Morning Reading List, 11.25.08

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45 years ago, John F. Kennedy was laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery. Barbara and Jenna Bush are 27 today. Joe Gibbs is 68 today. FamousDC: “Ain’t No Sex in the Situation Room.” Most of you are impressed by Obama’s transition. Steve Daley and Torrey Shearer correctly guessed that yesterday’s picture was of Smith and Wollensky. ABC’s Jack Tapper points us to SNL’s Andy Samberg’s “Rahm in a skit that didn’t air.” Check out today’s White House Photo of the Day from Time. Today’s “Angry Journalist” rant of the day: “Just lost my proofreading gig today. There goes half my income.”

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  • Richard Prince writes, “It was just a few years ago that Crystal Nix was a journalist whose byline graced the front page of the New York Times. Now, as Crystal Nix Hines, Politico reported this week, she is one “of the folks Obama can call true blue, according to several insiders who worked on his campaign.” She is among the select few F.O.B.s — Friends of Barack. It’s a safe bet that had Nix Hines remained a reporter at the Times, she would be outside that charmed circle: perhaps getting a chance to cover Obama, maybe not; and if she did, treated professionally but warily, like other journalists.”

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  • The Huffington Post presents, “Jon Klein Hits 4-Years As CNN U.S. President: An Anniversary Fact Check”

  • Fox’s Greta Van Susteren writes, “Even a good deed by Governor Palin gets slapped by the press!”

  • NRO’s Mark Steyn writes on The Corner, “I didn’t think I could like Sarah Palin more than I do, but the nancy boys at MSNBC bleating all over the screen about the Great Turkey Carnage is hilarious.”

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  • The New York Times reports, “It’s a long way from $700 billion, but the media start-up Six Apart is introducing its own economic bailout plan for bloggers and journalists.”

  • Politico’s Jonathan Martin announced, “After nearly two years, the curtain is coming down on this blog.”

  • Slate’s Michael Agger explains “Why Barack Obama should keep his BlackBerry.”

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  • Folio reports, “U.S. News’ College Rankings Go International Magazine looks to tap into ‘wider, more diverse’ advertising audience.”

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  • A NPR release announced, “NPR, in partnership with StoryCorps, will launch the first annual National Day of Listening on the day after Thanksgiving, November 28, 2008. To celebrate the National Day of Listening, NPR will air a special StoryCorps series November 22-November 28 featuring interviews among 10 popular NPR hosts, correspondents and commentators with their own friends and family as well as an exclusive interview led by Dorothy Bush Koch of her brother President Bush.”

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  • AJR asks, “Far fewer news reporters hit the campaign trail with the presidential candidates for long stretches of time this year. Is that necessarily a bad thing?”

  • Politico’s Michael Calderone reports, “When Barack Obama began taking questions during today’s economic press conference, reporters quickly realized that raising one’s hand wouldn’t lead to getting called on. That’s because news outlets were selected beforehand. President-elect Obama, according to an aide, went in with ‘a game plan’ of who to call on, time-permitting. Today, he took questions from reporters with three wire services and three major papers.”

  • Washington Post’s Howard Kurtz writes, “The network stars were gone, the seats half empty and the questioning low-key as Dana Perino held a White House briefing last week, her biggest announcement that the administration would try to ease air traffic for the holidays. President Bush has faded from the news, and the past year has been hard on his press secretary as she tried to follow his orders not to defend him from the verbal assaults of the campaign to succeed him.”

  • Media Matters’ County Fair reports, “The WaPo’s media writer Howard Kurtz remains very troubled that the press is being too nice to the incoming Obama president. That he’s so popular. Last week, Kurtz went on and on about how the press was ‘hyperventilating’, without pointing to much in the way of evidence in terms of hard news reporting to support his claim.”

  • Politico reports, “Media bias was more intense in the 2008 election than in any other national campaign in recent history, Time magazine’s Mark Halperin said Friday at the Politico/USC conference on the 2008 election.”

  • The E&P Pub reports, “The blogger has gotten a lot of Web attention since Friday when, at a forum in L.A., he called media bias in favor of Obama all year ‘disgusting,’ the worst display of media malfeasance since the run-up to the Iraq war (which Halperin himself was a part of, he neglects to say). Here’s Halperin’s full quote: ‘It’s the most disgusting failure of people in our business since the Iraq war. It was extreme bias, extreme pro-Obama coverage.’ Getting much less notice was the response from Mark Barabak, political writer for the L.A. Times, at the same affair: ‘Look at it in it’s totality, at the end of the day did the media serve its function, to inform people about who these two men are? Yes they did.'”

  • Playbook reported yesterday, “EXCLUSIVE: Democrats say Linda Douglass, who was home for just eight nights amid her five months aboard Air Obama as the campaign’s traveling press secretary and senior spokeswoman, will be the spokesperson for the President-elect’s Inaugural Committee. Look for the many people who have known her since second grade to all hit her up for tickets. (‘Remember me from KNXT?’) Linda’s an alumnus of ABC
    News, CBS News and USC. Announcement tomorrow”

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  • New York Magazine asks, “Which ‘Working Journalists’ Could Work for Dan Abrams?”

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  • Energy Intelligence Group is looking for a Reporter.

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