battle at Fox Business Network — The economic crisis may give Murdoch’s year-old business channel a lift in its battle with CNBC”

  • Going Out Gurus tells us “Where to Watch the Final Debate”

  • Slate writes, “How Bob Schieffer can make this year’s final debate interesting”

  • Portfolio’s MIxed Media reports, “Fox Business host Rebecca Gomez doesn’t want you to know she’s a cougar. Gomez, cohost of Happy Hour, got married over the weekend to telecommunications consultant Brett Diamond. But while Diamond’s age — 31 — is included in their New York Times wedding announcement, Gomez’s is not. (According to public records, she’s 41.)”

  • TVNewser has details on “CNN/TIME Politics ’08: Late Afternoon Sessions”

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  • The New York Post reports, “The media fur will be flying at ‘Politics 2008 — The Election of a Lifetime,’ a bunch of high-powered roundtables at Time Warner headquarters Monday and Tuesday. Diametrically opposed liberals and conservatives will duke it out on McCain/Obama-related topics like the impact of the political blogosphere. president Victor Harwood, who produced the confab, says, ‘Hopefully there’ll be no battles.’ Good luck — after a keynote session with Graydon Carter, Campbell Brown, Richard Stengel and Jonathan Klein, it’s on to the likes of Peggy Noonan and Frank Rich sparring over ‘Establishing the National Conversation.'”

  • Transterrestrial Musings tells us “How Not To Get A Link”

  • FishbowlNY reports, “, the site dedicated to providing as independent a perspective on the election as possible in this divided country, is finding that people are responding. Traffic in September reached an all-time high with over seven million unique visitors.”

  • Gawker reports, “Hah! You write three little items about how blog mistress Arianna Huffington is a terror to work for and suddenly you’re off the blogroll at the Huffington Post. Seriously! We’ve had a place on that long list since day one, but today… nothing.”

  • “Exciting news from DCist HQ! Starting tomorrow, you’ll be able to check in with DCist over the weekend and find actual new content!”

  • New York Times reports, “Mainstream News Outlets Start Linking to Other Sites”

  • Fishbowl NY provides “Scenes From Today’s Time Politics 2008 Summit”

  • PRNewser Turns One: Pics Coming Soon

  • Weekly Standard’s The Blog reports, “Tina Brown’s Daily Beast looks as if it’s trying to live up to its legendary namesake. In today’s edition, Scott Horton purports to describe how Bill Kristol made Sarah Palin.”

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  • Times Online reports, “Whether it’s Fortune, Time or Loaded, it all boils down to content”

  • Shoes and Cocktails welcomes Washington Post’s FW.

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  • Chicago Tribune’s Mark Silva writes in a pool report: “Your pooler would like to extend a fashion apology — having described the first lady’s garb this morning as a pant suit. Closer inspection reveals dark, probably black, slacks, and a dark brown waist-cut jacket over her blouse. The president appears to be wearing the same dark suit he started with today.”

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  • The Washington Post reports, “A little black box no bigger than a cigarette pack is at the heart of a multibillion-dollar dispute in the radio business. The box, some fear, could alter long-held notions about what’s popular on the radio — and hence who profits from it. The box is a new electronic audience-ratings device called a portable people meter. When people who are recruited by Arbitron Inc. — which is to radio ratings what Nielsen is to TV ratings — carry the box on a belt or in a handbag, it automatically records which radio station they’re listening to. The listenership numbers — crunched at Arbitron’s technology center in Columbia — then are assembled into the audience rankings used by advertisers to buy airtime. At least, that’s how it’s supposed to work.”

  • Washington Times reports, “Visitors to the home of radio personality ‘Don Geronimo’ from the ‘Don and Mike Show’ expect to find a party house, and they will.”

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  • Washington City Paper asks, “Whither Options for Underemployed Journalists?”

  • MediaDailyNews reports, “Nielsen Launches Controversial ‘Convergence’ Panel, Tracks Both TV, Internet Usage”

  • reports, “Digital media start-ups, once flush with financing, are seeking refuge from the souring economy in the traditional media companies they once sought to usurp. In recent months executives at top US media conglomerates including News Corp, Viacom and Walt Disney have fielded increasing numbers of pleas from entrepreneurs seeking funding or outright purchases, as once-plentiful capital dries up for those seeking a second or third round of investments.”

  • MarketWatch reports, “Every major diversified-entertainment stock fell to its lowest point in at least a year Thursday, with some falling to their weakest levels in five years as ongoing credit fears rocked the U.S. stock market.”

  • CityJournal reports, “Liberal media transforms a single bigot at a Sarah Palin rally into a racist mob.”

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  • reports, “The Politico, a hot, new Washington, D.C.-based political journalism outlet that distributes its content via television, the Internet, newspaper, and radio, has several openings”. Check out the full list here.

  • Online NewsHour with Jim Lehrer is looking for an Interactives Producer.

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    Hat Tips: DCRTV, TVNewser, IWantMedia, Romenesko, MediaBistro, JournalismJobs, JournalismNext, Mic Check Radio, New York Times’ On This Day