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Entries by Harry Shearer from 05/2005

Welcome to Eat The Press

| Posted 05.08.2005 | Media
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Welcome to "Eat the Press". My name is Harry, I'll be your server. Everything's fresh, except the stuff that's been on the site since beta testing, bu...

Fox Calls the Motivation Cops

| Posted 05.09.2005 | Media
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For those mediaholics too concerned with the British election, the violence in Iraq, or Pat O'Brien's confession to Dr. Phil to notice, one of last w...

Keepin It Real

| Posted 05.10.2005 | Media
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I was in an airport hotel room early this week, early in the morning, stumbling about looking for the toothbrush, the toilet, the time, when I clicked...

The Most Trusted Name in Fun?

| Posted 05.11.2005 | Media
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I have no intention of competing with Mickey Kaus in the Bash CNN Prexy Johnathan Klein Derby. Kaus has lapped the field. But Klein seems to be on a...

Miller Time's Up

| Posted 05.12.2005 | Media
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Warning: this may start, for a moment, looking like the reciprocal back-scratching common among New York writers and book reviewers. Ignore that. I'...

Found Object--Dan and his trenchcoat

| Posted 05.13.2005 | Media
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Here's where it starts getting good--pictures instead of words, just what everybody really wants. And these pictures MOVE. As the Memogate controver...

Found Object--Sean Hannity fact-checks

| Posted 05.13.2005 | Media
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In fact, here is Mr. Hannity, who is in fact in Pinellas Park, Florida, and in fact he is "reporting" on a decision by the US Supreme Court, letting u...

Full Non-Disclosure

| Posted 05.14.2005 | Media
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Little things can have big consequences. Is it coincidence that in the era when it was forbidden at CBS News to describe their output as "shows" (the...

Following Up

| Posted 05.16.2005 | Media
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While others take Newsweek to task for its possibly erroneous story on Koran-flushing, I'm pleased as hell to see that fine magazine is engaged in the...

Invited Contributors: Nellie Bly

| Posted 05.16.2005 | Media
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'Smoking gun' memo still draws mostly blanks in MSM More than two weeks ago, Rupert Murdoch's Times of London threw another log on the fire of Ira...

Invited Contributors: Paul Krassner

| Posted 05.16.2005 | Media
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Annals of Fact Checking, cont. Matt Howard is a humorist and co-author/co-conspirator of a satiric blog called "The Swift Report," which poses as a c...

The Future of Serious News

| Posted 05.16.2005 | Media
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ABC Newsannounced recently that Ted Koppel was leaving "Nightline" at the end of this year, after a more than two-decade run. Since then, there have...

Be Careful What You Say

| Posted 05.17.2005 | Media
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That's Donald Rumsfeld's advice echoing Ari Fleischer in the early, heady post-9/11 days. So, in an overabundance of Rumsfeldian caution, I'm wading ...

Found Object: We Coach, You Decide

| Posted 05.18.2005 | Media
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You may have read about this a couple of weeks ago--a tape, from a source, aired on my radio program, in which Sean Hannity coaches two nurses about t...

Galloway's 15--er, 7 minutes

| Posted 05.19.2005 | Media
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British ex-Laborite and newly re-elected Member of Parliament George Galloway came to Washington this week. His mission: to confront his accusers on ...

Agnew's (and Safire's) Legacy

| Posted 05.20.2005 | Media
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The Right's attack on the mainstream press began more than thirty years ago, when the recently-retired Bill Safire put in then-not-yet-disgraced Vice President Spiro Agnew's mouth the words attacking "the nattering nabobs of negativism" in the press (always alliterative, that savvy Safire).

Fake-Outs

| Posted 05.24.2005 | Media
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Members of the journo trade, used to seeing advance texts of speeches not yet delivered and polls about behavior not yet engaged in, barely stifle giggles at the bare-chested predictions delivered each week on the McLaghlin shoutfest, yet a big part of the daily news diet is made up of stories about things that haven't yet happened, and sometimes, as on Tuesday, never do.

Genocide: Outside the Bubble

| Posted 05.26.2005 | Media
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It's become dramatically apparent since the runup to the Iraq war that what we in the United States know through our media is radically different from...

Hard Time

| Posted 05.27.2005 | Media
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It seems like a familiar story -- a family reduced to near-hysterics in the long-running campaign to save their daughter, now tearfully denouncing a judge who seems deaf to their pleas, and a country riveted by the spectacle. Except it's happening now, halfway around the world, and the girl in question is languishing not in a hospice but in an Indonesian jail.

A King-Sized Week, Part One

| Posted 05.31.2005 | Media
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CNN is devoting a full week to marking the two-decade reign of Larry King. I hereby declare this Larry King Video Week at ETP. The celebration kicks off with something actually aired, on the night of the death of famed attorney Johnnie Cochran Jr. Larry starts up by asking perhaps the sharpest question ever posed on American television....