Morning Reading List, 11.26.08

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Samuel Bodman and Peter Goss turn 70 today. Katherine Kennedy and Alicia Jennings are a year older today. Bradley Glanzrock, Gary Karr, Craig Brownstein, Alexander Baldinger, Philip Shade, John Taylor, Gautham Nagesh, Kenny Day, Jack Smith, Carolyn Landes, Jason Dick, Brian Hart, Matt Mackowiak, Chris Bjornson, Mike Conneen, Cheryl Bolen, Betsy Fischer, Sondra J. Cornejo, Michael Corones, Joe Warminsky, Bob Kovach, Neil Grace and Dave Yonkman all correctly guessed that yesterday’s picture was of Ben’s Chili Bowl. Ten years ago, Tony Blair gave the first speech ever by a British prime minister to an Irish parliament. Eight years ago, Katherine Harris certified Republican George W. Bush the winner in Florida. The National Review’s latest attempt to get you to subscribe. Joe Scarborough: A radio host? Wonkette takes on AIG. “Ammunition for your holiday political spats.” Josh Marshall wants your 2008 campaign highlights. Fox News Sunday goes inside Air Force One. NPR’s Jackie Lyden gets a movie deal for her book. His Extreme-ness notes, “Fishbowl quotes Washington Post Publisher Katharine Weymouth on competing in a fast-paced Internet environment: ‘We’re not going to prostitute ourselves — no Britney Spears stories.’ Whether Britney Spears stories are a force for good or evil is a debate better left for another time (we don’t find anything wrong with mentioning Britney Spears, but that’s us). What’s more interesting is doing a Nexis count of how many hits ‘Britney Spears’ gets when searching just the Washington Post. We count 1,819 times — which leaves us curious when the no-prostitution policy went into effect.” Esquire presents, “The 75 Books Every Man Should Read.” Huffington Post’s Dan Froomkin writes, “Barack Obama’s campaign promise to use the Internet to ‘create a transparent and connected democracy’ will be put to the test when he launches a new White House Web site on January 20. On that day, the Bush administration’s stodgy, wheezing version of will be carted off to the National Archives in its entirety, leaving precisely no legacy — and no limits.” Mark your calendars for the next Suspicious Package show on Monday Dec. 8 at DC9 at 8:30. Check out today’s White House Photo of the Day from Time. Today’s “Angry Journalist” rant of the day: “I’m now my paper’s Saturday reporter. From now to eternity.”

Today’s FishbowlDC comment of the day (with regards to Friday’s post on “Who’s At The Obama Presser?“: Reader rjnooz writes, “Sliding down an increasingly slippery slope, the list ignores radio. Mark Smith of AP, Scott Horsley of NPR and Jennifer Keiper of Fox News Radio were clearly visible via the cuts camera.” Keep the FishbowlDC discussion going by dropping your comments here.

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  • Journalism’s battle for relevance in an 
age of too much information

  • Obama’s picking reporter names out of a hat.

  • Seth Godin’s Blog reports, “Page by page, section by section, the influence of the New York Times is fading away. Great people on an important mission, but their footprint is shrinking and the company is losing stock value and cash and power and the ability to have the impact that they might.”

  • Politico’s Erika Lovley takes some heat.

  • NiemanJournalismLab reports, “One other important note from that internal New York Times memo my colleague Zach got a hold of: The company reports it has ‘more than 10,000 paid subscribers’ to an electronic edition of the newspaper on Amazon’s Kindle ebook reader. To my knowledge (please correct me if I’m wrong), that’s the first time a major newspaper has released numbers on how it’s doing on Kindle — a platform lots of newspaper execs are eager to see turn into a saving grace for their industry. Given that the electronic Times costs $13.99 a month, that would mean the NYT Kindle edition is generating in the neighborhood of $1.68 million a year. How much of that goes to NYT Co. and how much stays with Amazon is unclear.”

  • Media Matters reports, “In TV appearances and columns, Dick Morris repeatedly promotes group without disclosing apparent financial relationship.” And Morris responded, “acknowledged ‘pushing very, very hard’ for GOP group that pays him to run ads.”

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  • A release announced, “The Parents Television Council released its annual ranking of the ‘Top Ten Best and Worst Advertisers.’ The report ranked television advertisers from best to worst according to content in the prime time broadcast television programs they chose to underwrite. Advertisers that landed on the best list primarily sponsored family-friendly television shows, while those on the worst list often supported programs containing graphic sexual content, excessive violence or profanity.” Check out the full list here.

