Taking Out The Trash, 09.15.06

  • You all love eating at your desks.

  • Jon Friedman on Tim Russert: “In short, he is as far from the dreaded ‘Crossfire’ School of Blabbermouth Journalism as you can possibly get. … By contrast, he’s cool and analytical.”

  • According to the AP, after Al Franken admitted his paycheck stopped coming, Air America acknowledged “that it had suffered a small number of layoffs but insisted there were no plans for the liberal talk show network to declare bankruptcy.”

  • LA Times editor Dean Baquet says he does not want to make any more job cuts in the newsroom. The AP reports Baquet is “defying the newspaper’s corporate parent, which has asked for a budget-trimming plan.” Baquet said he is not averse to making cuts, “but you can go too far, and I don’t plan to do that.”

  • The Wall Street Journal reports that the Tribune and the Chandlers, “the media company’s biggest shareholder, are nearing a settlement to unwind two partnerships.” Both sides “hope to take the agreement to Tribune’s board next Thursday in Chicago.”

  • Ray Suarez, senior correspondent with the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, will dicuss and sign “The Holy Vote: The Politics of Faith in America” tonight, 7:30 at Politics and Prose.

  • Also tonight at 7:30, Thomas E. Ricks, chief Pentagon correspondent for The Washington Post, discusses and signs “Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq” at Borders Books-Tyson’s Corner.

  • Read what E&P describes as Tony Snow’s “most fascinating briefings today in his relatively short time as White House press secretary.”


  • AOL’s Ted Leonsis is giving up “the title of president of what AOL calls its audience business, which creates Web sites and sells advertising on them. He will remain vice chairman of the company.”

  • Regarding this, a reader asks, “Is it just me, or has that section gotten a lot better in the past year?”

  • And yet another reader comment on this: “The ear is the single determinant of a lede’s length. The Post lede reads, so a good editor left it alone. The ear is better than the eye. One critic here says long ledes are lazy. Lazier still is hacking a connected thought into two sentences, and beginning the second with ‘it,’ the laziest of all words. Forget the eye, always trust the ear.”

  • ABC News White House Correspondent Martha Raddatz joins C-SPAN’s Brian Lamb for an hour-long interview on Q & A that airs Sunday at 8 p.m./11 p.m. Raddatz dicusses Bob Woodward’s injuries, breaking the news about the death of al-Zarqawi and her “love” of Gwen Ifill.

  • Laurie David burns Wolf Blitzer over his recent global warming coverage.