Morning Reading List, 10.16.08

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

Christopher Cox is 56 today. Seven years ago, Missouri Gov. Mel Carnahan was killed in a plane crash. Six years ago, President Bush signed a congressional resolution authorizing the war in Iraq. This weekend is the highly anticipated softball showdown between the DC Examiner and the Baltimore Examiner staffs. Check out today’s White House Photo of the Day from Time. Today’s “Angry Journalist” rant of the day: “I’m angry because newspaper is and OLD boys club. And I’m a woman.”

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  • B&C reports, “Veteran CBS News spokeswoman Sandy Genelius, the vice president of communications for CBS News since 1994, will leave the company to join Sony, where she will have the same title for the entertainment giant. Altogether she spent 20 years at CBS, first working in sports before joining the news division.”

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  • Poynter Online reports, “WP’s Kornblut gets a heads-up on the e-mail from WPer ‘Dale Lindsborg'”

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  • “Despite a plunging stock market and a televised presidential debate, media coverage of the campaign centered on the candidates’ increasingly harsh attacks the week of Oct. 6-12, according to a Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism study.”

  • Sign up for Mediabistro’s “How to Become a Successful Television Producer” Tuesday, October 21, 6:30-9:30 pm at MOCA DC, Main Gallery, 1054 31st St NW, Canal Square in Georgetown. For more info, click here.

  • TVNewser reports, “TVNewser has obtained the remarks ABC News president David Westin made the other night as he accepted the Murrow award for best overall News Division. It’s an interesting read in which Westin acknowledges the seemingly endless criticism that is heaped on the news media, and where that criticism often comes from.” Check out the remarks here.

  • Politico reports, “Obama drowning out McCain in TV ads”

  • TVNewser has the link to yesterday’s Anderson Cooper/Lewis Black panel from the CNN/TIME Politics ’08 conference.

  • Beet.TV reports, “When a candidate says something that is incorrect, pointing it out to the viewers isn’t partisan, according to Campbell Brown, anchor of CNN’s Campbell Brown: Election Center.”

  • MediaBloodhound goes to the archives. “It seems timely to dig up this MediaBloodhound post (from May 6) on Bob Schieffer, tonight’s debate host. Schieffer, an undeniably likable guy, has ties to the Bush White House that raise serious conflicts of interest. Will Schieffer’s brother, for example, lose his ambassadorship to Japan if Obama wins?”

  • Politico’s Michael Calderone reports, “Media Matters noted earlier that Fox News has mentioned community group ACORN — and the story of voter registration fraud — 556 times since Friday. The McCain campaign has been trying to tie Obama to the group, which he helped represent in a 1995 lawsuit and worked with on some trainings in the early 1990s. CNN, by Media Matters count, has mentioned ACORN just 67 times since Friday. But on MSNBC today, there was someone trying to get the message across in a more unique way.” Check it out here.

  • Toobin Talks TVNewser

  • TVNewser reports, “With the presidential election just 20 days away, Media Life Magazine’s Diego Vasquez profiles CNN’s John Roberts about politics and media.”

  • Los Angeles Times reports, “CNN bid to tie Palin to secessionists is a stretch”

  • American Prospect reports, “Viewers of the presidential debates on CNN have a novel feature on their screen — a box at the bottom showing the real-time reactions of a focus group of undecided voters. Should we take it seriously?”

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  • A release announced, “Zannel, the instant media network used by millions to share pictures, videos and text from a mobile phone or the web, today announced that anyone can engage in the conversation on its online forums PoliticsBlue ( and PoliticsRed (, which are dedicated to a lively political discourse on the upcoming presidential election. Those who choose to ‘follow’ PoliticsBlue or PoliticsRed will receive real-time alerts as Zannel’s citizen journalists post new video, images or text to the channels.”

  • Redding News Review announced, “Redding News Review, a leader in news on the Internet for more than six years, has won its second consecutive ‘Black Web Award.'”

  • PBS announced, “This year, PBS is teaming up with YouTube to create the largest library of Election Day content. We’re not sure what we’ll find out yet — that’s up to the successes and failures of our polling system, and you, as videographers, to report what you see.”

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  • The New York Observer reports, “Absentminded Professors, Rejoice! The Atlantic Says Thinking is Cool Again”

  • Folio reports, “Magazine Ad Pages Fall 12.9 Percent During Third Quarter”

  • Ralph Hanson has a roundup on the whole Christopher Buckley/Kathleen Parker dustup.

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  • FMQB reports, “Sirius XM Radio CEO Mel Karmazin was the keynote speaker at this morning’s Media & Money Conference, telling attendees that the merged satcaster has a bright future ahead. ‘We’re probably one of the top 25 media companies today,’ Karmazin said, according to CNet. ‘I think it’s very clear that we will be the most successful company in the audio entertainment industry. I know certainly, as ranked by revenue, we’ll be there soon. Now we just need to grow our free cash flow and demonstrate that.'”

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  • MarketWatch reports, “New Ways of Financing Journalism Will be Found, Georgia Journalists Say at NPC Forum”

  • The Seattle Post Intelligencer asks, “Is covering the game ‘pathetic journalism’?”

  • Gawker reports, “We survey the media landscape and pick out the winners and losers—all your favorites, from Paul Krugman to Jim Cramer, ranked on a merciless 10-point scale!”

  • CNN’s Roland Martin says “Time for Palin to answer tough questions”

  • Maureen Dowd asks, “Is Gov. Sarah Palin an embarrassment who should fade away or a promising wine picked before its time?”

  • The New York Observer presents “Twilight of the Media Idols”

  • Pew Research Center reports, “Who Knows News? What You Read or View Matters, but Not Your Politics”

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  • PBS is looking for an Assistant Director, Content Special Projects and a Graphic Designer and Print Production Senior Associate.

  • Environment & Energy Publishing, LLC is looking for an entry-level reporter.

  • The Associated Press is looking for a News Editor/National Security — Washington, D.C.

  • The American Prospect is looking for an Advertising Manager.

  • Chemonics International is looking for a Writer/editor.

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