Taking Out The Trash, 06.23.06

  • The FCC is at it again. The Washington Post reports that the FCC voted yesterday to revisit the topic of media ownership, “two years after the agency’s last attempt to craft new rules was tossed out by a federal court.” The FCC will take comments on media ownership for four months.

  • Fox News Jerusalem-based correspondent Jennifer Griffin is Brian Lamb’s guest on “Q&A,” Sunday at 8 p.m. According to CSPAN, Griffin discusses her life in Israel, and news coverage from around the world, including South Africa, Russia, Afghanistan, Rwanda, Thailand, and Israel.

  • The Century Foundation’s Peter Osnos looks to answer “what happened at Knight-Ridder to take it down?” In a recent gathering, a senior executive of the chain told what “came down to this: misguided pursuit of shareholder value that ultimately degraded the newspapers and their business models, satisfying no one, except perhaps the investors who forced the breakup and reaped the rewards.” There is a lesson to be learned here.

  • One space after the period is the preferred method.

  • The RAMMY Awards will be presented this Sunday at the 24th Annual Restaurant Awards Gala at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel. FOX 5’s Sue Palka and NBC 4’s James Adams will serve as masters of ceremonies and presenters include NBC’s Norah O’Donnell, WUSA 9 Tracey Neale, ABC 7 Doug McKelway and WTOP Radio’s Bob Madigan. Attire is “Glam Rock” so plan accordingly.

  • Different day, same ‘ol White House Press Briefing. From today’s briefing:

      HELEN THOMAS: That’s not —

      MR. SNOW: Helen, will you stop heckling and let me conduct a press conference.

      THOMAS: — argument.

      MR. SNOW: Well, no, I’m making an argument, and you’re pestering the teacher.

    And clearly, someone thinks that once you’ve seen one White House Press Secretary, you’ve seen them all:

      Q Can you find that out?

      Q Scott —

      MR. SNOW: That would be “Tony.” (Laughter.)