Taking Out The Trash, 1.17.07

  • “I eat neocons for breakfast,” is leading the photo caption contest. Voting closes Wednesday afternoon.

  • The New York Times reports that “an unlikely pair,” Eli Broad and Ronald W. Burkle are deciding today “whether their unlikely partnership should go forward in serious pursuit of the Tribune Company.”

  • Lionel Gelber Foundation announced the finalists for this year’s Lionel Gelber Prize yesterday, recognizing the best books on international affairs. They include: Robert Kagan’s Dangerous Nation, Margaret MacMillan’s Nixon in China: The Week That Changed the World, David Malone’s The International Struggle Over Iraq: Politics in the UN Security Council 1980-2005, Thomas E. Ricks’ Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq and Lawrence Wright’s The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11. The winner of the $15,000 prize will be announced March 6 and the award ceremony will be held March 27 in Toronto.

  • A reader notes, “Now the question is, who will bring Colbert to the dinner?”

  • Some more reader feedback on this: “Rich Little, eh? That’s a long way to go to prove an anti-Colbert point, isn’t it? Who’s up after Rich, maybe Waylon and Madame?

  • And another tipster asks, “Rich Little? What Soupy Sales or Nipsey Russell weren’t available? From Colbert to this guy?”

  • A reader writes, in response to this, “I, and others, have been taught since elementary school that you can use the so-called ‘serial comma,’ and that it is not grammatically incorrect.”

  • Professor Sonya Huber-Humes offers a critique of journalism in the “Real Who, What, When, and Why of Journalism.”