Morning Reading List, 11.03.08

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

Michael Dukakis is 75 today. Dennis Miller turns 55. Ten years ago, Jesse Ventura was elected governor of Minnesota. Who celebrated birthdays over the weekend? Jane Wusterbarth, Bo Harmon, Adam Kushner, Sarah Smith, David Sirota, Eric Wall. Today? Kate Gibbs. Tomorrow? Ben Smith. Christie Findlay (who’s moving to Philadelphia). Kevin McVicker. Richard Hudson. Marty Eisenstadt hangs with Joe the Plumber (and catches him canoodling SNL staffers)! Slate’s John Dickerson says that an Obama loss “would be disastrous for the media and political establishment.” You think Obama won the week. Friday was the birthday of John McCaslin.
TigerHawk is campaigning for “Megyn Kelly for press secretary”. Katie Allison Granju wants “to see the actuarial tables for blogging”. Slate reports, “Every weekday, Slate and our video magazine, Slate V, will present excerpts from the most recent Charlie Rose show”. “why.i.hate.dc Is Back!” Washington City Paper is “Introducing the Manliest Workplace Competition”. Marc Ambinder reports, “Progressive Accountability Holds Me Accountable”. Check out today’s White House Photo of the Day from Time. Today’s “Angry Journalist” rant of the day: “I am working so often during week ends and evenings ( not even counting nights ) that by going back home to sleep makes me feel like I gotta write something about it… Anybody has a decent job to offer? just can’t stand it anymore….”

Today’s FishbowlDC comment of the day (with regards to Friday’s post on ” “: Reader XXX writes, ” ” Keep the FishbowlDC discussion going by dropping your comments here.

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  • This week’s classes include How to Write Chick Lit, Comic Book and Graphic Novel Writing and Food Writing Boot Camp.


  • Politicker reports, “The REAL beginning of the end for newspapers”

  • Wordyard reports, “Andreessen’s newspaper advice echoes Grove’s, a decade ago”

  • E&P reports, “College Papers Back Obama — By 79 to 1”

  • The News & Record’s Editor’s Log reports, “The Doonesbury strip for Wednesday is set in Iraq with his military characters sitting around a television as Obama is declared the next President of the United States.”

  • Vanity Fair has an excerpt “from The Man Who Owns the News: Inside the Secret World of Rupert Murdoch, by Michael Wolff”

  • Regarding a reader’s question on whether The Washington Post changed their style to start referring to their interview subjects by their first name, another reader writes, “Re: Washington Post referring to interview subjects by first name: When you’re talking about two people with the same last name, it’s not at all uncommon (depending on section) to refer to first name. If they’re both Mr. and Mrs. Armstrong, you can’t call them both ‘Armstrong,’ and few places outside the NYT use courtesy titles. Using the whole name on every reference is just unwieldy.” Another reader writes, “the question about post changing its style to first names is off — the article probably uses cathal because it’s discussing both cathal and his wife. Just saying Armstrong would be confusing because it could mean either.”

  • A reader writes in, asking, “Is Loraine Woellert of bloomberg off the market? She has been seen on the campaign trail wearing a big ring.”

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  • Ralph Hanson reports, “We all know the media are biased. But the Big Question is — What kind of bias is there? I mean, really, the Pew Folks tell us that Fox is biased right, MSNBC is biased left, and CNN hits the middle. But this isn’t a bias, boys and ghouls, it’s a marketing decision!”

  • TVNewser reports, “Roger Ailes Honored by Navy SEALs”

  • Reuters reports, “Obama boosts ‘Daily Show’ to new record”

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  • Ballotpedia will be live wikiiing the results of statewide ballot measures across the country.” Results are available by state and by topic.

  •’s The Fix asks, “Does Drudge Matter?”

  • Check out Sean McCormack’s “first ‘Briefing 2.0’ on ‘statevideo,’ the U.S. Department of State YouTube channel.”

  • Washington Post reports, “State Department spokesman Sean McCormack has long had it up to here with some in the mainstream media — the regulars who cover the department and travel with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice — complaining that they’re constantly pushing to be ‘edgy’ rather than just reporting the news. To get around the MSM ‘filter,’ the State Department, along with other agencies, has gone to the Internet, presenting online chats, Q&As and blogs.”

  • Silicon Alley Insider presents, “The Ten Web Clips That Shaped The Election”

  • Washington City Paper asks, “Is Slate Growing Old?”

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  • The Telegraph reports, “Rush Limbaugh: The man who’s always Right”

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  • Politico reports, “Media spends double on Obama travel”

  • Slate asks, “Why do a campaign’s internal numbers look so different from the public data?”

  • Politico’s Ben Smith reports, “Obama miffed by press”

  • Washington City Paper asks, “What’s the Point of the Newseum?”

  • reports, “Hollywood weighs impact of election”

  • Politico reports, “Study: Palin coverage negative”

  • Right Angles reports, “Newsweek’s Fineman: Obama coverage ‘fawning, to say the least, and with good reason'”

  • AJR reports, “Let’s hope all these pollsters know what they’re doing. Otherwise, journalism is in for a very bad hangover.”

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  • Citysearch (Photographer) is looking for a Freelance Photographer and a Freelance City Editor for DC.

  • Reason is now accepting applications for the spring 2009 Burton C. Gray Memorial Internship.

  • American Society of Landscape Architects is looking for a Public Relations Coordinator.

  • American Association of Museums is looking for a Senior Editor.

  • Washingtonpost.Newsweek Interactive is looking for a Live Discussions Producer.

  • The Chronicle of Higher Education is looking for an Editorial intern.

  • Slate is looking for a Managing Editor for Double X.

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    Hat Tips: Michael Calderone, DCRTV, TVNewser, IWantMedia, Romenesko, MediaBistro, JournalismJobs, JournalismNext, Mic Check Radio, New York Times’ On This Day