Morning Reading List, 10.21.08

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

Gov. Palin’s SNL skit did not make you think better of her. Hotline’s Last Call pokes notes the similarities between “The RNC’s “‘Shot and Chasers,’ Hillary Clinton’s “Hotline,” and Mike Allen’s ‘Overserved.'”’s John Kelly’s Essay Contest — “What does it mean to be a Washingtonian?” is officially underway. “Readers can submit written essays, pictures, video and audio on what they feel it means to live in the nation’s capital. The contest ends Dec 31, 2008.” For all the contest info, rules and prize, click here. Check out today’s White House Photo of the Day from Time. Today’s “Angry Journalist” rant of the day: “I don’t like editors who get upset about you not finding out every detail about someone, but then who aren’t honest about who they are”

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  • ABC News announced, “Miguel Marquez has been named a London correspondent; Ryan Owens has been named ABC News’ Dallas Correspondent and Mike von Fremd is relocating to Los Angeles from Dallas, ABC News President David Westin announced today. All three assignments take effect immediately.”

  • A tipster tells us that Washington Times reporter Amy Fagan (national desk) left the paper to work for an education-related think-tank downtown and “video guru” Christian Fuchs is leaving the paper to work as communications director for a refugee agency.

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  • Washington Post’s Deborah Howell writes, “One of the most demanding aspects of this job is explaining readers to journalists and journalists to readers. With e-mail and online comments, readers have become far more engaged than ever before; the instant feedback can be invigorating, but many journalists have been blindsided by the viciousness of some of it — and often just won’t read it. Readers often don’t understand the ethos and independence of journalism and its deeply held, almost religious, beliefs.”

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  • A release announced, “A tightly contested presidential campaign that has lasted two years finally draws to a close when Americans go the polls on Tuesday, November 4, 2008. Jim Lehrer anchors PBS’ election coverage with The NewsHour’s trademark in-depth and balanced reporting, as well as political analysis from Mark Shields & David Brooks among others and historical context from The NewsHour’s panel of historians all at 9pm ET, Tuesday, November, 4, 2008. Coverage will continue until midnight or until a winner is announced.”

  • Bloomberg reports, “CBS Corp.’s $1.8 billion purchase of Cnet Networks will prove a better bet than using the money to buy back shares, Chief Executive Officer Les Moonves said”

  • New York Post reports, “Media mogul Sumner Redstone, caught in the vise-like grip of the credit crunch, may be forced to sell his prized Viacom Inc., home of MTV, Nickelodeon and Paramount Studios.”

  • Comcast announced, “Comcast is providing customers throughout Maryland and Virginia with ‘Candidates On Demand,’ a unique public service designed to provide voters with access to the information they need to cast an educated vote for Maryland and Virginia’s 2008 U.S. congressional candidates. This Comcast-exclusive marriage of cable, video on demand and CN8 programming delivers in-depth candidate interviews available 24 hours a day, seven days per week to Comcast Digital Cable customers. On Demand coverage of the congressional elections features candidate interviews, currently available at no additional cost to digital customers through Election Day on Tuesday, Nov. 4.”

  • 23/6 reports that Keith Olbermann called out David Frum for mistaking satire for Olbermann’s own words.

  • Los Angeles Times reports, “NBC Universal to cut spending amid economic downturn”

  • MediaWeek reports, “CBS News has announced that anchor Katie Couric will host an additional live Webcast on both and CNET on Nov. 4 following the network’s coverage of election night. The live event will mark the 11th such Webcast CBS has produced during the 2008 presidential election season. Couric has hosted 30-to 45-minute Web video sessions following each night of the network’s coverage of the Democratic and Republican conventions, as well as after each of the recent presidential and vice presidential debates.”

