Morning Reading List, 12.02.08

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On this day in 1859, John Brown was killed. Alexander M. Haig is 84 today. Ed Meese is 77. Harry Reid is 69. Wayne Allard is 69. Stone Phillips is 54. Most of you think that Chris Matthews should step down at MSNBC. His Extreme-ness presents, “Top Ten Funniest Political Quotes Of 2008.” Check out Television Week’s list of the next generation of Television News Elite. Did your favorites make it? the FOX News Channel’s Megyn Kelly did. Check out today’s White House Photo of the Day from Time. Today’s “Angry Journalist” rant of the day: “I am angry because I love journalism, but feel too tired to put the care I once did into my stories. I am a writer, not a story-generating machine!”

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  • John Aloysius Farrell writes, “Last week, as its stock dipped toward the price of a Sunday paper and the company slashed its dividend, it was reported that Arthur Gregg Sulzberger, 28, the son of the publisher, was returning to New York to go to work at the mother ship. It was noteworthy news. What was especially revealing was where young Sulzberger was returning from. One might think that, in these days when the newspaper industry is in a crisis, bleeding jobs and folding print editions, the Times would be grooming its future leaders by placing them with Google or Apple or Netflix — you know, some company that knows how to make money online. Not the Times. Young Sulzberger will be leaving Portland, Ore., where he spent the last two or three years working at the Oregonian, a wonderful, quirky little newspaper known for its belief in the majesty of the lyrically written word.”

  • Potomac Flacks reports, “Jeff Patch has been hired by the Center for Competitive Politics (CCP) as their new communications manager. Most recently, Patch researched earmarks as a budget fellow at the Cato Institute. He was also a press secretary for Iowa Rep. Tom Latham and was a reporter for Politico, Des Moines Register and the Telegraph Herald in Dubuque, Iowa.”

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  • McClatchy, Christian Science Monitor to share copy

  • Rangel takes on the New York Times.

  • The New York Times’ Public Editor Clark Hoyt writes, “The debate about bailing out Detroit has been impassioned in The Times. … Those were robust opinions, on the pages meant for them. But the reporters and columnists covering the economic crisis for The Times’s business news department have their own opinions, and they have not been shy about declaring them in columns on the news pages, raising again the question of how much people who report the news should also tell you what they think about it.”

  • The Washington Times’ David Jones sent a note to the staff congratulating them on a job well done. “Just a special word of thanks to all the people who went above and beyond their regular duties to help provide us with first rate coverage on the Mumbai Massacre. First and foremost, to Ashish Sen, who reported and wrote two front page stories ON HIS WEDDING DAY. Also to Desikan, who relied on his personal knowledge of the city to write the A1 story on the break, to Willis Witter who anchored much of the coverage on the foreign desk, to Sara Carter and Barbara Slavin who added perspective and intel, to Victor Morton who kept the stories up to date for late editions, and to Robert Morton who helped out with updates from the copy desk. At least two stringers also got involved; I’m sure there were others here who helped. Everyone pitched in readily and enabled us to stay competitive with our much better staffed and funded competitors on an extremely hard-to-cover story.”

  • The Washington Examiner reports, “The Washington Examiner will outsource its printing to FNP Inc., a subsidiary of The Frederick News-Post, in Frederick, Md., and to the Vertis Company, which has a plant in Belcamp in Harford County, Md., the newspaper announced Monday. Examiner Publisher Michael Phelps said the newspaper’s existing Pickett Street plant was no longer state-of-the-art and would be closed. He said it was not economically feasible to upgrade the facility because modern printing plants had been developed to serve multiple publications.”

  • Check out the two-part joint investigation by The Washington Post’s two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner Gilbert M. Gaul, where he, in partnership with CBS News’ 60 MINUTES, takes an in-depth look at the two largest cases of online gambling fraud in the history of Internet poker.

  • Salon’s Glenn Greenwald has “NBC and McCaffrey’s coordinated responses to the NYT story”

  • John Sugg, former senior editor for the Creative Loafing group, writes for Sunday Paper, “Creative Loafing’s death spiral: More newspapers, less news”

  • “James O’Shea, ex-editor of the LA Times, sees pandering to readers as a current danger and says newspapers aren’t going to solve their problems by lay-offs or closing bureaus. Journalists need to persuade people that we ‘once again are a public trust,’ he writes” for Nieman Watchdog.

  • MarketWatch’s Jon Friedman reports, “Rupert Murdoch, chief executive officer of News Corp., is one of the most successful and complex leaders in the media universe. But his biographer Michael Wolff has a simple explanation for what makes Murdoch tick.”

  • The Washington City Paper City Desk reports, “For folks into media soap operas — and who among us isn’t? — I stumbled across a doozy this morning from an Atlanta weekly.” Check out the soap opera here.

