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Entries by Harry Shearer from 10/2005

Better to Give Than to Receive

| Posted 10.01.2005 | Media
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A couple of stories are surfacing about the difficulty of getting aid from the Red Cross in the wake of Katrina. Friday afternoon, WWL-TV reported th...

This Just In...

| Posted 10.02.2005 | Media
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...from a friend who's re-entered New Orleans. This is eyewitness reportage, unlike so much of what he heard and read for the past month: We're livin...

The R Word and the C Word

| Posted 10.03.2005 | Media
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Any doubt that there are rhythms, if not fashions, to news coverage might be obliterated today by a look at what some major media are doing about New Orleans.

Gretna Responds

| Posted 10.03.2005 | Media

It's been all over the Internet, and then all over cable news -- the story of the two San Francisco paramedics and the crowd of evacuees that followed...

The Little Window Closed

| Posted 10.03.2005 | Media
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We're living in the bubble again. CNN's little experiment with opening up one daily hour of its day to the very different coverage of its international channel, titled "Your World Today," seems to have been yet another victim of Hurricane Katrina.

What Makes New Orleans Different?

| Posted 10.04.2005 | Media
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Today's Washington Post takes you all the way to the end of the story, about schools in suburban Jefferson Parish opening with only half the number of...

Why I Don't Turn to NPR for News

| Posted 10.04.2005 | Media
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This morning's Presidential news conference was summarized on NPR by, among others, Senior Washington Editor Ron Elving, who observed that, though the...

More About the NPR-DeLay "Analysis"

| Posted 10.05.2005 | Media
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My final thought, about the liberal trope of the press being supine now having been rendered obsolete, should not be mistaken for a belief that the American media finally has grown serious balls.

What's He Doin'?

| Posted 10.05.2005 | Media
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In his press conference announcing the nomination of Harriet Miers, Bush broke through the twitch barrier -- and here's the video evidence.

Are There No Real Numbers?

| Posted 10.07.2005 | Media
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Joe Scarborough says only 10% of FEMA contracts were with local companies in the Katrina-affected area. Yet Louisiana Governor Blanco puts the number at 44%. Can they both be right?

Not What the Corps Said

| Posted 10.07.2005 | Media
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The soil foundations under the floodwall in New Orleans were weak and gave way. How big a story should this be -- the forensic examination of the proximate cause of the near-destruction of a great American city?

Don't Evacuate New Orleans Again, Eric

| Posted 10.08.2005 | Media
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The warning sheet the City issued to returning residents probably satisfies requirements to avoid municipal liability -- but you won't be going there in flip-flops and swimming trunks after reading it.

A Friend Writes....

| Posted 10.09.2005 | Huffington Post

Bush said: "We will never back down, never give in and never accept anything less than complete victory." Complete victory? Zero incidents anywhere against the US or its interests? Peace and friendliness toward US troops by everyone in Iraq?

War? on Terror

| Posted 10.10.2005 | Huffington Post

Just as the U.S.is doomed not to look to Holland for how you make a low-lying land safer from flooding, we're determined not to learn from two countries plagued by terrorism during the 70s and 80s.

Miller Time

| Posted 10.10.2005 | Media
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She'll go to jail to protect a source, but she'll do what newspapers and television networks have long refused to do -- turn over notes (or outtakes). Can we rescind Judy's First Amendment Award yet?

Gimme Something Real

| Posted 10.11.2005 | Media
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Finally, five weeks along, some reporting from New Orleans that captures what New Orleanians might recognize as pieces of reality about the disaster a...

The Sharks Read the Polls

| Posted 10.14.2005 | Media
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There is one reason Bush's staged videoconference is making the evening news now, and that reason is called Under Forty Percent.

Now They Tell Us--and Don't Tell Us

| Posted 10.14.2005 | Politics
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Why have the NYT op-ed writers been so consistently silent on the subject of Judy Miller? It should mean a lot more white space on the Op Ed page from now on...

Not So Natural a Disaster?

| Posted 10.15.2005 | Media
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Engineers have found that the soil around the bases of New Orleans floodwalls was "remarkably...low" in strength.

Huh?

| Posted 10.16.2005 | Media
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I've plowed through the NYTimes non-apologia and Judy Miller's account, and two things stand out: one, that, as the Las Vegas Review Journal points ou...

Huh? continued

| Posted 10.17.2005 | Media
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In answer to the many commenters who objected to the original thrust of the "Huh?" post, I only point out the lead sentence of the paragraph: Before...

Eyes Only

| Posted 10.18.2005 | Media
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The media and blogosphere have been full of comments like this one about the statement in Judith Miller's Sunday NYT first-person narrative that she h...

Following Up

| Posted 10.19.2005 | Media
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An earlier post here ("The Little Window Closes") lamented CNN's apparent decision, with no public announcement, to stop simulcasting an hour of its i...

Oversight--the Other Meaning

| Posted 10.19.2005 | Media
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The Senate Intelligence Committee promised last year to release phase two of its report on Iraq intel sometime after the November election. As best as can be determined, the election has passed.

"They Can't Tie Their Shoes Straight"

| Posted 10.21.2005 | Media
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FEMA is slow-footing on bringing in temporary housing so that people who want to come back and work have a place to live...