Morning Reading List, 12.29.08

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Jon Voight is 70. Tom Jarriel is 74. Birthdays over the long weekend: Zachary Hooper, Jon Henke. Today: Erica Ryan. Most of you say Merry Christmas over Happy Holidays. Khari Joseph,
Shira Toeplitz
, Kenny Day and Mike Conneen knew that this picture was from the Safeway at 17th and Corcoran streets. Attention holiday travelers: Tucker Carlson, like us, agrees that luggage should be carried, not pulled. Buzz Machine has 10 suggestions of what newspapers can do from Edward Roussel, head of digital at the Telegraph in London. Engage in PR presents “12 Things I need from a Communications Agency.” FishbowlNY’s Noah Davis gives us “Media Stocks: The State of the Top 13.” The top scoops of 2008. Matthew Yglesias fields a critical question from a commenter. FamousDC provides a “FamousDC Year in Review.” CNN’s Politiker reports, “CNN Poll: Blagojevich named naughtiest pol of 2008”. The best political comedy of 2008. And, While “Everyone Else Gives You Nice Presents,” The Washington Post gives questions. Check out today’s White House Photo of the Day from Time. Today’s “Angry Journalist” rant of the day: “I have a great resume, but I can’t get a job.”

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  • Politico’s Ben Smith reports, “Hillary Clinton’s former chief strategist, Howard Wolfson, is heading halfway across the aisle to work for the reelection campaign of New York’s formerly Republican, now independent, Mayor Mike Bloomberg.”

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  • The New York Times reports, “Washington Post and Baltimore Sun Will Share News Content”. And The Baltimore Sun reports, “Sun, Washington Post to share stories, photos”

  • His Extreme-ness writes, “If you work for the New York Times, or if you are a fierce loyalist and fan of the New York Times, you may not want to read Dave Barry’s 2008 year in review. Why? Because in an year in which Barry hilariously eviscerates the media — sample: ‘A mesmerizing speaker, Obama electrifies voters with his exciting new ideas for change, although people have trouble remembering exactly what these ideas are because they are so darned mesmerized. Some people become so excited that they actually pass out. These are members of the press corps’ — he saves particular and substantial ridicule for the New York Times.”

  • Hoystory writes, “The New York Times has come in for a lot of criticism over the years here at Hoystory and the paper has earned every pixel. But that doesn’t mean that all criticism of the Gray Lady is valid, so here’s the post where I defend the Times.”

  • IHT reports, “The comics are feeling the pain of print”

  • Politico’s Michael Calderone reports, “Kennedy to NYT reporters: ‘You should write for women’s mags'”

  • The Washington City Paper reports, “OK, so just moments after the announcement of a groundbreaking content-sharing agreement between the Washington Post and the Baltimore Sun, here comes a memo from the Post’s top sports editor, Emilio Garcia-Ruiz, saying, hey, in practice, we don’t have too much to share with our competitor.”

  • The AP reports, “Newspapers to sell buildings, but who’s buying?

  • E&P reports, “Non-Profit Model for Newspapers May Be the Answer”

  • reports, “Washington Post Becomes a Fair Newspaper”

  • Bloomberg reports, “Alvah Chapman, Helped Lead Knight Ridder Merger, Dies”

  • The New York Times’ David Carr reports, “Newspaper Shuns Web, and Thrives”

  • Check out “The original ‘Still a Newspaperman’ column”

  • Reuters reports, “The New York Times Co’s (NYT.N) November advertising revenue fell 20 percent, the company said on Wednesday, illustrating how the financial crisis is aggravating dizzying revenue declines at U.S. newspapers.”

  • Bob Franken writes, “Now that media owners have decided the only way to keep their profits way high is to gut their staffs without regard for coverage or public service, I want to provide a public service of my own. In the absence of enough writers to do even a bare bones job, here’s another idea whose time has come. How about fill-in-the-blank stories?”

  • Ezra Klein writes, “Over at BoingBoing, Clay Shirky engages in a bit of self-congratulatory schadenfreude for predicting the collapse of the newspaper business model back in 1993. And no doubt: He was prescient. But like a lot of folks (many of them named Jeff Jarvis) who write these posts, there’s an odd lament laced through the triumphalism: If only they’d listened.”

  • John Dickerson writes, “I still find front pages one of the best way to understand the day’s news. It’s irritating that no major newspaper has found a way to replicate this on their web pages. They’re all to interested in churning content. The NYT’s Times Reader is as close as I’ve found to replicating the paper newspaper experience while also allowing the constant updating of the web page.”

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  • A release announced, “ABC’s ‘World News with Charles Gibson’ averaged 9.18 million Total Viewers and a 2.4/9 among Adults 25-54, placing second for the week of December 15th. This marked ABC’s best Total Viewer and Demo deliveries since the week of November 3rd, election week. Week-to-week, ‘World News’ grew the most of any evening newscast among Total and Demo viewers, increasing 7% and 14%, respectively.”