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  • A release announced, “According to Nielsen Media Research data for the November ’08 sweep, ‘Meet the Press’ was the No. 1 Sunday morning public affairs program averaging 4.491 million total viewers”

  • Portfolio’s Mixed Media reports, “The Dan Rather vindication tour continues. The former CBS anchor is on tomorrow night’s installment of the new IFC Media Project, talking about his new favorite topic: why other journalists are afraid to do their jobs.”

  • The AP’s David Bauder reports on “The Brian Williams Tie Report”

  • Gawker reports, “NBC Loves Its Resident War Profiteer”

  • A release announced, “The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Boston/New England Chapter announced that Rex Trailer, Gerry Brooks, Frank Carpano, Art Donahue, Sara Edwards, and Judith Stoia will be its 2008 Gold and Silver Circle inductees.”

  • ABC’s Jack Tapper reports, “Yes, Pennsylvania, it’s true: Chris Matthews thinks he should be your senator. The Patriot News reports the MSNBC host is ‘continues to talk with top Democrats about the possibility’ of running for Senate in 2010 against Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Penn.”

  • Media Matters asks, “Does Rupert Murdoch really ‘despise’ Bill O’Reilly?”

  • The New York Times reports, “A Generation of Local TV Anchors Is Signing Off”

  • Z on TV looks at “MSNBC since Maddow — the used-to-be news channel”

  • Tina Brown asks, “How is it Obama can fill a Cabinet faster than NBC can replace Tim Russert?”

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  • Time’s Michael Kinsley asks, “How Many Blogs Does the World Need?”

  • The December Jezebel Meet Up is Saturday, December 6 at DC9. For more info, click here.

  • Check out Dave Weigel’s new blog here.

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  • Christopher Buckley tells Vanity Fair special correspondent Bob Colacello that he has written a memoir of his parents’ last days. Check out the interview here.

  • Salon’s Glenn Greenwald looks at “Joe Klein’s extreme revisionism”

  • reports, “Time Overtakes Cosmo as Big Brand on Campus”

  • The New Republic’s Martin Peretz writes about “Obama, The New Republic, and the presidents we’ve loved.”

  • And TNR’s Peretz wants readers to know, “Forgive Me For Being Proud — But TNR has performed admirably in covering and explaining the Mumbai massacres. We have no huge staff. But we have informed friends everywhere who want you to know what’s going on. Ignore this awful news at everyone’s risk.”

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  • Time’s Joe Klein asks, “Watching the Obama rollout of his national security team from overseas — I’m in Europe, on my way to Afghanistan — I was struck by the inanity of most of the questions from my colleagues. Granted, these are political reporters, not national security or foreign policy specialists, but what sort of journalist expects the President-elect to tell the ‘inside story’ of how he selected Hillary Clinton? (Those sorts of stories, if told at all, are wrenched from aides on background — and reported only after consulting multiple sources.) And what’s the point of raising the nasty things Obama and Clinton said about each other during the primaries? Did the reporter expect Obama to say, ‘Well, I still believe her resume is overblown, that’s why I appointed her…oh, and by the way, she still thinks it’s dumb to talk to the Iranians without preconditions.'”

  • Gawker asks, “Sure, Barack Obama appointed a number of women to prominent positions in his national security team, but he is still a patent misogynistic. How else to explain the terrible set-up of the podium at his press conference this morning? All the women had to readjust the microphones, which still looked like they were coming out of their heads. It’s too much work to get a little milk crate for Hillary and Janet and Susan?”

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  • Author James Gleick opines, “How to Publish Without Perishing”

  • reports, “Twitter turns serious with messages of life and death”

  • Politico’s Arena asks, “Did press bias in favor of Obama constitute, as one prominent journalist says, a major media failure? Do you think it made much difference in the election’s outcome?” Check out the responses here.

  • David Carr reports, “Media and Retailers Both Built Black Friday”

  • Reuters reports, “Media companies brace for brutal year”

  • The New York Times reports, “World Falls for American Media, Even as It Sours on America”

  • Page Six reports, “WITH industry giants from Conde Nast to Time Inc. cutting jobs, slashing budgets and shuttering publications, it’s not difficult to imagine that the leading candidate to be’s Media Person of the Year might just be ‘The Laid-Off Journalist.’ Rounding out the list of nominees for the site’s seventh annual poll, which opens today, are temperamental political blog queen Arianna Huffington, Google CEO Eric Schmidt, Hulu CEO Jason Kilar, crop-haired MSNBC pundit Rachel Maddow and Tina Fey, who channeled her inner Sarah Palin into a $7 million book deal. Also making the cut is embattled Tribune honcho Sam Zell, who has the distinction of being the only person on the list to have been sued by his own employees.” Vote for the Media Person of The Year here.

  • Reuters reports, “UK media set for thousands more job cuts-analysts”

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  • is seeking a full-time political reporter based in the Washington, D.C. area to cover local politics in Maryland and Northern Virginia.

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