Morning Reading List, 12.07.07

Good morning Washington. It’s Friday and you wanna know what? We like you (and won’t you please learn to like Tony Cord, too?)

Today, Johnny Bench turns 60, Larry Bird turns 51 and T.O. turns 34. And, 220 years ago today, Delaware became the first state to ratify the U.S. Constitution. But Delaware, schmelaware: You want to know who’s really original? John C. Flood (the original). John C. Flood (John C!).

Quickly navigate Morning Reading List:


  • Who throws the best parties? It’s a toss up between the Dems and GOPers.


  • The AP reports, “Newspaper publishers, entering 2008 with some of the worst economic conditions in many years, said Wednesday they hope to bring even more readers — and ad spending — to their Web sites with expanded offerings of news, advertising and video.”

  • Dan Froomkin isn’t a fan of the “sycophantic tone” of the Politico’s recent interview of Dick Cheney.

  • Foreign correspondent may teach journalism seminar

  • News Corp. Duo Set To Lead Dow Jones As Zannino Resigns

  • B&C reports, “It didn’t take long for Tribune to take the Federal Communications Commission to court over its decision to grant temporary waivers for the company’s newspaper-broadcast cross-ownerships in five markets.The company filed suit in the D.C. Court of Appeals Wednesday, saying the decision was ‘contrary to law, arbitrary and capricious, an abuse of discretion, and not supported by substantial evidence.'”

  • Romenesko reports, “Romenesko asked the Wall Street Journal’s PR people about a tipster’s report that about 20 newsroom staffers are being offered buyout packages. Dow Jones PR director Robert Christie says in an e-mail: ‘I can confirm that WSJ is doing some optional buyouts and a bit of restructuring in the news department.” He adds that he doesn’t have an exact number. News Corp.’s buyout of Dow Jones is expected to close by the end of 2007.”

  • Interview: Tom Curley, CEO, Associated Press; Portals, Local Content–‘The Mother of all Battles'”

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  • An NBC release announced, “According to Nielsen Media Research data, ‘Meet the Press with Tim Russert’ was the most-watched Sunday morning public affairs program, winning the week ending Sunday, December 2, 2007. On Sunday, the Russert-moderated program was No. 1, averaging 4.040 million total viewers,” 39 percent more than second place ABC ‘This Week”, a 58 percent advantage over third place CBS ‘Face the Nation”, and a 239 percent lead over FOX “News Sunday.”

  • Watch Wolf Blitzer shake his rump like a rump shaker.

  • Dobbs, Schieffer, Stephanopoulos To Speak At TRS

  • From DCRTV: “Univision has appointed Bert Gomez as its vice president of federal government relations. He comes from the same gig at RJ Reynolds…..”

  • An ABC release announced, “According to Nielsen Media Research for the November 2007 sweep, ABC News’ ‘Nightline’ beat CBS’ ‘Late Show with David Letterman’ among both Total Viewers and Adults 25-54. The last time ‘Nightline’ beat ‘Letterman’ in a November sweep in both Total Viewers and A25-54 was November, 2000. ‘Nightline’ also posted its best November Sweep since 2004 in both Total Viewers and the Adults 25-54 demo.”

  • An ABC release announced, “ saw record high unique visitors in November 2007. The site garnered 16.3 million uniques, an increase of 28% versus the same time last year, according to ABC’s measurements. November 2007 uniques were also the highest month on record for had 148.1 million page views, up 7% from the previous year.”

  • An ABC release announced, “According to Nielsen Media Research for Sunday, December 2, 2007, ABC News ‘This Week with George Stephanopoulos’ beat CBS’ ‘Face the Nation.’ This is the seventh time this season ‘This Week’ beat ‘Face the Nation’ among Total Viewers and the fifth time this season in the key Adults 25-54 demographic. In addition, ‘This Week’ is the only Sunday discussion program to increase in the fourth quarter among Adults 25-54 and Total Viewers while the competition was down.”

  • Check out the latest Green Room Girl photo.

  • A release announced, “‘On numerous newscasts yesterday, the indictment of Norman Hsu warranted only brief mentions,’ said L. Brent Bozell, President of the Media Research Center and co-author of Whitewash: What the Media Won’t Tell You About Hillary Clinton, But Conservatives Will. ‘Those that did mention it downplayed Hillary Clinton’s connection to Hsu and made her appear contrite for returning contributions that were, according to prosecutors, obtained by fraud.'”

  • TVNewser reports, “The Center for Constitutional Rights took their case all the way to the Supreme Court today. But getting their message through the media was a little more daunting. The group backed this ad featuring Danny Glover and the mock shredding of the U.S. Constitution. The CCR apparently hoped it would air on cable news networks prior to today’s arguments related to a Guantanamo Bay detainee case. FNC, for one, turned them down.”

  • TVNewser reports, “The NYTimes’ Jacques Steinberg says Nightline is on a ratings roll, and it’s not just beccause the WGA strike has sent Leno and Letterman into reruns.”

  • TVNewser reports, “Insiders tell TVNewser another series of layoffs is expected to hit NBC News and MSNBC beginning as early as today. A source close to the news division has confirmed the total number is expected to be around 20 staffers. Half are expected to come from NBC News the other half from MSNBC.”

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  • CBS’s Public Eye reports, “Former White House aide Dan Bartlett has drawn a MediaLand of attention for an interview he did with Texas Monthly, disputing the notion that the media wasn’t aggressive enough with pre-war reporting.”

  • Media Life reports, “The U.S. ad economy may be struggling but globally the media business is in a major boom, reflecting the growth of media economies of emerging nations such as China. That’s the finding of GroupM, the media and advertising conglomerate, in its latest ad spending forecast.”

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  • Come meet Michael Barone, principal author of The Almanac of American Politics, at the Potomac Yards Barnes & Noble on December 12 at 7 pm.

  • Mother Jones moves to augment its investigative output and Web presence with a new seven-member Washington bureau.”

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  • An interview with Ann Compton in New York Social Diary.

  • “The policy debate over the Iraq war and 2008 Presidential campaign were the leading stories in the third quarter of 2007. But three other subjects, each suggesting a threat to the nation’s well-being, also grabbed the media’s attention according to a new study by the Project for Excellence in Journalism.”

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  • The new Press Secretary for Sen. Maria Cantwell is Ciaran Clayton, the former communications director for Rep. Brian Baird.

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  • National Geographic Society is looking for an Associate Art Director.

  • American Council on Education is looking for a Public Affairs Coordinator.

  • The Advisory Board Company is looking for an Associate Editor.

  • Kiplinger Washington Editors, Inc. is looking for a Researcher-Reporter.

  • Army Times Publishing Co. is looking for a Deputy News Editor.

  • The Advisory Board Company is looking for an Associate Editor for Top Health Online Daily.

  • E&ETV is looking for a Production Assistant.

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