Reading List, 09.25.06

  • Among the most misunderstood jobs in politics is that of the press secretary, particularly for the White House.”

  • Tony Snow is revolutionizing the press room with his pink shirts (and maybe even helping Bush’s ratings?)

  • A little anniversary to remember, courtesy of PublicEye

  • Critical Massing: The Press Critic’s Press Critic On Iraq, The White House, And Why The New York Times Is — Gasp! — Doing A Good Job”

  • Four large papers, long dominant in the Pulitzer sweepstakes, have tightened their stranglehold on the competition in the current decade. Why is that the case, and is there a better way?”
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  • “‘TimesSelect’ Nears 200,000 Web-Only Subscribers on 1st Anniversary”

  • Senate Panel Freezes Bill on Legal Protection for Reporters

  • Deb Howell on “The TV Grid and Other Gripes

  • Some Fans Say Redskins Radio Fumbles Game Broadcasts

  • Tribune Co. Eyes Major Changes Under Pressure

  • The Post editorializes: “More Journalists Facing Jail: Time to pass a federal shield law”

  • Howie Kurtz responds to Tom Shales.

  • From NBC release:

      ‘MEET THE PRESS WITH TIM RUSSERT’ EASILY DOMINATES THE SUNDAY MORNING PUBLIC AFFAIRS COMPETITION IN ALL CATEGORIES FOR THE THIRD QUARTER 2006

      TOPS CBS BY 27%, ABC BY 50% AND FOX BY 183%

      Subject: “NIGHTLINE” AGAIN POSTS STRONG GROWTH IN BOTH TOTAL VIEWERS AND KEY DEMO ADULTS 25-54

  • From ABC release:

      “NIGHTLINE” AGAIN POSTS STRONG GROWTH IN BOTH TOTAL VIEWERS AND KEY DEMO ADULTS 25-54

      ~ Best 3rd Quarter Delivery among Total Viewers Since 2004~

  • Capitol Leader may not be a new force to be reckoned with.

  • George Archibald’s HuffPost post.

    And Marian Coombs writes in:

      Nation attacks Washington Times. Rabid dog bites man. I have no need to defend one word of mine because we have freedom of speech here in America — use it or lose it, comrades. No one died and made Max “Son of Sid” Blumenthal kommissar of the thought police.

      Actually I’m pleased by his fantasy that my husband and I are a power couple a la Bill and Hillary or Julius and Ethel. Speaking of the latter, I’ll never forget attending a “mass meeting” at some big venue in New York back in my left-wing days. I believe it was Ron Radosh at the podium, attempting to convey the bad news from the freshly-declassified Venona intercepts that yeah, Alger Hiss and the Rosenbergs had been guilty as charged. All around me ranks of old Communist Party stalwarts raspingly chanted “Lie-YER, lie-YER, lie-YER!” to drown him out and shut him up. I thought to myself, What a nasty bunch, and Blumenthal et al make me feel the same way.

  • Is Blackberry really the favorite, or is it just what your office gave you?

  • And Chris Matthews should not quit his day job.

  • DCRTV says there is Washington Post Radio favoritism.

  • Did Matthews go postal on Imus?

  • PBS Ombudsman Michael Getler thinks “News Hour” is better than “CBS Evening News with Katie Couric.”

  • Maybe the Tribune Co. is a good overseer for the LA Times, or at least according to Jack Schafer: “I know they’re perfect Satans, but they’re the Satans journalists understand.”