Morning Reading List, 12.03.08

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

Most of you think that David Gregory as “Meet” host is a bad idea. A year ago today Imus returned to the airwaves. Check out today’s White House Photo of the Day from Time. Today’s “Angry Journalist” rant of the day: “I’m sick of the rumor mongering. Things are getting bad and newsrooms are getting ugly.”

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  • FishbowlNY reports, “New Staff Cuts At Gawker, Gizmodo and Jezebel”

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  • Reuters reports, “The Financial Times is offering buyouts and freezing salaries as its advertisers and customers deal with the financial crisis, according to a memo from the daily business newspaper’s chief executive.”

  • Politico’s Michael Calderone reports, “News Corp. synergy appears to be increasing between The Wall Street Journal and New York Post, as a story on beleaguered Citigroup ran in both newspapers on Nov. 29.”

  • E&P reports, “Politico Network Signs More Than 60 Newspapers”

  • The Century Foundation’s Peter Osnos looks at “What Zell Bought and Wrought”

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  • A release announced, “ABC News received two Emmy Awards for Business and Financial Reporting from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, which were presented today in New York City. ‘World News with Charles Gibson’ was honored for a series of reports that examined the global food crisis. The evening broadcast dispatched correspondents around the country and the world to assess the causes of the crisis and its far-reaching impact — from here at home to Egypt, Africa, China and India. ‘Nightline’ received an Emmy Award for Chief Investigative Correspondent Brian Ross’s report, ‘The Multi-Million Dollar Appeal.’ The investigation brought to light a disturbing tale of influence peddling in the West Virginia Supreme Court as the huge Massey Coal Company pulled out all the stops to overturn a verdict that would have cost them tens of millions of dollars in damages.”

  • A CNN release announced, “Throughout November, CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer led The Situation Room to become the highest-rated broadcast in its entire three-hour time slot among cable news competition in the 25-54 demographic. According to Nielsen data, more viewers in the key demo turned to Blitzer and The Situation Room at 4 p.m., 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. (ET) than to any cable news program on Fox News or MSNBC during those hours. Viewers who turned into The Situation Room had a front row seat to a variety of coverage, from the presidential election to breaking news.”

  • Brian Williams offers a bright side to this whole “recession” business.

  • Portfolio’s Mixed Media reports “Why NBC News Should’ve Known Better”

  • TVNewser reports, “David Gregory the Buzz at Business Emmys”

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  • It’s official — Political Junkie has made the transition to a daily blog. Check it out here.

  • BusinessWeek reports, “Digg: Not for Sale — The news aggregation site’s CEO, Jay Adelson, spelled out Digg’s drive for profitability”

  • The Blog of Legal Times has made the ABA Journal’s list of the top 100 law-related blogs. BLT ranks among top legal news blogs along with Above the Law, Daily Kos and InstaPundit. Vote for you favorite here

  • TVNewser reports, “Luke Russert and Amy Robach Join Carson Daly on New Year’s Eve”

  • Huffington Post’s Jason Linkins writes, “Last night, CNN’s Campbell Brown criticized President-elect Barack Obama for glibly dismissing questions on the way his relationship with Senator Hillary Clinton shifted from critical to collaborative as the press ‘having fun’ slicing and dicing old campaign rhetoric. Brown objected to Obama’s comments, saying, ‘As annoying how you may have found it, it is a fair question.’ She makes a good point!”

  • Newspapers & Technology reports, “ is casting a bigger spotlight on video. The Times is using Brightcove Inc.’s Brightcove 3 software to support the initiative, in which video will occupy a more prominent position throughout the Web site, said Nicholas Ascheim, vice president of product management at”

  • A release announced, “ today launched a beta
    mobile site at featuring content from its four popular blogs: Daily Intel on news, The Cut on fashion, Grub Street on food and restaurants, and Vulture on culture and entertainment. The mobile site provides a clean, intuitive interface that lets users catch up with the latest from blogs while on the go.”

  • Barron’s Tech Trader Daily asks, “Google: Could They Have Two Down Rev Years Ahead?”

  • Bloomberg reports, “U.S. newspapers’ online advertising sales fell 3 percent to $749.8 million in the third quarter from a year earlier, the second consecutive drop, according to the Newspaper Association of America.”

  • B&C reports, “Save for a few ongoing races, tallies for political ad spending in 2008 have been finalized: Between $2.5 billion and $2.7 billion were spent on political ads this election season, according to figures from ad measurement company TNS Media Intelligence. Television took the lion’s share, with $2.2 billion.”

  • The deadline for the Webby Awards is December 19, 2008. Submit your work here!

  • Newspapers and Technology reports, “Retooled Wall Street Journal site packing them in”

  • BtoB reports, “The majority of blogs in the U.S.—52%—currently have advertising and host an average of 18,000 unique visitors monthly, according to the ‘State of the Blogosphere 2008’ report from blog search technology company Technorati Media.”

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  • The Boston Herald reports, “Sirius XM Radio finally explains changes to customers”

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  • A release announced, “Barack Obama has rightfully earned the historic title of President-elect! EBONY magazine conducted the first
    interview and photo shoot with ‘Mr. President’ since his Nov. 4 victory. The exclusive interview is the centerpiece of EBONY magazine’s January 2009 special collector’s edition, which chronicles the rise of Barack Obama to one of the most powerful positions in the world.”

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  • The Root asks, “Does an Obama White House need more black reporters?”

  • Politico’s Ben Smith reports, “The communications for Obama’s transition, Dan Pfeiffer, flatly denied a Daily Mail report that Obama is buying an exotic $30,000 ring to thank his wife ‘for her support during the election.'”

  • Slate’s Jack Shafer writes, “Reunderstanding Rupert Murdoch — Michael Wolff’s new biography accepts the mogul on his own sordid terms.”

  • USA Today’s David Lieberman calls, “Rupert Murdoch tale, ‘The Man Who Owns the News,’ riveting”

  • Julia Boorstin offers her “Predictions: 9 For ’09 In Media”

  • Political Wire gives us a peak at President-elect Obama’s “visit with the press at the back of his plane.”

  • Politico reports that Bill Richardson “was paid to advise and sit on the board of Chartwell Partners, an investment firm owned by longtime friend A. Jerrold ‘Jerry’ Perenchio, who was Univision’s controlling shareholder and a huge donor to mostly conservative political causes, including the conservative 527 group Progress for America, to which Chartwell gave more than $6 million in the last five years. In 2003, Richardson went to bat for Univision’s $3.5 billion purchase of Hispanic Broadcasting Corp. Top Democrats — including Sens. Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts and Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York, as well as then-Senate Democratic leader Tom Daschle of South Dakota — raised monopoly concerns. But Richardson, who is Hispanic, penned a letter to Daschle and House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi of California to ‘wholeheartedly support’ the merger and attest to ‘Jerry Perenchio’s personal commitment to the Hispanic community.’ Perenchio, who is not Hispanic, and entities he controlled gave more than $200,000 in contributions to Richardson’s campaigns since 2001, though Perenchio was a national finance co-chairman for the campaign of Obama’s Republican rival, John McCain.”

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  • FOX News Channel is looking for a Deputy Assignment Manager.

  • The National Journal Group is looking for a Marketing 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