Taking Out The Trash, 08.07.06

Your eyes are not deceiving you: Howard Kurtz actually takes breaks from time to time.

  • Wow. This one is getting wonderfully insane: Over 5,000 votes cast in Hottest Female, Off Air. Some are getting awfully close to Lila Merideth, but she’s able to always stay 5-10 votes ahead of the pack. This one is going down to the wire.

  • One White House reporter tell us that “several of us here in the Crawford filing center would like to vote for NPR’s David Greene in every single category. Including Female off-air.”

  • The cable rundown of CT primary coverage, courtesy of TVNewser.

  • Doublethink talks to Mark Helprin on thrill seeking, Communism, and his break from the Wall Street Journal.

  • E&P reports that print journos are in danger of seeing another round of pink slips “in the second half of 2006.” Bear Stearns analyst Alexia Quadrani noted that “ad revenue barely budged — up 0.5% year-to-date — and circulation revenue continues to decline in the low single digit range.” Quadrani predicts the majority of losses will most likely be in the metro markets, where ad sales were even more anemic.

  • Noticed: More and more Washington Times being given away for free at area Metro stations.

  • Max Blumenthal confirms what we knew all along.

  • One year ago today, the world of journalism said goodbye to Peter Jennings. TVNewser offers a look back.

  • The Express is coming under fire from freelancers for poor response rates and using story ideas after they were pitched and denied. Editor Dan Caccavaro wants names. We want stories. Anyone?

  • Slate’s Jack Shafer explores the real cost of New Republic Martin Peretz’s $10-word addiction.

  • Congratulations to Fox News’ Catherine Herridge who, according to On The Record, is taking her healthy son, Peter, home after a liver transplant. We wish them both the best.

  • Laura Ingraham and Joe Scarborough‘s cat fight has reached a new level as Ingraham “slammed” Scarborough’s ratings and Scarborough fought back. Our cousin, TVNewser, has the details.

  • What the heck’s going on with The Express’ Wikipedia entry?

  • Cynthia McKinney has been called a lot of things, but does the NYT have the honor of being the first to call her CongressMAN? But checkout the print edition — mistake free.

  • As more and more free newspapers flood markets all over the globe, some are experimenting with new delivery methods. According to International Herald Tribune, the papers are delivered “throughout desirable neighborhoods, but analysts say one drawback for advertisers is that it is hard to determine whether they end up in recipients’ briefcases or go straight to the catbox.”

  • What’s funnier? President Bush giving the media some love or calling the AP and USA Today small businesses?