Taking Out The Trash, 03.13.07

By Patrick 

  • Most of you are looking forward to the NCAA College Basketball Tournament. Woo-hoo!

  • A tipster informs us that Bloomberg’s Paul Basken is leaving for The Chronicle of Higher Education.

  • A reader tells us, “People are ignoring the Len/Phil memo because editors are not policing it. Laws don’t matter if they are not enforced.”

  • A reader asks, “Woah — why did Hagel just single out Dana Bash in his prez announcement press conference? He went on and on, a little odd.”

  • House Democrats will host a press conference today, calling on news networks to address the Media Matters Sunday Show Report. The presser is at 11 a.m. on the Cannon Terrace. Reps. Maurice Hinchey, Lynn Woolsey and Marcy Kaptur will attend, along with Media Matters’ Senior Fellow Paul Waldman. Check out the report here.

  • Lost of comments about the Washington Times in this Washington Post online chat (about this article).

  • Hinchey also released a statement on the pending presser. “My colleagues and I will be appealing directly to the major networks to do the right thing and provide equal opportunities for Democrats, who control both chambers of Congress, to appear on these shows and give their perspectives on the important issues of the day.” Is it us, or is there a threat in there?

  • More from the Fox v. Nevada Dems debate…

  • His Extremeness points out a hilarious exchange between Rich Little and his “ageless contemporary” Sam Donaldson.

  • Steve Chapman has the real take-away from the Libby trial. “Reporters who thought they had the privilege of keeping their sources secret, no matter what, found they were living in a fool’s paradise.”

  • Colin McEnroe outlines why “Meet The Press” is no longer a Sunday morning must see.

  • The Post has the Libby trial through the eyes of a juror (oh, and a former Post reporter).

  • Byron Calame reports that Bill Keller acknowledged that the New York Times “could have been quicker in responding to the Post’s stories” on Walter Reed.

  • The family of slain journalist David E. Rosenbaum could be the motivation for improving emergency services in Washington. In return for dropping their $20 million lawsuit, “the District has agreed to establish a task force that will come up with recommendations to improve how emergency services are delivered.”

  • Albany Times Union’s Rex Smith on the Libby trial: “What you need to understand is that all the conniving and strategizing about media placement and messages can actually serve citizens well. It’s not as evil as it sounds. Not evil, that is, if reporters do their jobs well and turn official spinning into spun yarn, and the full garment of news coverage readers have a right to expect.”

  • Wonkette is the proud winner of a Bloggie. Congrats!

  • In covering the “election” of Joe Baca as chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI), Adventures of the Coconut Caucus discovers “that apparently NPR doesn’t know any Latinos.”

  • Congrats to the GW Hatchet for winning 16 Region 2 Mark of Excellence Awards. The SPJ awards will be presented during the Mark of Excellence Luncheon at the upcoming Spring Conference, March 30-31, 2007, in Richmond, Virginia. The conference will be held at Virginia Commonwealth University.

  • There are so few real watershed moments, but Tim Rutten finally found one. “When it comes to relations between prosecutors and the press, the trial of former vice presidential Chief of Staff I. Lewis ‘Scooter’ Libby is one of them. … What set Libby’s trial apart from others of its type was this simple fact: Of the 19 witnesses called to testify, 10 were journalists.”

  • Despite talk that newspapers are dying, the print product will continue to exist “from now ’til eternity,” predicts industry observer Samir Husni. Print media simply need to do a better job of showing how their stories relate to readers, he says. Also: Tabloid headlines provide a “small thrill.”

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