WELCOME to the fifth 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 weekend goes on. . Plus: Don’t forget to keep up with fresh items, events and analysis on Twitter @MediaFixBlog.
–Frank Rich in Sunday column hits press for paryying in D.C. at "nerdprom" while bomb nearly exploded in Times Square. (BTW, NYT bans reporters from attending, one of the rare media outlets to do so.)
–Just up at New Republic: Al Gore on the oil slick and more, "The Crisis Comes Ashore." Somehow he will survive pounding from David Frum on Bill Maher’s show last night.
—NYT hasn’t stressed this enough, but now David Sanger appears with a big piece for the Sunday Week in Review on how drone attacks in Afghan/Pakistan may be making us less safe. Meanwhile, we’re also shooting more Afghans accidentally at checkpoints, which also doesn’t help the cause.
–AP re-constructs White House response to oil spill. Concludes: Obama did okay. Not his Katrina.
–The other night we noted Jon Meacham on The Daily Show claiming that Newsweek was one of the media outlets that is a kind of Catcher in the Rye for democracy in USA. Now here’s how Holden Caulfield might react.
–Big NYT piece for Sunday by Scott Shane on Anwar al-Awlaki the super-influential Muslim cleric who is inspiring many to acts of terror.
–Funny but true: "Kanellos the Protest Dog" seems to have shown up at every recent demo in Greece. Gallery at The Guardian proves it. Worldwide cult in the making!
—-See my new post today on newsman who tapes that broadcast of 1951 execution featured in NYT this week. He has committed suicide.
–We predicted this from the start and now appears likely that the Times Square bomber actually received no training from Taliban abroad and was simply inspired by them. General Petraeus said this yesterday but McClatchy beat him to it with this report. Now think back to the dozens of media reports since Sunday asserting as fact that he received training and instruction when he was in Pakistan. As I pointed out at the time: This was based mainly on the suspect’s "confession"–severely contradicted by the hapless nature of his actions. More on this later.