Morning Reading List, 12.10.08


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

It’s Rod Blagojevich’s birthday today! (no joke). Other birthdays: Kristin Wilson Keppler, Ellie Stables, Carla Barry-Austin, Mike Emanuel. Tomorrow: Ar Meltzer, Julie Mason and John Patrick Feehery. One year ago, Al Gore accepted the Nobel Peace Prize. Benjamin Tyree and Craig Brownstein both guessed that yesterday’s picture was of 12th Street. Check out today’s White House Photo of the Day from Time. Today’s “Angry Journalist” rant of the day: “I drank way too much last night, because today was SUPPOSED to be my day off. Guess what? It isn’t anymore and now I’m hung over at work.”

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  • A release announced, “E.J. Dionne, Jr. — noted columnist, author, and public intellectual — will be joining Democracy: A Journal of Ideas as the Chair of the Editorial Committee. Awarded Best New Publication of 2007 by the Independent Press Awards, Democracy has established itself as a source of cutting-edge progressive thinking, and its ideas and writers are poised to shape the Obama era.”

  • A release announced, “On December 7, historian Allen Weinstein, Archivist of the United States, submitted his resignation to the President, effective December 19, 2008. Professor Weinstein, who has Parkinson’s disease, cited health reasons for his decision. Deputy Archivist of the United States, Adrienne Thomas, will serve as
    Acting Archivist until a new Archivist is appointed, in accordance
    with the National Archives governing statute, 44 USC 2103(c).”

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  • The Washington Post announced “Welcome To The White House,” “a
    special advertising section where readers have the opportunity to
    share personal messages with the new President and be a part of
    historic, 2008 election memorabilia.” The Post began to take readers submissions yesterday. “The section will run in The Post on Inauguration Day and will be available online.”

  • Regarding the Sunday afternoon party at Doyle McManus’s house, a reader tells us, “I attended and I think it’s unfair to call it ‘funeral’. More like a wake. Two former editors attended (Dean Baquet & John Carroll) as well as legends like former DC bureau chief Jack Nelson and Watergate reporter Ron Ostrow. It was a sad event, but also a celebration of a once-great bureau.”

  • His Extreme-ness says, “Hey, Washington Post: Don’t Have A Gow”

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  • 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 December 1-7, 2008.
    During the week, the Williams-led newscast averaged a whopping 9.430
    million total viewers”

  • A release announced, “ABC News’ ‘Nightline’ placed first in the key A25-54 rating (1.6), tying NBC’s ‘The Tonight Show, according to Nielsen Media Research for the November 2008 sweep. This the closest ABC has come to NBC among A25-54 actuals in a November sweep in 14 years.”

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  • launched On Leadership, “a section offering inspiration and practical advice on how to be an effective, successful leader in a political, financial and technological environment that is rapidly changing. On Leadership features a video series hosted by Pulitzer Prize-winning Post Columnist Steven Pearlstein and Former Washington Post Executive Editor Ben Bradlee interviewing top executives and leadership experts.” Check it out here.

  • The Wall Street Journal reports, “Huffington Post founder Arianna Huffington talks about the nature of blogging and competition on the Web”

  • Readers asked Tucker Carlson the tough questions on his chat.

      Ottawa, Canada: Tucker, On Morning Joe this week, I thought you and Mike Barnacle were going to come to blows. Thank goodness it was only a satellite feed — but my wife and I were hoping it could go on and on. Do you and Mike really dislike each other that much or is it just the politics talking?

      Tucker Carlson: Dislike each other? Mike’s one of my favorite people, on television or off. Terrific guy in every way. We just disagree about whether FDR ended the depression or prolonged it. (Seems obvious to me that Pearl Harbor ended it.)Sorry that wasn’t clear. I probably shouldn’t do morning TV. I have trouble controlling my facial expressions at that hour.

  • Min Online reports, “October generally is a strong month for service content anyway as the weather turns and holidays loom, but the high double-digit gains at many sites suggests Americans may be hunkering down with the cheapest form of entertainment they have: broadband.”

  • “View the issues that Congress Did & Didn’t tackle in 2008, then rate how you think each issue was handled with a thumbs up, thumbs down or ‘on the fence’ at CQ’s Dids & Didn’ts interactive guide.

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  • The Times of India reports, “Recession fallout: US media in deep financial crisis”

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  • The Hill is looking for a Web Editor.

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