Taking Out The Trash, 03.05.07

  • Has Anna Nicole Smith finally lost her intrigue?

  • ABC News nipping at NBC’s heels

  • Amy Gahran asks a good question. “Why is it that I’ve never seen a public broadcasting site that accepts donations made via Paypal?”

  • PFAW and Political Clout Productions announced, “On Saturday, March 17 at 7:00 p.m. at the Tishman Auditorium, 66 West 12th St. in New York City, Valerie Plame will make the first public appearance since the beginning of the Scooter Libby trial to discuss her life, her career, and the personal battle she and her husband, Ambassador Joseph Wilson are fighting against the most powerful officials in the nation.” She will be interviewed by MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann.

  • Slate’s Jack Shafer introduces readers to Slate’s fact-check department. “It works for nothing, and its name is Auros.” RM “Auros” Harman to be exact.

  • The Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune is looking for a Washington bureau reporter.

  • American University’s School of Communication (SOC) and the Center for Public Integrity are accepting applications to their joint Fellowship in Investigative Journalism. The fellowship starts in September 2007.

  • Also, National Geographic is looking for a Picture Editor.

  • Check out the second episode of 1/2 Hour News Hour, or at least a clip of it anyway.

  • The PEJ Talk Show Index for the week of February 18-23 shows that while Anna Nicole Smith dominated the cable talk shows, “their radio counterparts opted for another favored subject—and it was open season on the 2008 campaign season.”

  • Eric Boehlert has the good news, and the bad news, on TNR’s new owner, CanWest Global Communications.

  • Craig Silverman, journalist and originator of the website RegretTheError.com, has a book (also entitled “Regret The Error”) coming out this fall.

  • “‘This American Life’ Moves to Television

  • Nat Geo Programming Chief To Step Down

  • A Powerful Story at Walter Reed” says Deborah Howell.

  • Maybe Erik Wemple was on to something when he so quickly left the Village Voice.

  • More insight into Time magazine’s “witching hour.”

  • And, of course, the best news: Geico’s cavemen are getting their own TV pilot.

  • From the WSJ:

      Former Attorney General John Ashcroft, who sent a letter this week to his successor Alberto Gonzales blasting the proposed merger of Sirius Satellite Radio Inc. and XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc., approached XM in the days after the merger was announced offering the firm his consulting services, a spokesman for XM said Saturday.

  • From DCRTV:

      Korny Does XM – 3/5 – Superstar Washington Post sports columnist and radio god Tony Kornheiser debuts on DC-based XM Satellite Radio today. His 8:30 AM to 10:30 AM Washington Post Radio show gets aired continent-wide with a half-hour delay from 9 AM to 11 AM on XM-144, Sports Nation…..