Morning Reading List, 10.30.08

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Birthdays: Josh Rosenblum, Nu Wexler. Most of you had no plans to watch Obama’s informercial last night. Check out today’s White House Photo of the Day from Time. Today’s “Angry Journalist” rant of the day: “All real journalists are angry that many Americans think that many of the people on cable television news shows are actual journalists, when they are clearly not journalists. Most of them shouldn’t even be on the air, and most of them are terrible on camera. What they should be doing is finding jobs at our factories and plants, and working at an honest living. Leave the airwaves for real journalists — who practice real journalism.”

Today’s FishbowlDC comment of the day (with regards to yesterday’s post on “Live-Blogging Chris Matthews Interview“: Reader RonM writes, “Chris is right. Here’s to hoping a President Obama will continue to break (color) boundaries in the cable newsrooms. I think, to a degree, it can be argued that Rachel Maddow’s rise owes a bit to the conversation on other perspectives that Obama’s canidacy started” Keep the FishbowlDC discussion going by dropping your comments here.

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  • Matthew Sheffield has joined the Washington Examiner as Managing Editor for the Web.

  • A reader tell us that Christian Fuchs resigned last week as Washington Times’ Director of Multimedia to become Communications Director for Jesuit Refugee Service/USA.

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  • A reader writes in: “When did the Washington Post change their style to start referring to their interview subjects by their first name:

      Restaurant Eve indicates when parsnips or, in this case, tomatoes come from the garden. But otherwise, the Armstrongs have not gone out of their way to trumpet their accomplishments. It’s unusual given the trendiness of eco-friendly practices. ‘People talk about it like it’s new, but it’s really not,’ says Cathal, 39. ‘It’s a return to what’s been done before.'”

  • Politico’s Michael Calderone reports, “Despite cutbacks, Monitor breakfasts continue”

  • At Indiana University School of Journalism, “Downie weighs newspaper reporting’s challenges

  • The Los Angeles Times reports, “McCain campaign accuses L.A. Times of ‘suppressing’ Obama video”

  • Politico’s Michael Calderone reports, “Even among gossipy journalists, it’s hard to find a job swap rumor that catches fire simultaneously in the newsrooms of two major newspapers. But Washington Post and Wall Street Journal staffers were buzzing yesterday that reporter Jonathan Weisman — who went from the Post to the Journal this month—had a case of buyer’s remorse, and was trying return to his former stomping grounds, according to sources at both papers. Sources said that Weisman’s openly talked about returning in recent days. And speculation continued yesterday, after he met with Post national editor Rajiv Chandrasekaran, at Carabou Coffee nearby the Post’s headquarters, and had a closed door meeting with John Bussey, Washington bureau chief of the Journal. Weisman, in an e-mail to Politico, said the coffee was a social call, and the rumors were ‘dead wrong.'”

  • Washingtonian reports, “Steven Pearlstein Works Hard as Economy Goes Off the Cliff”

  • ComicsDC reports, “The Washington Examiner, Nate Beeler’s home paper, has cut the size of its editorial cartoons in half again to about 3″ x 4″ — tiny in other words. They’ve got Nate doing a full cover color caricature for the front of the Sunday tabloid (and two other editons), but inside you can barely see the cartoon. When the paper started a few years ago, Nate’s cartoon ran at about 1/3 of a page and they had two pages of comic strips which are now gone. I’m sensing a trend…”

  • From Wednesday’s Playbook, Mike Allen says: “Playbook has not voted since becoming a journalist (except for one long-ago Virginia Democratic primary where our roommates were working for a campaign and it seemed small/selfish not to support them).”

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  • A release announced, “CN8, The Comcast Network announced that Pennsylvania Gov. Edward G. Rendell will appear live for an hour on the Nov. 5 edition of ‘It’s Your Call With Lynn Doyle’ to analyze Election Day results and take viewer calls. … On Election Day itself, Political Director Lynn Doyle and Reporter Kevin Walsh will oversee programming with numerous guests beginning at 8 p.m.. Live in Philadelphia will be CN8 political analysts Steve Ayscue and Brad Brewster; Democratic strategist Tony Bawidamann; Republican activist Dr. Janice Hollis and CN8 D.C. Bureau Chief Robert Traynham. Satellite guests include media analysts Steve Adubato from New York; CN8 Host Mary Caraccioli and Republican strategist Jack Burkman from Washington, D.C.; and Democratic political analyst Paul Afonso from Boston. Meantime, CN8’s Greg Coy will be in the field in the Philadelphia area with Obama supporters, while Janet Zappala will be with McCain supporters. CN8 Special Correspondent Emily Ryan will be in McLean, Va., to report on the state’s pivotal role in the election as well as the race for an open U.S. Senate seat between Democrat Mark Warner and Republican Jim Gilmore.”

  • “Where one goes for news about the presidential campaign makes a real difference, according to a study of campaign coverage released … by the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism. The study offers hard evidence of an ideological divide between two of the three cable channels — MSNBC and Fox News — while CNN’s coverage resided somewhere in the middle. On MSNBC, the story was more favorable for Barack Obama, and unfavorable for John McCain than in the press overall. The Fox News Channel provided nearly mirror image of MSNBC’s coverage. CNN’s coverage, while more typical of the press generally, was also more negative than the press overall.”

  • Sports Business Journal reports, “NBC’s Todd loves this game, and sports too”

  • The New York Observer reports, “Original Cable Guy Phil Griffin Tastes Network Revenge”

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  • Check out the list of “Media People Using Twitter

  • Check out Politico’s Arena — “Politico’s Daily Debate with policymakers and opinion shapers”

  • The New York Times’ David Carr reports, “The news that Google settled two longstanding suits with book authors and publishers over its plans to digitize the world’s great libraries suggests that some level of detente could be reached between old media and new. If true, it can’t come soon enough for the news business.”

  • A release announced yesterday, “, an award-winning news and information Web site, today launches TimeSpace Election, a presidential election map and timeline that uses cutting-edge technology to bring all of the site’s coverage, including partner content from the Associated Press and Reuters, onto one, easy-to-navigate page. Each piece is tagged for location, keywords and the time it is published, giving readers a variety of ways to search for news.” Check it out here.

  • Portfolio reports, “Andrea Chalupa writes: While the ground beneath the tech sector’s feet rumbles with layoffs and falling share prices, there’s one online industry that may be weathering the recession: online video.” And this week, Chalupa says, “As I said last week, online video may be recession proof. Today, a bunch of online video execs (Mike Hudack the CEO and Co-Founder of, Andrew Heyward former President of CBS News and now Senior Advisor of Marketspace LLC/Monitor Group, to Victoria M. Brown co-founder of Big Think) sat around a table at Rockefeller Center for Beet.TV’s Online Video Summit and discussed ways to make sure that’s true. The full three-hour conversation can be heard here.”

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  • Are you smarter than the Pros? US News and World Report gives you a chance to find out.

  • The New Republic asks, “What does covering a two-year campaign do to the soul of a journalist?”

  • Pew Weekly News Interest Index shows, “Many Americans say they are hearing too much about Barack Obama in these final days of the 2008 presidential election — just as they did over the summer — but at least as many now say the same about Sarah Palin. The public’s complaints notwithstanding, Palin was the focus of a relatively small amount of media coverage last week, compared with the amount of campaign coverage focused on the presidential candidates.”

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  • Higher Education Washington is looking for an editor/writer.

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