Taking Out The Trash, 10.13.06

  • Friday the 13th? What, like it’s special or something?

  • Tim Russert helps stranger’s kids out with homework while drinking a beer. Sounds very Foley-like…

  • Press release headline: “Headline News’ Glenn Beck Explores Impact of Pornography for New Series”. Press release translated: “Naked chicks boosts ratings. Let’s do a week of blurred porn scenes under the veil of ‘investigative reporting’.”

  • Christopher HitchensmockedBob Woodward’s book as the latest in “a trilogy of mediocrity.” Hitchens recommended Jacob Weisberg’s piece on Slate, which compared what Woodward wrote about Donald Rumsfeld in the last three books.

  • Evan Goldstein profiles Peter Beinart for The Jerusalem Post magazine.

  • LAT’s Michelangelo Signorile: “Media Should Have ‘Outed’ Foley”

  • Reuters reports that there is “renewed speculation” that The New York Times Co. could be a takeover candidate “fueled heavy buying of its bullish options as traders hoped to profit from a share rally, and also raised the cost of insuring its debt against default, analysts said.”

  • According to an NBC release, “Meet the Press with Tim Russert” “topped the Sunday morning public affairs competition by huge margins, winning the week ending Sunday, October 8 in all categories.” Meet attracted 4.195 million total viewers, 62% more than CBS “Face the Nation’s” 2.589 million, 81% over ABC “This Week’s” 2.321 million, and +263% more than FOX “News Sunday’s” 1.156 million.


  • B&C reported that last week, ABC released the ratings for Friday night with this caveat: “Please note: If writing about ABC’s Friday night ratings (10/6/06), the repeat airing of Grey’s Anatomy from 8-9 p.m. was pre-empted in an estimated 6.5% of the country, impacting the network’s numbers in that time period and the lead-in to the 9 o’clock hour. Make-good airings for Grey’s Anatomy generally occurred later that night, post Jimmy Kimmel Live.” Paranoid much?

  • One more Warner reporter in need of a hug today: Maura Reynolds, LA Times.

  • Courtesy of Extreme Mortman, New Republic editor Franklin Foer manages to promote John McCain and the magazine in one felt swoop.

  • Despite denying recent rumors, Air America Radio has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, according to the AP.