Taking Out The Trash, 10.24.06

  • It’s okay that you aired the insurgent video, CNN.

  • OUP hosts an online dialogue between Marion Rodgers, author of “Menken: The American Iconoclast,” and Donald Ritchie, author of “Reporting From Washington: A History of the Washington Press Corps.” They discuss their books, journalist Henry Louis Mencken, and the state of journalism today in a two day discussion.

  • Help our MBToolBox cousin Claire move into the 21st Century with the purchase of a brand spanking new digital tape recorder. Have recommendations? Email her at claire AT mediabistro.com

  • Slate’s Jack Slater calls out the recent Howard Kurtz argument defending the need for investigative reporters: “Why do so many journalists inflate the importance of their role in our culture? Well, dentists brag about the miracle of dentistry, don’t they? I suspect that the egotistical proclamations of journalists really mask the low esteem they hold for the total product they produce.” Ouch!

  • Our alter-ego, FishbowlNY, will be blogging live this week from the American Magazine Conference — the annual pow-wow of high-powered magazine executives — at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa in Phoenix. Check out their extended coverage.

  • According to the latest Pew report, “after declining in the late 1990’s, there has been an increase in recent years in the number of journalists sent to prison for not revealing confidential sources.” The most recent Project for Excellence in Journalism report shows the changing trend and the public opinion towards confidential sources.

  • According to an NBC release, “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams” was the “most-watched network evening newscast, winning
    the week of October 16-20, 2006.” Attracting 8.651 million viewers, “Nightly News” beat ABC’s “World News with Charles
    Gibson” was second with 8.447 million, and CBS’ “Evening News with Katie Couric” was “last for the program’s fourth straight week with 7.556 million.”