Taking Out The Trash, 03.15.07

By Patrick 

  • Imus is not a big hit among media folk.

  • Politico’s Ben Smith reports that it isn’t just the Nevada Democrats who are on the anti-Fox bandwagon. The CBC Political Education and Leadership Institute is has jumped on too.

  • In the wake of the Libby trial, Jack Shafer notes, “The press (including me) may have overreacted in regarding special prosecutor Patrick J. Fitzgerald as some sort of Torquemada, and our fears of a shredded First Amendment are starting to look a little overwrought.”

  • From DCRTV:

      XM Ups Straley – 3/14 – DC-based XM Satellite Radio promotes Kevin Straley to senior VP of news, talk, and sports programming. He had been VP for talk programming. Before joining XM in 2001, Straley was program director for Boston talker WRKO…..

  • Silent treatment: Solving the press’s credit problem”

  • Media Fight Request to Close Parts of Israel Lobbyists’ Trial

  • “Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the suspected mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks, …confessed to the beheading of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl.”

  • More on TMZDC.com…

  • Coming newspaper wars: The freebies

  • This blogger weighs in (not positively) on the Politico.

  • “‘Fair & Balanced’ Could Enter Hall of Fame

  • The Associated Press reports that Charles Forelle, James Bandler and Mark Maremont from The Wall Street Journal won this year’s Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting for their expose on top business executives who manipulated stock options to reward themselves massive payouts. The prize is $25,000. NPR’s Daniel Schorr won the Goldsmith Career Award for Excellence in Journalism.

  • A reader notes that yesterday was the first day in more than a week that Jeanne Cummings was not on Politico’s front page.

  • Wired News and NewAssignment.net announced the launch of Assignment Zero yesterday, “an attempt to bring together professional writers and editors with citizen journalists to collaborate on reporting and writing about the rise of crowdsourcing on the Web.” Jay Rosen is serving as executive editor. The Washington Post’s Joel Achenbach describes it as “a bit like Wikipedia-meets-Woodward-and-Bernstein.” (Hat Tip: Romenesko)

  • Dude, did the Politico hire the same voice artist that did that Geico ad for their new video?

  • A reader asks, “So… I don’t get it. Are you suggesting that if City Paper wrote a story (on a somewhat pegless, evergreen topic) that The Washington Post shouldn’t even bother? Can’t tell, you might just be joking, but it’s a mentality that affects too many journalists as it is, prompting them to talk themselves out of stories they really should be writing because they don’t want to make the six or seven people who actually read both sources to think that they’re behind the curve. Who loses? The average readers.”

  • A reader weighs in on Politico’s chat: “I find it really annoying that the politico chat was upside down. Reading from the bottom up annoys me.”

  • The Washington Examiner is hiring a Payroll Coordinator and a Sales Assistant.

  • Congressional Quarterly is hiring a User Interface Designer and Developer.

  • Fox News Channel is hiring a producer for their Washington DC bureau.

  • Marketing Associate, Atlantic Media Company

  • Web Developer, U.S. News & World Report

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