Taking Out The Trash, 10.04.06

  • Mark Foley’s extra-curricular activities were news to a lot of you.

  • Romenesko reports that Newsweek is doing some staff shuffling. Deidre Depke, Mark Miller and Debra Rosenberg were named assistant managing editors; Lisa Miller added religion to her beat; Misid Hajari was named foreign editor for the U.S. edition and David Noonan was named senior editor for health and medicine.

  • Where did all the caffeine addicts go? One cup?! But it’s election season!

  • Thomas Edsall engaged Bob Woodward in a cat fight on Hugh Hewitt‘s show — except Woodward wasn’t actually there. Among the highlights, Edsall referred to Woodward as “a sucker for those who talk to him, and a hostile adversary to those who do not talk to him” and as “kind of a cold fish.” Insert screeching cat noise here.

  • DCRTV reports that David Eldridge, “who has helped oversee local news coverage for seven years at the Washington Times, has been named managing editor of WashingtonTimes.com.”

  • According to Nielsen Media Research ratings data, “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams” was the No. 1 network evening newscast, winning all five nights of 9/25-29. CBS fell to third place. According to the release, “Nightly News” attracted 8.175 million total viewers for the week, 8% more than second place ABC “World News'”, and a 9% lead over third place CBS “Evening News'”.

  • Paul Bedard was once a House page. Seriously.

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  • Keith Kelly reports that Time Inc. is planning more job cuts next year, “specifically job reductions at Time magazine.” Time is “dismissing” the chatter.

  • Happy belated birthday to MSNBC’s Leslie Schwartz.

  • Baltimore Sun reports that William “Bill” Neal, “who had a morning program on radio station WBAL-AM in the mid-1960s, died of Alzheimer’s disease complications Sunday at Stella Maris Hospice.” He was 81. “He moved to Washington and worked at Voice of America before holding jobs in Baltimore at WBAL and WCBM-AM in the 1960s.”

  • Cousin TVNewser tells us that CNN never batted an eyelash when FNC was launched ten years back. Network jumper Greta Van Susteren says CNN went through such disarray after the AOL merger that it was hard to concentrate on work.

  • A recent IU study finds “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” to be as substantive as network news. The study, “No Joke: A Comparison of Substance in The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and Broadcast Network Television Coverage of the 2004 Presidential Election Campaign,” will be published next summer by the Journal of Broadcast and Electronic Media, published by the Broadcast Education Association.

  • Reuters reports that the average number of monthly visitors to U.S. newspaper websites “rose by nearly a third in the first half of 2006.” Based on a study released on Wednesday by the Newspaper Association of America, print readership at some larger U.S. newspapers subsequently fell.

  • Tucker Carlson on Linda Greenhouse’s liberal outing:

      Now, look, it’s one thing to have political opinions, even for a reporter to have political opinions. I understand that. I have political opinions. I share them openly. But I never imagine that my opinions are “statements of fact.” I know they are my opinion, because I don’t live in a tiny, insular, close-minded little world where every single person agrees with my opinions. And therefore, I can imagine that they are “statements of fact.” I have enough diversity in my life that I can recognize an opinion from a fact, and the fact that Linda Greenhouse can’t is chilling and, in my view, makes her reporting suspect.