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Entries by Harry Shearer from 11/2005

Who Drowned New Orleans? Hint: Uncle Sam

| Posted 11.02.2005 | Media
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Coverage of Rosa Parks' funeral, second-day reaction to the Alito nomination--what else will drown out the story of the Senate Homeland Security Committe hearing today?

The Most Trusted Name in What, Again?

| Posted 11.04.2005 | Media
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CNN's honcho du jour noted that Anderson Cooper has started to turn up as a character satirized on Saturday Night Live.

Goln' Back to New Orleans, Pt. One

| Posted 11.06.2005 | Huffington Post

When all else is stripped away, the capital-unintensive arts endure, as does the place’s irreducible eccentricity.

Goin' Back to New Orleans, Part 2

| Posted 11.06.2005 | Huffington Post

I'm already supporting the local economy--I bought some bananas at Matassa's grocery store, and a double espresso at my neighborhood cafe, where, appr...

Goin' Back to New Orleans, Part 3

| Posted 11.07.2005 | Huffington Post

Across the Industrial Canal, New Orleans looks like what you’ve seen on TV, only like an Imax version of it -- there is so much more devastation, stretching out for so many miles in every direction, than even a widescreen television can encompass.

Goin' Back to New Orleans, Part 3.5

| Posted 11.08.2005 | Politics
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I almost forgot about Monday's most dramatic moment: the climax of the two-week-long-plus epic called Replacing the Refrigerator. This is what all New...

Goin' Back to New Orleans, Part Four

| Posted 11.08.2005 | Politics
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Driving out to Metairie to stock the fridge, I finally got a glimpse of Trash Mountain. By my observation, it’s at least two stories tall.

Goin' Back to New Orleans, Part 4.5

| Posted 11.08.2005 | Huffington Post

Two rather more general observations on Day 3 of my visit: the city is experiencing record high temperatures, without the hammering humidity of mid-su...

Goin' Back to New Orleans, Part Five

| Posted 11.09.2005 | Huffington Post

One thing this trip shares with every other journey I’ve ever made to New Orleans: I have the feeling I’m leaving too soon...

Goin' Back to New Orleans, Part Six

| Posted 11.11.2005 | Politics
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I've spent the greater part of this week taking you along on my first visit back to my adopted hometown since Katrina, telling you what I saw and hear...

Big Easy Corrections and Additions

| Posted 11.11.2005 | Huffington Post

Re: WWOZ, the non-commercial radio station that dedicates itself to the preservation of the city's musical heritage: I wrote that it was still playing...

Tony Blair's Defeat, and White Phosphorus

| Posted 11.14.2005 | Media
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In an ideal universe this would be a big enough story but, like white phosphorus itself, the news media aren't being used so much for illumination these days.

Blair and White Phosphorus, cont.

| Posted 11.15.2005 | Media
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I'm heartened by the quality of most of the comments responding to the original post by this name, but, more than ever, I wonder where the MSM is on t...

The Writing on the Iraq Wall

| Posted 11.16.2005 | Politics
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You can't be sure exactly when the alarm rings that signals end-of-toleration for the adventure, but we've clearly passed that point, and now all that's left is to manage the pullout as deftly as possible.

Goodbye, Ted

| Posted 11.17.2005 | Media
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I decided to attend ABC's sendoff for Ted Koppel last night , if only to see whether Chicken Little's grosses made Disney cough up decent food for the occasion.

White Phosphorus--the MSM Awaken

| Posted 11.17.2005 | Media
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Wednesday night on CNN's Anderson Cooper Show (it is a show, now, isn't it?) and Thursday morning on MSNBC, I caught stories recapping the WP-in-Fallu...

"60" vs. New Orleans?

| Posted 11.18.2005 | Media
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In Sunday's "60 Minutes", a scientist will advise against rebuilding New Orleans. Would they have run a piece about rebuilding New York two months after 9/11?

Woodward Ho!

| Posted 11.18.2005 | Media
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Woodward did talk to a major publication about his doings in the runup to this week's revelation -- it just wasn't the Washington Post.

Louisiana vs. "60"

| Posted 11.20.2005 | Media
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The Times-Picayune reports that Gov. Blanco's office has asked CBS to withhold a "60 Minutes" report that paints a gloomy picture of New Orleans' future.

"What is New Orleans Worth?"

| Posted 11.21.2005 | Media
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Caught up with the "60 Minutes" piece on cbsnews.com. No other authority than professor Tim Kusky. Dire conclusions unrebutted. And, in a companion...

Inside the Big X

| Posted 11.22.2005 | Media
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While Matt Drudge continues to hyperventilate about the X super'd on Cheney's face on CNN (for one-fifteenth of a second!), TV Newser offers an actual technical explanation for what happened.

Let's Check Traffic

| Posted 11.23.2005 | Media
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Sure it's the day before Thanksgiving, but it's a little hard to forgive CNN for totally ignoring one of the day's major stories.

The NYT and Ethics, non-Judy Miller Division

| Posted 11.24.2005 | Media
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The New York Times has been caught at what appears to be another, rather gaping, violation of its ethics policies.

The National View, and the Local

| Posted 11.25.2005 | Media
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TheTimes Picayune uncovers in Friday's edition that pre-Katrina, scheduled inspections of the levee system were "cursory affairs."

Le Show Audio: Larry King Live: Bob Woodward Tells All, or Nothing

| Posted 11.26.2005 | Huffington Post

Larry grills famed Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward (click here for audio). With Barbara Walters, Dan Rather, and Newt Gingrich.