  • TVNewser’s Chris Ariens reports, “Murdoch & Ailes Throw a Party for Brit Hume”

  • The Washington Business Journal reports, “Washington Post’s deal to buy TV station called off”

  • CJR reports, “Four of the world’s largest science and environmental journalism groups issued their first-ever joint statement today in a letter sent to CNN protesting the network’s decision to cut its entire science team this month.”

  • Media Matters reports, “In the end, it wasn’t close. By an overwhelming margin, criticism by Cokie Roberts, NPR contributing senior news analyst and ABC political commentator, of then-Sen. Barack Obama for choosing Hawaii, the state of his birth, to take his August family vacation was the most popular entry in Media Matters for America’s poll for Most Inane Punditry of the 2008 presidential campaign. Readers chose Roberts’ comments — which included her characterizing Hawaii, where Obama vacations regularly, as ‘foreign, exotic’ — in greater numbers than her two closest competitors combined.”

  • TVNewser’s Chris Ariens reports, “In ‘Foot-in-Mouth’ Category, Matthews Doesn’t Nominate Himself”

  • The AP reports, “After two years of relentlessly bad ratings news, Katie Couric finally has something she can smile about. The ‘CBS Evening News’ anchor remains in third place behind NBC and ABC. But the average of 7.4 million people who watched her newscast last week was better than any than any week since February 2007, five months after she moved over from NBC’s ‘Today’ show.”

  • Variety reports, “Tina Fey is AP Entertainer of the Year”

  • Slate looks at TV “Snubs”

  • TPM reports, “Hey, CNN, You’re Not Fooling Anyone”

  • The New York Times reports, “Quietly, as the United States presidential election and its aftermath have dominated the news, America’s three broadcast network news divisions have stopped sending full-time correspondents to Iraq.”

  • The Washington Post reports, “George Michael, the dean of local sportscasters, said yesterday he has ended his 28-year career with WRC (Channel 4) after the station sought to cut the budget of the interview programs and segments he hosts.”

  • Lifehacker reports, “Phone or iPod touch only: When you can’t wrest the TV remote from your father-in-law to watch the news this week, fire up the all-new ABC News iPhone”

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  • Nieman Reports looks at “Blogging From Inside a TV Station’s Newsroom”

  • AFP reports, “The Internet has surpassed newspapers as the main source for national and international news for Americans, according to a new survey.”

  • Washington Post’s Jose Antonio Vargas writes, “Politics is no longer local. It’s viral.”

  • NRO’s Jim Manzi presents, “My Worst Blog Post of the Year”

  • From Instapundit: “Popping a Cap on Matt Yglesias. Sorry, if you can’t stand what bloggers blog, don’t pretend you’re cool enough to hire bloggers. Because when you do what Jennifer Palmieri did, you demonstrate that you’re just a bunch of political hacks with a blog, and you’ve undercut your blogger’s position in the future. Dumb. Too dumb for a position in the Obama Administration, I’d think.”

  • His Extreme-ness reports, “There’s an old saying in DC circles that the most valuable real estate in Washington is the op-ed page of the Washington Post. So what collateral is securing that highly prized real estate these days? Would you believe, the tools of Web 2.0? Twice this week the Post op-ed page has been turned over to guest columnists waxing about new media strategies, first about Twitter then about Facebook.”

  • “ has put together its annual holiday video, featuring our founder Laurel Touby (replacing the usual boa for a Santa hat), Jupitermedia CEO Alan Meckler and more.” Check out the video here.

  • The Washington City Paper reports, “Yglesias Clears the Air on Blog ‘Hijacking'”

  • Portfolio’s Mixed Media presents, “Confessions of an Accidental Facebook Slut”

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  • The New York Post reports, “Just before he took off for his annual Sun Valley, Idaho, year-end break, Rolling Stone owner Jann Wenner took the ax to his editorial department, sending at least three people packing and simultaneously postponing an Us Weekly spin-off that focused on fashion and beauty. Wenner insists he’ll still do the spin-off, to be called Us Style, but it won’t happen until fall 2009.”

  • NRO’s John O’Sullivan writes, “I’m sorry to arrive late at my own hanging, but as a traveling man I was almost the last person in Moscow to hear about Michael Gerson’s slashing reply to my NR piece on President Bush’s political identity and the related topic of ‘compassionate conservatism.’ Happily, my absence didn’t matter in the slightest since Jonah did a superb job of defending me and refuting Gerson on the main points. I can say of Jonah what Clem Attlee said of ‘Johnny Turk’ when advocating Turkish entry into NATO: “I’d rather have him on our side than against us. Otherwise, Jonah didn’t leave me much to say. For the record, however, I don’t at all object to Gerson’s left hooks. I hit him; he hit me; that’s even stevens. And though it isn’t love, it makes the world go round.”

  • New York City News Service reports, “William F. Buckley enjoyed a largely positive relationship with J. Edgar Hoover, though the FBI boss hated a National Review parody claiming he had been arrested on morals charges.”

