Taking Out The Trash, 09.15.06

  • Save the semi-colon!

  • E&P reports that Pentagon Papers leaker Daniel Ellsberg “is calling on officials within the government to leak ‘the Pentagon Paper of the Middle East’ to modern reporters, to short-circuit another possible war. Ellsberg’s challenge is found in the October issue of Harper’s magazine, to appear next week.”

  • MSNBC’s Linda Holmes on Tucker‘s heartbreak: “Would Tucker manage the Master P maneuver, staying on the show in spite of being clearly the worst performer? He would not. He became the first bootee, and after a brief last dance, he was finished, sent home with his bow tie, though he vowed to dance again.”

  • Katie‘s reign comes to an end as NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams returned to first place on Wednesday, according to fast national ratings. The CBS Evening News with Katie Couric placed second and ABC came in third.

  • “Meet the Press with Tim Russert” was “top rated in each category” last Sunday, averaging 3.446 million total viewers. According to the release, Russert had a 25% lead over CBS’s “Face the Nation”, a 44% lead over ABC “This Week” and 171% more than FOX “News Sunday.”

  • According to Nielsen Media Research for the week of September 4, ABC News “Nightline” outperformed CBS “Late Night with David Letterman” in both Total Viewers and the key Adults 25-54 demographic. According to the release this is “Nightline’s” “fourth win in six weeks and the sixth time this season the program has outperformed ‘Letterman.'”

  • Football fever is going around. (Via TVNewser) “FNC host and Green Bay Packers fan Greta Van Susteren ‘has waived her channel’s ‘fair and balanced’ rule for” her interview with Brett Favre…'”

  • Also from TVNewser’s Ticker— George Stephanopoulos’s This Week “is finally coming into its own,” Media Life says. “The show has recorded the strongest growth among adults 25-54 of any of the four Sunday morning news shows this year, in its best performance since he took over…”

  • And the final bit of TVNewser love: “As Bob Woodruff returns to work at ABC News, ‘one of his jobs will be to report on what has happened to him since the January 29 bomb explosion,’ Paul Gough reports…”

  • Regarding this, a reader writes, “So a journalism professor would cut you off at 35 words? Silly. If it’s readable, who cares? That said, 67 words is short compared to some of the most legendary of the Post’s leads.” Yet another reader offers this: “Post lede is definitely too long. Long ledes are lazy. It would have been easy to make that a second sentence — The smart campaign is a preview of the strategy that national party races say then plan to replicate …”

  • A way to fix that long lede. A reader writes:

      The turnout campaign that Republican operatives used to help pull Sen. Lincoln D. Chafee to victory in the Rhode Island primary was a potent demonstration of how money and manpower can transform a race even in an unfavorable political environment — and a preview of the strategy that national party officials say they plan to replicate in the most competitive House and Senate races over the next 55 days.

      you know, that could have been easily fixed.

      The turnout campaign that Republican operatives used to help pull Sen. Lincoln D. Chafee to victory in the Rhode Island primary was a potent demonstration of how money and manpower can transform a race even in an unfavorable political environment . It was also a preview of the strategy that national party officials say they plan to replicate in the most competitive House and Senate races over the next 55 days.

      duh. editors snoozing on the job.