Taking Out The Trash, 10.25.06

  • Where is your inner child? This just makes it all the more sweet when we nab a pic of a journo in costume. A tipster writes in to tell us that “Apparently half the WHPC is dressing up as Kim Jong-Il.”

  • An ABC release states that “‘ABC’s World News with Charles Gibson’ was the #1 evening newscast among Adult 25-54 viewers last week.” Only 200,000 Total Viewers separated ABC and NBC, “the smallest gap between the two broadcasts in more than three months (week of July 3, 2006).”

  • C-SPAN updated its Campaign 2006 Debate schedule with oh so many debates.

  • The fifth annual Reporters Without Borders Worldwide Press Freedom Index reveals that the U.S. (53rd) “has fallen nine places since last year, after being in 17th position in the first year of the Index, in 2002.” This fall is largely attributed to the Bush administration using “the pretext of ‘national security’ to regard as suspicious any journalist who questioned his ‘war on terrorism.'”

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  • Does the camera add ten pounds and lose ten percentage points?

  • Is Iraq news following the example of The Daily Show? Seems like it.

  • “Financier and beer brewer” John Jeffrey Louis has been elected to Gannett’s board of directors. According to the Washington Business Journal, his appointment was effective Monday.

  • AOL announced that it has partnered with Paramount Pictures “to offer consumers movies and television shows for download through AOL’s video portal.” AOL also announced new partnerships with BlueHighways TV, The Employment & Careers Channel, The Hip Hop Hall of Fame, MyPath*TV and Plum that will offer additional TV “and other programming over the coming weeks through the AOL Video portal.”

  • Another from the Washington Business Journal: “Lanham-based Vocus and New York-based Billboard have launched an entertainment and music promotion press release service, called Billboard Publicity Wire, which can be accessed on Billboard.com and Billboard.biz.”

  • NPR announced Election Night coverage plans, featuring “nine consecutive hours of live on-air election coverage on Tuesday, November 7, including two anchor teams and 30 reporters around the country.”