Taking Out The Trash, 08.29.06

  • If you’re a reporter in New Orleans, the first stop is Bourbon Street, followed by some reporting, capped off with a Rob Lowe meet and greet.

  • Greta Van Susteren interviewed Steve Centanni and Olaf Wiig last night.

  • A former colleague of then-Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage confirmed that Armitage was the leak to Robert Novak. The WaPo reported that Armitage’s colleague, “who spoke on the condition of anonymity,” said Armitage had described disclosing Valerie Plame’s “employment to Novak in an offhand manner, virtually as gossip, at the end of a conversation in Armitage’s office. Armitage did not know at the time that Plame’s identity was considered secret information and senior State Department officials concluded he did ‘not do anything wrong.'”

  • Left unimpressed with Adam Nagourney’s “36 Hours” in Washington, D.C., Express’ Michael Grass offers his own version.

  • Is Foreign Policy snuggling up to The Village Voice, or is this just a major oversight?

  • Save MSNBC On XM Satellite Radio has run into a problem with its campaign — or more specifically, having trouble delivering signatures in support of their plight: “As of about 11am this morning i have been trying to send a fax to XM’s headquarters containing all the signatures and comments received so far… the line has been BUSY continuously (constantly?) since then… my theory is that they’re blocking calls from my electronic fax service number so they don’t have to hear the Truth (cause, you know, i’m not sure if they can handle the truthiness) or the line is just busy (can’t handle the faxiness!)”

  • Wonkette captures a CNN flub that you really have to see to believe.

  • The finalists for the 7th annual Online Journalism Awards (OJAs) were announced today by the Online News Association (ONA) and the USC Annenberg School for Communication. The Washington Post was among the finalists for General Excellence in Online Journalism. The winners will be announced at the OJA Awards Banquet held October 6 & 7th at the Capital Hilton.

  • For his first of many contributions to The Horse’s Mouth, Brendan Nyhan takes a “look at the state of progressive media criticism today.”

  • From NBC:

      ‘NBC NIGHTLY NEWS WITH BRIAN WILLIAMS’ BROADCAST WINS IN ALL CATEGORIES, ALL FIVE NIGHTS, DURING THE WEEK OF AUGUST 21-25, 2006

      PROGRAM HAS BEST ADVANTAGE OVER ABC SINCE THE WEEK OF MAY 8, 2006