Taking Out The Trash, 06.27.06

We’ll deluge you like the clouds above:

  • One fish, two fish, red fish, fishbowl. Apply to be the new Fish (rhyming skills not required).

  • There is no contest, according to FishbowlDC readers: Chris Matthews has no idea what he is in for on tonight’s Colbert Report.

  • In response to the influx of criticism, Los Angeles Times editor Dean Baquet answers why he ran “the bank story.”

  • Hardball’s Olympic bounce deflates notes TVNewser. But even worse news comes for Fox who “lost viewers across the board in the second quarter of 2006.”

  • For the third successive year, washingtonpost.com has received the Edward R. Murrow Award for Overall Excellence for Non-Broadcast Affiliated Website. Also washingtonpost.com video journalist Ben de la Cruz was a recipient of a regional Emmy award for his short-form documentary “Homeless in DC.”

  • Is Washington Post’s Jeffrey Birnbaum the nicest guy in D.C.? Howard Mortman offers some compelling evidence.

  • Make of this what you will: The Hill newspaper signed a contract with Pharma in connection with (to support? To sponsor?) their health website.

  • The Washington Post reports that Washington native Michael Arthur Dornheim, 51, “an aeronautical engineer writing for Aviation Week & Space Technology magazine for 22 years, died in an automobile accident on a wooded road between Malibu and Calabasas, Calif. Mr. Dornheim had been missing since leaving a restaurant June 3 and was found in his wrecked car June 12.”

  • Sunday, The Washington Post Magazine introduced four new features: Date Lab, Making It, Save & Splurge, and Party Animal. Monday, Tom Shroder was brave enough to field some questions on the revamp and the mag as a whole. We saw the word “fluff” far too many times in that chat than we (or Shroder, for that matter) cared for.

  • Gasp! Peter Daou, “one of the most prominent political bloggers in the nation,” according to the New York Times, has been hired by Senator Hillary Clinton “to help disseminate her message in a forum that has not always been that hospitable to her.” Did Mark Warner’s appearance in Las Vegas make her nervous?

  • DCRTV tells us that it’s official — Cameron Gray is leaving his operations manager post at CBS talker WJFK-FM for Redskins owner Dan Snyder’s Red Zebra Broadcasting. Gray will be executive producer of the ESPN-based sports talker and of the Redskins Radio Network. And he is not alone — Chris Owens WJFK-FM’s imaging director has also made the jump. No news yet on when the station will debut.

  • Why do LA and NYC get to have all the fun? DC doesn’t have to be Hollywood for ugly people. Don’t worry — DCist has a plan to increase DC’s young TV viewership.

  • In case you missed it, MSNBC’s Chris Hansen testified in front of a Congressional subcommittee today. It can be seen here.

  • National Association of Manufacturers announced today that veteran newscaster Mike K. Hambrick has joined association as Director of Communications, where he will re-launch the NAM’s radio program. More importantly, we learn from the release that “He appeared in two movies, ‘Air Force One’ and ‘Murder At 1600.'”

  • An update on the GM vs. NYT battle. Anyone know who is actually winning?

  • Ann Coulter and ‘666’? A coincidence too interesting not to note.

  • Tom Sietsema won an Association of Food Journalists award in restaurant criticism. The placement of the winners (first, second or third) will be announced at AFJ’s annual conference in Charlotte, North Carolina, on September 16.

  • Chairman P. Anthony Ridder told shareholders yesterday that the sale of the company to the McClatchy Co. for $4.5 billion in stock and cash, has officially been approved. According to FishbowlNY, Knight Ridder is planning “a commemorative video and booklet to be distributed to all employees” as part of the final week of the company. Or loyal K-R supporters could look to the enterprising Ft. Worth Observed blog that is marking the occasion with commemorative t-shirts at the bargain price of $21.