Taking Out The Trash, 08.18.06

  • You heard it here first: Listen to NPR’s Weekend Edition Sunday this weekend for a special and surprise appearance by Tom Hanks.

  • According to this week’s Polls of the Day, we learned that…

    Mike Wallace can make Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad look both humble and serious.

    Mashing-up Dana Milbank is not to be underrated.

    Tony Kornheiser and Paul Farhi should really both shut up.

    And today, those who know Lloyd Grove say New York can keep him.

  • TVNewser has a good roundup of coverage plans for the one year anniversary of Katrina. NPR joins the Katrina anniversary coverage with “Katrina: Where The Money Went,” a “themed multi-part series … examining the trail of personal, private and public money that has become intertwined with the natural disaster.” According to the release, the series airs August 27-30 throughout the NPR News program schedule, featuring journalists reporting from Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.

  • “According to Nielsen Media Research for the week of August 7, 2006, ABC News ‘Nightline’ outperformed CBS ‘Late Night with David Letterman’ in both Total Viewers and the key Adults 25-54 demographic for the second consecutive week.” According to the release, “Nightline” posted 3.42 million — 220,000 viewers more than “Letterman” making it “Nightline’s” highest delivery since June 19, 2006.

  • Kitty Kelley now writes for The New Republic. We love you, Frank Foer.

  • Wonkette wants to know: In the limbo contest of journalistic ethics, how low will/can they go?

  • The Week is doing well as circulation and ad revenue grow beyond critics’ expectations.

  • More on the Time publication move. NYT reports, “Time has apparently learned an important lesson from its sister publication, People magazine, which also used to come out on Mondays. … People changed to Fridays in 1997 and newsstand sales rose sharply.”

  • Our daily TVNewser FNC update tells us that Anita McNaught, wife of kidnapped FNC cameraman Olaf Wiig, “made another tearful televised appeal to her husband’s kidnappers today.”

  • Last night, Shep Smith told viewers: “It’s been three days since our Fox News colleagues, the national correspondent Steve Centanni and a New Zealander, Olaf Wiig, updated were kidnapped in Gaza. We still have no word on their whereabouts, no word on their condition.”

  • The Committee to Protect Journalists issued a new statement about the kidnapping. Meanwhile, a journalist says Palestinian Authority has info about the captors.