Taking Out The Trash, 08.08.06

  • Which will have a greater turnout — CT primary or the Hottest Media Types? Polls close tomorrow at 5 p.m.

  • The WaPo Metro copy desk is getting into the Christmas spirit a bit early this year, donating $560 from a bake sale to this year’s Send a Kid to Camp fund. The total raised this year was $608,304.10, well above the goal of $450,000.

  • Is CNN making a political push on The Situation Room?

  • According to the latest Pew poll, Americans are split on whether the media should be praised or punished for the recent banking story. “By a margin of 50%-34%, Americans think that news organizations have hurt rather than helped the interests of the American people with these reports. However, an even larger 65%-28% majority believes that these news accounts told citizens something that they should know about.” You can’t really have it both ways kids.

  • Jim Brady gives us an update on washingtonpost.com’s search for a new Red America blogger: “We’re still looking and have narrowed to field to just a few. Timing depends on other projects, but its probably a few months off from launch.” Oh, and it won’t actually be called “Red America.”

  • Hotline offers an update on tonight’s CT coverage: CNN’s Candy Crowley will be in CT; CSPAN will have live coverage from 7:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. with analysis from in-studio guests and simulcasts from WFSB-TV (Hartford CBS affiliate); FNC will have Carl Cameron at Joe Lieberman’s headquarters and Alan Colmes at Ned Lamont’s with updates throughout the evening; Chris Matthews will anchor MSNBC’s coverage from CT.

  • According to Nielsen Media Research data, “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams” was the “top-rated network evening newscast, placing first in total viewers, homes and in the key demographic adults 25-54” for last week. The NBC release goes on the say that “Nightly News” attracted 8.388 million total viewers, 10% more than ABC “World News'” 7.648 million, and a 17% advantage over CBS “Evening News,” representing “the program’s best delivery in 11 weeks.”

  • Tucker Carlson takes issue with Bill O’Reilly’s account an 18 year-old’s rape and murder:

      O’Reilly: “She was 5’2, 105 pounds, wearing a mini skirt and a halter top with a bare midriff. Now, again, there you go. So every predator in the world is going to pick that up at 2:00 in the morning. She’s walking by herself on the west side highway, and she gets picked up by a thug, all right? Now she’s he out-of-her-mind drunk.”

      Carlson: “So she’s got a halter top with a bare midriff and she’s drunk; therefore, she gets raped and murdered, as if that’s natural? That’s what happens when you’ve got a bare midriff and you’re loaded? Not in my America, buddy.”

  • Oh, and watch out world: There’s a “The Vote for Bret Baier Council” now in existence.