  • Bob Johnson Planning New TV Network

  • Why CNN Struggles to Cover The Economic Panic

  • A release announced, “ABC’s ‘World News with Charles Gibson’ was the most-watched evening newscast among key demo viewers for the week of November 17th, averaging a 2.3/9 and 2.87 million. This marks the third time this season the ABC broadcast has placed first in the key demo. Among Total Viewers, ‘World News’ averaged 9.06 million, placing second for the week.”

  • Koppel leaving Discovery. Is Meet the Press next?

  • A release announced, “According to Nielsen Media Research data, ‘NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams’ was the most-watched network evening newscast, winning the week of November 17-21. During the week, the Williams-led newscast averaged 9.455 million total viewers. ‘Nightly’ had a strong advantage over the competition for the week … Week-to-week, ‘Nightly’ increased +2% in both homes and total viewers. ‘Nightly’ is the only Evening newscast to post a STD increase in total viewers and currently leads ABC by +191,000 viewers.”

  • A release announced, “To help WETA Television’s members and viewers prepare for the federally mandated transition to all-digital television (DTV) at 11:59:59 p.m. on February 17, 2009, WETA will conduct test shut-offs of the station’s analog signal (WETA TV 26) throughout December. During the tests, viewers are advised to turn on all of their television sets and tune into WETA TV 26 to find out if their televisions are DTV ready. … The first test will take place December 2 from 5:28 to 5:30 p.m. Subsequent two-minute tests are scheduled for December 10, 15 and 23(times are TBD).”

  • ABC News announced, “Barack Obama: The Barbara Walters Interview — President-Elect and Wife Sit Down for Exclusive Interview With Walters”

  • Nielsen takes a “final look at ad buys by the 2008 Presidential candidates” which “proved one famous mantra: politics really are local. President-elect Barack Obama placed one-and-a-half times as many spot TV ads than John McCain during the general election season (6/08 to 11/08), and almost twice as many ads dating back to the beginning of January when the primaries were just heating up.”

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  • A release announced, “Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs Goli Ameri, in conjunction with the Adobe Foundation, will launch an online video contest to amplify U.S. public diplomacy using web-based outreach campaigns and social media platforms on Monday, December 1, at 3:00 p.m. at a National Press Club Newsmaker (529 14th Street, NW, Washington, DC — Zenger Room). The ‘My Culture + Your Culture = ? Share Your Story’ video contest is part of a Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) initiative to encourage cross-cultural community building and mutual understanding via the web and social media platforms. The contest also highlights the newly designed website,, which is a portal to ECA’s Facebook page and its ExchangesConnect social network (”

  • A release announced, “The Online News Association, the world’s largest membership organization of digital journalists, today announced the launch of its redesigned Web site,, designed to connect online media across the globe.” Check out the new site here.

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  • Don’t forget to submit your entries to the Smithsonian Magazine Photo contest. The deadline is 2 p.m. EST Monday, December 1. “The Smithsonian magazine photo contest is open to photographers ages 18 and over. Submitted photographs must have been taken within the past three years (since January 1, 2006). Digital photographs should be taken at the highest resolution possible.” For more info, click here.

  • Newsweek’s Maddow Profile: Disclosure Gray Area?”

  • Vanity Fair reports, “Vanity Fair will hold its annual Oscar Night party at the Sunset Tower Hotel on February 22, 2009, it was announced today by editor Graydon Carter. ‘The party will be a much more intimate affair than in years past; we’re going to scale back the guest list considerably,’ Carter says.”

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  • According to The Pew News Interest Index, “In addition to following the major economic headlines last week, the public tuned into news about the Obama transition. Fully 49% followed news about plans for the new Obama administration very closely and one-in-four said this was the single news story they followed more closely than any other, making it the second most closely followed news story after the economy.”

  • Free Press presents, “Obama, Rush Limbaugh and Fox News: A Look at Media in 2009”

  • E&P reports, “Top News Outlets Assemble New Teams In Washington — Barack Biting to Begin Soon?”

  • BizBash presents, “7 Things to Expect at This Year’s Corporate Holiday Parties.”

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  • U.S. News & World Report is looking for a Manager, Audience & Business Development, News.

  • Weider History Group is looking for a Senior Editor, American History Magazine.

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