Morning Reading List, 12.31.07

Good morning Washington.

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  • Wow. Between drinking, food, money and something about your job (promotion, more money, etc.), most of you did not include any of these in your New Years Resolutions.


  • Mike Allen’s Playbook says “The all-terrain Martin, who has become like the hurricane stuntcasters as he shivers on cable-news stations in increasingly frigid conditions,”

  • Deb Howell’s latest.

  • A release announced, “With the launch of daily telephone tracking polling leading up to the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary, the Reuters/C-SPAN/Zogby alliance will keep voters informed right through the November 2008 election. The first of five installments of more than 800 likely caucus-goers in Iowa will be released Sunday, Dec. 30, and will continue each day to pull hundreds of new likely voters into the poll, releasing the results daily right through the caucuses. The day after the Iowa caucuses on Jan. 4, we will release our first tracking poll on the New Hampshire primary.” Check it out here.

  • A release announced, “From Saturday, Jan. 5 through Wednesday, Jan. 9, approximately 30 American University students will rub elbows with the presidential candidates, their campaign staffs and the news media in Manchester, N.H., for the 2008 New Hampshire Presidential Primary. The trip is the culmination of Special Topics in News Media: Covering the 2008 Presidential Election,a course offered by AU’s School of Communication.”

  • The New York Times fesses up to a mistake. “A post in The Medium blog that appeared on Monday about the Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul and his purported adoption by white supremacist and neo-Nazi groups contained several errors. Stormfront, which describes itself as a ‘white nationalist’ Internet community, did not give money to Ron Paul’s presidential campaign; according to Jesse Benton, a spokesman for Paul’s campaign, it was Don Black, the founder of Stormfront, who donated $500 to Paul.”

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  • We noticed that MSNBC was the only breaking news email we received about the Patriots on Saturday.

  • Some good bowl games today and DC TV and radio gears up for the playoffs.”

  • On the decision to simulcast the NFL Network Game of the Week, featuring the Patriots and Giants, on the NBC and CBS networks, Richard Ramlall, RCN Senior Vice President, Strategic and External Affairs issued this statement: “This action by the NFL Network seriously devalues the contract between us and we are considering our options. We paid extra for the right to carry this historic game as well as the other games throughout the season. In effect, the NFL Network is making RCN customers pay extra for what others are getting for free. It’s unprecedented that the NFL Network has decided to
    alter a signed contract without negotiation or consideration of the other parties. If this decision was subject to an instant replay call, it would be over turned as a grievous foul of the rules.”

  • In case you missed it, The Des Moines Register has the candidates’ holiday ads.

  • DCRTV reports, “Ledo Pizza’s naming rights deal for all-newser WTOP’s ‘Glass-Enclosed Nerve Center’ comes to an end at the end of the year. A Bonneville source tells DCRTV that the newsroom will no longer have a sponsor. Instead, Annapolis-based Ledo will be an hourly sponsor of WTOP’s sports reports.”

  • The Huffington Post reports, “A study released this month by the Center for Media and Public Affairs (CMPA) at George Mason University found that Fox News Channel’s evening coverage was more “balanced” than that of the broadcast networks. However, the objectivity of the CMPA, which bills itself as a nonpartisan media watchdog group, is questionable, as the Center for Media and Democracy’s SourceWatch found that ‘nearly all its funding comes from conservative foundations.'” TVNewser has more and check out the study here.

  • Wonkette reports, “Last night, ABC and NBC News interviewed Getty photographer John Moore who (along with Farooq Naeem of Agence France-Presse) took the photos I published yesterday. During the interview, they showed one of the photographs I swore mainstream media wouldn’t show you (and the one the editors of the New York Times had the stones to put unedited on the front page above the fold this morning).”

  • ABC reports, “The 87-year-old founder of Comcast Corp. s pay will keep going to his beneficiaries for five years after his death under a new agreement. Ralph J. Roberts’ new salary agreement takes effect on Jan. 1, according to a document the company filed Friday with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The pact succeeds Roberts’ current compensation deal, which expires next week.”

  • Group Calls on MSNBC to Host GOP Candidates Left Out of FNC Forum

  • DCTRV reports, “In a Friday editorial in the NY Post (page 31, not on its pop-up-laden website), 3WT and Fox News commentator Bill O’Reilly calls the Washington Post ‘a newspaper densely populated with secular progressives’ who are campaigning for ‘gay marriage, legalized drugs, (and) unfettered abortion.'”

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  • Wonkette writes, “Now, if you’ve been following Andrew Sullivan’s blog the last few months, you’ve noticed that he’s not only supporting Barack — which obvs is fine, go for it — and slamming Hillary in every post for her gutless attacks, but he won’t say a friggin’ word when Barack pulls out the Nasty. Check out how he handled yesterday’s Clinton-Obama repartee, and then someone please tell him to go back to libertarian land, where he belongs.”

  • Check out PolitiFact’s greatest hits here.

  • Slate reports, “‘Tis the season to be jolly. Also to avoid contact with your editor, if you happen to be a newspaper reporter. This is a shame, because after a mad pre-Christmas rush, many subscribers find that during the holiday week itself they have more idle time than usual to linger over their daily newspaper. But in an unfortunate mismatch between supply and demand, this is always the very week during which newspapers have the hardest time filling their columns with anything even vaguely worth publishing.”

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  • CQ Politics explains the caucus process.

  • WWD reports, “Time Inc.’s corporate communications department sent out a media sampling selected by their editors. An Amy Winehouse CD, DVDs of the television show ‘Friday Night Lights” and the Oscar-winning film “The Lives of Others,’ and Khaled Hosseini’s novel “A Thousand Splendid Suns” made the cut.”

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  • The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation is looking for a Director, Media Relations.

  • Living Cities is looking for a Director of Communications.

  • Washingtonian Magazine is looking for an Online Advertising Sales Associate.

  • The Virginian-Pilot is looking for a Day News Editor and a Staff Writer/Online News.

  • Global Environment Facility is looking for a Communications Editor/Writer Contractor.

  • National Public Radio is looking for an Associate Producer, Social Media.

  • SAIS is looking for a new communications assistant for the Communications Office. Apply online here.

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