Morning Reading List, 12.12.07

Good morning Washington. Seven years ago today, Bush v. Gore was decided. And happy birthday Frank Sinatra. (Hat tip: MicCheckRadio)

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  • You could give up MySpace if you had to, but the real question is, do you even use MySpace?


  • The PEJ News Coverage Index for December 2-7 shows, “For most of the year, the American media have been far more preoccupied with the war in Iraq than with growing tensions between the U.S. and Iran. But last week, a new intelligence report sparked a heated debate over policy toward the leadership in Tehran.”

  • Thompson Financial reports, “Bear Stearns on Monday lowered its rating on the U.S. entertainment sector to market underweight from market weight, saying it expects fundamentals to deteriorate in 2008. Year-to-date in 2007, the entertainment group has fallen 4.4%, underperforming the S&P 500s 5.4% rise, the firm said.”

  • A reader writes, “Re: Chris Daly. He also spells ‘Barack’ wrong and suggests there’s no place for politics in religion. What a sterling journalist he is.”

  • BtoB reports, “Advertisers wary of plan to drop subscription firewall”

  • ClickZ reports, “News Corp’s U.K. tabloid newspaper The Sun is linking print to mobile phones in an effort to make the paper more interactive and enable more efficient ROI measurement for advertisers. The system uses barcodes called Quick Response or QR codes to grant users access to Internet content on their cell phones.”

  • CJR has “Eight Questions Reporters Should Ask Huckabee

  • A reader asks, “so both papers have a feature on the new caps coach today. Ted Leonsis on his blog thanks the post for their story and totally ignores the washington times feature, even though it was the main story on the front page. interesting, no? and the times is the only area paper he doesn’t link to on his blog. also interesting.”

  • Baltimore Sun reports, “Army blocks ‘narratives’ of heroism”

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  • C-SPAN will air today’s Des Moines Register Republican Candidates Debate beginning at 2pm.

  • Sales Prime Wins For MSNBC

  • Check out TVNewser’s “Debate Ranker

  • An NBC 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 3-9, 2007. During the week, the Williams-led newscast averaged 9.473 million total viewers, … On Monday, ‘Nightly’ beat CBS ‘Evening News’ by +3,272,000 million viewers, the largest single day advantage since December 29, 2006. Season-to-date, ‘Nightly’ leads ‘World News’ by +16,000 viewers.”

  • A PBS release announced The Newshour with Jim Lehrer “launches a high-definition broadcast beginning on Monday, December 17, 2007. The new format will deliver superb video resolution and higher-quality audio, and will result in a richer experience for the increasing number of viewers who watch the program on an HD television set.”

  • An ABC release announced, “For the week of December 3-7, ABC’s ‘World News with Charles Gibson’ averaged 9.32 million Total Viewers and a 2.3/9 among Adults 25-54. The ABC broadcast tied for first place with NBC’s ‘Nightly News’ among Households, averaging 6.4/12 for the week.”

  • TVNewser reports, “ABC Banishes Ron Paul/Stossel Interview to the Web”

  • B&C reports, “The House Judiciary Committee scheduled a hearing Wednesday (Dec. 12) at 2 p.m. on media consolidation and former CBS anchor Dan Rather is leading the witness list.”

  • MinOnline reports, “Striking Writers Guild of America members won 56% of the vote in IWANTMEDIA.COM’s poll. They are in the news now, but the far bigger story in 2007 was Rupert Murdoch nearly doubling Wall Street Journal parent Dow Jones & Co.’s value with News Corp.’s announced $5 billion bid ($60 per share) in May that was accepted by the controlling Bancroft family in July after much rancor. Expected pre-Christmas close of the deal will put Rupert back in the headlines (not that he has ever left) and make him ‘Media Person’ if IWANTMEDIA.COM’s Patrick Phillips did a recount.”

  • TVNewser reports, “Clinton and Buffett First on FBN”

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  • Washington Post reports, “These days you can Google just about anything, from your favorite celebrity’s pet to your boss’s middle name. But using the biggest search engine to get information about the government often falls short.”

  • The Huffington Post goes German.

  • Check out CitizenJane Politics, the new site for women to follow the 2008 elections. “CJP is a women’s oriented, non-partisan source for voting info, candidate positions, political backgrounders, original interviews and a daily blog.”

  • Market Watch reports, “Online video Web site YouTube, owned by Google Inc. will expand a pilot program that puts ads in its online videos allowing amateur users to make revenue off ads that are put in their homemade videos, the Wall Street Journal reported on its Web site Monday, citing company sources.”

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  • Media Life reports, “For the longest time, the fortunes of the magazine industry were predictable, rising when the ad economy was good, sinking when marketers cut back on their spending. That started to change several years ago. Magazines began coming back from the ad recession that set in in 2001, but it was no longer a case of a rising tide lifting all ships. In particular, business titles and newsweeklies continued to struggle. It was a selective recovery.”

  • Glamour Magazine launched “Glamocracy”, “a political blog on the 2008 election where five young women from different points on the political spectrum weigh in on the race for president.” Among the bloggers is Rebecca Roberts, host and managing editor of “POTUS 08” on XM Radio and daughter of Cokie Roberts. Check out her first post here.

  • Don’t forget that today Michael Barone, principal author of The Almanac of American Politics, will be at the Barnes & Nobel in Potomac Yards for a book signing at 7 p.m.

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  • A XM release announced, “that select XM original music, news and sports series are now available as free podcasts for download through and Apple Inc.’s iTunes Store. Beginning today, consumers can download XM content hosted by Bob Edwards, James Carville, Luke Russert, Mike Krzyzewski, Barry Switzer and Opie & Anthony, as well as exclusive XM music and comedy programming.

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  • The Pew Charitable Trusts is looking for Managers, Make Voting Work.

  • Herald-Mail Company is looking for a Page Designer.

  • PBS Interactive is looking for an Executive Coordinator.

  • National Public Radio is looking for a Producer and an Editor for Digital News.

  • McClatchy-Tribune Regional News is looking for an Assistant News Editor.

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