Morning Reading List, 11.17.08

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208 years ago, Congress held its first session in the partially completed Capitol building. 46 years ago, Dulles International Airport was dedicated by President John F. Kennedy. Five years ago, John Allen Muhammad was convicted in the sniper shootings. Howard Dean turns 60 today. Richard Dunham turns 52. Lorne Michaels is 64. Sen. James Inhofe is 74. Birthdays over the weekend: James Joyner. Jay Newton-Small. Rachel Cothran. Careful Robert Traynham (host of Roll Call TV): What does the 2nd Amendment mean? You think neither Hillary Clinton nor John Kerry should be Secretary of State. Andy McCarthy writes from National Reviews’ “floating Caribean Headquarters…” Slate’s John Dickerson writes, “Snazzy new technology isn’t enough to bring transparency to the White House.” TVNewser reports, “Diane Sawyer Gets Ashley Dupre Exclusive”. Pajamas Media reports, “The Obama Campaign’s Tech-Savvy Revolution”. Walking The Berkshires reports, “I have noticed a trend in American politics away from the aggressive Reagan-era red power tie toward a cool and sophisticated blue.” Slate reports, “Post Drinks Cheney’s Kool-Aid!” Are you a journalist out of a job? Check this out. Lifehacker tell us, “What Your Home and Workspace Say About Your Politics”. TVNewser reports that John Mayer has a crush on Fox’s Megyn Kelly. Slate asks, “How much transparency do we really want from Obama?” MSNBC provides “An intimate look at ‘Meet the Press’ on the road.” Lifehacker reports, “Tip of My Tongue Finds the Word You’re Looking For”. Slate’s Dahlia Lithwick asks, “Dear Mr. President-elect, please take me off your spam list.” Overserved: Thomas Friedman saying, “Okay?” Check out this video of Washington City Paper “Staffers On Cop Stakeout!” This is for all you Nov. 5 newspaper savers. Check out today’s White House Photo of the Day from Time. Today’s “Angry Journalist” rant of the day: “I write stories, edit them myself, take photographs and video for an hourly wage of $10. I don’t even have dental insurance!”

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  • This week’s classes include Grammar, Punctuation, and Meaning, Novel Writing: Chick Lit and Stiletto Boot Camp.


  • Avi Zenilman says goodbye to Politico.

  • Starting today, Brendan Buck will be resuming his duties as Communication’s Director for Congressman Tom Price.

  • Going Out Gurus are giving their readers a chance to play Guru. “We’re going to feature readers’ Go Out Lists around the Going Out Guide, and if you want to participate, all you have to do is make a Go Out List of your favorite dives, sushi restaurants, concerts, galleries — anything at all in the Guide — and tell us briefly what you like about each one.”

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  • BusinessWeek’s Jon Fine presents, “A Bailout Plan For U.S. Newspapers”

  • Washington Post Magazine reports, “Onion Nation — If its absurdist twists and wicked parodies of conventional journalism are just a joke, the country’s leading satirical newspaper is having the last laugh”

  • Washington City Paper reports, “Washington Times and Obama’s ‘Admitted Drug Use'”

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  • Rather’s Lawsuit Shows Role of G.O.P. in Inquiry

  • TVNewser reports, “CNN’s American Morning Cuts Eight From Staff”

  • A release announced, “The National Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS-NCCB) presents its prestigious 2008 Silver Circle Ceremony, Saturday, November 22, 2008, 6:00pm at The Fairmont Hotel in Washington, DC. … The Silver Circle reception, dinner and ceremony will be held on Saturday, November 22, 2008, 6:00pm, at The Fairmont Washington, 2401 M Street, NW, Washington, DC 20037. The event will feature Dr. JC Hayward, WUSA 9 as emcee. For media inquiries, reservations, or to purchase tickets, contact the NATAS-NCCB Chapter office at or 301-587-3993.”

  • Bloomberg reports, “After roiling Comcast Corp. and other cable operators for almost four years, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Kevin Martin shows no sign of relenting as his term nears its likely end.”

