Morning Reading List, 10.29.08


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Connie Mack III is 68 today. Birthdays: Nick Yaeger, Robert George, Adrienne Gaffney. This is a close one, but most of you have no idea what all the fuss is about regarding Palin’s $150,000 Wardrobe. Was that Marcus Brow-klee eating lunch yesterday at DC Coast? We kinda figured this was in the works. Check out today’s White House Photo of the Day from Time. Today’s “Angry Journalist” rant of the day: “You know in ‘Anchorman’ when Ron Burgundy spends the main part of his newscasts on the waterskiing squirrel and the new baby panda at the zoo? I used to think it was funny, but now it just reminds me that getting your bosses to let you do important journalism instead of this crap is IMPOSSIBLE!”

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  • A release announced, “USA TODAY, the nation’s top-selling newspaper, announced today the opening of a USA TODAY Travel Zone in the US Airways terminal at LaGuardia Airport. USA TODAY opened three Travel Zone stores in September in the Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport; two stores are expected to open in the Indianapolis International Airport in November.”

  • E&P reports, “Top executives and editors from several major dailies in the Northeast, dissatisfied with The Associated Press, met recently to discuss the formation of a content-sharing agreement that in several cases would serve in place of their AP agreements, E&P has learned from top executives at three of the papers.”

  • Gannett Blog reports, “Gannett laying off 10% of newspaper staff; Dickey warns in memo: ‘fiscal crisis is deepening'”

  • NPR’s On The Media reports, “For the first time in its 161 year history, The Chicago Tribune endorsed the democratic party’s nominee for president this week. The Los Angeles Times, after 36 years of endorsing no one, also endorsed Obama. But do such announcements really have an impact? Editor&Publisher editor Greg Mitchell argues that they do.”

  • The New York Observer reports on, “Executive Editor Bill Keller’s Remarks to the Times Staff Today”

  • NPR reports, “One thing Barack Obama and John McCain have not had to worry about during the long presidential campaign is making caricatures of themselves. Luckily for them, that’s someone else’s job: editorial cartoonists.”

  • Washington Post reports, “Standard & Poor’s credit-rating agency reaffirmed the A+ long-term debt rating of The Washington Post Co. yesterday but lowered its ratings outlook from ‘stable’ to ‘negative,’ citing concerns over continued declines in circulation and advertising revenue at the company’s newspaper and magazine divisions.”

  • A GWU release announced, “Diana Henriques, an investigative reporter at The New York Times’ business desk and chairwoman of The George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs’ International Council, will discuss ‘Notes from a Financial Foxhole: The Media, The Message, and The Mess’ as part of GW’s Distinguished Women in International Affairs series.” The event is Nov. 5 at Lindner Family Commons, Room 602 — 1957 E St., NW.

  • E&P reports, “CNN Courts Newspapers With New Wire Service”

  • CNN’s Political Ticker reports, “‘Obama Wins!,’ newspaper declares”

  • Bloomberg reports, “Gannett Co., the newspaper publisher that reported a 32 percent drop in quarterly profit last week, plans to eliminate about 10 percent of jobs at its U.S. newspapers as advertising sales continue to decline.”

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  • An ABC release announced, “For the week of October 20th, ABC’s ‘World News with Charles Gibson’ averaged 8.07 million Total Viewers and a 2.0/8 among Adults 25-54. This marks the ABC broadcast’s best Total Viewer delivery in 6 weeks (week of 9/8/08) and its largest demo delivery in 4 weeks (week of 9/22/08). Week-to-week, ‘World News’ posted gains among both Total and key demo viewers, increasing 6% and 2%, respectively.”

  • A NBC release announced, “According to Nielsen Media Research data, ‘NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams’ was the most-watched network evening newscast, winning the week of October 20-26. During the week, the Williams-led newscast averaged 8.410 million total viewers, +338,000 more than ABC ‘World News’ 8.072 million, and a whopping +2.228 million more than CBS ‘Evening News’ 6.182 million.”

  • A NBC release announced, “The networks of NBC will present in-depth, comprehensive coverage of the 2008 Presidential election, Tuesday, Nov. 4, over-the-air, on cable, online and via mobile. NBC News’ election night coverage begins at 7 p.m. ET, anchored by ‘NBC Nightly News’ anchor and managing editor Brian Williams in New York, with NBC News Special Correspondent Tom Brokaw, ‘Today’s’ Ann Curry with live coverage of exit polls across the country, NBC News Political Director Chuck Todd and NBC News’ Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent Andrea Mitchell providing analysis.”

