Morning Reading List

Good morning Washington. Mic Check Radio tells us that, on this day in 1980, “Led Zeppelin formally announces its breakup, ascends stairway to heaven.” And it’s Jay-Z’s birthday, which will make one K Street type who used to have a crush on a Trinity girl named “Heidi” very, very excited.

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  • You think reporting is easy to do, tough to do well.


  • The AP reports, “The Federal Communications Commission approved the $8.2 billion buyout of the Tribune Co. by a 3-2 vote Friday, a move that will allow the deal to close by the end of the year.”

  • New York Times reports, “After a decade of watching newspapers and rival wire services shrink, The Associated Press, the 161-year-old news cooperative, is refitting itself to handle the 24-hour news cycle it helped create.”

  • Check out the new and improved Page Six.

  • Washington Times offers “Some Perspective” on Sean Taylor’s death.

  • A tipster points out, “on the wsj editors, interestingly, neither of them plans to actually live in DC.”

  • HuffPost reports, “NYTimes Fails To Examine Mitt’s Record”

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  • An NBC release announced, “According to Nielsen Media Research data, ‘Meet the Press with Tim Russert’ topped the Sunday morning public affairs competition in all categories winning the 2007 November sweep.”

  • An ABC release announced, “ABC News Nightline will air original programming this week. Shows for the remainder of the week include: a day in the life with Republican presidential hopeful former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, a look at new advancements in genetics, and a report on girls and autism. Also, find out what’s on Wyclef Jean’s Play List.”

  • A CBS release announced, “On Tues., Dec. 4, 2007, the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric will begin a new political series that poses the same 10 questions to each of the leading candidates in a series of one-on-one, in-depth interviews. Couric speaks to Sen. Barack Obama (D- Ill.), Sen. Hillary Clinton (D- N.Y.), Sen. Joe Biden (D- Del.), former Sen. John Edwards (D- N.C.), Gov. Bill Richardson (D- N.M.), Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), former Gov. Mitt Romney (R-Mass.), former Mayor Rudy Giuliani (R- N.Y.), former Gov. Mike Huckabee (R- Ark.) and former Sen. Fred Thompson (R- Tenn.).”

  • What was up with the John McCain/Chris Cillizza jousting and teasing on last night’s MTV forum?

  • A release announced, “CNN, the Los Angeles Times and POLITICO announced today that the California Democratic Party will sanction the Jan. 31, 2008, Democratic presidential primary debate in Los Angeles. Scheduled less than one week before Super Tuesday, this debate will be the candidates’ final face-off before primary voters in more than 20 states flock to the polls on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2008.”

  • reports, “It’s a good thing working in the media business is fun, because the forthcoming ad-spending forecast from ZenithOptimedia offers many reminders that it’s also plenty difficult. Marketers will pour $195 billion into North American advertising channels next year, 4.1% more than in 2007, according to the ZenithOptimedia forecast, scheduled for release Dec. 3. Ad spending worldwide will near $486 billion in 2008 for a 6.7% gain.”

  • A Comcast release announced, “Comcast Corporation, the country’s leading cable, entertainment and communications company, today announced that Melissa Maxfield has been promoted to Vice President of Federal Government Affairs, effective January 1, 2008. In this role, Ms. Maxfield will oversee the company’s lobbying efforts focused on Congress. She joined the Company in July 2003 as Senior Director, Federal Government Affairs, in Washington, DC.”

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  • Insider Higher Ed reports, “The Internet age has posed a new set of challenges to traditional newspapers everywhere – decisions about what content to post when and where, questions about how to allocate staff (separate editors and reporters for print and Web?), and the like.”

  • Slashdot asks, “Is Comcast Heading the Way of the Dinosaur?”

  • His Extreme-ness bring us, “Top Ten Funniest Quotes By Politicians In 2007”

  • reports, “Like many things in this world–Bill Gates, the Internet, Sandra Bullock’s character in Love Potion #9–blogs started out humble and nerdy. Ten years ago, a man named Jorn Barger launched something he called a ‘Web log,’ entitled Robot Wisdom. It was–and still is–a ‘log of the best Web reading,’ Barger says. ‘Hardly anyone seems to remember that.'”

  • The Guardian reports, “The internet is set to overtake magazines to become the world’s third largest advertising medium in 2010, according to a new report.”

  • MinOnline reports, “Many Media Stocks Are Having An Ugly Fall.”

  • Real Clear Politics interviews “The Human Almanac” — Charles Mahtesian.

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  • MarketWatch’s Jon Friedman writes, “I was alarmed by what I saw and heard at the recent American Magazine Conference in Boca Raton, Fla. Simply put, this industry seems intent on choking itself to death.”

  • reports, “Former Condé Nast Publications Inc. chief executive officer Steve Florio has been hospitalized and is seriously ill following a recent heart attack. Florio, 58, has a history of heart problems: he had surgery to replace a faulty valve in 1999 and a second surgery a few years later to correct a manufacturer’s defect on the replacement valve.”

  • Huffington Post reports, “National Review Online blogger W. Thomas Smith, Jr., adamantly defended his reporting from Lebanon, and his commitment to accuracy and truth, in the face of an avalanche of criticism from both sides of the political aisle.” Also: “American Mercenaries of Hezbollah

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  • Bloomberg reports, “Sirius Satellite Radio Inc. and XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc. had their biggest gains in more than a year in Nasdaq trading after Bear Stearns Cos. said antitrust regulators may approve their merger as soon as today.”

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