  • Bloomberg reports, “Cable news channels, aiming to hold on to the ratings spoils of a lengthy presidential campaign, are taking cues from the victor, President-elect Barack Obama. Just as Obama used the Internet and mobile devices to get out the vote, CNN, Fox News and MSNBC are using online tie-ins to promote their programs.”

  • TVNewser’s Alissa Krinsky reports, “Steve Kroft On The Big Get: ‘We Were There First'”

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  • Top 30 News Sites for October

  • BNet reports, “Gawker’s Denton Sweats Over Decline in Web Ad Revenues”

  • Tech President reports, “Obama Puts Well-Known Internet Advocate in Charge of FCC Review”

  • The Huffington Post reports, “Obama’s Transparent Presidency: Weekly YouTube Addresses”

  • PRNewser asks, “Do We Need PR Anymore Now That We Have Social Media?”

  • Wonkette reports, “Obama To Show His Burdened Face On The YouTubes Every Week”

  • The New York Observer reports, “Nate Silver Signs With Penguin In Two Book Deal Worth About $700,000”

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  • reports, “Even ‘The Economist’ Not Immune From Layoffs”

  • FishbowlNY reports, “Time Person of the Year Luncheon: Let’s Talk About the Economy”

  • Slate’s The Big Money asks, “Why can’t magazines get the Web?”

  • The New York Post reports, “The cutbacks at Time Inc. are starting to claim more senior people on the business side at the same time that the editorial cuts accelerate. And in a move likely to surprise no one, Time Inc. CEO Ann Moore has decided not to have a Christmas party this year.”

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  • FCC Chief Is Silent in Probe: Lawmakers Could Finish Leadership Inquiry Without His Input”

  • At least 30 employees laid off from Sirius XM

  • The New York Post reports, “Radio station groups are grabbing growing numbers of listeners online as Web giants Yahoo! and AOL flinch at the costs associated with streaming music. That move into digital radio — particularly during work hours — was reported this week by industry tracker Arbitron.”

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  • Slate’s Jack Shafer reports, “The press spooks its readers about increased gun purchases.”

  • Richard Prince asks, “What Journalists Were Thinking — Baring the Emotions They Felt the Night Obama Won”

  • DigiDave tell us, “Why We Should Feel Bullish For the Future of Journalism”

  • Slate reports, “CBS Rewards Bush Stonewaller”

  • FishbowlNY presents, “Media Stocks: The State of the Top 13”

  • Politico’s Michael Calderone reports, “Right-leaning media brace for shutout”

  • Washington Post reports, “George Carlin’s ‘Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television’ was so far ahead of its time — or maybe just so plain profane — in 1972 that you still can’t utter the Big Seven on prime-time broadcast television, or read them in a fine upstanding newspaper such as this one. And as it happens, you can’t necessarily hear them at the Kennedy Center, either. … People who attended the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor ceremony this week, however, got a bleepin’ earful when a clip was shown of Carlin, the night’s posthumous honoree, doing the “Seven Words” routine. But in place of the those words — which Carlin famously described as the ones that will ‘infect your soul, curve your spine and lose the war for the Allies’ — came … bleeps. Lots and lots of bleeps — a veritable censorious symphony of them.”

  • RoughlyDrafted Magazine reports, “What an Obama Presidency Means for Technology”

  • Portfolio’s Mixed Media reports, “One Thing That Won’t Change: Obama/Osama Slips”

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  • National Public Radio is looking for a Director, Media Relations.

  • FDAnews is looking for a Reporter.

  • 1105 Media is looking for a Web & Content Editor.

  • The McLaughlin Group is looking for a Television Producer-Writer.

  • The Onion is looking for an Associate Editor of their DC version. Check out the ad in the print edition.

  • National Journal Group is looking for an Account Director, National Journal.

  • Washingtonpost.Newsweek Interactive is looking for a Slate Marketing Director.

  • Washingtonpost.Newsweek Interactive is looking for a Publisher of Double X.

  • Thompson Publishing Group is looking for a Editor — Retirement & Pension Publication.

  • Congressional Quarterly is looking for a Reporter, Committees.

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