Morning Reading List, 10.28.08

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Check out today’s White House Photo of the Day from Time. Today’s “Angry Journalist” rant of the day: “i’m saddled with a week of sports features because the sports department here only covers games. that makes me angry today.”

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  • Barbara Rehm has been named the new editor-in-chief of American Banker.

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  • A release announced, “The New York Daily News remains the top circulated newspaper in the New York metropolitan area and the fifth largest daily newspaper in the country for the six-month reporting period ending September 30, 2008, according to circulation data released today by the Audit Bureau of Circulations (ABC). At the same time, the Daily News has doubled its online web traffic at in the past year.”

  • E&P reports, “Most Major Papers Continue Circ Decline”

  • Check out the “TOP 25 Daily Papers in New FAS-FAX” from E&P

  • Forbes reports, “There’s nothing like bad news to sell newspapers. Unless there are no newspapers left to sell. Many people are wondering if this may soon be a reality.”

  • Bloomberg reports, “Gannett Co., the largest U.S. newspaper publisher, said it plans to cut more jobs and re- evaluate its dividend after declining advertising sales drove third-quarter profit down 32 percent.”

  • A release announced, “USA TODAY is the newspaper leader in single copy newsstand sales selling more than 500,000 copies per day. Those sales represent those customers who actively seek out the newspaper each day and pay full newsstand price.”

  • The New York Observer reports, “Keller Says No Further Job Cuts at the Times”

  • The Hartford Courant reports, “A Sinking Feeeling: How The Decline Of Newspapers Threatens Democracy”

  • LA Observed has “email memo from editor Russ Stanton on layoffs in the Los Angeles Times newsroom”

  • E&P reports, “MONDAY Tally Of Newspaper Endorsements — Obama Widens Lead to 194-82”

  • The Daily Beast reports, “A Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist explains why no one’s mastered the caricature of John McCain.”

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  • A release announced, “According to Nielsen Media Research data, ‘Meet the Press’ was the most-watched Sunday morning public affairs program, winning the week ending Sunday, Oct. 19, 2008. The program was No. 1, averaging 6.062 million total viewers”

  • “Sarah Palin and her speechwriters need to pay a little more attention to the context of the quotes she uses and to the background of the luminaries she invokes. TV and radio host Rachel Maddow is among those watching.” Maddow reports on Palin’s “Citation Violation”

  • A PBS release announced, “A tightly contested presidential campaign finally draws to a close on Tuesday, November 4, 2008, and PBS will be there to provide complete coverage. Jim Lehrer anchors PBS’ election coverage with The NewsHour’s 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 9 pm ET, Tuesday, November, 4, 2008. PBS coverage will continue until midnight (ET) or until a winner of the presidential race is announced.”

  • A release announced, “Charles Gibson, Diane Sawyer and George Stephanopoulos will anchor live coverage of election results across from the country on Tuesday, November 4th. ABC’s ‘Vote 2008’ will originate from the Crossroads of the World, Times Square beginning with a special edition of ‘World News with Charles Gibson’ at 6:30pm ET and continuing with full election coverage from 7:00pm ET until at least 2:00am ET. A special edition of Nightline will air at 2:35am ET.”

  • A CBS release announced, “Katie Couric will anchor CAMPAIGN 2008: ELECTION NIGHT, CBS News’ live, comprehensive broadcast and online coverage of Election Night 2008, on Tuesday, Nov. 4 (7:00 PM-2:00 AM, ET). Couric will be joined by a group of some of the most experienced political reporters in broadcast journalism, as well as correspondents and reporters around the country. Joining her in New York will be Chief Washington Correspondent Bob Schieffer, Senior Political Correspondent Jeff Greenfield, and CBS News correspondents Sharyl Attkisson, Armen Keteyian, Anthony Mason and Byron Pitts. CBS News Political Analysts Dan Bartlett and Dee Dee Myers and CBS News Historian Doug Brinkley will also join Couric in New York.”

  • Politico reports, “NBC News projects Obama clinch”

  • reports, “Targeted ads key in election battlegrounds”

  • Orlando Sentinel reports, “Obama campaign cuts off WFTV after interview with Joe Biden”

  • TVWeek reports, “Landslide for TV”

  • A release announced, “The final stretch of another Presidential election season is upon us, so what better time to celebrate the opinion-shaping art of political illustrators? Thanks to GALLERY HD, the only high-definition television channel dedicated to the visual arts, viewers can enjoy a high-definition journey through the rich history of Presidential caricature with an encore presentation of the original documentary, DRAWN CONCLUSIONS: THE POLITICAL IMAGE. The half-hour long production will air Election Eve, November 3 at 8 PM ET on GALLERY HD, available on Cablevision’s iO digital cable service (Channel 714). Politically-minded web-surfers across the nation can also catch this special in its entirety online at beginning November 1.”

