In this edition: Media should look at the demographics; reporters should seriously cover what is important and not just what excites them; Memo to the media, Dems investigating a lot because there’s a lot to investigate; media ignorance; behind the scenes at CBS News; ratings; and so much more...
Thoughts, and Then, the News
There should be more center-left programming on cable news. Why? There are more and more of us.
Increased public support for the social safety net, signs of growing public concern about income inequality, and a diminished appetite for assertive national security policies have improved the political landscape for the Democrats as the 2008 presidential campaign gets underway.
My only quibble with this is the wording: "assertive" national security policies. I think in context, the press release writer is equating assertive with using the military. An assertive national security policy presumably would have a military component, but an assertive national security policy can also be one where diplomacy is the main ingredient.
Now for the news:
I don’t care how much you hate health care, MSM, It’s IMPORTANT
So try to pretend you like covering it, k?
The Chris Matthews Let’s the Truth Slip Out Item of the Week
Someone who should keep her job
The Philadelphia Inquirer’s Gail Shister won’t have her TV column anymore
Edwards fans: Couric helped them
I’m with Kevin Drum on this one. The criticism of Couric is warranted, but I wouldn’t worry about the outcome of the interview. I think it’s a net positive.
Dems are exercising investigative powers, because there’s a lot to investigate
Stupid Beltway Types have such short memories. There’s a huge backlog of GOP BS that needs investigating. And I think the American people know this.
WaPo Editorial Board: Nothing to see here!
Is it me, or does David Broder write the same columns over and over again
Shorter David Broder: Democrats should be nicer than Republicans ever were
More Mea Culpas
Resulting from Edwards story coverage
Be Careful, Cramer
CNBC’s Jim Cramer keeps the lawyers busy
THK v. Halperin
Teresa Heinz Kerry isn't too happy that author Mark Halperin calls her husband John Kerry's presidential campaign "The Way to Lose" in his new book, "The Way to Win: Taking the White House in 2008." Though Halperin is political director of ABC News and founder of its online analysis column The Note, Heinz blurted, "What would he know? Why would anyone listen to him?" when Charlie Rose interviewed the couple at the 92nd St. Y last week. On Wednesday, Halperin spoke at a Bernstein Global Wealth Management session and replied, "As Bill Clinton might say, ‘That's like a pig calling someone ugly.'"
- Newsie watches cable news (3/26, at around 4pm): CNN & MSNBC carried live DoD presser on investigation of Pat Tillman’s death. FNC talked oil prices. FNC discussed Iran-British showdown over those detained British soldiers and the chyron asked why the media was downplaying that story. CNN eventually went to the breaking story that Monica Goodling would plead the fifth (US Atty scandal related) at a Congressional hearing.
- KingOneEye chronicles Howard Kurtz hypocrisy so I don’t have to.
- Memo to the Media: McCain is NOT a maverick, no matter how much you wish he were one
- Politico... part of the right-wing noise machine? The evidence piles up. The Politico has made a number of mistakes in the last few weeks from the Edwards campaign one to the imminent firing of Gonzales. It’s becoming the Us Weekly of D.C. newspapers. The Roger Simon article on the CAPAF/SEIU presidential health care forum doesn’t help The Politico’s reputation, nor does a hit piece on Barack Obama
- NYT does puff piece on Rep. Adam Putnam (R-FL); neglects to mention he pushed false plane story against Rep. Pelosi earlier this year
- Norah O’Donnell: Stupid Is As Stupid Does
- Michael Kinsley. I don’t want what he’s smoking. Psst, Michael... they’re lying about why they fired those 8 US Attorneys
- George Will should know that Paul Krugman should not be compared to Ann Coulter
- CNN’s Allen Wastler defends Chiquita on a very slippery slope. According to Wastler, pay terrorist organizations is okay, as long as you’re doing it for the good of your bottom line.
- Shady guest editing practices at the LA Times.
- Dennis Miller gets his own radio show
- Bill O’Reilly hates facts.
- Radio & TV Correspondents Dinner: Who the news orgs are hosting.
Credit Where It’s Due
- Kudos to the reporter who got Perino to admit ‘inconsistency’ over transcripts. It looked like Jim Axelrod of CBS to me, but I can’t be sure.
- Soledad O’Brien also disdains ‘train wreck’ stories as in Britney Spears and Anna Nicole Smith stuff. Also says American Morning is newsier than Fox & Friends. She right on both counts.
Media People & In the Field
- Afghan journalists under threat in the southern part of Afghanistan The Taliban and corrupt police are making life difficult for Afghan journos.
- Zimbabwe issues warning to foreign media
- After 4 years, US military still learning how to manage the media in Iraq
News & Notes on Media orgs, Programming, Specials, etc.
- Reporting Terrorism Forum at The National Press Club
- CNN’s Paula Zahn tackles the subjects that one critic says others won’t cover
- A look at a symbol of stability at ABC News: producer Joe Banner
- The ongoing changes being made to the CBS Evening News
- Philly Inq & Philly DN’s Brian Tierney (R) aspires to be corporate turnaround artist
- Times-Picayune staffers who sue Army Corps can’t cover corps Katrina aftermath.
- Canadians are being bombarded by Conrad Black trial coverage
- Behind the scenes drama at the LA Times. Here’s more. End game: LA Times stops guest editing program.
- Time Inc. to stop publishing Life magazine but keep it online
State of the Media, Trends, Research Reports, Innovations
- Columnist: Web becomes source (not outlet) for news Someone should tell him about TPM.
- Newspapers to tackle youth readership puzzle at big conference
- Here’s the News: Old Is In Trends in evening news. I think one of the more interesting stories this edition.
- Reaction to the NBCU-News Corp online video deal
- Drop in Ad Revenue Raises Tough Question for Newspapers
The Audience: Ratings, Circulation, & Ad Rates, etc.
- 29% of Americans don’t use the web and don’t want to That’s 31M homes. A lot of people candidates have to reach by the old fashioned ways: direct mail, TV ads, radio ads, etc.
- Readership of newspapers holds steady in Canada; online grows
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