Morning Reading List, 10.15.08

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Congratulations to ABC’s Jim Sciutto — a tipster told us he is a dad! Today is the birthday of Vincent Morris. Tomorrow: Ben Clark and Jim Courtovich. Friday: Scott McCabe. Today in 1951, The situation comedy “I Love Lucy” premiered on CBS. In 1966, President Lyndon Johnson signed a bill creating the Department of Transportation and in 1991, the Senate narrowly confirmed the nomination of Clarence Thomas to the Supreme Court, 52-48. Check out today’s White House Photo of the Day from Time. Today’s “Angry Journalist” rant of the day: “Oh pahleeze! Journalism today is about writing overly dramatic, BS stories to sell advertising time. Come on all of you ‘Angry Journalists’, realize what your profession has sunk to.”

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  • Huffington Post reports, “McCain Confusion Filters Into Politico Coverage”

  • Looking at the Politico story, Daily Kos looks at the “Anatomy of Erraticism”

  • The New York Times reports, “Newspapers’ Web Revenue Is Stalling”

  • AP reports, “Newspapers miss debt obligations, but sale or closure unlikely because that won’t help lenders”

  • Salon’s Glenn Greenwald reports, “Tim Griffin has long been one of Karl Rove’s closest ‘proteges’ and has been at the epicenter of many of the most significant episodes of Republican sleaze over the last decade — in particular, he has been a vital tool in the naked politicization of our justice system. Lately, Griffin’s relationship with Politico and its McCain campaign reporter, Jonathan Martin, has grown in numerous ways, and the benefits for both are becoming increasingly apparent, in the standard tawdry ways that typify how our press corps functions.”

  • Eric Boehlert writes, “Kristol and Brooks play dumb at The New York Times”

  • Poynter Online reports, “Downie Urges Beat-Based Investigative Reporting”

  • The Daily Journal reports, “Local student makes history: Woodward’s book had help from V’land grad”

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  • An ABC release announced, “In a week that took ‘World News with Charles Gibson’ to five cities in battleground states across the Midwest, the ABC broadcast ranked #1 among Total Viewers and Households. For the week of October 6, ‘World News’ averaged 7.89 million Total Viewers and a 5.4/11 in Households. Among Adults 25-54, ABC and NBC’s ‘Nightly News’ tied for first place in the demo delivery, with both programs averaging a 2.0/8.”

  • FRC is urging people to “Petition to Bob Schieffer, host of CBS Face the Nation and moderator of the Third and Final Presidential Debate, Wednesday, October 15, 2008. … Unless you act immediately by contacting CBS’s Bob Schieffer, the moderator in Wednesday’s final presidential debate, it’s likely that the final meeting of the candidates will not contain any questions on marriage or abortion.” Sign the petition here.

  • Washington Post reports, “The staff at PBS’s ‘NewsHour’ in Arlington were surprised by a recent delivery of ice cream. The occasion? Jim Lehrer had just moderated the first presidential debate, inspiring the pun-happy folks at Ben and Jerry’s to whip up a new flavor: ‘Chocolate Lehrer Cake.’ (Layer cake, get it?) Turns out the company also created — please hold your groans until the end — a ‘Baracky Road’ (chocolate, vanilla, nuts and cookies) and a ‘McCandy Cane’ (peppermint ice cream and candy). ‘We wanted to have some fun when there’s such incredible interest around the election,’ rep Sean Greenwood said. But don’t go looking to taste them: They were served up only at a Vermont factory and store.”

  • The Huffington Post reports, “Ali Wentworth Talks Porn, Sex With George Stephanopoulos”

  • The New York Times reports, “Uneven Gains in Delayed TV Viewing”

  • Politico reports, “Moderator Schieffer steps up to plate”

  • Variety reports, “Couric interview revives CBS”

  • The New York Times reports, “By getting some of their best election coverage online, Katie Couric and the team behind ‘CBS Evening News’ may have seized on a template for the not-so-distant future.”

  • TVNewser covers “CNN Politics Conference: Campbell’s Keynote”

  • TVNewser reports, “CNN/TIME Politics ’08: Blitzer Promises ‘Major Surprises’ Come Election Night”

  • Washingtonian gets ABC’s Karen Travers to share her experience as the Georgetown Hoya bulldog mascot.

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  • Politico reports, “Whatever the results on Nov. 4, we’re already prepared to declare the winner of Election 2008: YouTube.”

  • BloggingStocks reports, “Time Warner (TWX) hits new low with ad and AOL concerns”

  • Reuters reports, “Gannett watchdog needs cash”

  •’s “The Fix Errs

  • Newsweek reports, “The storm is on Wall Street, but it’s rippling out to Silicon Valley and causing investors to be more cautious.”