  • Contact Music reports, “Winfrey brushes off Ambassador reports”

  • Washington Times reports, “24/7 news, now in bookmark form”

  • The New York Times looks at “Pundit School, Learning to Smile and Interrupt”

  • The Deal reports, “Note to CNN: If you’re going to demonize Wall Streeters for causing the country’s economic collapse, at least demonize the right Wall Streeters.”

  • USA Today reports, “Cable operator Cox to launch cellphone service”

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  • A PBS release announced, “’s election hub page,, provides detailed perspective on the presidential candidates and hot-button campaign issues, along with up-to-the-minute commentary, helping users to make an informed choice when going to the polls this November. The site includes aggregate video from PBS, features syndicatable content from across public media — including public TV, radio and non-profit partner Web sites — and highlights innovative Web-only projects from PBS producers and local stations.”

  • The New York Times reports, “Harvey R. Levin, purveyor of the celebrity-driven Web site and its associated ‘TMZ TV’ show, …address[ed] a conclave of lawyers and others who had gathered at the Gould School of Law at the University of Southern California for an annual review of the big issues in entertainment law and business.”

  • Politics Magazine has launched its new website. Check it out here.

  • K Street Cafe reports, “A Think Tank’s Effective Use of Twitter for the Presidential Debates”

  • Wired reports, “Spy Fears: Twitter Terrorists, Cell Phone Jihadists”

  • Beet.TV reports, “The New York Times Readies HD Online Video Channel As Part of New Brightcove Implementation”

  • Web replacing books and magazines in the bathroom

  • asks, “Twitter, R.I.P.? Or Is There Gold Buried in Them Thar Tweets?”

  • The New York Times reports, “Huffington and Brown: Paths Intertwine in the Blog Thicket”

  • CNet News’ The Social looks at “The Huffington Post, beyond the election”

  • USA Today reports, “YouTube tosses 10-minute limit to show full TV episodes”

  • BusinessWeek reports, “Can Anything Derail Google’s Growth Engine?”

  • K Street Cafe reports, “Twitter on Advocacy”

  • Check out PBS’s You Tube Channel, “Video Your Vote

  • Check out the McCain Radio Station on Slacker.

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  • FishbowlNY reports, “Seems the only mag still having holiday parties is a dead one: Though Radar perished today, it won’t be deprived of one last sloppy drunk media party. A rep for Radar tells FBNY that the planned ‘Vampires and Victims’ Halloween bash, slated for next Thursday at Citrine is still on.”

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  • Check out Dana Perino’s latest run in with Les Kinsolving (or is it the other way around?)

      Q Thank you very much. Two questions. This morning a spokesman for the Secret Service told me that to be an agent you have to have a Bachelor’s degree, three years in law enforcement, and undergo a complete background check. When I asked if the applicant had any record of association with terrorists, I was told that would not be tolerated. And my first question is, is that the White House Press Office’s understanding of the qualifications required to be a Secret Service agent?

      MS. PERINO: I have never spent time to go through the qualifications for Secret Service agents. I just trust that they know what they’re doing.

      Q Right. And then considering the Obama-Ayers association —

      MS. PERINO: Okay, that’s it. I’m not going to answer it.

      Q — Senator Obama would not be qualified to be his own bodyguard.

      MS. PERINO: I’m not going to answer it. Ann.

      Q You’re not going to answer that?

  • DC Examiner’s Julie Mason reports, “Asked whether history will be kind to President Bush, press secretary Dana Perino said, ‘Eventually.'” Mason also presents, “From high school debater to the White House podium”

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  • “The Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) will hold a forum, ‘Power, Politics and the Prism of Literature,’ on Monday, November 3 at 6 p.m. … The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held in Kenney Auditorium located on the first floor of the school’s Nitze Building, 1740 Massachusetts Ave., N.W., in Washington, D.C. Members of the public should RSVP to or 202.663.5635.”

  • A release announced, “Along with physiotherapist Rebecca Shakespeare and friend Denise Burgess, CBS News Correspondent Kimberly Dozier finished the Marine Corps 10K race in 1:21 and raised more than $6,000 for Team Fisher House. Fisher House provides a free place for families to stay while their loved ones recover from combat injuries or illness.”

  • Politico design director Paige Connor also ran the marathon and collected over $2100 for Leukemia/Lymphoma Society.

  • The New York Times reports, “Campaign Gravy Train at an End”

  • The Huffington Post reports, “The Myth of the ‘Liberal’ Media: A Primer for my Fellow Christians”

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

  • A release announced, “The International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) has selected five Knight International Journalism Fellows to lead year-long projects in Sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America designed to help media provide better access to quality information in the communities they serve.” For more info, click here.

  • am New York reports, “Phony reporters crashing parties in city”

  • Christopher Buckley writes, “How Limbaugh tried (and failed) to replace my dad.”

  • ABC “Columnist Michael Malone Looks at Slanted Election Coverage and the Reasons Why”

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