Taking Out The Trash, 11.02.06

  • Journos love democracy.

  • Daryn Kagan spoke with Paul Bedard on her departure from CNN and discusses why her contract was not renewed. Kagan: “CNN came to me in January and told me they weren’t going to renew my contract. … I never asked why. I just took it as a nudge from the universe that it’s time to go do this thing.”

  • A reader tell us, “You’re right about HMOh crap. It’s the talk of the newsroom today. Everywhere you turn, people are discussing which of the evils they are choosing. It’s HMO vs. Healthfund, with the PPO out.”

  • NPR’s new ombudsman, Bill Marimow, addresses the “daunting” task awaiting him: “My hope is that my communications with NPR’s audience will lead not only to a better understanding of NPR’s journalism but also — in cases when we make a mistake — better journalism at NPR.”

  • TVNewser reports that CNN’s documentary series Broken Government and the Lou Dobbs Tonight Town Hall meetings “averaged a 31 percent increase in P2+ and a 51 percent increase in P25-54 in their premiere telecasts compared to regular 7p/8p program averages year-to-date,” the network noted today.

  • TV Week reports that CBS News is leading in nominations for Business and Financial Emmys, with 15 of the 33 nominations. “NBC has five noms, CNBC has four, CNN has three, and ABC has one” (via TVNewser).

  • Why’s the Washingtonian prematurely referring to Adrian Fenty as the “mayor”?

  • Potomac Flacks speaks with Towson University professor Martha Joynt Kumar, “who’s been attending the WH press briefings since 1975 as an observer.”

  • Huffington Post’s Rachel Sklar gives a behind the scenes look at SNL.

  • C-SPAN announced that their Election Night coverage will begin at 8 p.m. and will include real time results from the AP, viewer calls and reaction to the results and analysis from Congressional Quarterly.