Morning Reading List, 10.24.08

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

Kweisi Mfume is 60 today. Gov. Mike Rounds is 54. You think Sarah Palin is a better Halloween costume than rising gas prices and an undecided voter. Yesterday was the birthday of Jim Bunning, Mel Martinez, James Kotecki, Noah Davis and Malia Rulon Herman. Today is the birthday of Jason Rosenberg and Kristin Guiter. It was two years ago today that Percy Jordan Jr. was convicted for the murder of retired New York Times journalist David Rosenbaum. Check out today’s White House Photo of the Day from Time. Today’s “Angry Journalist” rant of the day: “Why does the organization I freelanced for think they’re entitled to my source list? And — God, this is even worse — why am I giving it to them?”

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  • reports, “Will The NYT Go The Way Of The Dinosaurs? Sulzberger Responds”

  • E&P reports, “McClatchy CEO Pruitt: We’re Sticking With AP”

  • AP reports, “NY Times profit falls 51 pct but beats estimates”

  • Reflections of a Newsosaur reports, “Despite mounting declines in sales and circulation in recent years, most newspapers today still generate profits surpassing those of many Fortune 500 companies. But the fat profits are coming to an end, because newspapers are running out of ways to cut costs.”

  • His Extreme-ness reintroduces readers to an old friend of The Washington Post — Willie Sutton.

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  • A release announced, “With just nine days to go until the election, Republican presidential nominee Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) will sit down with NBC News’ Tom Brokaw for a Sunday morning exclusive interview on ‘Meet the Press’ this Sunday, Oct. 26. The program will originate live from NBC affiliate KWWL-TV in Waterloo, Iowa. Senator McCain’s last appearance on the program was nine months ago on Jan. 27, 2008.”

  • An ABC release announced, “For the third night in a row, ‘Nightline’ outperformed NBC’s ‘Leno’ according to Nielsen overnight metered market data. The program had a 3.3 Household rating, ‘Letterman’ had a 2.8 and ‘Leno’ had a 3.2.”

  • An ABC release announced, “ABC News’ ‘This Week with George Stephanopoulos’ outperformed CBS’ ‘Face the Nation’ among Total Viewers and the key Adults 25-54 demographic for Sunday, October 19, 2008, according to Nielsen Media Research. With 3.40 million, ‘This Week’ posted its largest total viewing advantage over CBS (530,000) in 5 years. The program also posted its largest A25-54 advantage over CBS (140,000) since March 2, 2008.”

  • TVNewser reports, “In a presidential election cycle that often pitted press vs. politician, former Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee is an anomaly. He’s gone from one-time GOP frontrunner to Fox News host.”

  • ABC News reports, “Hasselbeck Gets Invite to Present Palin”

  • TVNewsday reports, “Stations Band Together to Air DTV Tests”

  • New York Times reports, “Fox News Is Digging Deep to Field an All-Star Lineup”

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  • A release announced, “Award-winning news and politics website Talking Points Memo announced today that it set new traffic records in September 2008. TPM drew 26.7 million page views and 2.6 million unique readers in September to its network of news aggregation, election and investigative reporting blogs. It also set a new record for its video content, recording 16.3 million full YouTube video views in September. TPM’s video channel TPMtv was consistently the most popular channel on YouTube.”

  • Lloyd Grove talks to Tina Brown “about her new website, Barry Diller, and the elusive nature of buzz.”

  • Joe “The Plumber” is doing an exclusive online chat with on Friday. Submit questions here.

  • Online Media Daily reports, “Huffington Post, Politico Top Political Sites”

  • TVNewser reports, “On the first night of Keith Olbermann’s nightly Special Campaign Comments, the MSNBC program had its highest viewership ever in the A25-54 demo (935,000). Countdown was #1 in demo and #2 in Total Viewers (behind The O’Reilly Factor). Also, Hardball was #1 at 7pmET and The Rachel Maddow Show was #1 at 9pmET in the demo.”

  • Beet.TV reports, “The impact of online video on the 2008 presidential campaign will be sorted out by political scientists, historians, media pundits and consultants over the months and years ahead, but political strategist and former Edwards campaign senior advisor Joe Trippi tells Beet.TV that the Obama-financed ‘1984’ video effectively crippled Hillary Clinton’s hopes. The mash-up of an old Apple commercial, ‘smashing the status quo, has received over 5 million views on YouTube.'”

  • TVNewser reports, “A very observant tipster noticed that and automatically re-direct to So what’s the reason? An spokesperson tells TVNewser: ‘This was an intentional push that is a part of’s ongoing ‘A Fuller Spectrum of News’ brand campaign.'”

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  • FishbowlNY reports, “‘Major’ Layoffs at Time Inc.’s Southern Progress Magazines”

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  • Slacker announced an Obama radio station. “The station was programed using songs from Barak Obama’s speeches, campaign trail efforts, his own writings and interviews, including those from Rolling Stone and BLENDER Magazine. The DJ’s at Slacker also utilized his campaign rally music and the ‘Yes We Can’ CD available through the campaign. Some of the songs even have samples from his speeches. All songs and artists were selected specifically through Obama’s own music tastes. Hear inspiring tunes from Bob Dylan, Stevie Wonder, Bruce Springsteen, Sheryl Crow and many more. You can find the station here

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  • FishbowlLA reports, “Madeline Albright Sells Book, Stumps For Obama At The Grove”

  • Salon’s War Room reports, “No love for ‘Joe the Reporter’ from McCain crowd”

  • NPR presents, “Film expert Murray Horwitz talks about movies that chronicle the chroniclers — films about journalism. He discusses classic portrayals of journalists in cinema and how these depictions have changed over time.” Check it out here.

  • St. Petersburg Times’ The Feed reports, “Newsweek correspondent compares covering presidential campaigns to watching bad hotel porn”

  • The Boston Phoenix asks, “What if all the pundits, pollsters, and press are (gasp!) wrong about Obama’s chances?”

  • The AP reports, “Media foundation honors 4 journalists, 2 from AP”

  • ABC News’ Political Punch reports, “Palin Now Much More Media-Accessible Than Biden”

  • Geneva Overholser asks, “Did journalism’s business model distort journalism’s social mission?”

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