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Entries by Harry Shearer from 12/2005

The Ecology of News

| Posted 12.02.2005 | Media
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Suddenly the floodgates of coverage about the Corp of Engineers' culpability have opened. The news was the guilty plea, not the indictment. Tom DeLay must be wondering how he can get that deal.

Invited Contributor--Carol Ross Joynt

| Posted 12.02.2005 | Media
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From Diary of a Mad Saloon Owner at www.nathansgeorgetown.com THURSDAY, DECEMBER 1...Please note the passing of one of journalism's superstars: HUG...

Katrina Loose Ends #1

| Posted 12.03.2005 | Media
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A new document dump details the disagreement between the Gov and the Pres over the deployment of Guard troops during the early days of the disaster.

True or Not??!!??

| Posted 12.03.2005 | Media
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Saturday’s NBC Nightly News ignored the well-documented reporting about the culpability for the NO flood resting with construction and design flaws by the Army Corps of Engineers.

Mr. Headline, meet Mr. Lede

| Posted 12.04.2005 | Media
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Political friends and foes alike had a similar reaction Tuesday to Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham's abrupt resignation and guilty plea to bribery and tax evasion: shock, but not surprise.

"A Monumental Story of Our Time"

| Posted 12.04.2005 | Media
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Howard Kurtz had Brian Williams on "Reliable Sources" Sunday morning, asking whether NBC Nightly News was turning the Katrina story into a "crusade".

The Katrina Timeline, and Fox

| Posted 12.04.2005 | Media
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A commenter recently suggested that I should eat my criticism of Fox News for "reporting" at 7:50 a.m. Aug. 29 that a levee breach had occurred in New...

A Culture of Fraud Where the Media Live

| Posted 12.05.2005 | Media
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Monday's NY Daily News reports that billions of the federal funds for post 9/11 recovery may have been plagued by "waste, fraud, and mismanagement." What, did they bring consultants up from Louisiana to teach them how to do that?

The System Works

| Posted 12.07.2005 | Media
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Missing from all the froth being whipped up around Abramoff is the reason the Delays and the Dorgans need his money so badly.

Anderson and Brian, Here's the Story

| Posted 12.07.2005 | Media
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MSM reporters come back to New Orleans, patting themselves on the back for returning to have a chat with the major as they walk down Bourbon Street. Meanwhile, there are real stories all around them.

Tookie vs. a Man Made Disaster

| Posted 12.08.2005 | Media
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He's a demi-celebrity, the governor who will decide his fate is a mega-celebrity, and the celebrities who are calling for clemency are...well, celebrities.

Summit, Schmummit

| Posted 12.09.2005 | Media
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There's an international summit conference on climate change wrapping up in Montreal on Friday, and there's plenty of coverage of it -- as long as you're not looking for coverage in the US media.

Krugman on Katrina: Half Right

| Posted 12.09.2005 | Media
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A national columnist finally tackles the post-Katrina mess today, excoriating Bush. But, what's left out of Krugman's column? The national Dem leaders have been silent on the Katrina debacle as well.

Russert Watch Extra

| Posted 12.11.2005 | Media
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Tim left out any mention of what caused the devastation in New Orleans--let's say it together, shall we--breached floodwalls caused by faulty design and construction thanks to the Army Corps of Engineers.

Choosing Not to Know

| Posted 12.12.2005 | Media
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Stephen Hayes suspects that unclassified documents will contain as-yet-undiscovered smoking guns linking Iraq to persons and activities that would, in retrospect, make the war seem like a better idea.

Oh, Yeah, NPR's Different

| Posted 12.12.2005 | Media
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Today's Morning Edition featured not one but two stories on New Orleans -- the debate on whether to hold Mardi Gras, and the recording of Elvis Costel...

The Tookie Curfew

| Posted 12.13.2005 | Media
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All three cable news nets were wall-to-wall Williams until suddenly, at 5 a.m. ET, they all pulled the plug. They seem to have decided that the early-morning viewers didn't want to hear about the med tech's fifteen-minute search for a vein.

The Corps Clears Part of Its Name

| Posted 12.13.2005 | Media
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Sheet pilings from areas directly adjacent to the part of the 17th St. Canal floodwall that breached following Katrina were in fact the length specified in the plans.

The Most Trusted Name in Video Effects

| Posted 12.13.2005 | Media
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Jonathan Klein, CNN-USA's president, continues to not disappoint with his output of newsworthy--or is that laughworthy?--quotes. Today, he's cited by...

Never Too Late

| Posted 12.16.2005 | Media
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The discovery, made weeks ago by three independent investigations, of "design and construction flaws" in the New Orleans levee system is now being attributed to "administration officials."

Found Object: How to Talk Like a Conservative

| Posted 12.16.2005 | Media
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Weight-loss advice from a best-selling author? Sure. Here's Ann Coulter, 'fessing up to one technique, and waxing "humorous" about another.......

Attention, NSA: Spy on Me

| Posted 12.18.2005 | Media
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Because I seem to know the identity and whereabouts, at least for part of last year, of the supposedly most-wanted terrorist leader in Iraq.

CSI New Orleans

| Posted 12.19.2005 | Media
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You'd think, with the popularity of CBS' police procedurals, that the major media would delight in sharing the Times-Picayune's detailed coverage of the forensic investigation into the failure of the floodwalls.

Let's Take Them At Their Word, Shall We?

| Posted 12.19.2005 | Media
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Today's Los Angeles Times contains the paper's second consecutive report on Scientology's Gilman Hot Springs headquarters, this one focusing on Tom Cr...

Picking on Kerry, Again

| Posted 12.20.2005 | Media
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Kerry Sanders is apparently NBC's guy in New Orleans. Today, he filed a report on MSNBC about the questions surrounding the rebuilding of the Lower N...