Morning Reading List 04.01.09

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Its day 72 covering the Obama administration and week nine for us. What we know and what we’re reading this Wednesday morning…



From this morning’s Playbook: It’s Obamania on the covers of the Brit papers. Daily Express: “Obama, wife and a team of 500 arrive in Britain to save the world… we hope.” Daily Mirror: “Obama Drama: Massive security as President jets in for crisis G20 summit.” The Sun: “‘Ello ‘ello yellow: First Lady Looks Summit Special.”

Sun-Times Media Group Inc., owner of the Chicago Sun-Times, today voluntarily filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

Check out WSJ’s standards for scoops and breaking news here.


The big three anchors- Brian Williams, Charlie Gibson and Katie Couric- are all in London and will all sit down with Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner for interviews today.

April Fools came a few days early for 60 Minutes. Washington Whispers reports the group of Russian hackers in a piece this Sunday may actually have been a group of teenagers in Finland.

TVNewser: MSNBC has shelved plans for a new 10pmET show to follow Keith Olbermann and Rachel Maddow. Asked if he had anything to do with postponing the plans, Olbermann said, “No, I didn’t have anything to do with it and honestly, I don’t think anything in the time frame of this process has changed.

There may be no new adds for 10pm on MSNBC, but there is for dayside. Carlos Watson has been named a dayside anchor.

You can check out cable ratings here and here, evening news ratings here, and CNBC’s ratings here.


NY Magazine’s blog Daily Intel published and quickly deleted a piece “Now That’s Something to Salute,” on First Lady Michelle Obama’s booty. An excerpt via HuffPost: “This morning President Obama departed for the G20 summit in London and a week of other meetings around Europe, his first visit since last summer’s epic charm offensive. As he boarded Marine One, Obama returned the salute of the marine standing guard … we think. It also looks like Obama might just be blocking the sun’s glare as he checks out Michelle’s booty.” And the apology: “As you know, bloggers work in a hurry, and occasionally items go up that are not in the best taste. In this instance we decided the best solution was to take the post down.”


Politico’s John Harris via Baltimore Sun on how the traditional path for young journos is vanishing: “For people who are just plain worker bees and are pretty good, I don’t find [journalism] an appealing career… I just don’t see why somebody would go into the business unless they thought they could be an A at something.”

In light of the G20 in London, British vs. American media.

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