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  • The New York Post reports, “Sirius XM Radio plans to issue 108.1 million shares of common stock in exchange for convertible notes, part of the company’s efforts to reduce debt.”

  • The New York Times reports, “Satellite Radio Still Reaches for the Payday”

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  • The Media Research Center reports, “MSNBC’s Chris Matthews Wins ‘Quote of the Year'”. And check out the rest of the “The Best Notable Quotables of 2008”

  • Gallup reports, “Obama, Hillary Clinton Share ‘Most Admired’ Billing”

  • Gawker reported yesterday, “In today’s NYT Book Review, media critic David Carr kinda savaged Michael Wolff’s Rupert Murdoch bio. After the jump, see Wolff’s vicious response via Facebook status line. Aren’t media nerds cute when they fight?”

  • Politico reports, “The media glare, the constant security appendage and the sheer production that has become a morning jog or a hankering for an ice cream cone — it’s been closing in on Barack Obama for some time. Now the president-elect appears increasingly conscious of the confines of his new position, bristling at the routine demands of press coverage and beginning to chafe at boundaries that are only going to get smaller.”

  • Chickaboomer presents the annual “Tools & Fools” list.

  • Slate asks, “Who Says Obama Was the Story of the Year? Miley Cyrus, Marc Chagall, and 39 other topics that distracted us — at least briefly—from the election.”

  • NRO’s Jonah Goldberg writes, “Michael Tomasky reviewed my book for The New Republic. I say this with all sincerity: I thought his review was shameful, dishonest and just plain stupid. I used to think highly of Tomasky, but I thought his review (with the help of Leon Wieseltier’s obvious meddling) spoke terribly of him and the publication. I haven’t brought any of this up much because I assumed my friends at The New Republic were simply, and justifiably, embarrassed by it — and I had my say. But now they seem to think it was the ‘best of 2008.’ So, for those who care, here’s my response.”

  • Gawker reports, “Millionaire Media Moguls Slightly Less Rich”

  • Politico’s Shenanigans tells us why pool duty in Hawaii is not all awesome.

  • Washington Post reports, “Life’s Not Necessarily A Beach for Press Corps”

  • The Huffington Post presents, “The 10 Worst Media Moments Of 2008”

  • Jezebel presents, “10 Best Talk Show Moments Of 2008”

  • Slate’s The XX Factor reports, “Politico Says the Press Was Sexist? Great!” and reports, “Welcome, Eve, and good call about Politico’s top 10 blunders. The piece doesn’t itself point out that the screw-ups it lists were sexist (though Fox does get dinged for taking two ‘racially tinged shots at Michelle Obama’).”

  • Bill Lucey tells us that “Barack Obama Wasn’t The Only Top Story of the Year”

  • Buzz Machine’s Jeff Jarvis writes, “The more I think about it, the angrier I get at Gatehouse for its dangerous and hypocritical crusade against links.”

  • Read Patrick J. Buchanan’s take on the death of Deep Throat.

  • A release announced, “Award-winning journalist Matthew E. Berger will author a book chronicling Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s rise to national prominence as the Republican vice presidential nominee this year, and her subsequent fall from grace. The book will be a thorough deconstruction of Palin’s two months on the campaign trail, and will delve behind the scenes to show the internal and external forces that shaped the woman the world now knows, both for good and for bad. The book will be published by Tom Miller at Wiley and was sold by Trena Keating at the Endeavor Agency.”

  • Gawker reports, “AP Scandal: Top 10 Quotes List Quoted Krugman Quoting Others”

  • “The struggling U.S. economy and the Obama transition competed for the media’s attention the week of December 15-21 with two scandals and a mess: the arrest Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich for trying to sell a Senate seat, the financial swindle involving Bernard Madoff and the efforts to rescue U.S. automakers from bankruptcy. For the first time in 2008, no single story filled more than 15% of the time studied on television or space online or on the nation’s front pages, according to the weekly News Coverage Index from the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism.”

  • The New York Times looks at Elizabeth Alexander who “will compose a poem to recite at Barack Obama’s inauguration on Jan. 20”

  • Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports, “Mark Felt was just one FBI leaker”

  • The Washington Post reports, “The recession is bad enough. A relentless news cycle is making it worse.”

  • Foreign Policy presents, “The 10 Worst Predictions for 2008”

  • Washington Times reports, “Shirtless Obama photo staged?”

  • Slate reports on “Dick Cheney’s unique gift for making hard questions easy and vice versa.”

  • Gawker reports, “Vacationing Press Forced to Read 5-Page Obama Blago Report!”

  • presents, “Top 10 media blunders of 2008”

  • TalkingPointsMemo presents the Best of 2008.

  • Gawker presents, “Top Ten Worst Media Moments of 2008”

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  • The American Prospect is looking for an Assistant Web Editor.

  • is looking for Bloggers, Citizen Journalists, Students, Interns, Freelance Writers.

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