WELCOME to the first Daybook, our daily early a.m. greatest media hits and misses as we “limn the morning.” And return for updates as the day goes on, along with an "afternoon update" added at the top below. Plus: Here’s our own new interview with Frank Rich. Don’t forget to keep up with fresh items, events and analysis all day on Twitter @MediaFixBlog.
—Blood-letting on the Left, as FireDogLake slams Obama for alleged slow response to oil leak, many others defend him and Steve Benen attacks Politico piece (which I linked to below) on same.
—And Ezra Klein at Wash Post asks, Why isn’t Obama using this moment to talk climate change and energy independence?
—Lot of headscratching this morning over big NYT piece that seemed to play down oil leak disaster. Now ProPublica has discovered that foundation, a key source for story, is deeply intwined with oil industry.
—Meanwhile, good commentary at USA Today: Why the hell can’t oil companies clean up their messes?
—And Jim Ridgeway reviews BP’s long sordid enviro-history.
—Pew finds that 36% of GOPers in survey have favorable view of militias. On the other hand, most have unfavorable view of "socialism" but favorable view of "progressive."
—Excerpts from upcoming book on Obama by Newsweek‘s Jon Alter.
—Only in America factoid from the NYT: Times Sq would-be bomber once worked as an accountant at Elizabeth Arden.
—Don’t miss Spencer Ackerman’s reporting from Gitmo all week.
—Great to see one of my heroes, guy I’ve interviewed and friend of The Nation, Steve Earle, on Treme this week in humble street musician role—though better suited for soapbox.
TOP O’ THE MORNING
—The home team at NYT has best and latest on Pakistani-American suspect in Times Square bomb attempt arrested last night—at JFK while trying to flee USA. Even posted photo of his home in Shelton, CT in the wee hours of the morning.
—Video of Justice Dept. press conference.
—Meanwhile, Juan Cole, in wake of arrests, looks at what’s happening back in Pakistan and anger against USA in Afghanistan.
A DAY IN THE LIFE
—Laura Rozen at Politico: Obama to have lunch today with Elie Wiesel at White House— in response to the Nobel Prize winner saying, in full page ads, he should ease up on Israel.