  • Bob Franken pays homage to “Bill Headline”

  • reports, “Both sides of aisle rip MSNBC”

  • B&C reports, “C-SPAN Seeks Oral Argument Tapes in Fox Swearing Case”

  • The Live Feed reports, “CNN rejected Obama ad; Fox News not asked”

  • DC Examiner’s Yeas and Nays reports, “Although NBC’s popular White House drama, “The West Wing” went off the air years ago, it might still be having an effect on the 2008 presidential race. You may recall the first presidential debate between John McCain and Barack Obama, when moderator Jim Lehrer said, ‘I’m determined to get you all to talk to each other.’ ‘West Wing’ writer Lawrence O’Donnell claims some ownership over Lehrer’s push for a more free-flowing debate. During his time at the show, O’Donnell wrote a fictional debate in which the characters — presidential candidates played by Jimmy Smits and Alan Alda — decide to forego the debate rules and actually engage each other. O’Donnell contacted Lehrer back then in hopes that the PBS anchor might appear in the episode as the moderator. O’Donnell recently recounted the odd fiction-becomes-reality to writer Kurt Anderson on WNYC’s ‘Studio 360″ radio program.'”

  • Washington Post’s Lisa de Moraes reports, “ABC finally offered Barack Obama’s camp the 8 p.m. half-hour in its Wednesday lineup for his campaign-related program — which will air at that time on the other major broadcast networks. But, in an ironic twist, the Democratic presidential candidate’s campaign passed on ABC’s offer, saying it has allocated the funds elsewhere.”

  • Politico asks, “Did everyone else see the graphics department glitches on MTP on Sunday? (Though the audible list remained accurate.) But… North Carolina is Virginia? Texas is a battleground state?”

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  • “ just relaunched its City Guide as the new Going Out Guide — a go-to resource for local entertainment planning in DC.” Check it out here.

  • A THR release announced, “The Hollywood Reporter, the most trusted resource on the business of global entertainment, today announced it will launch THR Mobile Box Office, a new product that delivers first-to-market weekend box office estimates every Sunday morning directly to cell phones and other mobile devices via a mobile alert. Launching Sunday, November 2, subscribers to THR Mobile Box Office will be the first to get the entertainment news they need from any location, at any time. The official studio box office tallies are provided by The Hollywood Reporter’s sister service, Nielsen EDI. The Hollywood Reporter is owned by Nielsen Business Media, a part of The Nielsen Company.”

  • Help Ana Marie Cox fundraise!

  • Politicker’s Rob Tornoe wonders “Does Fox News know who Ted Stevens is?”

  • “Slate’s staff and contributors to tell us whom they’re voting for on Election Day and why.”

  • Pudding Relations tells us “How to write a ‘great blogger pitch'”

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  • Splice Today reports, “The Atlantic just rolled out its impressive re-design—impressive, except for the cover, that is.”

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  • A release announced, “Diane Rehm, host of WAMU 88.5’s and NPR’s The Diane Rehm Show, will receive the Communications and Leadership Award from Toastmasters International District 36 on Saturday, Nov. 8 in Silver Spring, Md. Toastmasters District 36 presents the annual Communication and Leadership Award to a member of the community to acknowledge their service and achievements that exemplify the highest standards of communication and leadership.”

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  • “With Election Day looming on Nov. 4, storylines concerning strategy, polls and fundraising constituted the media’s biggest campaign narrative in the week of Oct. 20-26, according to a study from the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism.”

  • Two Los Angeles Times reporters share what it was like covering Sens. John McCain and Barack Obama.

  • Slate’s Jack Shafer starts the “Countdown to the Obama Rapture”

  • His Extreme-ness offers a sneak preview of what the press badge may look like to cover Obama’s election night festivities.

  • Gotham Acme reports, “After Hillary Clinton dropped out of the Presidential contest the New York Times ran this story: ‘Clinton May Come Home to Find a Little Fence Mending is Needed.’ Judging by today’s Marist poll whatever fence mending that was needed with New Yorkers has been accomplished.”

  • Business Week asks, “Could the volume — and tone — of TV, Web, and print coverage of the market’s gyrations actually be making things worse?”

  • Washington Post’s Howard Kurtz reports, “Journalists Name 44th President”

  • VandeHarris writes, “Why McCain is getting hosed in the press”

  • “For his short film ’13th Amendment,’ Mike Dennis of Philadelphia, Pa., followed his 90-year-old great-great-grandmother on her trek to vote for Barack Obama in the 2008 Pennsylvania primary. The film, depicting the lifelong voter’s first opportunity to cast a vote on behalf of a black man for U.S. president, took the Grand Jury Award at the iReport Film Festival, CNN’s first user-generated short film competition.” The short can be seen here.

  • DCist reports, “Suspicious Package Scare Causes Press Secretaries to Cancel Event”

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  • Air Force Times is looking for a Managing Editor.

  • Army Times Publishing Co. is looking for a Deputy News Editor.

  • The American Society of Landscape Architects is looking for a Marketing Manager.

  • Legal Times is looking for a Web Editor.

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