  • On Huffington Post, “Alec Baldwin defends SNL’s decision to have Palin on”

  • 23/6 notes, “CNN is best political team on television, and nobody understands what the hell they’re talking about. The cabler’s coverage of all four debates was accessorized by unnecessary charts, graphs, bells, whistles and images. These widgets track audience reaction to the candidates, as well as real-time pundit analysis.”

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  • announced yesterday, “Beginning today and running through November 3rd, new Washington Post/ABC News tracking polls will be released on’s Behind the Numbers blog at 5 pm ET.”

  • A release announced, “As Internet users sought up-to-the-minute news and information about the Republican National Convention, Hurricane Gustav, the economic crisis and other events, the CNN Digital Network ranked No.1 among all Current Events and Global News sites, registering 1.7 billion total minutes in September. This is the highest month on record for since tracking began in 2001. (Source: Nielsen Online Home/Work Panel, September 2008)”

  • Wall Street Journal reports, “Yahoo Plans Major Cost Cuts, Including Layoffs”

  • A ACLU release announced, “Television networks should stop silencing political speech on the Internet, according to a letter the American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU of Northern California and a coalition of public interest groups sent to four major television networks today. Several broadcasting companies have sent letters to YouTube demanding that they take down videos containing short clips of news coverage even when those clips are ‘fair use’ and therefore legally posted.”

  • Wired reports, “Twitter to Get Down to Business in 2009, Investors Say”

  • Wall Street Journal reports, “Google Inc. Chief Executive Eric Schmidt will hit the campaign trail this week on behalf of Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama, signaling Mr. Schmidt’s push for a greater voice in politics while giving the Obama campaign a boost from a highly desirable constituency.”

  • Slate presents, “The Barack Obama Crank-Call Generator”

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  • WWD reports, “Yet another sign the recession is encouraging magazines to cut back: Conde Nast publishers were informed last week that the annual publishers’ meeting will be held in New York this year instead of Florida, a spokeswoman confirmed. Conde Nast has shuttled executives to Florida for the past few years to various resorts, where top management have given awards to standout publishers for their achievements during the year at a lavish dinner. This year’s meeting was scheduled to be at the Ocean Reef Club in Key Largo, Fla. According to one insider, executives were sent a save the date about the Florida meeting in July.”

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  • reports, “News Corporation has a $5bn ‘war chest’, Rupert Murdoch said on Friday, as he highlighted his appetite for acquisitions while more indebted rivals struggle.”

  • Today is Media Future Now’s October meeting, 12:15pm to 1:45pm, at Verizon Communications (1300 I Street, NW, 4th floor). To RSVP, email, or on Facebook, search for “Media Future Now” under Groups, or click here.

  • Today, SAIS presents, “Journalists Cover the World” at 12:30 p.m. in Room 806, Rome Building. “The fall 2008 International Reporting Project Fellows at SAIS will discuss their overseas reporting experiences: Stephanie Giry (Russia), deputy managing editor of Foreign Affairs; Ruxandra Guidi (Haiti), a freelance writer and producer; Macarena Hernandez (Mexico), a freelance writer; Amelia Newcomb (Japan), deputy world editor of Christian Science Monitor; David Rochkind (South Africa), a freelance photojournalist; Alisa Roth (Sweden), reporter for ‘Marketplace’ and American Public Media; and Delphine Schrank (Democratic Republic of Congo), a freelance writer. Members of the public should RSVP to 202.663.7726 or”

  • Mark your calendars for Mediabistro’s Public Relations Essentials next Tuesday, October 28, 6:30-9:30 pm at MOCA DC, Main Gallery, 1054 31st St NW, Canal Square, Georgetown. For more info, click here.

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  • Spitfire Strategies is looking for a CFO.

  • FOX News Channel is looking for an Associate Producer, “Weekend Live”

  • FOX News Channel is looking for a Producer.

  • is looking for Editorial Interns.

  • The News Leader is looking for an Education Beat Reporter for Web and Print and a Local Editor.

  • E&ETV is looking for a Production Assistant.

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