Taking Out The Trash, 03.07.07

  • Most of you think highly of your direct editor.

  • 1,000 Journalists Killed in 10 Years While Reporting

  • Air America Radio 2.0 begins.

  • An NBC release announced that “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams” was “No. 1 in most all demographics including the key demo adults 25-54 during the week of February 26 — March 2, 2007. “Nightly’s” “+132,000 advantage over ABC in the key
    demographic represents the program’s best advantage over “World News” since the week of January 15, 2007.”

  • An ABC release announced that “World News with Charles Gibson” was “the #1 evening newscast among Total Viewers and Households” for the week of February 26 — March 2, marking the second week in a row and the third time in four weeks “World News” has ranked #1 in these top categories.

  • In his upcoming column, Vanity Fair’ Michael Wolff looks at how through the Scooter Libbyt trial, the Bush administration, “could well have brought one of the greatest marketing and P.R. success stories of the modern era — the rise of conservatism and the Republican Party — to an end.”

  • Gelf Magazine’s Sarah Raymond looks at how the translation or interpretations of statements that foreign correspondents often rely on can result in some serious confusion.

  • Vanity Fair Editor Graydon Carter announced that that Bono will serve as Vanity Fair’s “first-ever” guest editor. Bono will edit the magazine’s Africa Issue for July, which he is doing on behalf of (RED).

  • Mother Jones takes a new look at “25 Years of Media Mergers. From GE-NBC to Google-YouTube.”

  • The PEJ News Index shows that “tornadoes in the South and a financial plunge on Wall Street” joined two stories that “typically dominate the Index” — the 2008 Presidential campaign and the Iraq debate.

  • Foreign Policy announced in a release that Lawrence Wright won the 2007 Lionel Gelber Prize for his book The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11, published by Alfred A. Knopf. “The annual prize is awarded to the author of the world’s best book on international affairs.” Other finalists were Robert Kagan’s Dangerous Nation: America’s Place in the World from Its Earliest Days to the Dawn of the Twentieth Century; Margaret MacMillan’s Nixon and Mao: The Week That Changed the World; David Malone’s The International Struggle over Iraq: Politics in the UN Security Council 1980–2005; and Thomas E. Ricks’ Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq.

  • FootNoted.Org expresses surprise upon learning that Gannett’s top execs will no longer have “any allowance” for home security systems or club membership fees. “What’s the next perk to go? Could it be the end of the ‘company provided lunch’?”

  • ABC News’ Brian Ross and Vic Walter report, “Whistle-blower AT&T technician Mark Klein says his effort to reveal alleged government surveillance of domestic Internet traffic was blocked not only by U.S. intelligence officials but also by the top editors of the Los Angeles Times.”

  • Washington Post’s John Kelly provides a look at “pre-BlackBerry journalism” through the Ralph M. McKenzie’s 1903 “Washington Correspondents Past and Present — Brief Sketches of the Rank and File.”

  • Al Tompkins takes a look behind the National Press Photographers Association’s judging of the Television Photojournalism contest. “By week’s end, they will have witnessed countless calamities and odd characters of every description.”

  • A reader asks, “Mike Sniffen wrote the AP Libby story. His wife Laurie Asseo wrote the Bloomberg Libby story. Wonder which one was better.”