Taking Out The Trash, 02.08.07

  • Apparently dropping the f-bomb does actually make you tougher.

  • The New York Times reports that public television is planning a network for Latinos. Executives were expected to announced today that V-me will go on the air March 5 “in major American cities with large Latino populations. It will offer a mix of Spanish-language children’s and adult programming with an educational focus.” The digital network is a partnership between the Educational Broadcasting Corporation, the investment firm the Baeza Group; and the venture capital firm Syncom Funds.

  • The Guardian reports “Global newspaper circulation rose in 2005 and the number of titles passed 10,000 for first time, according to new data from the World Association of Newspapers.” Circulation increased by 2.36% in 2005 and “new titles are being launched at a remarkable rate.”

  • Slate’s Jack Shafer apologizes to readers for publishing a 2001 article by Jay Forman about “monkeyfishing.” Forman called Shafer this week and admitted the story was entirely false.

  • An AFTRA release announced that John Connolly will step down as the National President of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists in March to become National Executive Director of Actors’ Equity Association. AFTRA First National Vice President Bob Edwards — host of the “Bob Edwards Show” on XM Satellite Radio-will assume the duties of the President until the next AFTRA National Board meeting.

  • An ABC release announced that ABC News will “produce six live forums for presidential candidates, two in August 2007, two in October 2007, and two in January 2008. The first two forums, co-sponsored by ABC News and ABC5/WOI-TV, will be in Iowa, moderated by ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos. The forums will air nationwide as special editions of ‘This Week with George Stephanopoulos.’ The Republican forum will be held on Sunday, August 5, 2007. The Democratic forum, co-sponsored by the Democratic Party of Iowa, will be held on Sunday, August 19, 2007. Both forums will take place in Des Moines, Iowa.

  • A CNN release announced that the network will partner with the Nevada Democratic Party to “host the Nevada Democratic Presidential Debate on Sunday, Nov. 4 — exactly one year before the 2008 presidential election — at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. CNN will serve as moderator and exclusive national broadcaster of the debate.”

  • It seems this morning’s snafu on Imus was not Chris Matthews’ first incident with the f-bomb. Ralph Hanson has another example from mid-January.

  • Paul Bedard reports that tomorrow’s party in honor of Terry McAuliffe’s new book and his 50th birthday, is shaping up to be quite the bash. With more than 700 invites, “The crowd will include Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, and a host of other politicians and reporters as well as even a few controversial figures McAuliffe remains fiercely loyal to, like former Clinton national security adviser Sandy Berger. And we wouldn’t be surprised if President Clinton appeared too in some fashion.”

  • A reader asks regarding this, “What does it say about the state of DC regional bureaus that a guy like Soraghan with all that experience at the Denver Post would jump to the Hill?”