Taking Out The Trash, 03.09.07

  • An ABC release announced that “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” outperformed CBS’ “Face the Nation” with 3.04 million Total Viewers on Sunday, March 4. “This is the ninth time this season ‘This Week’ outperformed ‘Face the Nation’ in Total Viewers.”

  • Pew Weekly’s News Interest Index is up.

  • From Wake-Up Call:

      Continuing his recent obsession with purity, Chris Matthews said of a guest: “He’s as pure as the driven snow. … I’ve never met someone so pure” (“Hardball”).

  • PostieCon is ready for you.

  • Data-Planet launches. From the release:”Researchers wanting to quickly compare, trend, profile or map data from multiple federal agencies no longer need dozens of sites and several software applications. Data-Planet (www.data-planet.com), a new service of Conquest Systems Inc., offers current and historical public statistical data from many of the federal statistical producing agencies, as well as data from non-government organizations.”

  • From the NBC release: “Meet the Press with Tim Russert outperforms CBS and ABC by over one million viewers and FOX by over 2.4 million. Also tops CBS, CBS, ABC and FOX in homes and adults 25-54.”

  • Woodruff Says He Won’t Return To Iraq

  • National Book Critics Circle awards announced.

  • Washingtonpost.com unveils interactive report on Darfur crisis.

  • Blogging for dollars raises questions of online ethics

  • From DCRTV: “Former Channel 9/WUSA reporter Ellen Kingsley’s 20-year fight against breast cancer ended today in Texas.”

  • Next week is Sunshine Week!

  • Interface Media Group sold to longtime employee

  • From OpinionJournal:

      Another Man’s Victim?
      Reuters has a cute little human interest story about funny people from Vermont holding “town meetings” where they call for President Bush’s impeachment. What caught our eye was not the darling little Vermonters, though, but something in this paragraph:

      Doug Dunbebin, who walked door-to-door collecting signatures to get the question onto the town meeting ballot, said there are still unanswered questions about September 11, 2001, when hijacked plane attacks killed 2,992 people at New York’s World Trade Center, at the Pentagon and in Pennsylvania.

      That number, 2,992, looked unfamiliar to us. We went back and looked at our December item on the Associated Press’s bogus “grim milestone” (U.S. military deaths in Iraq surpassing total 9/11 deaths), and sure enough, the AP’s 9/11 count was different: 2,973 to be exact.

      What’s the difference between 2,992 and 2,973? Nineteen. It seems Reuters is counting the terrorists–or should that be “freedom fighters”?–among the victims of 9/11.

  • Did somebody just call Jonathan Yardley a “worn-out old whore”?

  • Sports reporter George Michael will appear at Nathans’ Q&A Cafe April 4.
  • A tipster makes this good point (regarding this): “The WHCA decides the seating in the briefing room, not the administration.”

  • No joke: The Politico (or as the tipster who pointed this out to us said, “self-promotico”) has its own “Fans of the Politico” Facebook page.

  • Chicago Sun-Times’ Carol Marin takes a swipe at Mark Leibovich.

  • Gallup is looking for a Internet Webcast Producer. “Candidates for this opportunity must have 2 years of experience as a producer or an associate producer. Broad knowledge of Internet production methods is helpful.”

  • The Association of Health Care Journalists announced the winners of the 2006 Awards for Excellence in Health Care Journalism. Frank Christopher, Matthew Eisen and Marc Shaffer, of PBS and Susan Dentzer, Murrey Jacobson and Elizabeth Callan, The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, of PBS are both among the winners.

  • A reader asks, “How hard pressed is the politico for copy that it ran an full page except from Martin Tolchin’s book — which was released in July, 2006?!”

  • Another reader tells us, “I believe the Post reporter you mentioned causing some tension at the Kalb Report was actually WSJ deputy Washington bureau chief David Wessel.”

  • Washington Post’s Frank Ahrens reports, “If there’s any good news about the businesses of newspapering these days, it can be found at the industry’s littlest papers, which are doing well even as their bigger brothers founder.”

  • Noam Cohen reports that C-SPAN announced that it is “changing its copyright policy to ‘allow noncommercial copying, sharing and posting’ on the Internet of its coverage of events sponsored by Congress or any federal agency, a decision that covers about 50 percent of its material.”

  • DCRTV reports, “Superstar sports columnist Tony Kornheiser, on his two-week-old Washington Post Radio show today, was asked about his ratings: ‘I went to a station with no ratings. So if I get seven listeners they’ll carry me around like a god.'”

  • NYT Assistant Managing Editor Glenn Kramon: Sorta jealous of the Post.

  • You too can smell like us.