Morning Reading List, 11.21.08

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

Phil Bredesen is 65. Dick Durbin is 64. Postie Wil Haygood’s book gets turned into a movie. “Post-Election, The Audience Drifts Away.” Who will next play Barack Obama on SNL? Finally, good news for newspapers. Craig Brownstein, Tyler Hernandez and Mike Conneen all correctly guessed that yesterday’s picture was of Riggs Pl. and New Hampshire Ave, NW. For bloggers everywhere, check out “The TypePad Journalist Bailout Program.” Was that journo band Suspicious Package — Bloomberg’s Tim Burger (bass guitar), WaPo’s Tom Toles (drums, vocals), LATimes’ Josh Meyer (lead guitar, vocals), HUD’s Bryan Greene (rhythm guitar, vocals) and USTR’s Christina Sevilla (keyboards, vocals) — performing at Walter Reed recently…? A reader tells us that last night, Chris Matthews “called the Obama Clinton issue a ‘threeway.’ Is that classic Chris Matthews slip of the tongue? Check out today’s White House Photo of the Day from Time. Today’s “Angry Journalist” rant of the day: “American automobile industry executives = American newspaper industry executives.”

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  • This week’s classes include


  • Potomac Flacks reports, “Ted McKenna, the DC correspondent for PR Week will be leaving his job at the end of the month.”

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  • New York Times cuts dividend, ‘reevaluates’ assets

  • Associated Press to cut 10 pct jobs in ’09: sources

  • FishbowlNY reports, “Apparently there is not enough news to go around. Twice already this week someone has brought to our attention similar articles being published in different papers by different writers.”

  • About The Washington Times, Doublethink asks, “Can This Paper Be Saved?”

  • TV Barn asks, “If Krugman deserves a Pulitzer, then what should we give Ira Glass?”

  • Los Angeles Times’ Top of the Ticket reports, “Papers sell Obama gear . . . and their objectivity?*”

  • The Press Democrat reports, “Iced tea accompanied a historic moment in Santa Rosa this past weekend when famed Watergate reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein came by to see and thank their secret source, 95-year-old Mark ‘Deep Throat’ Felt.”

  • His Extreme-ness has a Helen Thomas separated at birth that we only wish we had thought of first.

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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, Nov. 16, 2008. The Brokaw-moderated program was No. 1, averaging 4.592 million total viewers, +39 percent more (+1,296,000) than second place ABC’s ‘This Week’ 3.296 million, a +49 percent advantage (+1,515,000) over third place CBS’ ‘Face the Nation’ 3.077 million and a +182 percent lead (+2,963,000) over FOX News Sunday’s 1.629 million. ‘Meet the Press’ has now placed first in total viewers for 373 of the past 375 weeks (when everyone is at full coverage).”

  • A release announced, “For the second consecutive week, ABC News’ ‘Nightline’ outperformed CBS’ ‘Late Show with David Letterman’ among Total Viewers and Adults 25-54 according to Nielsen Media Research. For the week of November 10, 2008, ‘Nightline’ beat ‘Letterman’ each night of the week bringing its total viewing average to 4.10 million, a growth of 15% compared to last year.”

  • A release announced, CNN … announced celebrities who will be participating in the second annual ‘CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute,’ which honors ordinary people accomplishing extraordinary things in their communities and beyond. Hosted by CNN anchor Anderson Cooper from the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, the program will air globally on Thanksgiving, Thursday, Nov. 27, at 9 p.m. (ET) on CNN/U.S., CNN International and CNN en Espanol.”

  • Z on TV reports, “Months of coverage paved the way for top-rated Obama interview, 60 Minutes executive producer says”

  • TVNewser reports, “Roger Ailes has signed a new deal that keeps him at News Corp. for at least another five years.”

  • TVNewser Columnist Gail Shister looks into “The Stephanopoulos-Obama Connection”

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  • A release announced, “NBC News announced today the launch of ‘What’s Your iCue?,’ a social media application for Facebook. Built incorporating the vast archives of NBC News and developed by NBC Learn, the educational arm of NBC News that produces, ‘What’s Your iCue?’ is a video trivia game that allows players to test their knowledge on a wide range of topics. The application is available at

  • The New York Times reports on, “Web Sites That Dig for News Rise as Watchdogs”

  • Portfolio’s Mixed Media reports that Bob Garfield of Ad Age and NPR thinks “There’s No Future Model for Online News”

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  • Washingtonian talks to “Newsweek financial columnist Robert Samuelson … about the economy and his new book.”

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  • The Huffington Post brings our attention to the fact that an “Ethics Complaint Filed Against Palin Over Fox News Interview” as reported by the Anchorage Daily News.

  • Media Matters’ Eric Boehlert writes, “Covering new presidents: the media’s double standard”

  •’s The Fix looks at “Barack Obama and the Culture of Leaks”

  • Journalism Professor John F. Kirch writes in The Baltimore Sun, “Democracy suffers when the news media ignore long-shot candidates and the ideas they espouse”

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  • Pew Research Center looks at “How the Media Covered Religion”

  • The Boston Phoenix asks, “What’s the fuss over the Fairness Doctrine really about?”

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  • No-Va Living Magazine is looking for a Writer Connection Needed to Regional Attorneys.

  • SNL Financial, LC is looking for a Financial News Editor.

  • Exchange Monitor Publications, Inc. is looking for Energy Reporters.

  • ACOG is looking for a Web Content Editor.

  • Gannett Co., Inc. is looking a General Sales Manager.

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