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Archives: June 2006

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Taking Out The Trash, 06.30.06

  • How did Terry Moran‘s Nightline crew manage to get the live Guantanamo Bay reaction to yesterday’s SCOTUS ruling? According to TVNewser, dumb luck.

  • Boss giving you a hard time about working Monday? Well then show the higher-ups this.

  • The word is in — Al Jazeera International will launch in November. No, really.

  • No more late nights for Tucker Carlson. TVNewser tells us that starting July 10, Carlson is taking Dan Abrams‘ place at 4 and 6pm on MSNBC. To recap — yes, The Situation will go head-to-head with The Situation Room.

  • MR. SNOW: Questions?

    Q: How long have you owned those sunglasses?

    MR. SNOW: I borrowed them from Deckard. I’m not going to spend money on them, but I’ll gladly wear them for this flight.

  • An unconventional publication uses unconventional means. Street Sense uses undercover homeless reporters to break a story on labor issues.

  • Will Campari win?

  • The Active Audience Vs. MSM

    NYU professor Jay Rosen goes on the defensive with MSM on the changing role of the audience: “You don’t own the eyeballs. You don’t own the press, which is now divided into pro and amateur zones. You don’t control production on the new platform, which isn’t one-way. There’s a new balance of power between you and us.”

    Poynter’s Amy Gahran wants to hear from you — “how closely does Rosen’s missive reflect the prevailing concept of ‘audience’ at your news or media organization?”

    Show & Tell Returns

    The Washington City Paper’s art-biz “Show & Tell” column returned yesterday, headed by Nell Boeschenstein. Keep your eye out for her: Erik Wemple tells us “She’s a hotshot.”

    Give Us Something!

    We checked in on the Washington Times intern blog and it’s definitely getting better and juicier. If things keep continuing at this rate, we’re calling a full-blown scandal before the end of July.

    Bank Drama Continues

    The New York Times reports that the House of Representatives “condemned” the “disclosure of a classified program to track financial transactions and called on the media to cooperate in keeping such efforts secret.”

    The house resolution “expects the cooperation of all news media organizations in protecting the lives of Americans and the capability of the government to identify, disrupt and capture terrorists by not disclosing classified intelligence programs.” It passed 227-to-183.

    It is not surprising that the Wall Street Journal is trying to separate itself from the NYT backlash, outlining how they came to the decision to run the story:

    “We recount all this because more than a few commentators have tried to link the Journal and Times at the hip. … Some argue that the Journal should have still declined to run the antiterror story. However, at no point did Treasury officials tell us not to publish the information. And while Journal editors knew the Times was about to publish the story, Treasury officials did not tell our editors they had urged the Times not to publish. What Journal editors did know is that they had senior government officials providing news they didn’t mind seeing in print. If this was a ‘leak,’ it was entirely authorized.”

    National Journal’s William Powers offers one alternate ending for the saga: “Watching the story play out, I’ve found myself hoping that reasonable heads don’t prevail on this one, that the conflict will get hotter and uglier and eventually wind up in court, a la Plame only more dramatic. Why? Because this country needs to have a great, big, loud, come-to-Jesus argument about the role of the press in a time of war, terror, and secrecy.”

    Men of the Post: Josh Freedom du Lac

    Today’s installment:



    The Important Question

    (Dang, yo! National Review be all up in Weekly Standard’s grill…)

    For today:

    Are you…
    …coming into work on Monday?
    …or no?
    Free polls from

    Protecting the Post’s Affairs

    The Post’s Mary Ann Werner made this announcement yesterday:

      I am delighted to announce that Eric N. Lieberman is being promoted to Deputy Counsel & Director of Government Affairs. This promotion reflects Eric’s increasingly important role in directing legal matters at the newspaper. In addition to his on-going work for the newsroom and business-side clients, Eric will now manage the bulk of government affairs matters that Carol Melamed handled prior to her retirement this month. He will represent The Post on the Virginia and Maryland-Delaware-D.C. press associations, will handle legislation that affects the newsroom and business departments, and will continue Carol’s legacy of protecting and improving access to government records and proceedings.

      Eric came to The Post in 1998 from Williams & Connolly, where he handled a wide variety of litigation, including a number of cases for The Post. Prior to that, he was a law clerk for Chief Judge James L. Oakes of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and worked as a legislative assistant to the U.S. Senate Committee on Labor and Human Resources. Eric is a graduate of Harvard College and received his J.D. from Duke University Law School. Eric lives in Bethesda with his wife, Lauren, his children, Sarah and Josh, and a new puppy named Goldie.

    New Gridlock


    ”We hear that the Washington Post has named a new Dr. Gridlock. It’s Bob Thomson, an 18-year Post veteran. He’s currently the transportation and Virginia politics editor. Before that, he was an assistant Maryland editor and an assistant city editor. Thomson will take over the commuter-oriented column from Ron Shaffer, who has taken an employee buyout offer…..”

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