  • ReadWriteWeb reports, “How Much Do Top Tier Bloggers and Social Media Consultants Get Paid? We Asked Them!”

  • The Washington Blogger October Meetup is tonight! Click here to RSVP.

  • The October Jezebel Meet Up is at Mackeys Wednesday, October 22, 2008. For more info, email

  • The Weekly Standard reports, “Twittering is the newest of the new media. And the worst.”

  • MyDD reports, “Media critic asks Josh Marshall to retire”

  • Wall Street Journal reports, “Special Software in Cellphones Measures Customers’ Exposure to Marketing on TV, Radio and Movies”

  • Ana Marie Cox clarifies her reporting.

  • New York Times reports, “By embracing the hyperlink ethos of the Web to a degree not seen before, news organizations are acting in effect like aggregators.”

  • reports, “This Just in: All the Meta-News That’s Fit to Post”

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  • MediaWeek reports, “Newsweek Eyes Radical Revamp as Business Bleeds”

  • The AP reports, “Rolling Stone ends large format after 4 decades”

  • “Christopher Buckley, in an exclusive for The Daily Beast, explains why he left The National Review, the magazine his father founded.”

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  • The Los Angeles Times reports, “Howard Stern loses listeners — and influence — on satellite radio”

  • The Wall Street Journal reports, “New York’s and New Jersey’s attorneys general sued Arbitron Inc. (ARB) on Friday over the company’s rollout of a new electronic radio-ratings system in New York.”

  • ClickZ reports, “Air America Gears up for Digital Relevance”

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  • Washington Post reports, “National Geographic is entering a $100 million partnership with a media company owned by a Middle Eastern government. The deal is designed to at least double National Geographic’s output of films for theatrical release.”

  • Mike Allen’s Playbook reports, “POOL REPORT: The Radio-Television News Directors Association (RTNDA) last night honored network and local excellent last night with Edward R. Murrow Awards at a glam dinner at the Grand Hyatt New York. The profession’s Iraq war heroes like Bob Woodruff and Kimberly Dozier shared the stage with radio legend Bob Edwards, who spoke movingly of the Murrow tradition and reporters’ responsibility to hold the powerful accountable. Katie Couric, anchor and managing editor of the ‘CBS Evening News,’ accepted the Best Newscast award at a time when her newsbreaking interviews of Sarah Palin have made her the most visible of the network anchors. Couric said that particularly in this political season, journalists should focus on fairness and objectivity — and informing the public about the agenda and the character of the candidates. She also thanked Executive Producer Rick Kaplan, and referenced his wearing a cheerleader’s uniform. (Sweater vests and pom-poms!) Brian Williams introduced a powerful tribute to Tim Russert, which was followed by remarks by his wife and son, Maureen Orth and Luke Russert. From the release: ‘In all, 54 news organizations are being honored with 77 awards out of an initial pool of 3,459 entries from several hundred news organizations.’ Guests enjoyed salad with pear, filet mignon with asparagus, and a medley of desserts. The cool kids afterpartied at the Regency, sipping martinis while watching the Giants. (Hat tip: Correspondent Brian Goldsmith).”

  • Cox reports, “McCain not tough enough, some backers say”

  • Lionel Barber writes, “Why journalism wins my vote”

  • Reporters Without Borders announced, “Reporters Without Borders is asking for the judge to show clemency for journalist Jason Nicholas, independent photographer for the New York Post, currently in jail in Rikers Island, NY for parole violation. Jason Nicholas is scheduled for another parole hearing in front of an administrative judge on October 15th. He was one of over 40 journalists arrested while covering the Republican National Convention on September 1st. While most charges against other journalists in St-Paul have been dropped, Mr. Nicholas has not yet been cleared of obstruction to the legal process.”

  • The New York Post reports, “Ongoing fallout from the credit crisis could mean tough times ahead for media companies carrying heavy debt loads.”

  • The National reports, “The Abu Dhabi Government and some of the world’s best-known media brands will today announce the creation of a new media zone, designed to nurture a world-class media industry run by and for Arabs. The zone, which combines training, production and business incubation facilities, will be named twofour54, after the geographic co-ordinates of the capital that will host it. Its primary goal will be to train and employ Arab media professionals in the film, broadcast, digital, publishing and music industries, while bolstering Abu Dhabi’s role as a regional cultural centre, according to Tony Orsten, the chief executive of the zone.”

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  • University of Maryland University College is looking for Journalism & Photojournalism Adjunct Faculty.

  • Berlyn Inc./The Prince George’s Sentinel is looking for a Managing Editor.

  • b free daily is looking for an experienced editor/designer.

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