WELCOME to the fourth edition of Daybook, our daily early a.m. collection of the 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. Plus: Don’t forget to keep up with fresh items, events and analysis all day on Twitter @MediaFixBlog.
–Pro Publica’s daily picks of the best of "accountability journalism."
–Our own Ari Melber on why Dems might be better off if Harry Reid loses his Nevada race.
–Ezra Klein, who works at both Wash Post and Newsweek (ouch), with incisive new post on the future role of newsweeklies, if they have one.
–My post right here on Wash Post blog downplaying results of its own poll showing 1 in 3 GOPers, and 31% of tea party backers, are "Birthers."
–David Sirota: Don Draper, Mad Men and the Tea Party.
–Democracy Now: Gov’t exempted BP from environmetnal review.
–More from Jon Stewart last night: What if, next time we’re attacked by terrorist, it’s not a "Home Alone" type bungler?
–Scott Horton of Harper’s on that move against four reporters and "censorship" at Gitmo.
–Bloggers from left to right comment on this morning’s very mixed jobs report.
–Tory chief David Cameron, as expected, offers to make deal with Nick Clegg to un-hang Parliament after election. Clegg had said he’d deal with him first before Gordon Brown comes, hat in hand. Wags coin a possible deal with Brown as "BrownLegg" but "CleggEron" more likely.
TOP O’ THE MORNING
—Somehow I live-blogged the Brit elections all day yesterday. Catch up here. Here’s my morning summary: "We awake in New York to find all but 28 seats declared and the late night scenario has come to pass: Tories with edge, LibDems underperforming but still holding balance of power. Clegg says Tories should have first chance to form government but sources say talks with them have gone nowhere. Some commentators declare Clegg should not be kingmaker due to disappointing outcome for him. Much more to come!"
—See video at bottom for Monty Python’s coverage of a Brit election (SIlly Party vs. Sensible Party), starring the good Palin.